Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the way startup employees are paid by unlocking the value of their equity compensation in a way that benefits all key players: the shareholder, the company, and the investor. Employees should have the opportunity to share in the value they create for their company's shareholders. This must be accomplished in a manner that keeps the focus on company growth, the number one priority for all stakeholders. Investors that previously couldn't access late-stage private companies due to investment minimums, can now invest in private growth companies.


Team

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Atish Davda
CEO, Founder

Atish was VP Product at Ampush, a big-data advertising technology firm. He launched SF-based Ampush's New York office as first engineer and successfully procured the coveted Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer membership. Atish began his career as a financial engineer at AQR Capital.

He serves as an Executive Board Member for PennPAC (Penn Pro-bono Alumni Consulting), a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits thrive.

When not at the office, Atish can be found playing tennis and traveling.

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Shriram Bhashyam
Shareholder Relations, General Counsel, Founder

Shri was an attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP, a New York-based global law firm.

At Shearman & Sterling, Shriram advised market participants on regulatory, transactional, and trading and markets issues, with a particular focus on U.S. broker-dealer and securities regulation. He also advised banks and other financial institutions on U.S. bank regulation, including the Dodd-Frank Act. Shri began his career as a trader at G.X. Clarke & Co., a boutique fixed income broker-dealer. Shri enjoys gardening, cooking, and basketball.

Shri holds FINRA series 7, 24 and 66 licenses.

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Phil Haslett
Head of Investment, Founder

Phil was a Vice President at Pomelo Capital, a NYC-based hedge fund, focusing on capital structure arbitrage. After helping launch the fund (now $300mm+ AUM), he was responsible for trading, research, and operations.

Phil started his career at Barclays Capital in their Proprietary Trading group trading credit and equity derivatives. Phil is an avid golfer and runner, and is looking forward to participating in his second NYC Marathon.

Phil holds FINRA series 7, 24 and 66 licenses.

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Nat Disston
Director of Marketplace

Nat was the Founder of eCommerce men's brand VoyVoy. Nat boot-strapped the company via Kickstarter and scaled the business to sales in over 25 countries, getting recognized by many international publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine and Fast Company.

Previously, Nat was a General Manager at Projective Space, a community-centered co-working space in NYC hosting companies such as Uber, Indiegogo, and Instacart. Nat is an avid surfer, skier, and runner. Nat is looking forward to beating Phil in an upcoming NYC marathon :)

Nat holds FINRA series 7, 66 and 79 licenses.

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Adam Paschke
Head of Technology

Adam was the first technology employee of the largest independent market making firm on the New York Stock Exchange. It was here where he built systems to compete in the fast paced world of Equity Options trading.

He led the firm transition from the American Stock Exchange and the move to co-locate the firm's technology.

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Ketan Bhalla
Product

Ketan was the Chief Operating Officer at Sliced Investing, a San Francisco-based fintech startup focused on simplifying hedge fund investing for accredited investors. He had broad responsibilities, including product development and overall business operations. Prior to Sliced Investing, he was a Vice President and the Head of Business Management within J.P Morgan’s Alternative Investments Group.

Ketan plays a lot of sports badly (including soccer, golf, tennis and squash) and enjoys watching pretty much anything on TV.

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Linda Li
Senior Product Engineer

Linda was the tech lead at a global consulting firms to leading private equity and hedge funds. She was also a software developer on one of earliest social networking sites. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Linda doesn't drink coffee, she doesn't need it.

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Bryant Khau
Product Engineer

Bryant was a software engineer at Symantec, working on the company's new advanced threat protection technology as well as core network and telemetry libraries used company-wide. He graduated from UCLA, where he became a Bruin.

Bryant enjoys surfing, producing GoPro videos, and going on weekend adventures.

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Adam Gibbons
Product Engineer

Adam is a software engineer and web designer specializing in rich web applications. He is a TechStars NYC alumnus and was technology lead at a Forbes subsidiary magazine.

Adam keeps a close eye on the low-orbit space industry, and predicts with inexplicable confidence that he'll launch outer space's first coffee shop in 2035. And yes, there will be free wifi.

