The New Super Angels

Microsoft’s purchase of Skype is drawing attention to Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape (remember the 1990s?) and most prominent member of the new class of “super angels,” successful entrepreneurs who invest large sums in startup companies, often bypassing the typical venture-capital and angel-investor networks. As TechCrunch put it recently:

An entire generation of entrepreneurs have stopped thinking about hitting up those top tier VCs as their first step in the startup process. Many now simply begin with Y Combinator, or take a small angel round. These angels are fast and nimble and they are hanging out with the entrepreneurs at events, incubators, etc. They are in the fray, while many of the old VCs remain above it all, waiting for the entrepreneurs to come to them, hat in hand.

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