Super angel

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Super angel (or "super-angel") was a term used in the early 2010s to describe venture capital investors who had once been angel investors and subsequently raised small venture capital funds.[1]

Super angels share some characteristics of both angel investors and venture capitalists. According to Fast Company, super angels "raise funds like venture capitalists but invest early like angels and in sums between the two, on average from $250,000 to $500,000."[2] Unlike traditional angel 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
  • Avoid joining boards as a long-term investor.
  • Close investments in several weeks, considerably faster than venture funds.[2]

List of investors described as super angels[edit]

Name of fund Key people Portfolio companies
500 Startups[5] Dave McClure SlideShare, CrowdFlower, Udemy
Felicis Ventures[6] Aydin Senkut Meraki,
Floodgate Fund[7] Mike Maples Jr., Ann Miura-Ko Chegg, Dasient, Digg, Smule, Twitter
Founder Collective[8] Caterina Fake, Chris Dixon, David Frankel, Eric Paley, Mark Gerson, Micah Rosenbloom, Zach Klein, Bill Trenchard Minyanville Media
Founders Co-op[9] Andy Sack, Chris DeVore
Harrison Metal[10] Michael Dearing, Erik Rannala AdMob, Lumosity, Aardvark
IA Ventures[11] Roger Ehrenberg, Brad Gillespie Recorded Future
K9 Ventures[12] Manu Kumar CrowdFlower
Lerer Hippeau Ventures[13] Kenneth Lerer, Ben Lerer
Lowercase Capital[14] Chris Sacca Twitter,, Auctomatic, Uber
Social Leverage Howard Lindzon[15] TweetDeck,
SoftTech VC Jeff Clavier[16] Tapulous, RapLeaf
SV Angel[17] 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, Clickable, MerchantCircle,, PayPal, PBwiki, Seesmic, Square, Swipely, Twitter, Weebly, Zooomr
The Founders Fund[18] Peter Thiel, Sean Parker, Ken Howery, Luke Nosek Gowalla, Causes, Collaborative Drug Discovery, Facebook, Friendster,, Ironport,, OLX, Palantir Technologies, Pathway Genomics, Powerset, Quantcast, Rapleaf, Raptr,, SmartDrive, SpaceX, Spotify, Yammer, YouNoodle
Thrive Capital[19] Joshua Kushner Vostu


  1. ^ a b Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Who Are The Super Angels? A Comprehensive Guide". Business Insider.
  2. ^ a b 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). "Dave McClure". Business Insider.
  6. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Felicis Ventures". 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. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Harrison Metal". Business Insider.
  11. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "IA Ventures". Business Insider.
  12. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "K9 Ventures". Business Insider.
  13. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Lerer Ventures". Business Insider.
  14. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Lowercase Capital". Business Insider.
  15. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Who Are The Super Angels? A Comprehensive Guide". Business Insider.
  16. ^ Destin, Fred (August 6, 2010). "Super Angels, Lean VCs, Proto-Incubators, Whatever". Fast Company.
  17. ^ Tomio Geron (October 18, 2010). "Ron Conway's Big Deals: How He Found Google And Facebook". Wall Street Journal.
  18. ^ Ricadela, Aaron (April 2, 2007). "VCs Aim to Out-Angel the Angels". Business Week.
  19. ^ Saint, Nick (October 4, 2010). "Thrive Capital". Business Insider.

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