2016 was an Excellent Year for ACA Members – Celebrating Exits!


I have to admit that while I have really enjoyed being an angel investor and meeting such interesting people, but the real fun didn’t start until I had an exit.  I was lucky enough to be one of 40+ investors in EyeVerify, which was acquired in September by Ant Financial, a subsidiary of Alibaba for more than $100 million.  There’s nothing like getting that return check – or hearing the ins and outs of the acquisition from the entrepreneur and angels on the board!

This made me wonder how many other ACA members also had this kind of fun.  In a quick bit of website research, I found an incomplete list of acquisitions and IPOs for portfolio companies of ACA members in 2016 below.  These ACA members are from throughout North America, not just the usual venture hotspots.  I don’t know how many angels were involved in these exits, but congrats to them and the entrepreneurs who led those companies.

Some of the platforms and angel groups must really be doing things right – and celebrating with some really nice champagne or coffee this year.  You can see in the list below that some organizations had multiple exits in 2016.  FundersClub had ten! Central Texas Angel NetworkOurCrowd and Tech Coast Angelshad six.  New York Angels had five, and the Alliance of Angels and Houston Angel Network had four each.  And we also saw the first $1 billion exit via AngelList.  You can read more about some of these exits in ACA Member News.

This is a nice “wonder wall” to celebrate, something Brian Cohen has encouraged ACA to do, so with thanks to him, I present the 2016 ACA member wonder wall: 

Portfolio Company

Acquirer

ACA Member Organization

1000museums.com

Art Authority

Alliance of Angels

Abe’s Market

Direct Eats

OurCrowd

Activate

Bloglovin

FundersClub

Anvato

Google

New York Angels

Alternative.ly

Blackbaud

Atlanta Technology Angels

Assurex Health

Myriad Genetics

Queen City Angels, Ohio Tech Angels, North Coast Angel Fund

BeautyBooked

StyleSeat

New York Angels

Beepi

Fair

AngelList

Better Voice
Intelliquent

Central Texas Angel Network

Binpress

CodersClan

FundersClub

Careport Health

Allscripts

Converge Venture Partners

Cimagine Media

Snap Inc

OurCrowd

Clear Care

Battery Ventures
Tech Coast Angels

Crosswise

Oracle

OurCrowd

Cruise Automation

General Motors

AngelList

CSID

Experian

Houston Angel Network, Central Texas Angel Network

Curriculet

Waterford Institute

Sand Hill Angels

Dash

Reserve

New York Angels

Docalytics

Contently

SeedInvest

Dulce Vida Spirits
Milestone Brands LLC

Central Texas Angel Network

Encore Alert

Meltwater

Next Gen Venture Partners

Encore Vision

Novartis

Cowtown Angels, Golden Seeds

Enroute Systems

Pitney Bowes

Alliance of Angels, Keiretsu Forum

EyeVerify

Ant Financial

Mid-America Angels, Nebraska Angels, Women’s Capital Connection

Fire Blade

StackPath

OurCrowd

Food Genius

US Foods

Hyde Park Angels

grandPad 

Acer
Tech Coast Angels

Greenling

Farmhouse Delivery

Houston Angel Network

Hipmunk

Concur Technologies

Tech Coast Angels

HitFix

Woven Digital

Golden Seeds, Tech Coast Angels

Julep

Glansaol

Alliance of Angels

Little Bird

Sprinklr

Oregon Angel Fund

Locus Energy

Genscape

Investors’ Circle

Lytx

GTCR

Tech Coast Angels

Meshify

Hartford Steam Boiler

Houston Angel Network, Central Texas Angel Network

Novira Therapeutics

Johnson & Johnson

Robin Hood Ventures

PakSense

Emerson

Alliance of Angels, Keiretsu Forum, Boise Angel Alliance

Parko

EasyPark

OurCrowd

Per Blue (game DragonSoul)

GREE International Entertainment

Golden Angels Investors

Perception Software
Altium Limited

Central Texas Angel Network

Placemeter

Netgear

FundersClub

Plain Vanilla

Glu Mobile

SeedInvest

Replay Technologies

Intel

OurCrowd

Represent

Customlink

FundersClub

RetroSense Therapeutics

Allergan

BlueWater Angels, Tech Coast Angels

Selexys Pharmaceuticals

Novartis

Seedstep Angels

Senscient
MSA Safety

Central Texas Angel Network

SendHub

Cameo Global

FundersClub

Set.fm

Pledge Music

Houston Angel Network

Shareable Ink

Digital Reasoning

Nashville Capital Network

Social Radar

Verizon Wireless

NextGen Venture Partners

SpoonRocket

iFood

FundersClub

Sproutling

Mattel

FundersClub

StarMobile

PowWow Mobile

Atlanta Technology Angels

StatusPage

Atlassian

FundersClub

TalkShoe

iotum

BlueTree Allied Angels, New York Angels

Trumplt

Wayfair

New York Angels

Ustream

IBM

Band of Angels

Visicon Technologies

Electro Scientific Industries

Sacramento Angels

WeGoLook

Crawford & Co.

Seedstep Angels, Tech Coast Angels

Worklife

Cisco

FundersClub

You Eye

UserZoom

FundersClub

Zephyrus Biosciences

Bio Techne Corporation

Life Science Angels

If I missed your exit, please let me know and we’ll add to the wall.  It is surprisingly difficult to find information on these important events for founders and angels.

Comments

While this is wonderful data, I'd love to see this chart sorted by Member Angel Organization!
Bill Payne  1 year ago 
Many ways to sort data! The same list, sorted by angel platform or group, is available here: https://www.angelcapitalassociation.org/data/Documents/2016ACAMemberExits-SortedbyAngelOrgRev.pdf?rev=2ACC
Marianne Hudson  1 year ago 

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