Celebrating ACA Member Successes in 2013


2013 was a great year for angel investors, including many ACA member angel groups. Several had successful exits, others made more investments than they ever have in a year, and new groups made investments for the first time.

It is important to celebrate these successes, which happened to members in all parts of North America. Here are some great examples:

IPOs:

Acquisitions:


Most Active Years Ever and New Groups Starting Investments:


I embarked on this reflection of 2013 after receiving a call from TechCrunch reporter Jonathan Shieber, who asked about the level of angel investing in 2013 and cited data from CrunchBase in the article he wrote.

It's interesting to see the different ways that organizations track angel investment. For example, while CrunchBase estimates $1.1 billion in angel investment in 2013, we know it's much higher. The University of New Hampshire Center for Venture Research estimates angel investing at nearly $23 billion in 2012 and is showing a trend upward in 2013.

The HALO report also reports on angel investing, at the angel group level. But rather than sizing the entire angel market, it focuses on demographic information about where deals occur and trends involving the type of deals. It's important to understand the nuances of all these numbers when sizing the angel market.

With all of these reports looking up, it's time to celebrate the successes of 2013 for angel investors and our angel group members. Stay tuned for what happens in 2014. Part of me believes it will be a robust year, but another part of me is concerned that market confusion over SEC final and proposed rules related to general solicitation are holding back investment, but that is for another blog on another day.

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