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Motavi is a stock market for startups

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Financial Services
  • Location Durham, NC, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded August 2011
  • Website

Company Summary

Motavi is an integrated trading platform and exchange where anyone can invest and trade shares of early stage companies. We are the only platform that provides access to liquidity to companies and their investors. Our platform will list companies within key growth industries such as life sciences, energy, and technology with good exit potential. Crowdfunding investors will be any individual with knowledge and interest within these key industries.


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    Nick Bhargava

    Nick Bhargava has several years of experience in financial services. He has worked in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and The Financial Services Roundtable. Prior to receiving his J.D., he worked on a trading desk at TD Waterhouse. He has been heavily involved in the legislative process and has written well received redline drafts of the crowdfunding bill.

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    Kaiting Chen

    Kaiting Chen has seven years of experience in development for startups in the medical, social venture, and high tech industries. He is currently an Arch Linux Trusted User and runs a network offering hosting and shell accounts with a focus on cutting edge technologies such as Ruby on Rails, ØMQ, and PostGIS. He has architected and developed the entire backend infrastructure of the market system.

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    Alex Zhang
    VP of Engineering

    Alex Zhang started a social-responsible startup that provided affordable design services to non-profits and other social enterprises. He led a team of 12 designers and oversaw each campaign, such as an international campaign for the United 202.758.8041
    Nations Academic Impact ASPIRE initiative. He has developed the market algorithm with Kaiting and designed the user interface for the platform.


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    In the process of retaining outside counsel for completion of IP

Previous Investors

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    NC IDEA grant winner 2012