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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.

Thank You From EquityZen


Ketan Bhalla   November 23, 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!