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Kaylock Yam
Distribution Lead

Kaylock was an Executive Director and held several positions in Sales and Investor Relations at Arden Asset Management (acquired by Aberdeen Asset Management). He had Business Development responsibilities for multi-manager hedge fund programs, serving institutional and high-net-worth clients globally, and oversaw the firm's distribution intermediary relationships with wealth management partners. He built distribution for private and registered fund products, including leading the initial development of Arden's liquid alternatives business.

Kaylock began his career at Citi Private Bank in the U.S. Investment Solutions Group. He graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is an avid sports fan who enjoys playing basketball, golf, and softball as living in NYC permits.

Kaylock holds FINRA series 7 and 63 licenses. He is also a CAIA Charter Holder.

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Abad Mian
Associate Counsel

Abad was an Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP prior to joining EquityZen, where he worked on merger & acquisition and securities transactions across a number of industries, including the technology sector. Abad holds a JD/MBA from New York University and a BA in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology from The Johns Hopkins University.

In his spare time, Abad can be found rocking out at a live show, hiking, spending too much time listening to podcasts or throwing a hipster fit over how he was reading the Game of Thrones books before anyone else. He’s also been building his own computers and programming in his spare time since he was 10.

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Cesar Fonseca
Deal Analyst

Cesar was the Deputy Finance Controller for South America at Hexagon, a global provider of information technology solutions. He was responsible for IFRS and FP&A reports in the region, as well as inter-company management, treasury and compliance. Before that, Cesar was an M&A and Business Valuation Associate at Ernst & Young, providing strategic and financial advisory to clients in large deal transactions. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a B.Sc. in Business and Hospitality Management.

Cesar is an early riser and enjoys working out first thing in the morning. He is also passionate about music, finance literature and dining out.

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Ronald Kan
Product Engineer Intern

Ronald is currently a student at National University of Singapore where he is majoring in Information Systems. He started having interest in developing on his final year in pursuing his diploma where he first got in contact with mobile application development and have continued since then.

Ronald enjoys eating, running and exploring the world. In his free time, he enjoys looking up new tech gadgets that is in the market.

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Andrew Watiker
Legal Intern

Andrew is a rising 2L at Columbia Law School. Prior to starting law school, Andrew was a Business Analyst at Interactive Data Corporation. At IDC, Andrew specialized in domestic commodities and small cap equites, as well as international financial markets. Andrew has a B.A. with majors in History and Politics from Oberlin College.

In his free time, Andrew enjoys participating in bike tours throughout New York City and rooting for the New Jersey Devils.

Advisors

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Savneet Singh
Advisor

Savneet is the President and Co-Founder of GBI, a leading institutional precious metals provider to individual investors and the wealth management industry. Prior to GBI, he was an investment analyst at Chilton Investment Company and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Savneet is a member of the Economic Club of Manhattan, the Milken Institute and the World Economic Forums Global Shapers group.

Recently, Savneet was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list, Empact 100 list of top 100 Entrepreneurs under 30, and Crain’s Business 2014 class of 40 under 40. He is also an advisor to SecondMarket, Inc.

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Jim Kaplan
Advisor

Jim Kaplan is the co-founder of CHASELLA, a private equity firm that specializes in real estate investment and development, and in supporting new products and services across a variety of industries that range from smart-home technologies to financial services and consumer retail. He is an advisor to a number of early-stage firms, and works closely with their teams to help maximize efficiency and growth.

In addition, he is a dedicated member of the Board of Advisors to Kids Need More, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps children and families afflicted with cancer.

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Nima Elyassi-Rad
Advisor

Nima is currently an Executive in Residence at Canvas Venture Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Menlo Park, CA. Prior to his current role, he held a variety of positions, including Head of Sales Intelligence at Groupon, where he was responsible for Lead Management and Sales Campaigns. He directed the strategic launch of Groupon’s largest Sales Campaign, resulting in a $300MM YoY increase in Gross Bookings.

He also advises startups, ages wine, and posts a song every day on his Tumblog.

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