Investments in private placements holding pre-IPO companies are speculative, illiquid, and carry a high degree of risk, including loss of principal. Investments made on the EquityZen platform are made through pooled investment vehicles, which acquire shares of private technology companies, and are not direct investments in these companies.
“EquityZen believes it has found an alternative that avoids those hassles by allowing employees to sell the rights to the cash their shares will fetch when their company goes public or is acquired.”
“[Secondary markets] allow for different classes of companies that can encourage trading of their shares if it suits their business needs and objectives.”
“This isn’t another one of those crowdfunding platforms that have been emerging over the market recently. Instead this is a quick way for investors to invest into startups.”
“It gives those equity-holders an opportunity to diversify their own portfolio or cash out some shares while they wait for an exit.”
TechCrunch: The IPO market is heating up again, but it won’t change how fast companies go public
EquityZen Co-Founder and Advisor, Shri Bhashyam, discusses the private markets with TechCrunch's Connie Loizos.
The New York Times: Who’ll Get Rich When Uber and Other ‘Unicorns’ Go Public
The New York Times' DealBook features original research from EquityZen's Adam Augusiak-Boro and Risun Udawatta.
WSJ: Staying Private Can Only Last So Long
Atish Davda, EquityZen Co-Founder and CEO, discusses the private markets with The Wall Street Journal's Katie Roof.
Fox Business: Will Lyft will eventually be profitable?
EquityZen CEO and Co-Founder, Atish Davda, gives his take on Lyft and Uber with Fox Business' Susan Li.
The Washington Post: As IPO soars, can Uber and Lyft survive long enough to replace their drivers with computers?
The Washington Post features original research on Lyft's IPO from EquityZen's Adam Augusiak-Boro and Risun Udawatta.
Fox Business: This will be a banner year for IPOs
EquityZen CRO and Co-Founder, Phil Haslett, joins Maria Bartiromo to discuss the Lyft IPO and the outlook for the IPO market in 2019.
CNN Business: Lyft is losing a lot of money. And it might not turn a sizable profit until 2023.
EquityZen CRO and Co-Founder, Phil Haslett, speaks with CNN Business about Lyft's upcoming IPO and the private capital markets.
Bloomberg Radio: Lyft Seeks Valuation Target Above Last Private Round
Atish Davda, CEO and co-founder of EquityZen, discusses Lyft's upcoming IPO with Bloomberg Radio's Lisa Abramowicz and Vincent Cignarella.
Bloomberg: The Good and the Bad of Stanford's Massively Successful Startup Scene
Bloomberg features valuation research from EquityZen's Adam Augusiak-Boro.
Bloomberg Radio: 2019 Will Be The Year Of Mega IPOs
Atish Davda, CEO and Co-Founder of EquityZen, discusses the Lyft roadshow and upcoming 2019 IPOs. Hosted by Lisa Abramowicz and Paul Sweeney.