AngeBlog by Basil Peters

Angel Investors' Blogs

Where are the Angel Investor Bloggers?

For a few years now, I have wondered why there aren’t more blogs written by angel investors. This is my answer to the question, and the first list of angel investors' blogs.

Angels are More Important than VCs

One of the reasons I’ve been perplexed by the scarcity of angel investor bloggers is because I believe angels are more important to entrepreneurs, and the economy, than traditional Venture Capital investors.

Angels invest about the same amount of capital each year as VCs, but angels invest in 27 times more startups. It’s because angel investors provide this critical early stage capital, and are involved in so many more young companies, that I believe they are more important to entrepreneurs, and the economy, than traditional VC funds.

The Search for Angel Bloggers

I am not the only one who has wondered why there aren’t more angel investor bloggers.

Jeff Clavier asked the question two years ago in Angel investor blogs: where are thou?

He was following up on two posts by David Beisel VCs and Angels, Where are the Angel Bloggers? and Continued Conversation about Angel Bloggers.

A couple of years ago, Don Jones from VentureDeal started a Feedburner network called ‘Angel Capital.’ I don’t think it ever grew beyond Don and me.

Three years ago, the Entrepreneurship Blog posted 65 VC & Angel Investor Blogs; but a review of that list did not seem to include any active angel investors' blogs.

VC Bloggers

Right from the beginning of the blogging phenomenon, there has been a large number of VC bloggers.

Just recently, Larry Cheng wrote a great post: Global VC Blog Directory – Ranked By # of Google Reader Subscribers. He ranked 115 VC blogs by their number of Google subscribers. I hadn’t seen that as a way to rank blogs before, but it makes sense to me. Cheng’s article provided me with the impetus to build the first list of angel bloggers below.

Why Aren’t There More Blogs by Angel Investors?

Venture Blog suggests some reasons there aren’t more Angel Investor Bloggers.

I think the reasons there are so few angel bloggers are pretty simple:

1. Angels eat what they kill - OK, I may be a little jealous here, but I remember what it was like when I ran a VC fund. I actually got a paycheck. Every month. No matter what. Angels only get paid when they sell an investment for a profit. So I think angels just have less time to blog.

2. Angels are a little older - Many angel investors are in their late 50s and sixties. Many are considerably older. They just never got caught up in the blogging ‘movement.’

3. Angel investing is not a primary activity - Most angels aren’t full time investors. Their other interests also mean they have less time to write about angel investing.

4. Angel investing is still quite new - The angel investment ‘industry’ today is at about the same stage of development as the venture capital industry was in the mid 1980s.

A Special Note About The Frank Peters Show

First, Frank and I are not related. The Frank Peters Show blog deserves a special mention in this list. Frank’s excellent blog on angel investing may be the most widely followed blog for angels.

His site is unique because it’s a podcast. Frank publishes ‘radio shows’ about angel investing once a week or so. He doesn’t publish an RSS feed, so I can’t compare his blog on my list. In an email to me, Frank said: "iTunes matters to me, 22% of my audience comes in from iTunes."

The First List of Angel Investors' Blogs

This is the first draft of the Angel Investor Blog List.

I’ve blended two rankings - the number of Google Reader subscribers (like the VC list) and the Alexa rank (smaller is better). Rankings are from June 17, 2009.

Please help me complete and update this list. If you know of an angel investor blog that should be included, submit a comment below or send me an email. Thanks for your help on this resource.

Rank

Blog Title

Google Reader Subscribers

Alexa Rank

1

AngelBlog

350

434,632

2

The Frank Peters Show

N.A.

1,686,963

3

Angel Investing, Entrepreneurship & Learning

69

1,958,903

4

The Angel Angle

22

1,164,435

5

Venture Hype - Where Angels Ignite

18

716,549

6

Angelsoft Blog

17

Subdomain

7

Rose Tech Ventures

N.A.

1,032,267

8

NZ Angels

N.A.

1,018,871

9

National Angel Capital Association (NACO) blog

14

1,912,818

10

Angel Investor - Bill Payne & Associates

10

2,992,498

11

Ask the Angels

10

1,228,545

12

National Angel Capital Association

10

5,128,753

13

CommonAngels - Adventures in Startups & VC

9

7,150,228

14

Common Stock Not

7

5,862,893

15

MyVirtualAngelWorld.com

6

4,922,224

16

Angel Investment Journal

3

3,654,593

17

Angels Den - Angel Investment Blog

3

N.A.

18

Angel Investment Journal - Angel Investing and Entrepreneur Blog

2

3,304,784

19

Business Angel Blog

1

1,954,056

20

Early Stage Deal Blog by Bill Payne

1

N.A.

21

Startups and Angels

N.A.

N.A.

Apologies in advance if I have left anyone out or transcribed any of this data incorrectly. Please post a comment below or email me your suggestions, updates and error corrections. Thanks very much.

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