While traditional venture capital companies are larger in size and may provide backing to growing businesses in multiple stages and rounds of financing, angel investors normally solely focus on startup businesses in specific industries, markets, or regions. Angel venture capital firms are usually made up of wealthy individual investors or a network of investors that invest small amounts of early stage capital in startup companies that fit their criteria.
Over the last few years, the amount of angel funding in the United States has closely matched the amount of financing provided by venture capital firms, although it is usually quantified by smaller investments spread across a larger amount of companies. The average amount of angel financing per transaction ranges from $25,000 to $125,000 if it is an individual investor and anywhere up to $2 million or more if it is a group of investors.
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Social Leverage typically provides investments ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 to technology businesses across the nation.¬† Launched by angel investor, Howard Lindzon, the company aids startups in growth through their industry relationships.
Thrive Capital is a¬†$10 million fund raised by founder, Joshua Kushner.¬†¬†With a fund¬†backed by media executives, public media companies, and venture capital firms, Thrive Capital specializes in providing small amounts of financing to early stage companies in markets that include consumer Internet, digital media, and social media, providing their fair share of Internet private equity.
Felicis Ventures was formed by a group of angel investors to back early¬†and seed stage companies in the Internet, mobile, and e-commerce markets across diverse industries.¬† The company usually provides initial financing ranging from $100,000 to¬†$500, 000.¬†Considered a super¬†angel fund, Felicis Ventures¬†aids¬†businesses in¬†obtaining additional¬†rounds of financing as needed and advises in business growth.
Floodgate Fund¬†targets¬†early stage companies in the San Francisco Bay area and Austin, TX.¬† It provides technology-related businesses investments ranging from $100,000 to $1 million through a unique fundraising model that bridges the gap¬†between angel investors¬†and larger venture capital firms.
Although this firm also focuses on¬†business advising and acquiring late stage companies, its main focus is backing startup¬†businesses.¬† Founded by one of Twitter’s first investors, Chris Sacca, Lowercase Capital targets technology businesses, specifically in¬†web services, that offer¬†groundbreaking end-user services.
The Founders Fund is a¬†multi-fund organization launched by entrepreneurs and angel investors, including Napster’s co-founder and Facebook’s founding president, Sean Parker, as well as¬†PayPal’s¬†co-founders,¬†Ken Howery, Peter Thiel, and Luke Nosek.¬† While the company focuses on¬†investing in technology startups with¬†backing ranging from $500,000 to $5 million, it also¬†operates smaller¬†funds for investments of up to $250,000, including fbFund, which is considered a micro-seed fund dedicated to Facebook-related startups.
SV Angel is an estimated $20 million Silicon Valley¬†fund created by angel investors, Ron Conway and David Lee.¬† The fund is intended to provide small amounts of funding to seed stage startups in the IT, e-commerce, mobile,¬†and Internet markets.
Founder Collective is an open-industry, IT-focused seed venture capital firm with an estimated $40 million fund providing technology private equity.¬† The company is based in New York and focuses on technology businesses on the east coast as well as across the world. Founder Collective has invested in more than 30 companies in the past six years including Skype.
Greylock Partners¬†provides early stage¬†funding and growth equity to¬†companies worldwide.¬† With $2 billion in capital under management, the firm has invested in¬†businesses such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pandora.¬† Established in 1965, Greylock Partners has¬†operations in the United States, China, Israel, and India.