Angel Investors can often be the ideal partners for new businesses that need capital. Like VC firms, Angel Investors love to see a nice return on their investment. They also might have different motivations for investing than a VC firm might have. When you’re working with an Angel Investor, you’re usually dealing with one individual, which is great if you’re looking quick feedback and mentorship. Since Dallas is home to some of the top startups in the state, it’s also home to top investors. Here are the best Angel Investors in Dallas right now:
#10 Mike Courtney
Mike has more than 20 years of research and strategic consulting experience. His areas of expertise include new product development, long-range scenario planning, and digital ethnography. He was one of the first U.S. market researchers for Nokia Mobile Phones. Mike has led research for consumer and B2B segments within high-tech, retail, and financial industries. Mike was a partner in Genesis Campus, an early stage venture fund. Mike evaluates startup companies and is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community. He’s both an accredited investor and board advisor for many startups.
#9 Ryan Scripps
Ryan Scripps is a strategic and financial adviser to start-up firms and investors. Ryan is a creative and disciplined business technology leader. He has experience in finance, strategic planning, operations, and project management. Ryan excels in investment analysis, planning, and business development. His primary industry experience is in healthcare, but he also has prior experience in heavy equipment, architecture, engineering and retail.
#8 Nathan Hanks
Nathan Hanks’ investments include SmartThings (acquired by Samsung), Dollar Shave Club, and SportsLock. Nathan excels at high-growth (including start-from-scratch) challenges that generate value for all stakeholders. His skills are best leveraged at the intersection of sales, marketing, and product development, with specialties including recruitment and team leadership. He also has experience in online marketing and marketing communications, sales and channel management, and product development.
#7 Hubert Zajicek
Co-Founder & CEO of Health Wildcatters, Hubert is a major Dallas-Fort Worth healthcare seed accelerator. Hubert loves working with healthcare startups, which is where he has spent most of his time. Hubert has seen pitches, read business plans, evaluated, judged, and advised over 1000 startups.
#6 Tahir Hussain
Tahir is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor, inventor, and a technologist. A founder and managing partner of Collide Village and milestone-driven technology accelerator, Tahir has a deep passion for changing the local technology startup landscape. Tahir invests and coaches entrepreneurs and mentors on how to build a successful, repeatable and scalable businesses. He enjoys data-driven entrepreneurial ventures. Tahir focuses on Angel and Private Equity Investing in startup companies. He has a knack for taking start-up ideas and converting them into successful businesses, and he is continually helping entrepreneurs through a structured process of mentorship.
#5 Sam Paulos
Sam has over 25 years of experience owning and operating companies. Sam owned and ran accounting services, auto dealerships, CD/DVD manufacturing, music instrument manufacturing, music distribution, sound recording, technology, real estate bars and nightclubs. Sam currently consults with companies in Dallas, where he gives a special focus to accounting processes and business management. Sam strives to make sure your accounting is accurate so that it can guide business decisions (instead of just being done because you have to file your taxes).
#4 Raju Indukuri
Raju is interested in disruptive innovations in technology and healthcare. He prefers to invest in startups that want to disrupt the obscenely costly healthcare market.
#3 Neal Rapoport
Neal has a technical background. He is outstanding with SEO advice, agile team building, and creating project plans. His initial success was founding DealTaker.com along with affiliate marketing, deals and coupons. He also has access to local investor groups and incubators if needed. Neal likes to invest in solid teams that have been together for a longer period of time, have definite revenue stream possibilities, want to see big growth, and are fun companies that are exciting for both employees and customers.
#2 Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore is an angel investor with over 100 investments in technology startups, and he is actively controlling interests in educational publishing and energy. He has been an angel investor and operator for 10 years. Critical thinker, passionate investor, contrarian, who enjoys helping talented entrepreneurs and young businesses succeed. His angel investment exits include TalentBin, Ringadoc, Freshplum, and Lovely. His current portfolio includes Lyft, Shyp, PracticeFusion, TellApart, Beepi, Life360, Nutanix, Robinhood, Transcriptic, Bottlenose, RealtyShares, Amplitude, Casetext, True & Co., and Zoomcar.
#1 Mark Cuban
With out a doubt, the most recognizable of all Dallas investors. In 1995, Mark and Todd Wagner came up with an internet based solution to listen to Indiana basketball games in Dallas. That solution was Broadcast.com - streaming audio over the internet. In just four years, Yahoo bought Broadcast.com for $5.6 billion dollars. Besides the Dallas Mavs, Mark is chairman and CEO of AXS tv, one of the “Sharks” on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor with an ever-growing portfolio of businesses. “I invest in companies that I think are compelling, differentiated and run by motivated entrepreneurs. It must be run to create profits and returns, not to find an exit”.