Digital Power List: Angels

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ANGELS

Tech's top talent scouts have an uncanny ability to pick winners.

1

Paul Graham

Cofounder, Y Combinator

Graham literally wrote the book on tech entrepreneurship before cofounding Y Combinator, a seed-capital firm that makes small bets on promising companies (think Reddit).

2

Ron Conway

Investor, SV Angel

Conway is what's known as a "super angel": a guy who can pour millions into startups, delaying the need for venture capital. He's still going strong after surviving the first dotcom bust.

3

Reid Hoffman

Cofounder, LinkedIn

He's not just the boss of a social network--he invests in them, too, having made a hugely lucrative early bet on Facebook.

4

Ben Horowitz

Cofounder, Andreessen Horowitz

His must-read blog blends rap lyrics with the business insights you'd expect from the man who cofounded Opsware in 1999 and set up shop with Marc Andreessen 10 years later.

5

Marc Andreessen

Cofounder, Andreessen Horowitz

He launched the 1993 Internet era with his Mosaic browser. His three-year-old venture fund has had a golden run with bets on Skype, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

6

Peter Thiel

Managing partner, Founders Fund

Thiel gives young entrepreneurs two years and $100,000 to pursue their dreams. The catch: they must quit college before turning 20. …