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AngelList's logo
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Screenshot of AngelList
Type of site
Entrepreneurship, Startups, Investments, Recruitment
Available inEnglish
OwnerNaval Ravikant and Babak Nivi
Venture Hacks, Inc.
SubsidiariesProduct Hunt, Republic, CoinList
LaunchedApril 22, 2010; 8 years ago (2010-04-22) in San Francisco, CA
AngelList co-founder, Naval Ravikant

AngelList is a U.S. website for startups, angel investors, and job-seekers looking to work at startups.[1][2] Created in 2010, the platform has a mission to democratize the investment process and to help startups with their challenges in fundraising and talent.[3][4] It started as an online introduction board for tech startups that needed seed funding.[5] Since 2015, the site allows startups to raise money from angel investors free of charge.[5][6]



AngelList was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi. Using the traction from the Venture Hack blog on entrepreneur financing, Naval and Babak started a list of 25 investors with whom they would share interesting companies to invest in.[1] They announced the list as “AngelList” in 2010, with the subscription of 50 investors.

Naval Ravikant[edit]

Naval Ravikant studied computer science and economics at Dartmouth. He later co-founded Epinions - a consumer review site, and Vast - a classified-ad marketplace. During his brief work with Benchmark Capital and August Capital, a complaint was filed regarding Epinions’ financial affairs. This inspired him to start the “Venture Hack” blog in 2007 with Babak Nivi.[7][8][9]

Mission & Operations[edit]

AngelList aims to democratize the investment process. Business Insider dubbed AngelList the “ for investors and startups”.[10] In a recent interview, Naval Ravikant wants more “innovation on [the] infrastructure for innovation itself” by helping startups with money, talent, and customers.[11]

AngelList's Syndicate facilitates startup financing with accredited investors. AngelList Jobs connect talents with startups. AngelList's acquisition of Product Hunt will allow more support for startups with customer generation and product launch.[12][13][14] AngelList Syndicates allow startups to raise money from accredited investors investing alongside prominent angel investors.[15][16][17][18][19]

AngelList launched Jobs - its recruiting portal in 2012.[20][21]

In late 2012, AngelList launched a portal for accelerators and incubators to accept and manage applications from startups to their programs.[22] At opening, AngelList accepted applications for 500 Startups, TechStars Boston, and AngelPad. Other accelerators, like Rock Health, accept applications exclusively through AngelList.[1][23][24]

In 2013, AngelList received a no-action letter from the SEC, allowing the operations of its Syndicates platform. FundersClub also received such a letter in the same period.[25][26]

In July 2016, AngelList launched Republic - a spinoff addressing the democratization of startup equity crowdfunding with non-accredited investors.[27][11]

In November 2016, AngelList acquired Product Hunt.[12][13][14] Naval plans to build Product Hunt further in “helping companies find their early customers.”[11]

In October 2017, CoinList - initial coin offering services for startups and accredited investors - spun off from AngelList.[28]

Involvement in the JOBS Act[edit]

In mid-2012, Naval Ravikant and Kevin Laws were active in Washington in his support for the JOBS Act.[7][8][29] He was in discussion with “Senate and Congressional staffers, Steve Case, and influential Congressmen that would listen.”[30] During the same period, he organized an online petition that attracted 5,000 signatures on a letter to Senate leaders in support of the Act.[8][31] Later in 2013, Naval Ravikant wrote a letter to the SEC to object changes in the JOBS Act that he believed "could create disastrous unintended consequences for the startup community."[32]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Stone, Brad (January 17, 2014). "AngelList, the Social Network for Startups". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
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  24. ^ Hoque, Faisal (January 15, 2016). "Do Accelerators And Incubators Serve Themselves Better Than Startups?". Fast Company. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
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  27. ^ Dodson, Claire; Richardson, Nikita (August 8, 2016). "Updates From Our Most Innovative Companies". Fast Company. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  28. ^ Kokalitcheva, Kia (October 10, 2017). "CoinList spins out of AngelList". Axios. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
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