Startups and investors can now access AngelList content on an unofficial mAngel mobile client, thanks to entrepreneur and first-time mobile app developer Dale Emmons.
"The original idea came from a tweet from a random angel investor I didn't know that showed up in my twitter feed a few weeks ago," Dale tells LAUNCH via email. "He commented that the API had been out for a week or two and was looking for someone to put together a mobile app."
Dale built mAngel using the AngelList API, node.js and Amazon Web Services. Within the first few hours of launching, roughly 70 people have used the mobile web app, Dale says.
"The mobile interface as it stands is rough in a lot of places, but I knew that if I waited to make it perfect I'd never get it out," Dale says. "There are a lot of things I plan on improving. As for new features I'm a bit constrained by what AngelList makes available via their API, but they're working hard on expanding that and some things I can work around. For example, they don't expose search via their API yet so I had to implement my own search feature."
Joshua Slayton, head of the API at AngelList, says he hopes to fully flesh out the API by the end of 2011, but expects "most of the important missing pieces to come in the next month."
AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant tells LAUNCH that he loves Dale's efforts.
"Finally the venture community has an API that developers can write to :-)," Naval says. "I do hope that people will build native iOS and Android clients as well."
AngelList is an online community where startups and investors connect with each other for fundraising efforts. To try out the AngelList API, click here. Joshua says that a handful of other startups have used the API, such as Rapportive to let you access a person's AngelList profile from your email inbox. Incubators have also used the API to track their startups' progress automatically.
"I love AngelList and what they're doing," Dale says. "My company has been pretty quiet so we haven't used AngelList very much yet, but I love what they're doing and what they represent (democratization of early stage investment) so I wanted to contribute."
Dale founded Vidmakr, an online collaborative video editor, in June 2011 and plans on launching soon.
Click Activity Feed to access your personal Angel List feed as well as the public feed.
Search for companies or investors from the main page.
Company pages feature its status, product info, markets (e-commerce, consumer goods, etc.), locations, team members, advisors and followers.
Search for investors in the search bar and mAngel will populate a list of matches. Click the name of the company or investor you want to learn more about.
Investor pages feature a profile, companies the investor is involved with, and companies and users the investor followers.
Click Companies to see which companies the investor advises and has referred.
In the Following tab, click Users to see who the investor follows.
Click Startups to see what companies the investor follows.
CONTACTS & LINKS
Dale Emmons, mAngel creator
Naval Ravikant, AngelList co-founder
Joshua Slayton, "CEO" of API