Super angel

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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. 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 in favor of owning stakes for several weeks[2]

List of investors described as super angels[edit]

Name of fund Key people Portfolio companies
Scott Banister, Cyan Banister PayPal, Facebook, Uber, Zappos, Space Exploration Technologies
FJ Labs Fabrice Grinda[5][6] Alibaba Group, Airbnb, Beepi, FanDuel, Palantir Technologies, viagogo, Porch (company), Pond5, PeoplePerHour, Lending Club, Getaround, BrightRoll, Parking Panda, Fundly, Thuzio
Felicis Ventures[7] Aydin Senkut Meraki,
500 Startups[8] Dave McClure SlideShare, CrowdFlower, Udemy
Calacanis Syndicate Jason Calacanis Uber, Tumblr, Thumbtack (website), CAFE X, Evernote
Floodgate Fund[9] Mike Maples Jr., Ann Miura-Ko Chegg, Dasient, Digg, Smule, Twitter
Founders Collective[10] Caterina Fake, Chris Dixon, David Frankel, Eric Paley, Mark Gerson, Micah Rosenbloom, Zach Klein, Bill Trenchard Minyanville Media
Founders Co-op[11] Andy Sack, Chris DeVore
Greylock Partners Reid Hoffman[12][13] LinkedIn, Friendster, Zynga, Flickr, Kongregate,, Tagged, Nanosolar, Knewton
Harrison Metal[14] Michael Dearing, Erik Rannala AdMob, Lumosity, Aardvark
IA Ventures[15] Roger Ehrenberg, Brad Gillespie Recorded Future
K9 Ventures[16] Manu Kumar CrowdFlower
Lerer Hippeau Ventures[17] Kenneth Lerer, Ben Lerer
Lowercase Capital[18] Chris Sacca Twitter,, Auctomatic, Uber
Shervin Pishevar[19][20] TaskRabbit, Postmates, Klout, Voxer, Aardvark, Dollar Shave Club, BranchOut, Gowalla, Qwiki, Votizen
Keith Rabois[21] Xoom, Vendio, LinkedIn,, YouTube,, Yammer,, TokBox, eventbrite, Airbnb, Palantir Technologies, Apture, Swipely, Causes, AlterG, Qwiki, Udemy, Indinero, FutureAdvisor, Votizen, Square, Inc.
SoftTech VC Jeff Clavier[22] Tapulous, RapLeaf
SV Angel[23] 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, Seesmic, Square, Swipely, Twitter, Weebly, Zooomr
The Founders Fund[12] Peter Thiel, Sean Parker, Ken Howery, 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[24] Joshua Kushner Vostu
Social Leverage[25] Howard Lindzon TweetDeck,
Cherubic Ventures[26] Matt Cheng[27] Flexport, Ring (company), Wish (company), Hims, Inc., Liulishuo, Mogujie, Calm (company), Virgin Hyperloop One, Tian Ge Interactive, Fotoable, Inc.


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  23. ^ Tomio Geron (October 18, 2010). "Ron Conway's Big Deals: How He Found Google And Facebook". Wall Street Journal.
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  26. ^ Chernova, Yuliya (November 7, 2018). "Cherubic Ventures Broadens Geographic Reach With New Fund". The Wall Street Journal.
  27. ^ Osawa, Juro (April 24, 2017). "Teen Tennis Star's Journey From China Tech IPO to Silicon Valley Deals". The Information.