Investors

Since 2009, SharesPost has assisted thousands of institutional, family office and individual investors with their private market investments, providing market insights, tailored investment opportunities and best-in-class execution.

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Overview

We provide our clients with access to information and investment opportunities, leveraging our many issuer and shareholder relationships on your behalf.

Research and Tools

Understand and track the value of your portfolio and prospective investments with our proprietary, institutional-quality research and online portfolio management tools.

Private Securities Specialists

Leverage the experience and expertise of our Private Securities Specialists who will be your guide to the SharesPost platform, answering questions about investment opportunities.

Sell-Side Inventory

Access our inventory of leading private-growth company shares—typically in excess of $3B.

Trade Execution

SharesPost's strong issuer relationships and experienced operations team enable best-in-class trade execution.

Register with SharesPost to learn more about investing in leading private-growth companies.

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Investing in Venture-backed Private Companies

Register With SharesPost

Fill out our brief questionnaire so that we can accredit you under the securities laws and understand your investment objectives.

Create a Watchlist

Select companies of interest and receive curated news feeds and research regarding those companies.

Select an Investment

Use our research and investment tools to help evaluate private-growth companies and browse inventory.

Meet Your Private Securities Specialist

Your Private Securities Specialist will be your guide to the SharesPost platform, answering questions about investment opportunities.

Close Your Transaction

Your Private Securities Specialist will provide the necessary legal documents and other assistance to close your transaction smoothly.

Track Performance

View your investments online and receive news and research updates on the company’s progress.

SharesPost 100 Fund Top 10 Holdings as of 10/13/2017

The SharesPost 100 Fund, a closed-end interval fund, provides investors with access to the private technology growth asset class.Read More

Register with SharesPost to receive curated news and research about the private companies you’re interested in.

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Testimonial

“The team at SharesPost has provided expert support for each step of the investment process - from globally sourced, exclusive access to closing the deal.”

-Brian S., Family Office
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I buy shares in a private company?

Buying shares of private companies can be challenging. To complete a transaction, you must find a seller of the desired shares, negotiate price, execute legal agreements and work through the issuer’s the right of first refusal and other transfer requirements. Applicable securities laws must also be understood and complied with. SharesPost has helped thousands of buyers navigate each of these steps.

Who can transact in the private secondary market?

Typically, to purchase unregistered securities (i.e., private company stock), you must be an “accredited investor” or a “qualified institutional buyer.” These terms are defined under the securities laws as individuals and corporate entities meeting certain financial and sophistication tests. There is, however, no such accreditation requirement for those selling unregistered securities.

How do I value private company shares?

Unlike public companies, private companies are not generally required to make financial disclosures to shareholders or prospective investors. There is also no formal, central marketplace where pricing from prior trades is published. As a result, valuing private company shares can be difficult. Private market investors can, however, leverage SharesPost’s trade and valuation data as well as our proprietary research. In addition, your Private Securities Specialist is daily in the market facilitating transactions for leading private growth companies. He or she can share their insight into the market and bring together all available information to help you come to a view on valuation and price.

Do I need a broker to help with my investment?

There is certainly no legal requirement that you use a broker to invest in private companies. Many buyers, however, find that using a broker and a private market platform like SharesPost provides several advantages. These include a large amount of sell-side inventory, experience with private company transfer processes, knowledge of applicable securities laws and transaction documents and the expertise to bring these elements together in a successful transaction.

How should I select a broker?

The secondary market for private company shares in its current form is relatively new - so it can be hard to know which firms you can trust. We recommend that you select a broker with a proven track record and the resources to optimize your chances of a successful transaction. First and foremost among these resources is an investment professional who is expert in private market secondary transactions.  Other needed resources include a large amount of sell-side inventory, relationships with private growth companies, research and data and a strong legal, compliance, and operations team.

Will the issuer of the shares permit my purchase?

Generally private companies are supportive of their shareholders finding liquidity. They do, however, have a number of valid concerns regarding such stock sales. These include sensitivity to disclosure of financial information, the impact secondary sales may have on their option pricing and/or valuation of the company and compliance with securities laws. Each issuer has different policies and processes in place to address these concerns. For example, almost all issuers impose a right of first refusal on secondary stock sales and require legal opinions. Your SharesPost Private Securities Specialist will help you navigate your relationship with the company and compliance with their preferred transaction process.

Important Notice

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