Crowdfunding Pioneer Judd Hollas Joins Newchip as Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

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Startup Marketplace Newchip Prepares for Hypergrowth and Expansion

Newchip is pioneering a fantastic new approach for startup funding through its aggregation marketplace and has an amazing leadership team that I believe will lead Newchip to become a household name and the go-to solution for startup funding.

Newchip is pleased to announce that distinguished crowdfunding pioneer Judd Hollas has joined the company as Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. In discussing his new role, Mr. Hollas said “I’m delighted to join Newchip and apply my deep knowledge and experience in crowdfunding to help Newchip maintain and greatly expand its market leadership. With its marketplace aggregation model and sophisticated technology, Newchip represents the leading edge of innovation in the broader crowdfunding industry.”

In making the announcement, Newchip Founder and CEO Ryan Rafols stated, “We are very excited that Judd has joined the Newchip team to help lead our expansion and hypergrowth in the crowdfunding industry. He brings over ten years of experience in operating investment platforms and a highly valuable set of skills to Newchip that will enable us to rapidly scale and extend our leadership position in the industry.”

"Newchip is pioneering a fantastic new approach for startup funding through its aggregation marketplace and has an amazing leadership team that I believe will lead Newchip to become a household name and the go-to solution for startup funding and associated business services," stated Mr. Hollas.

Newchip will change the investing landscape by consolidating the top investment platforms into one marketplace, and eventually launch a secondary exchange. It has been called the “Kayak” and even the “Shark Tank” of investing for the everyday American. The Newchip infrastructure unifies a billion-dollar global market that has been fragmented into hundreds of platforms by funneling investment opportunities into one convenient location. Newchip is quickly becoming the vanguard of an evolving ecosystem through innovations such as its SmartMatch that utilizes machine learning to personalize opportunities for each user based on their preferences and interests.

According to Co-Founder and CTO Travis Brodeen, “The same way that Facebook curates content based on your preferences, we want to cut out the noise and connect our audience to investments that they are looking for and even some that they don’t even know they want to check out. Users can then track and manage their investments from the Newchip dashboard, with clear guidance, education, and simple management tools for people new to business and real estate investing.”

Mr. Hollas founded EquityNet.com in 2005, the first business crowdfunding platform launched in North America. He served as CTO and then as CEO at EquityNet for ten years and obtained five patents for crowdfunding, business analytics, and monitoring technologies. EquityNet remains a leading crowdfunding platform with over 200,000 individual members, 10,000 companies, and $300 million in capital raised by client companies. Prior to founding EquityNet, Mr. Hollas performed process and supply chain automation as a Chemical Engineer for Phillips 66 and later worked as an independent Investment Manager for eight years. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and has pursued accreditation as a Chartered Financial Analyst through level I and II of the CFA Program.

For more information about Judd Hollas, click here.

About Newchip
Newchip is an investment marketplace aggregator focused on connecting millions of millennial investors to thousands of investment opportunities. By consolidating vetted startups, real estate deals, and ICOs (pending recent regulatory announcement) from across the market via partnerships and proprietary technology, Newchip connects and empowers a new generation of investors to invest in what they believe in and that have social impact. For more information, visit http://www.newchip.co.

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