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EquityZen

EquityZen is a secondary marketplace for private company shares. Accredited investors get access, and shareholders get early liquidity.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Financial Services
  • Location Mountain View, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2013
  • Employees 3
  • Website equityzen.com

Company Summary

EquityZen provides Accredited Investors access to private growth company equity that they've been previously boxed out of. We simultaneously provide early liquidity to private company shareholders (angels, employees, ex-employees) that need cash for life events (mortgage, student loans, etc.). We do this with no impact to a company's capitalization table or shareholder count. This is a turnkey solution for companies to launch a liquidity plan.

Team

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    Atish Davda
    Founder

    Atish grew Ampush, an SF-based ad-tech company, from 0 to 50 employees and to $30M in revenue in 2 years. He recruited, trained and managed 10 cross-stack devs. At Wharton (Penn), he wrote Knolsoft, a SaaS search engine that he licensed to universities. He grew Knolsoft working nights while at AQR Capital ($70B+ hedge fund), managing their US Equities portfolio. He is a proud mentor for Upwardly Global, which helps skilled immigrants find jobs.

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    Shri Bhashyam
    Founder

    Shri has worked with financial institutions his entire career and is passionate about finance and markets innovation. He was recently an attorney with Shearman & Sterling, a global law firm, advising on market issues and focusing on securities and broker-dealer regulation. Shri studied Econ. and Math at Penn and received his J.D. from Yeshiva's Cardozo School of Law. He assisted in the UN genocide prosecutions at the Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal.

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    Phil Haslett
    Founder

    Phil doubled AUM for Pomelo Capital, a 5-person hedge fund he helped launch by raising $300MM+. Here, he was also responsible for investing, research, and operations. After graduating from Tufts University in 3.5 years (BS in Quant. Econ.), Phil worked at Barclays Capital, specializing in equity and credit derivatives. Phil is proud to have raised $5K+ for Team Hole In the Wall (Paul Newman's charity) by running the 2010 and 2013 NYC marathons.

Advisors

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    Lowenstein Sandler
    Lawyer
    Unconfirmed

Previous Investors

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    500 Startups
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    John Ason
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