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Happy Thanksgiving From The EquityZen Team


Asa Lieberman   November 27, 2019

Heading into the final week of the final November of this decade, it is time for one of EquityZen’s most hallowed traditions. This, our fifth annual Thanksgiving blog post, is a treasured pastime, a moment where we can reflect on the year that was, the progress we’ve made, and the people and things that we are deeply grateful for.

A Busy News Cycle

“All publicity is good publicity” as the old saying goes. I imagine that WeWork would beg to differ. Yet, EquityZen has every reason to be thankful to the media in 2019 as we had our largest contribution to the public discourse on private companies to date. This was principally due to the many high-profile exits that occurred throughout the year, including Lyft, Uber, and Slack. You may have seen familiar EquityZen faces talking about these major market events on a variety of networks, from CNBC to Bloomberg to Yahoo! Finance. Similarly, you may have read quotes by experts at EquityZen given to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Forbes. On the whole, we have collected 182 major media press mentions or appearances in 2019, marking a 130% improvement over the previous year (77)! We’re looking forward to continuing this coverage momentum into the new year.

Our Team

Of course, EquityZen is nothing if not the amalgamation of motivated, intelligent, and tremendously kind people working together as a unit. We are forever thankful for our team, a group that has swelled beyond 50 after doubling in each of the past two years. Due to this growth, we’ve already stretched the limits of our current HQ—our residence of just 15 months—and we will be heading downtown in February 2020 to a brand new 15,000 square foot office that can facilitate the maturation of the firm as a whole. Each new hire has immediately added value, continuing to build on our core values: Be Human, Be Ethical, and Own It. But we’ve just only hit our hiring stride! If you or anyone you know may be interested in joining a fast-growing, innovative fintech firm, please check out our open roles here.

Our Clients

2019 marked yet another banner year for EquityZen and we could not have achieved all that we have without the support of our clients (shareholders, investors, and companies alike). We have now completed 10,000+ transactions in over 150 premier private companies. This growth is a clear signal that our users are finding value in our product, whether it be diversifying their portfolio or gaining the much-needed liquidity necessary to pursue major life milestones. Our clients have been instrumental in our development and we appreciate all of the feedback (now streamlined via our Intercom chatbot integration!) as we continue to innovate and digitize the process of completing private placement transactions.

On behalf of the entire team here at EquityZen, thank you for being part of our community. Because of you, we can continue our mission of bringing private markets to the public. We’re looking forward to the new year and the new decade ahead and we’re extremely grateful to have you along with us for the journey. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


EquityZen Management Discusses Uber's IPO

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Risun Udawatta   May 09, 2019

On Friday, May 10, Uber will go public on the NYSE. The company's IPO is expected to be the largest IPO since Alibaba hit the public markets in 2014. On the eve of Uber's IPO, EquityZen's founders appeared on Cheddar, Bloomberg Asia, and CNBC to discuss their thoughts on Uber's IPO.

Below, we have compiled recent media appearances and relevant readings to help you stay up-to-date with the information you need to know about Uber as they ring the bell and go public.

Check out our Uber IPO Center to learn more!

Will Market Uncertainty Impact Uber IPO?

Phil Haslett, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of EquityZen, joined Cheddar to discuss Uber's IPO and how Friday may not be the best day for Uber given the recent market volatility.

"When you tack on this tariff disagreement that might come down tomorrow, it's kind of like having your wedding tomorrow and the hotel saying, 'Hey, by the way, we might have a Smashing Pumpkins concert happening right next to you.'" - Phil Haslett

EquityZen's Haslett on Uber IPO, Driver strike, Business Model

Phil Haslett, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at EquityZen, discusses the strike by Uber drivers around the world, the business model of the gig economy, how Uber can differentiate itself from Lyft, and Uber’s Asian competitors.

"At some point the rubber is going to meet the road with the gig economy, where Uber will need to convert the folks on 1099 contracts to full-time [employees], which is going to have a big impact on the business." - Phil Haslett

How Uber loses money

CNBC's Dierdre Bosa and EquityZen CEO Atish Davda join "The Exchange" to discuss Uber's plan to go public on Friday, May 10.

"Uber is pricing itself to be very distinct from Lyft, and hopefully for the final time say, 'We're not the same company. We're five times larger and we're in 56 more countries than Lyft is in.'" - Atish Davda

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Thank You from the EquityZen Team


Ketan Bhalla   November 21, 2018

It’s that time of year again, when everyone in the United States gets around the table with loved ones to reflect on what we are thankful for.  This is now our fourth Thanksgiving blog post – an annual EquityZen tradition that allows us to look back on the past year and reflect on some of the things that we, as a company, are grateful for.

Continued recognition of private markets

Following an increase in coverage about private markets in 2017, we saw even more recognition of this asset class in 2018.  Whether it was in the context of currently private companies that may be set for a 2019 IPO or the impact of Softbank’s Vision Fund, news about the private markets was able to generate even more mainstream press coverage.  High profile events such as Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub also appeared to pique the interest of shareholders and investors alike.  We believe that more education and information sharing about the private markets is paramount and are excited to see this trend (hopefully) continue into 2019.  

Our team

At its core, the EquityZen team has always been our “special sauce” – a collection of ambitious individuals who have all come together as a team to spread the gospel of “Private Markets for the Public”.  We added a lot of new team members in 2018, all of whom have immediately added value to the company (and to our mission) with a client-first mindset.  We doubled our team size in 2018 (after also doubling in 2017!), but have also remained steadfastly committed to ensure that every new team member represents and exhibits our core company values.  If you know anyone that might be interested in joining our team, a list of our open roles can be found here.

Our clients

2018 was a record year for EquityZen in many respects.  We hit some major milestones that we are extremely proud of and could not have achieved any of this without the support of our clients (shareholders, investors, and companies alike).  We have now completed over 5,000 transactions in over 125 premier private companies, and our mindset of having all three of these key players involved in our transactions has proven to be a successful strategy.  We are also extremely appreciative of all of the feedback (both good and bad!) as we continue to innovate and digitize the process of completing private placement transactions.  

From our entire team at EquityZen, thank you for being part of our community.  We’re excited about the future and are extremely appreciative of your support.