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Phil Haslett (Co-Founder, Investments), Atish Davda (Co-Founder, CEO) and Shri Bhashyam (Co-Founder, Shareholders)

Location: Known for its arch honouring George Washington, Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village is a great spot for people-watching. You can listen to jazz, join in some yoga on the grass, or chat to a student from the local NYU. On a sunny afternoon it feels like all of New York life is here.

EquityZen – Where private investors access proven startups

Founded in 2013
10 employees
Funding $3.5M / 1 round

Founded in 2013, EquityZen is reinventing private market investing. Just as E-Trade provides the ability to buy and sell public stock, EquityZen provides the ability buy and sell private company stock, with the companies’ approval. Twenty years ago, Amazon went public just four years after being founded; today, companies remain private for over a decade before they IPO. This longer timeline creates a gap between the company’s exit and personal timelines of the employees and investors who have helped build the company. Having conducted ~1,000 private placement transactions already, EquityZen is bridging this gap with a transparent and digital platform. The impressive team’s background means EquityZen has the hybrid DNA of Wall St and Silicon Valley. Their relentless focus on building a business with integrity has allowed EquityZen to attract 10,000+ sophisticated and wealthy investors from 15+ countries.

This article was published in “the Hundert Vol. 9 – Startups of New York“, December 2016.