August 22, 2013
Is it any surprise that Silicon Valley, a paradise for tech startups, is home to some of the most active and influential angel investors in the world? Angels are, after all, the people who invest the high-risk capital in the early part of a startup’s life, provide guidance, and help that startup raise large amounts of money.
There are dozens of angels that are at the top of Business Insider‘s Silicon Valley angel investor list and are jointly considered the most influential investors on AngelList. The common thread that ties these angels together could in fact be their deep knowledge of the tech industry through previous experience.
So, here are 9 big-time angel investors on both lists that are worth paying attention to; their investment portfolios speak for themselves.
Senkut worked as a senior manager at Google overseeing partner development in Asia before founding Felicis Ventures, an early-stage investment company. He has funded multiple startups that have been acquired by big-name companies like Google and Twitter.
McClure has past experience with PayPal, Founder’s Fund, and SimplyHired, but currently works as a founding partner at 500 Startups. His accelerator provides guidance and seed funding investments for new startups.
A familiar name to most, Mayer recently stepped in as the CEO of Yahoo. Before joining Yahoo, though, she gained valuable experience as the VP of Local and Location services at Google.
Some of her portfolio companies are Airtime, Brit, Minted, One Kings Lane, and Square. Typically, Mayer finds herself funding about 3 startups a year with an undisclosed amount.
A veteran in the angel investor game if there ever was one, Kapor is currently Partner at Kapor Capital and director of the nonprofit organization Level Playing Field Institute. He sold his software company Lotus to IBM in 1995 for $3.5 billion.
For another list of top angel investors, see “105 Women Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors You Should Know.”
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