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Super angel

Super angel (or "super-angel") investors are a group of serial investors in early stage ventures in Silicon Valley, California and other technology centers who are particularly sophisticated, insightful, or well-connected in the startup business community.[1]

Super angels share some characteristics of traditional angel investors, and venture capitalists,[1] and have been described as a hybrid of the two models.[2] Unlike traditional angels investors, they are typically professionals for whom investing is their primary occupation.[3]

Some common features of super angels include:

  • Creating a professionally managed investment fund[1]
  • Serial investing (investing in numerous startup companies)
  • Investing at a seed round in startup companies
  • Funding rounds in the (approximate) range of $50,000 to several million dollars, larger than typical "friends and family" rounds but smaller than most venture rounds
  • Taking an active role in portfolio companies[4]
  • Raising money from general partners and other principals, without passive investors in the fund
  • Fund principals who are experienced entrepreneurs

List of investors described as super angels

Name of fund Key people Portfolio companies
Scott Banister, Cyan Banister PayPal, Facebook, Uber, Zappos, Space Exploration Technologies
Felicis Ventures[5] Aydin Senkut Meraki,
500 Startups[6] Dave McClure SlideShare, CrowdFlower, Recurly, Udemy
Floodgate[7] Mike Maples Jr., Ann Miura-Ko Chegg, Dasient, Digg, Smule, Twitter
Founders Collective[8] Bill Trenchard, Caterina Fake, Chris Dixon, David Frankel, Eric Paley, Mark Gerson, Micah Rosenbloom, Zach Klein Minyanville Media
Founders Co-op[9] Andy Sack, Chris DeVore
Greylock Partners Reid Hoffman[10][11] LinkedIn, Friendster, Zynga, Flickr, Kongregate,, Tagged, Nanosolar, Knewton,
Harrison Metal[12] Michael Dearing, Erik Rannala AdMob, Lumosity, Aardvark
IA Ventures[13] Roger Ehrenberg, Brad Gillespie Recorded Future
K9 Ventures[14] Manu Kumar CrowdFlower
Lerer Media Ventures[15] Kenneth Lerer, Ben Lerer gdgt
Lowercase Capital[16] Chris Sacca Twitter,, Auctomatic
Shervin Pishevar[17][18] TaskRabbit, Cherry, Postmates, Klout, Voxer, Aardvark, BlackJet, Dollar Shave Club, Cherry, BranchOut (advisor), Talent House, Gowalla,, Milk, Rapportive, LikeALittle, Qwiki, Votizen, Yobongo, SpruceMedia, Medialets, Solve Media
Keith Rabois[19] Xoom, Vendio, LinkedIn,, YouTube, Alter-G, ThinkCash,, Yammer,, FanIQ, Handipoints, Decorati, TokBox, TownHog,, eventbrite, Counsyl, Circle of Moms, Airbnb, Palantir Technologies, Apture, Sococo, SkyBox Technologies, SkyGrid, Scoopler, Fqix, Treehouse, Specialty's Café & Bakery, Crave (blog), Movity, Homeboodle, Swipely, Miso (online service), MusicLab, GoGoBot, Qwiki, Hitpost, TopGuest, ZimRide, Wavii, Udemy, The Fridge (social network), Indinero, FutureAdvisor, OhLife, Formative Labs, Votizen, Causes, Square (application)
SofTech VC Jeff Clavier[20] Tapulous, RapLeaf,
SV Angel[21] Ron Conway, David Lee, Mike Ghaffary, Brian Pokorny (former) Google, Ze Frank, AppNexus, Ask Jeeves, Aster Data Systems, Attributor, Blippy, Bring Light, BuzzFeed, CastTV, Digg, Foursquare, Kaboodle, Knewton, MerchantCircle,, PayPal, PBwiki, ScanScout, Seesmic, Square, Swipely, Twitter, Weebly, Zooomr
The Founders Fund[10] Peter Thiel, Sean Parker, Ken Howery, Robert May, Luke Nosek Gowalla, Causes, Collaborative Drug Discovery, Clickable, Facebook, Friendster,, Ironport,, OLX, Palantir Technologies, Pathway Genomics, Powerset, Quantcast, Rapleaf, Raptr,, SmartDrive, SpaceX, Spotify, Yammer, YouNoodle
Thrive Capital[22] Joshua Kushner co-founder of Vostu
Social Leverage[23] Howard Lindzon TweetDeck,


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  2. ^ Farhad Manjoo (February 2011). "How "Super Angel" Investors Are Reinventing the Startup Economy". Fast Company. 
  3. ^ Pui-Wing Tam and Spencer E. Ante (August 16, 2010). Super Angels' Alight"'". Wall Street Journal. 
  4. ^ Ingram, Mathew (October 7, 2010). "Fred Wilson on AngelGate and Where the Web Is Going". GigaOM. 
  5. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Felicis Ventures". Business Insider. 
  6. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Dave McClure". Business Insider. 
  7. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Floodgate". Business Insider. 
  8. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Founder Collective". Business Insider. 
  9. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Founders Co-op". Business Insider. 
  10. ^ a b Ricadela, Aaron (April 2, 2007). "VCs Aim to Out-Angel the Angels". Business Week. 
  11. ^ Weston, Julien (September 28, 2010). "Hoffman & Greylock launch $20m Greylock Discovery Fund". Wired. 
  12. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Harrison Metal". Business Insider. 
  13. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "IA Ventures". Business Insider. 
  14. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "K9 Ventures". Business Insider. 
  15. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Lerer Ventures". Business Insider. 
  16. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Lowercase Capital". Business Insider. 
  17. ^ Rusli, Evelyn M. "Moving Into Social Web, Menlo Ventures Adds Partner". June 13, 2011. New York Times. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Shevin Pishevar". 2013. CrunchBase. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Carlson, Nicholas (August 18, 2010). "Secret Silicon Valley Super Angel Keith Rabois Explains His Startup Portfolio". Business Insider. 
  20. ^ Destin, Fred (August 6, 2010). "Super Angels, Lean VCs, Proto-Incubators, Whatever.". Fast Company. 
  21. ^ Tomio Geron (October 18, 2010). "Ron Conway’s Big Deals: How He Found Google And Facebook". Wall Street Journal. 
  22. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Thrive Capital". Business Insider. 
  23. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Social Leverage". Business Insider. 
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