Public.com, en av nykomlingarna på marknaden för aktiehandel-appar i USA, drar in 142 Mkr från flertal kändis-, media- och sportinvesterare inkluderande skådespelare Will Smith, affärskvinnan Sophia Amoruso och entreprenören Casey Neistat, meddelar Public.com.
The American stock market has consistently been the biggest driving force for prosperity in human history, with returns of about 10 percent annually on average.
That’s great news for some people but doesn’t mean much for the millions of people — including the 51% of U.S. millennials — who are stuck on the sidelines due to economic and psychological barriers to entry.
We believe a significant reason why many people do not invest is due to a lack of financial literacy, expensive financial products, and soaring share prices that can require people to invest $500 or more to purchase a single share of popular, high-performing stocks.
Public.com was created to address these very factors and unlock greater access by adding a social layer to the stock market and pioneering real-time fractional investing.
And today, we are excited to share that we’ve raised a $15MM Series B round on our mission to accelerate all people’s prosperity by making the stock markets accessible to everyone.
Accel and Greycroft return as lead investors after co-leading our Series A. Both firms were among the very first investors in Venmo, the social payment service founded in 2009 and acquired by PayPal/Braintree in 2013.
In this round, we welcome a select group of cultural leaders who join to support the company on its mission to make the public markets more accessible to everyone. These people and funds represent breakthrough talents in entertainment, media, and sport who are also known for their contributions to advancing society beyond their respective industries:
- Dreamers VC,founded by Will Smith and soccer star Keisuke Honda
- NFL star J.J. Watt
- Girlboss founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso
- Shari Redstone’s Advancit Capital
- Scott Belsky, founder of Behance and Adobe CPO
- Blavity Founder and CEO Morgan DeBaun
- Creator and entrepreneur Casey Neistat joins the advisory board
- Liontree Ventures
- PLG Ventures
- Michael Vaughan, former COO Venmo joins the advisory board