The Best Angel Investors In New York

Angel investments can be perfect for businesses that are beyond the early stages and are in their growth stage. Many businesses receiving angel investments already have revenue and are growing at a healthy rate every month. Now that they're starting to get overwhelmed and they have a huge list of things they need to get done they need money to get to the next level.

Angel investors provide capital for early-stage companies that show promise. They can also become important mentors. Their money is invested in your business and they want to see a nice return on their investment while watching you succeed. New York is a special place with a concentrated group of outstanding Angel Investors. Here are the best Angel Investors in New York.

Roger Ehrenberg

Helping build the best investor syndicates for specific companies. Roger is also good at helping with both business development and recruiting. He has invested in more than 60 companies and has a lot of data on what works, what doesn't and is happy to share his knowledge. Roger is the Managing Partner at IA Ventures. IA Ventures is an early stage venture firm focused on creating competitive advantage through data.

Joanne Wilson

Joanne started out in retail, moved to wholesale and then to the media side of the technology world. She has been involved with many real estate transactions from beginning to end and is continuing to make investments in that world. Joanne spends most of the day investing in startup companies that are technology based including some in the consumer products area and even restaurants. She invests and gets involved. Co-founder of the Women’s Entrepreneur Festival which takes place every January with the ITP department of NYU. 

Ryan Melohn

Ryan Melohn is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Expansion VC. As the chief facilitator for Expansion VC, Ryan has been responsible for successfully pairing potential entrepreneurs and companies with ideal investments. Ryan’s networking throughout the venture capital and corporate worlds have proven extremely valuable. His portfolio includes but is not limited to Postmates, RelayRides, AngelList, Life360, Firebase, TheRealReal,, Compstak, Engrade and eShares among many others.

Aamer Abdullah

Providing business development, marketing and strategy consulting services. Aamer is the Founder of MI Ventures. MI Ventures invests in and advises creative disruptive business ventures. They believe in the entrepreneur's tough pioneer spirit. Their portfolio and history of investments enable them to offer the entrepreneur not only funds but also resources and experienced advice covering a wide and diverse set of industries and markets. Participating in seed and series A rounds of investments to assist early stage companies in proving out their models and ideas that they hope better the world around us.

David S. Rose

David S. Rose is an Inc. 500 CEO, serial entrepreneur, super angel investor, best selling author and keynote speaker who has founded or funded over 100 pioneering companies.

He has been described by Forbes as "New York's Archangel", by BusinessWeek as a "world conquering entrepreneur", by Crain's New York Business as "the father of angel investing in New York", and by Red Herring magazine as "patriarch of Silicon Alley". He is the New York Times best selling author of Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups.

John Frankel

Working with companies, aiding in strategy, hiring, and positioning. John is the founding partner of ff Venture Capital and has been a seed and early-stage investor since late 1999. He focuses on advising and growing technology and technology-enabled companies across emerging industries, including smart locks, cloud-based security, machine learning and artificial intelligence, UAVs, enterprise software, and crowdfunding, among others.

John has served on the boards of more than 35 companies and has led investments in more than 80 companies, including Cornerstone OnDemand, Indiegogo, Ionic Security, Unikey, Socure, Reaction Housing, SkyCatch, Plated, 500px, Distil Networks, and Bottlenose. 

Nasir Jones

Nasir is the Founder of QueensBridge Venture Partners. QueensBridge Venture Partners has a history of engaging in highly competitive and visible markets. Their collective experience has shaped their approach to investing by allowing them to recognize and capitalize on key trends. Furthermore, by focusing on co-investment opportunities with leading venture capital funds and angel investors in Silicon Valley, they have unique access to attractive companies.

Gary Vaynerchuk

When Gary was in his 20s he joined his family liquor store Wine Library and helped grow it from $3 million to a $60 million dollar revenue business in only a few years. During this time, he launched, one of America's first wine e-commerce sites. 

In 2009, he started VaynerMedia along with his brother AJ. They're a social-media-focused digital shop that helps Fortune 500 brands tell their stories and drive their business results. They currently have four locations: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chattanooga. They will be opening a fifth office in London in June of 2016. 

In 2014, Gary launched VaynerRSE, a $25 million seed fund that invests in and launches the next generation of world-changing technology companies. In 2015, he launched VaynerCapital.

Kal Vepuri

Kal is an entrepreneurial private investor and vice versa. 100 companies, 200 founders, $4Billion in follow-on capital. Kal focuses on introductions, talent, growth, product, financing and strategy. Kal is also the founder of Brainchild. Brainchild is a collective of engineers, operators, and designers that create products and services to solve some of the most significant problems facing consumers in healthcare, technology and consumer products. They operate in both a technical and creative environment in the heart of New York City.

Adam Rothenberg

Adam is a Managing Partner at Boxgroup. BoxGroup is an early stage investment fund. Their typical investment ranges from $50,000 to $250,000. Their goal is to back the best entrepreneurs regardless of location or stage. They view investing as a journey where they support companies based on the conviction in the team. They look to partner with extraordinary entrepreneurs building disruptive technology companies and with visions to create the next generation of category-defining businesses.

Tom Peterson

Helping teams with business development, operational and sales strategies. Tom Peterson is the President and CEO of the Social Leverage Group of Companies and Co-Founder and General Partner of Social Leverage, an established early-stage venture capital firm.

