Founder, GetQd. Workday + OpenTable + Ticketmaster for venues. Manage, Sell Items (&Tickets) and Track Customers.
Finance educated, entrepreneurship taught
Took 2 startup a to +revenue. Sold the first, currently working on second
Have you looked at Twilio?
It's a great code repo. As a non-tech founder, it's still usable and doesn't take a lot to use to its full benefit.
I've used AngelList. To be honest, I've had better luck with local connections outside of the industry. My experience with it (which is biased) is that depending on the industry you want to invest in, AngelList only serves those who already have investors or angels. In my humble opinion, to get in on the ground floor your need to attend conferences, talk to young people, see what new thing their friends think are cool. Again this is dependant on the industry your in, for example-- mining companies often won't be found on angel list. Every one who creates an app though... You'll find em there.
I think you may have answered your own question.... People who involve solid caliber employees have a lot easier of a time hiring more of the same. Good employees always bring more employees
Solid call opening our eyes up to new ways of looking at the task at hand