Dear SaaStr: How Much Money Do You Need to Be An Angel Investor?

You can certainly start with a few small checks — to learn.  As long as they are experiments, to learn, and you are OK losing it all.

But you probably need at least $2,500,000 liquid to do it right. $10,000,000 to do it well.


  • You should probably make 50 bets to have a shot at a unicorn
  • Minimum check size is $10k usually, bare minimum
  • You probably shouldn’t put more than 5% of your net worth into angel investing unless you are truly a professional


50 x $10,000 each = $500,000 x putting even 20% of your liquid worth into angel investments = $2,500,000

And putting 20% of your net worth into angel investments is a lot. Stressful.

5% as noted above would be investing $500,000 of your liquid $10,000,000

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The Many Types of Angel Investors

angel image from here

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