As early angel investors, Tom and his partner, Howard Lindzon, have backed successful startups like LifeLock, GolfNow,, BuddyMedia, GoInstant, Assistly, Tweetdeck, Kensho, Robinhood, Simply Measured, eToro, TicketFly, AngelList, Tubemogul, Betaworks and more. The firm primarily invests in mobile/cloud saas, financial technologies, business intelligence & analytics, monetization infrastructure, consumer marketplaces, e-commerce, and virtual reality.

In 2010, Peterson and Lindzon were recognized by Institutional Investor as one of the “super angels.” In 2012, they subsequently raised their second small micro-VC fund. With 80+ investments closed, Peterson manages the day-to-day business of Social Leverage and assists portfolio companies in need with operational and corporate development expertise. 

Nihal Mehta

Nihal Mehta is a Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures. With over 15 years experience in marketing technologies through founding five startups and investing in 100+ since 1999, Nihal Mehta is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands.

Before Eniac, Nihal co-founded LocalResponse, Inc. (now Qualia), which makes ads more relevant from social signals, which he pivoted from buzzd, the first mobile real-time city guide. As the founding CEO, Nihal grew LocalResponse's revenues 2153% over a three year period, which placed the company to #204 (#14 in NYC) to the 2014 Inc. 5000's Fastest Growing Companies and #67 to the 2013 Forbes list of America's Most Promising Companies. Before LocalResponse, Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which was acquired by Omnicom in 2005. Nihal's investment portfolio includes Admob (acquired by Google), Airbnb, Swiftkey (acquired by Microsoft), Tapad (acquired by Telenor) & Uber. 

In 2013, Nihal Mehta was named a semi-finalist for "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young, in 2012 a top 100 "Coolest People in NY Tech," by Business Insider, a "NYC tech influencer" by VentureBeat, one of the "25 People Every New Founder Should Meet in New York Tech" a top "25 Up-And-Coming Startup CEO in New York" by Business Insider, and a 2012 AlwaysOn "Power Player NYC." Mehta was named a top 10 New York City "Game Changer" in the 2010 New York Enterprise Report, one of twenty RCR Wireless News "Mobile Movers and Shakers" in 2008, a BusinessWeek "M-Commerce Baron" in 2006 and named one of Ad Age's "Top 20 Marketers in Their 20s" in 2005. Nihal frequently guest lectures at business schools around the country on entrepreneurship and mobile marketing and is published in over 15 books and white papers on the subject.

Esther Dyson

Esther is the Chairman of EDventure Holdings. Her primary activity is investing in and nurturing start-ups, with a recent focus on health care, human capital, and aerospace. Esther is fascinated by new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economically and politically). From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut. Apart from this brief sabbatical, she is an active board member for a variety of startups.

Zachary Aarons

Zachary is a real estate developer and real estate technology investor looking to connect professionals within those two industries. Experienced with development, property management, leasing, fundraising, community engagement, marketing, and venture capital. Advises companies on business development strategy and execution. Working to get companies distribution and relationships with real estate developers, landlords, property managers, and brokers.

Peter Kellner

Peter is the Co-founder of Endeavor. Endeavor Identifies and helps Entrepreneurs globally realize their potential. Peter founded their first offices in Chile and Argentina and identified their first entrepreneurs. He also expanded Endeavor into North America in 2012.

Peter found early entrepreneurs in Argentina like Wences Casares ($700MM+ exit in 5 years) and Andy Freire (his startup became Staples Latin America) are now icons for the next generation. Endeavor finds the highest impact entrepreneurs around the world, having created hundreds of thousands of jobs, and billions of revenue annually.

In 2012, Peter spearheaded Endeavor's expansion in the United States, including identifying their first entrepreneurs in Miami. They are now expanding across the US with Endeavor Detroit and Endeavor Louisville and many more US offices on the way.

David Tisch

David is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Spring and is a Managing Partner of Box Group, a New York City based seed-stage angel capital firm. Box Group has invested in over 130 seed stage technology companies including Blue Apron, BarkBox, Vine, Handybook, DataMinr, Warby Parker, Harry's and Behance. David also Co-Founded TechStars NYC, where he served as Managing Director. Before TechStars, David served as Executive Vice President of Interactive Strategies at kgb, where he founded and lead, a social aggregation startup within kgb. David was named to NYC Mayor Bloomberg's Advisory Council on Technology and serves on the Investor Board of Venture for America. David works with Wharton's Entrepreneurship Program and on the Entrepreneurship Board at NYU. David likes to work with really interesting teams working on big visions with deep beliefs in the market they are attacking.

Fabrice Grinda

As an Internet entrepreneur and investor, Fabrice has successfully transposed, adapted and invested in business ideas between the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

In March of 2006, Fabrice co-founded OLX, Inc. with business partner Alec Oxenford, in the hopes of building the largest free local classified site in the world. Until December 2012, as co-CEO, Fabrice drove the company’s business development, investor relations, M&A and product development efforts. OLX now has over 300 employees and is present in over 90 countries and 50 languages with over 150 million unique visitors per month.

Fabrice is also a prolific Angel Investor with over 100 active investments in various companies including Viajanet, Peopleperhour, Brightroll, and many others.

Before OLX, Fabrice was the founder and CEO of Zingy Inc., which he built into one of the largest wireless media companies in the Americas while successfully closing deals with some of the top wireless providers in the world. Within four years, Fabrice successfully grew the business to $200 million in content sales before selling the business in 2004 for $80 million.

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