Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 06, 2011
After years of being forced to rely on email and spreadsheets to manage the cumbersome process of investing in private companies, investors and entrepreneurs alike are embracing a new platform that makes the process faster, easier, and secure. CapLinked—the LinkedIn-meets-Salesforce of private investing—has grown by over 2,000% this year as companies, investors, and their advisors rapidly adopt the new platform.
CapLinked provides a collaborative platform for companies, investors and advisors to network, manage a capital raise or asset sale, and exchange updates. The site was co-founded by PayPal’s former head of marketing Eric M. Jackson and veteran investor Christopher Grey, and investors backing the company include members of the “PayPal Mafia.” Recent highlights of CapLinked’s growth include:
- User accounts have soared from 2,000 at the beginning of 2011 to over 55,000 accounts today. In addition to the U.S., CapLinked has seen significant traffic from Canada, Australia, India, Japan, the UK, and continental Europe.
- Over 4,400 companies now have profiles on CapLinked in diverse industries including technology, media, real estate, private equity, and energy.
- $3 billion worth of private deals are active on the site and have been shared with 8,000 people.
“CapLinked’s rapid growth has been driven by our users; we have not paid for any advertising,” said CEO Jackson. “CapLinked’s platform is viral. Users invite their contacts and prospective investors to their deal room to access information for a capital raise or asset sale. They can also invite shareholders, advisors, and other stakeholders to receive private company updates. CapLinked is integrated with LinkedIn, Gmail, and Outlook, so it’s easy to use it to connect with your professional network.”
The world of private investment is ripe for disruption, according to Jackson. Even though annual investment by individuals into private companies tops $160 billion in the U.S. and $600 billion globally, few technological solutions exist to manage the process. Deal room software such as Intralinks costs thousands of dollars a month and is sold as an enterprise solution. It was personal frustration with the unwieldy process of managing deals and facilitating post-investment transparency that inspired Jackson and Grey to start CapLinked last year.
CapLinked is completely free. The company recently unveiled sponsored offers for its users after being approached by several potential partners interested in revenue-sharing deals. CapLinked also plans to introduce premium features later in the year.
Before starting CapLinked, Jackson was PayPal’s first Senior Director of U.S. Marketing and served as interim VP of Marketing after it was acquired by eBay in 2002. He also authored The PayPal Wars. Grey was a managing partner and co-founder of private equity firms Crestridge Investments and Third Wave Partners, as well as a managing director for Emigrant Bank, the largest privately owned bank in the country.
Investors in CapLinked include Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and the first investor in Facebook; Dave McClure, founding partner of 500 Startups; Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of Palantir Technologies; Aman Verjee, CFO of Sonos; and David Anderson, managing partner of 7th Rig.
CapLinked (https://secure.caplinked.com/) is a free online platform for private companies, investors, and their advisors to network, manage a capital raise or asset sale, and exchange updates. CapLinked makes private investment easy, secure, and social.
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