Angie's List

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Angie's List, Inc.
Type Public
Founded 1995
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
Founder(s) William S. Oesterle, Angie Hicks
Key people John Chuang, Chairman
Scott Durchslag, CEO
Angie Hicks, CMO[1]
Industry Internet
Products 1. Advertising (70% of revenue) 2. Membership access to crowd sourced reviews of local businesses (30% of revenue)
Services Online marketplace, Review site
Revenue Increase US$315.011 million (2014)[2]
Operating income Increase US$ -10.362 million (2014)[2]
Net income Increase US$ -12.532 million (2014)[2]

Angie's List is a US-based, paid subscription supported website containing crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses.

For the quarter ending on September 30, 2015, Angie's List reported total revenue of US$87,000,000 and a net income of US$82,000.[3]


William S. Oesterle and Angie Hicks founded Angie's List in 1995. The idea resulted from Hicks's search for a reliable construction contractor in suburban Columbus, Ohio, on behalf of Oesterle, a venture capitalist who was Hicks's boss. Hicks moved to Columbus to join Oesterle in creating Columbus Neighbors, a call-in service and publication with reviews of local home and lawn care services. The name and concept were based on Unified Neighbors in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hicks went door-to-door, signing up consumers as members and collecting ratings of local contractors.

After Hicks recruited over 1,000 members in Columbus within one year, she turned to Oesterle to raise money from investors to develop the business.[4] In 1996, the company bought Unified Neighbors from its creator and moved the company's headquarters to Indianapolis.

By 1999, the database of local services and reviews was moved to the Internet. In the following years, the customer base and business relationships grew throughout the United States, while expanding coverage to include additional services, such as health care and auto care.

In 2013, Angie's List had over 70,000 subscribers. In August 2015, it reported 3.2 million paid members.[5]

Ratings methodology[edit]

Angie's List grades companies using a report-card-style scale, which ranges from A to F; these ratings are based on the following criteria: price, quality, responsiveness, punctuality and professionalism.[6] Each company has its own page, which is composed of a description of its business along with the customer reviews. The aggregate grade is drawn from the combined reviews and grades given to the businesses from the consumers.


Answering a complaint from a user, David Segal found that when subscribers post a negative review of a company to Angie's List, a staff member discusses it with them in an attempt to rectify the situation.[7]

Competition is a major concern. Competitors such as Yelp offer similar reviews, with a much larger database, for free, causing concern for the future of ANGI's paid membership model.[8]

In 2013, investors worried that the company had been in business for more than 18 years, yet never had shown an annual profit, and that valuations of the company were unrealistic based on the actual revenue the company produces.[9] But by 2015 growth estimates indicate a significant earnings-per-share growth, with a long-term growth rate at 19%. Combine this with stock estimates rising in 2015 by 13.3%, some Securities research firms such as Zacks Investment Research are indicating ANGI is well-positioned for future earnings growth.[10]


According to The Washington Post, in March 2007 SCS Contracting Group sued Angie's List and two members for libel because of negative reviews of the company. One of the sued members remarked, "if [contractors are] able to sue, then the value of Angie's List depreciates.... People aren't going to be willing to submit reviews if they could be threatened with a lawsuit."[11] On October 7, 2008, the plaintiffs dismissed the complaint against the two members. Summary judgment was later granted in favor of all defendants.[12]

In 2014, Angie's List Inc. paid $2.8 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it automatically renewed members at a higher rate than they were led to believe.[13]

Financial information[edit]

In 2010, Angie's List raised a total of $25 million in capital from investors. In September 2010, Wasatch Funds and Battery Ventures invested $22 million.[14] In November 2010, Saints Capital led an additional funding of $2.5 million.[15]

On November 17, 2011, Angie's List began trading on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker symbol ANGI. It priced 8.8M shares at $13 and opened for trading at $18, a 33% premium.[16]

Shares have remained below $13 since March 2014.[17] Before 2015, the company has been dependent on capital infusions from investors to stay afloat. It has yet to turn an annual profit since its founding in 1995, but three-quarters have ended in the black. For example, the third quarter of 2015, Angie's List reported total revenue of US$87 million. The company had net income in that quarter of $82,000 compared to a loss a year earlier.[3]


  1. ^ McGowan, Dan (September 8, 2015). "Angie's List Hires CEO with Big Name Credentials". Inside Indiana Business. 
  2. ^ a b c ANGIE’S LIST Annual Financials, Yahoo Finance
  3. ^ a b ANGIE’S LIST Reports Profitable 3rd Quarter, USAToday, October 21, 2015
  4. ^ Evans, Teri (October 6, 2010). "No Free Stuff Here: At Angie's List, Members Pay". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kopytoff, Verne. "Angie's List names former Best Buy executive as CEO". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ Schein, Amy. "Brownstone Publishing, LLC". Hoovers. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  7. ^ David Segal (December 21, 2013). "A Complaint Registered, Then Expunged". The New York Times. p. BU3. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Berr, Jonathan (October 7, 2013). "Angie's List Doesnt Rate Well Shareholders". Investopedia. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  9. ^ "Angie's List: Worth $9 Based On Expected Lifetime Member Value In 2015". October 26, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Why Angie's List (ANGI) Could Be an Impressive Growth Stock". October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ Kelly, John (March 13, 2007). "Homeowner's Web Gripe Draws Contractor Lawsuit". Washington Post. 
  12. ^ "Stephen C. Sieber v. Brownstone Publishing Co." (PDF). October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Angie's List to pay $2.8M in membership-fee settlement". Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Merino, Faith (September 21, 2010). "Angie's List strikes big with $22M". VatorNews. 
  15. ^ Merino, Faith (November 11, 2010). "Angie's List raises $2.5M adding to $22.5M". VatorNews. 
  16. ^ "Angie's List gains 25% in IPO". CNN. November 17, 2011. 
  17. ^ Public Record, NASDAQ

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