We take for granted that we can easily trade stocks online, move them between brokers, and automatically receive dividends and shareholder communications. The recent rapid growth of private placements has pushed the need for similar infrastructure in the private markets.
Valuations are at record highs, thanks to strong IPO exits, broader economic recovery, and growing participation by nontraditional investors. Don’t sell yourself short—your company may well be worth far more than your balance sheet would indicate.
Here’s another example of how individual investors in the online equity market (such as Reg A+) use different criteria than traditional VCs. It’s an unwritten rule that VCs don’t want to see more than 2 or 3 founders. But individual startup investors don’t seem to be bothered by that.
U.S. startups founded solely by females raised just $3.2 billion in 2020, a billion less than the previous year. This isn’t for lack of trying — there wasn’t a downturn in the numbers of female founders pitching for funding.