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Insights and Opinions: The Problem with the Super Angels

For today's Insights and Opinions section today, we have a post from Jim Armstrong, Managing Director at Clearstone Venture Partners, who talks about some of the issues behind the super angel trend.


There is a lot of talk these days about the growing number of angel funds and super angel funds, that is funds that quickly invest 250k to 2MM (roughly) into a company and remain very hands off. To be sure these super angel funds do indeed properly fit into the new trends around company creation. At Clearstone, we have also launched a super angel fund and strategy.

What I worry about is the path that most companies take to success and the staying power of this capital. In my 15 years plus in venture I can think of only two portfolio companies, Overture (goto.com) and Rubicon, which were able to flawlessly hit their launch plan. Overture pioneered the pay for placement search market and raced to $100MM in revenues. Rubicon hit the market just right with a publisher centric advertising solution. Otherwise, all of our other successes, a dozen IPOs and an equal amount of large M&A exits, took a very crooked path to success. (More...)


Read the rest of Jim's article on the Problems with the Super Angels.


posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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