Recently, equity crowdfunding platform Fundable and entrepreneurship advocate Empact compiled data on 2013’s top 5 angel investors, together who have made more than 165 individual investments in this year alone. Over their career, these businessmen and women have identified the potential in and funded a total 732 investments, including critical support of now famous players such as Google, Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest, Shopify, WePay, Bit.ly, Evernote, and Flickr. Here’s a closer look at the top 5 angel investors of 2013.
- Aydin Senkut: Senkut strives to fund anywhere from 12 to 15 startups each year, with investments ranging from $100,000 to $950,000. He currently has 10 active startups and 12 total investments in 2013. What’s impressive about Senkut’s angel investing is his track record of long-term success. In the past half decade, Senkut has seen 46 of his funded startups be acquired by big name companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, and Microsoft.
- David Lee: In the area of angel investing, Lee has been involved in over 100 startups, including Twitter, Foursquare, and Codecademy. He invests between $25,000 and $250,000 per project, with 13 active investments in 2013. He is a Founder and Managing Partner of SV Angel, based in San Francisco, and is considered a super angel.
- Ron Conway: Conway is a super angel and Partner in SV Angel along with David Lee, funding between 8 and 12 companies per year (he is currently involved with over 25). He has a track record of over 200 total investments in startups of between $50,000 and $200,000 per project. Conway is reputable for recognizing potential and has help to seed some of the most successful companies of the past decade, including Google, PayPal, Facebook, and Twitter.
- Dave McClure: McClure is a founding partner of the investment company 500 Startups and averages around 125 investments per year in a wide variety of markets (ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 for each project). Some of McClure’s success stories include SendGrid, Linux Mint, Udemy, WePay, and bit.ly.
- Esther Dyson: As an angel investor, Dyson has been involved in funding close to 80 projects, including Evernote, Crowdbooster, and Flickr. She invests between $25,000 and $50,000 per startup and also serves on the boards of numerous fledgling companies. She is presently connected to 7 investments.
Entis, Laura. “Meet the Top 5 Angel Investors of 2013 (Infographic).” Entrepreneur. 12/6/13.