the dream of many entrepreneurs to catch the eye of an angel
investor. These types of investors are smart, filthy rich
and can turn a twinkle of a business idea into a multi million
(or billion) dollar undertaking. They are usually quite thorough
in how they vet companies, doing research designed to make
sure they are picking the right investments. In no particular
order, these are 15 of the top angel investors of all time,
where they came from, and what kinds of businesses generally
pique their interest. Heaven really can be real for entrepreneurs
with these investors perched on their shoulder.
he's made nearly 20 investments doling out up to $6 million
per startup that intrigues him. As the founder of SoftTech
VC, though, he's worked with his partners and employees to
fund 150 ventures in the past 10 years. Like other angels
on this list, when he works with a group he dishes up much
higher capital. He's most interested in e-commerce, mobile
and infrastructure monetization.
biggest solo investment to date was $250,000 (but as the founder
of SV Angel, LLC he's offered much higher capital). He's been
listed by BusinessInsider as one of the Top 50 best investors
for early-stage businesses, and has a penchant for big data,
analytics, e-commerce and the consumer internet.
topping out personally at $250,000, Ling made the same list
as Lee although he hasn't founded his own firm--yet. He works
at Khosla Ventures and leans towards green technology. Recently
investing in Vamo, he likes digital media, mobile, big data
and social commerce.
out at $50,000, Morin splits his time between angel investing
and working with the company he founded, Path. His own company
is all about mobile networking, and that's where his passion
is. He recently invested in SocialRadar and (fun fact) used
to be one of the top ranked skiers in the US. He likes agriculture,
Bitcoin, hardware, beverages, sports, and social media.
investing up to $250,000 and with over 50 investments under
his belt, Rabois is part of Khosla Investments and recently
invested in DoorDash. He used to be a big shot at PayPal and
LinkedIn, but now prefers to back loyalty programs, education,
IT, sports and marketplaces.
a personal investment reaching $5 million and already bolstering
80 startups, Senkat is a hot commodity. He's recently backed
NOWBOX and is the founder of Felicis Ventures. His interests
include 3D printing, healthcare, personal health and SaaS.
up to $50,000 personally for individual startups, Conway is
the founder of Angel Investors LP and made the Forbes Top
Investors Midas List in 2013. He recently backed Data Elite
and honed his investment skills as an early investor for Google,
PayPal and AskJeeves. He's also gotten into politics, as the
single largest campaign contributor for current tech-friendly
San Francisco Mayor Ed lee.
well over 100 startups and offering a maximum of $300,000
(so far) for any one of them, Grinda is the co-founder of
OLX and founder of Zingy. He counts Peopleperhour and Brightroll
as some of his most famous investments and likes crowdsourcing,
online travel, social commerce and location-based services.
has backed with up to $250,000 personally for individual companies
but more as the founder of Open Angel Forum. He's also the
founder of Inside.com and recently bolstered Skift. He's shown
a preference for blogging platforms, analytics, fashion, search
and ventures for good.
the founder of Lowercase Capital Sacca has done a lot, but
he's personally invested up to $500,000 in companies. Most
recently serving as an angel for Streak, Sacca was a prodigy
who began college (taking grad school level classes) at 11
years old. He enjoys mobile, developer tools and IT.
up to $1.6 million so far to a single startup, and much more
with Y Combinator, Graham is the creator of Viaweb. He's been
listed as a top angel investor by BusinessInsider and Businessweek,
making around 10 investments which include ClassDojo. It's
too soon to sell which industries he prefers, but given his
background in ASP you can bet it's tech-related.
many top investors, Bezos keeps just how much he's offered
to a single startup secret--however, he's gone on record to
say he "starts" at $1.5 million. Surprisingly, he's
only personally backed a handful of companies including Everfi.
no surprise that such a public figure is hush hush about her
top investments. She's "only" been an angel for
a dozen companies, but the Yahoo! CEO is renowned for her
business prowess. She's said her interests include digital
media, human resources, online video advertising and energy.
If you're really interested to see what she likes buying,
just watch what she and her team do with all that Alibaba
far, Mullenweg's personal investing has started at $50,000
and he's backed 25 companies. Famous for creating WordPress,
the jazz saxophonist also shows a love of consumer internet,
food and beverages, musical instruments (no surprise) and
web development (again, no surprise).
longtime investor who got in early at Twitter while he was
the CEO of Digg.com. Rose a partner at Google Ventures but
has also personally backed over a dozen ventures (although
he won't reveal the amounts). He has been featured as an angel
with BusinessInsider and Businessweek. He leans towards social
news, consumer internet, social media and location based services.
that you know who the angels are, it's time to start luring
them in. Take a look at the investment firms they work with
and reach out. Match the angel with their interests and you
could be on the right path.
are some additional VC's and Angels that you can submit your
pitchdeck to online: