San Francisco Angel Investors and Venture Capital Firm
If you're an angel investor who's looking to find the best startups in San Francisco, then join Angel Kings today. We'll show you how to increase your angel investment network by connecting you with the best startup companies and other angel investors in the San Francisco Bay Area.
With our proprietary formula of: People, Product, Execution, Timing, you won’t need to know all the details on how to start a company to know how to make smart investments: we’ve done the research for you.
At Angel Kings, we know when to invest in a startup company because we do our due diligence to find out everything about that company–from the founder to the financials. We look for companies that provide better solutions for everyday problems, not iterations of other companies’ successes. Our main goal is to reduce your risk, for which there's plenty among business angel investors, and help you make wiser decisions with which startups need your business funding.
Top San Francisco Startups
Crunchyroll is a leading global destination and platform for Japanese anime and Asian content. Crunchyroll was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Francisco with an office in Tokyo, Japan. The company features both a free, ad-supported online video offering as well as a subscription online video service to a fan base in 160 countries. The company is profitable, has over 300,000 subscribers, and doubled its number of subscribers last year.
2. lending club
Lending Club is an online platform for connecting creditworthy borrowers with investors looking for an attractive rate of return. We are the market leader in peer-to-peer lending.
Yammer offers open, flexible workspaces to collaborate and connect across your organization. Millions of people each day use Yammer to find the people and information they need to feel smarter and solve problems more easily.
Meet the Top 10 Best Angel Investors in San Francisco, California
1. Dave McClure
Founding partner of 500 Startups, Dave McClure tops our list with his investments in notable companies such as CakeHealth, Lenda, Recurly, Stripe, TaskRabbit, Votizen...need we go on? Dave has made more than 400+ investments, and serves as a board member and advisor to startup companies such as KissMetrics and Gengo.
2. Naval Ravikant
Founder of AngelList, Naval Ravikant has invested in several popular startups such as Uber, Postmates, Twitter and Kaggle. He also serves as an advisor to several startups, including Shyp and Space Monkey. Naval is also known as one of the angel investors who lobbied for the JOBS Act, which opened a lot of doors for startups to receive business funding.
3. Marissa Mayer
CEO of Yahoo! and the creative genius behind the simple, yet iconic, Google Search Bar, Marissa Mayer has invested in Fintech startup, Wealthfront, which is mentioned in the Angel Kings Top Fintech Startups Rankings. Marissa has also invested in startups such as Minted., Square and Airtime, a startup that is revolutionizing the way users experience group messaging and video chatting.
4. Jason Calacanis
Jason Calacanis ranks as #4 in our Top 10 Best Angel Investors for having invested in startups such as Uber, Evernote (a personal favorite), Robinhood and Tumblr. Jason is also the creator of the startup conference known as the LAUNCH Conference, which provides emerging startups the opportunity to introduce their ideas and receive business funding.
5. Kevin Rose
Founder of companies such as Digg, Milk and Revision3, as well as, partner at Google Ventures, Kevin Rose knows how to keep himself busy. Investor in a wide array of startups such as Wealthfront, Shyp, Zynga, Twitter, Facebook and AngelList, Kevin Rose makes #5 in our Top 10 Best Angel Investors for also having one of the most diverse portfolios that have either been acquired or IPO'd.
6. Dave Morin
Not only has Dave Morin worked at notable companies such as Apple and Facebook, he's also invested in companies that have become, if not well on its way to becoming, household names such as: Twitter,Dropbox, Nest, Evernote, Postmates, Product Hunt, Pinterest...should I keep going? To top it all off, Dave also serves as a Board Member of SFMOMA, Eventbrite and the USSA.
7. Tim O'Reilly
If you've ever used the term "open source" whenever you're talking about accessible software to the masses, well, you've got Tim O'Reilly to thank for that. Tim believed that open source software is intertwined with the increasing development and power of the Internet. However, besides giving us better terms to use for free software, Tim has also made several notable investments such as: Codecademy and Foursquare.
8. Chris Sacca
An angel investor whose investments have joined the "household name" gang. Let's name a few and see if you can identify which startups have now embedded themselves as part of your daily life... I can guarantee you at least one. Ready? Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Lookout, Instagram, Kickstarter, Optimizely, Photobucket, Streak, Twilio. Now, if you've honestly not used at least one of these companies, or if some of them didn't come pre-installed in whatever fancy Smartphone you may likely be reading this from... well, there's a first time for everything.
9. Evan Williams
One of the men responsible for the hashtag phenomenon, co-founder of Twitter, Evan Williams is once again making news with Medium, another social publishing company he co-founded with Biz Stone. Let's not forget, however, that Evan was also a part of the blogging phenomenon when he founded Blogger. Besides growing the company, Medium, Evan continues to invest in other startup companies such as EverFi, Typekit and HoneyBook. #awesome.
10. Tim Ferriss
There can't be a Top 10 Best Angel Investors without mentioning Tim Ferriss. Tim has made investments in companies that are, again, becoming part of the "household name" gang - Facebook, Duolingo, Twitter, Uber, Evernote, DailyBurn, TaskRabbit...to name a few. He also has a blog that has about 2 million readers, and he serves as an advisor to companies such as Evernote, Shopify, AngelList, Uber.
What if you want to know how to start a company...
Say you want to be like Ryan Hoover, Founder of Product Hunt, who had a great idea and built a company around it. But the big question is...how did he do it? Did he just hope his idea will work and that some angel investor will show up in his doorstep with millions of dollars?
Every startup founder's story is different, but there's bound to be some similarities, right?
The video to the right will show you the advice we gave to San Francisco startups seeking small business funding from angel investors and venture capital firms. Watch it. Learn from it. Contact us if you have any questions or better yet, if you want to join Angel Kings. We'd love to help you out!
Your volume acting funny? Follow along below to learn more about Ross Blankenship's advice to young startup entrepreneurs who want to know how to start their own business!
"The first thing you do, if you want to be an entrepreneur, is you start with the people. This is the number one thing. You don't try to go assemble a team. I'm not talking about the founding team and finding your buddy, who is a great hacker and you're the sales person. No.
What I mean is, go out in the field and talk to consumers. As a startup founder, the number one thing, and the almost only thing that matters, is whether somebody's willing to give you their credit card and say, "Hey, I love your idea and charge me for it. I will pay you to take money out of my pocket and give it to you."
Go out. Whether it's Starbucks, whether it's a café shop, and see people hacking on something, ask them if they'd use your software. Or they'd pay you for it. Find out!
Go to the people first! Again, not your founding people. Ask hard questions.
A big mistake I see in this one is sending out surveys or doing market research. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on "Market Research" to know whether your company will succeed. It doesn't take that much money."
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