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Happy Thanksgiving from EquityZen

Ketan Bhalla | November 24, 2016


Keeping with EquityZen tradition, we'd like to take a few moments to reflect on the past year and share a few things we are thankful for as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States.  EquityZen hit some major milestones in 2016, including completing over 1,000 transactions in over 50 companies.  We believe it was a transformative year for the company and the private markets as a whole. 

Further development of the private markets

Awareness about the investment opportunity in private markets got a well deserved boost in 2016, which we are thankful for.  There were numerous articles in the press about pre-IPO investing, many of which we were actually featured in, which gave increased credence to the market as a whole.  A major tax break for startup founders, employees, and investors was also made permanent, which we believe is a positive sign for an evolving market.  Though it was painful, the public market downturn at the beginning of the year actually gave many investors and shareholders an opportunity to look at their public equity portfolios and consider rebalancing some of their risk into private companies, which was a catalyst for investors wanting to learn more about the asset class.  Finally, the fact that a private investment platform got featured in Forbes as part of the inaugural "Fintech 50" lent even more credibility to the market.

The EquityZen team

Our team has worked tirelessly this year to improve our investment platform and spread the EquityZen gospel.  We overhauled many aspects of our platform, dubbing 2016 the year of "EquityZen 2.0", and have greatly improved the experience for investors, shareholders, and companies alike.  We've taken great strides to make buying and selling private shares simpler and more transparent, and in recognition of this we were featured in two case studies this year from HelloSign and Asana (two awesome products that we have integrated to make transactions simpler and faster).  We also pounded the pavement to raise awareness about private markets, presenting at industry conferences such as Finovate.  All of this was truly a team effort and we are proud of the hard work and dedication of our team.

Our clients

We are grateful to all of the many, many clients that we interacted with this year.  The feedback, both good and bad, has been invaluable as we continue to work towards our goal of modernizing and developing our private investment platform.  Ultimately all of the effort and hard work we put in is meant to serve you, so we hope we have been able to exceed your expectations.  We hope the process was seamless, quick, and informative.  

On behalf of the entire team at EquityZen, we wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. 

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