230 VCs, and Angels Invest in Crowdfunding Platforms

by Alex Feldman

December 6, 2013

While looking for potential investors for my website, I decided to research venture capital (VC) firms and see which ones were investing in crowdfunding platforms.  Using Crunchbase, a free database of tech companies around the world, I was surprised to find that 230 VCs (firms that invest pools of money) and Angels (individuals who invest their own money) invested in 45 companies for a total of $866 million. Most of that money – nearly 80 percent – went to debt-based crowdfunding sites. The top eight investments were for debt businesses. The remainder went to crowdfunding sites that provide equity or rewards, or raise funds through donations.


Below are all the investors who invested in three or more funding sites sorted by the greatest number of investments. It might indicate that these investors are doing a play on the crowdfunding industry.


Investor Type Businesses
Google Ventures VC LendUp,AngelList, CircleUp,OnDeck,upstart, Rally
SV Angel VC Rally,CrowdTilt,FundersClub,Kabbage,Naition Builder, Patreon
First Round Capital VC On Deck Capital, GiveForward,upstart,Funders Club
Union Square Ventures VC KickStarter, CircleUp, lending Club, funding circle
Accel Partners VC Lenddo, Funding Circle,Prosper
KPCB VC LendUp,AngelList, Upstart,Lending Club
Andreessen Horowitz VC LendUp,Nation Builder,Funders Club,CrowdTIlt
Omidyar Network VC Lenddo,Nation Builder,Change.org, Prosper
QED Investors VC Prosper,LendUp,SoMoLend,AvantCredit
Y Combinator Accelerator FundersClub,CrowdTilt,WeFunder,Watsi
Khosla Ventures VC Indiegogo,OnDeck,upstart
Draper Fisher Jurvetson VC Prosper,AngelList,FundersClub
Thomvest Ventures VC LendUp,Kabbage,LendingClub
CrunchFund VC AngelList,Crowdtilt,upstart
Alexis Ohanian Angel LendUp,CrowdTilt,Patreon
Garry Tan Angel LendUp,CrowdTilt,Patreon
Naval Ravikant Angel Rally, CrowdTilt, GiveForward

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