Thank You From EquityZen
Nov 23rd, 2017
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, we wanted to continue our annual EquityZen tradition and reflect on a few things that we are thankful for this year. Thanksgiving snuck up on a lot of us this year and it's hard to believe that 2017 is quickly coming to a close.
Our partnership with Draper Associates
In July, we announced the closing of a new financing round led by Draper Associates. We are proud to have the entire Draper team help us spread the EquityZen gospel of bringing private markets to the public. One of our core beliefs is that all private market participants should have access to liquidity, and having the support of one of the pioneers of the modern venture capital industry is something we are extremely excited about.
IPOs and acquisitions
After a somewhat quiet 2016, the EquityZen platform experienced a few exits, supporting our long-held thesis that the pre-IPO asset class is a valuable tool that should be included in investor portfolios. Our clients experienced liquidity events in a few companies, including Nutanix, AppDynamics, Veracode, Cloudera, Redfin, and Tintri. While the public performance of some these companies were better than others, it was exciting to see our thesis play out – we even created a case study to better illustrate how EquityZen was able to allow qualified investors to participate in Redfin’s IPO.
Our clients and our team
None of this would be possible without the support of our clients and our team. We doubled our team size in 2017, all while keeping an intense focus on providing the best possible service for our clients – shareholders, investors, and companies alike. We are proud to say that we have now closed over 2,850 investments in over 80 companies and support a platform that serves over 15,000 qualified investors from more than 40 countries. Our clients are at the forefront of what we do everyday, and we are thankful for some of the stories that they have shared about their experience with us.
From the entire team at EquityZen, thank you for being part of our community. Happy Thanksgiving!