They said it couldn’t be done, but we’ve released a feature that lets you control which angels see your startup on AngelList. When you add your startup to AngelList, you’ll see a button to pick your angels:

Click it, and this beast will pop up:

Then pick the angels who should see your startup. The angels you don’t pick won’t get access to your startup at all.

You can search for angels by name:

And you can filter the list by fund type (angel, VC, seed fund…), activity (is the angel actually taking meetings and doing investments on AngelList), and location.

So what the hell is this good for?

Avoid angels who’ve invested in competitors, keep your pitch hidden while you’re still editing it, avoid VCs, embrace VCs, pitch VCs on your Series A, test out your pitch on half the list first, pitch local investors, et cetera, et cetera.

In general, unless you really know what you’re doing, you should select everyone on AngelList. If the AngelList admins decide to mail your startup to the investors you’ve selected, you’ll get more intros if you pick all the angels. And if the admins don’t think your startup is ready for an email, the angels who review all the startups that join AngelList might decide to take an intro on their own. Again, you’re more likely to get “crowd sourced” by the angels if you select more angels.

Please let us know how you use this new tool. We’ve tested it on Chrome, Safari and Firefox too. IE is another story. Anyway, if you haven’t tried Chrome, you should give it a go — my mom likes it.

Topics AngelList

6 comments · Show

  • Rick Wittenbraker

    Kudos to the Venture Hacks / Angel List team for walking the walk: solving a pain point in the market, listening to your audience, rapid iteration, creating value. As both an entrepreneur and an investor, I thank you all. Puh-LEASE keep up the great work.

  • Natalie Hodge

    Thanks for the addition. Our social proof is evolving and it will be nice to have the profile hidden until we are ready. And we’re a healthcare service business , so until you have investors in healthcare service, there’s no point investors only interested in tech seeing our deal, really. I look forward to your advice and feedback, you have helped us sign a proven early stage CEO and build a proven team to execute our plan… The next blogposts I’d like to see are governance, ( taking your board from the two founder dynamic, to the strategies to build a board that will be seen by investors as having the appropriate checks and balances, as well as strategic board that can rapidly accelerate our companies distribution channels)
    The second I’d like to see is once we meet market fit, how do you see founders best fitting in to the company, and what are the roles founders are best suited to after finding product market fit? It seems to me that as a founder and user of our healthcare mobile platform for doctors, that I can be best suited as a continual user of the platform in practice and filtering advice from our physician customers back to our executive team? I look forward to your advice and feedback?


    Natalie Hodge MD FAAP

  • Lucas Dailey

    This is great news!

    We were just mulling this issue over earlier in the week. We’d like to use Angel List, but most of our competitors investors use it, and we’d like to stay as stealthy as possible until our public launch.

    Thank you.

  • Luke G

    Sweet feature. Have you thought about integrating the LinkedIn API to let folks see which angels they’re connected to (and how many intros away they may be)?

  • franchiseguy01

    Nice feature. Controlling the visibility of your start up let us manage our start up more effectively.

  • Lean Education

    When you add your startup to AngelList, you will have the option to select the angels you think should see your startup. If you don’t pick them, these angels will not have access to your information. You will be able to search for investors by name, as well as filter the list by fund type , activity and location.