The historically attractive return profile of many late-stage venture-backed companies has typically only been available to institutional and high net worth investors. With many high-growth companies staying private longer than ever, a significant portion of their value appreciation has typically occurred before their entry into the public markets.
Available for a minimum investment of $2,500 without investor accreditation requirements, the SharesPost 100 Fund, a closed-end interval fund, offers individuals, family offices, and institutions an effective means to access the venture-backed asset class.
Lyft is a peer to peer ride sharing service founded by Logan Green and John Zimmer in 2009. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and operates in over 300 cities, primarily in the US and has recently expanded into Canada in Dec 2017. Lyft’s services include Lyft - the primary ride sharing service, Lyft scooter – a scooter rental service in select cities, Lyft Business – ride hailing service catered towards business customers and soon to come Lyft Bike - a bike rental service through its recent acquisition of Motivate. The company is also innovating in the on-demand transportation space with futuristic products such as self-driving cars. Lyft is in talks with investment banks in preparation for a public offering in 2019.
23andMe was founded on April 1, 2006 by Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avery. The company offers consumer genetic testing as well as supports genetic research. The consumer genetics and research platform give customers interactive, web-based access to their genetic profile. They regularly increase the capabilities of the platform giving users more insight into their DNA. 23andMe was named by MIT Technology Review to its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” List, and named one of Fast Company’s “25 Brands That Matter Now, 2017”. According to the company, 23andMe has millions of customers worldwide, and approximately 85% consented to participate in research. 23andMe is located in Mountain View, CA. As of December 2018.
Dataminr transforms real-time data from Twitter and other public sources into actionable signals, identifying the most relevant information for clients in finance, public sector, news, security and crisis management. DataMinr provides solutions for Corporate Security, Finance, Public Sector, and News Media companies to help discover high-impact events instantly and critical breaking information long before it’s in the news. The company was founded in 2009 by Ted Bailey, Jeff Kinsey, and Sam Hendel and is currently headquartered in New York. Dataminr’s competitive advantage is the company’s access to Twitter’s firehouse API, which provides access to all tweets posted in real-time.
Circle Internet Financial is a global internet finance company, built on blockchain technology and powered by crypto assets. With Circle Pay, everyone can send money like a text, instant, secure and free. Circle Invest, let’s anyone buy and sell crypto assets. It also runs Circle Trade, an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk for large cryptocurrency investors. According to the company, Circle directly trade over $2 billion per month in crypto assets. In Feb 2018, Circle announced that it acquires Poloniex, a leading token exchange platform.
Lime operates a scooter and bike sharing platform designed to improve urban mobility and last-mile transportation. Lime's platform enables users to rent from the company's fleet of smart-bikes and smart-scooters on-demand using their smart-phones.
According to the company, OpenX provides one of the largest, most efficient and highest quality programmatic ad exchanges, supply-side platform powered by its Demand Fusion technology that merges network and real-time bidding, as well as a comprehensive ad server.
Tanium is transforming IT security and systems management. It is the industry’s only platform capable of delivering 15-seconds visibility and control over millions of geographically distributed endpoints, from laptops to desktops to virtual machines to ATMs. Instead of relying on data that is hours, days or weeks old, Tanium technology provided security and IT teams accurate and complete data that is only seconds old with the unique ability to make changes across the enterprise in seconds, as well.
Social Finance (SoFi), a leader in marketplace lending and the largest provider of student loan refinancing, offers student loan refinancing, mortgages, mortgage refinancing, and personal loans. The company has streamlined the lending process with online application, mobile document upload and customers service via text, email or phone. Unlike traditional lenders, SoFi’s community-based model offers borrowers benefits including career coaching, entrepreneurship support and unemployment protection.
Optimizely is a global Web optimization platform that provides A/B and multivariate testing for individuals with and without technical expertise. The platform empowers organizations to conceive and run experiments that help them make better data-driven decisions. A/B testing is a simple way to test changes to a website page against the current design and determine which ones produce positive results.
SoundHound enables humans to interact with things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking to mobile phones, cars, TVs, coffee machines, and every other part of the “connected world”. The company’s Hound app gives users fast and deep results, whether the user is looking up the weather, placing a phone call, finding a hotel that matches detailed criteria, or navigating to an address. Through the Houndify platform, the company empowers developers to build voice-enabled apps, services and devices. Lastly, the SoundHound app applies the company’s technology to music, enabling people to discover, explore, and share the music around them.
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Investment in the SharesPost 100 Fund involves substantial risk. The Fund is not suitable for investors who cannot bear the risk of loss of all or part of their investment. The Fund is appropriate only for investors who can tolerate a high degree of risk and do not require a liquid investment. The Fund has no history of public trading and investors should not expect to sell shares other than through the Fund's repurchase policy regardless of how the Fund performs. The Fund does not intend to list its shares on any exchange and does not expect a secondary market to develop.
All investing involves risk including the possible loss of principal. Shares in the Fund are highly illiquid, and you may not be able to sell your shares when, or in the amount that, you desire. The Fund intends to primarily invest in securities of private, late-stage, venture-backed growth companies. There are significant potential risks relating to investing in such securities. Because most of the securities in which the Fund invests are not publicly traded, the Fund’s investments will be valued by the Investment Adviser pursuant to fair valuation procedures and methodologies adopted by the Board of Trustees. While the Fund and the Investment Adviser will use good faith efforts to determine the fair value of the Fund’s securities, value will be based on the parameters set forth by the Prospectus. As a consequence, the value of the securities, and therefore the Fund’s NAV, may vary. Due to transfer restrictions and the illiquid nature of the Fund’s investments, you may not be able to sell your investments when you wish to do so. There are significant potential risks associated with investing in venture capital and private equity-backed companies with complex capital structures. The Fund focuses its investments in a limited number of securities, which could subject it to greater risk than that of a larger, more varied portfolio. There is a greater focus in technology securities that could adversely affect the Fund’s performance. If the Fund does not have at least 500 Members for an entire taxable year, you could receive an adverse tax treatment. The Fund’s quarterly repurchase policy may require the Fund to liquidate portfolio holdings earlier than the Investment Adviser would otherwise do so, and may also result in an increase in the Fund’s expense ratio. This is not a complete enumeration of the Fund’s risks. Please read the Fund prospectus for other risk factors related to the Fund, its investment strategy and your investment in the Fund, and other additional details.
SP Investments Management, LLC (“SPIM”) is the Adviser to the SharesPost 100 Fund, and is a SEC registered Investment Adviser. SPIM is a wholly owned subsidiary of SharesPost, Inc., and an affiliate of SharesPost Financial Corporation. Certain potential conflicts of interest involving the Fund’s Investment Adviser and its affiliates could impact the Fund’s investment returns and limit the flexibility of the implementation of its investment policies. New investment opportunities that meet the Fund’s investment objectives might not be offered, or otherwise made available to the Fund, due to affiliations between entities related to the Fund. Prospective investors should review the conflicts of interest described in the section entitled “Conflicts of Interest” in the Prospectus prior to making an investment in the Fund.
**The Fund is subject to a Fundamental Concentration Policy pursuant to which no more than 25% of the value of its assets may be invested in companies in a particular industry or group of industries. Further, holdings in companies that represent more than 5% of value of Fund’s total assets may not exceed more than 50% of the value of Fund’s assets. The SharesPost 100 Fund is a “non-diversified” investment company, and as such, the Fund may invest a greater percentage of its assets in the securities of a single issuer than investment companies that are “diversified.”
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