At Stonks, we’re focused on building the absolute best demo day experience in the world. We host nearly 200 demo days a year with partners like 500 Global, Techstars, Tachyon & others. Over 100 Unicorns have come from these partners’ demo days in the past — startups like Uber, Dropbox, Canva, Sendgrid, Carta, and Paypal.
Due to the seemingly inevitable march of globalization, our world is more interconnected today than it ever was before. Ironically, despite this growing overlap, inter-regional correlation rarely follows. That is, startup and venture capital conditions in one market seldom (if ever) correlate directly to the conditions in another. A wide variety of factors — whether currencies, climates, commerce, or disparate socioeconomic conditions — generate a myriad of diverse environments for local startups and investors.
The amount of capital earmarked for startup investing has never been higher. Ripe market conditions, record-breaking funding levels, and an influx of traditional and non-traditional investors in 2021 has helped insulate the world of early-stage investing.
With headlines increasing mentions of bear markets, inflation, and stagnant IPO / public equity demand, the worlds of startup investing and venture capital continue to show promising trends and insulation from broader market downturns.
Following an impressive start to Q1, Stonks saw investment interest on the platform slow on a per startup basis towards the end of March into April. Looking at the numbers, the weeks of March 27th, April 3rd, and April 10th saw 16, 20, and 9 startups receive investment interest on Stonks, respectively. Over those same periods, median investment interest generated per startup remained low, failing to eclipse $350K in any week.
At Stonks, we think Demo Days are one of the most exciting ways to bring founders and investors together and we’ve set out to build the ultimate Demo Day Platform; starting with how you host and run a demo day behind the scenes.
YCombinator started in 2005, and has been used to launch over 3000 startups, which were collectively valued at over $300 billion as of Jan’21. Some well-known ones include Stripe, Airbnb, Coinbase, Instacart, Doordash, Dropbox and Reddit.
Startup investing is limited to those who are accredited investors, per SEC rules. Deals cannot be discussed or shared publicly, unless the startup or a qualifying platform is verifying accreditation. This has historically been a significant burden for both startups and platforms.
We watched our investor base spike with 279 new investors all while handling our own accreditation, signing and wiring. We were stunned by the quality of investors that came inbound through our event without a single meeting — founders of unicorn companies, media moguls, GPs at top funds and many, many more.
Ali Moiz·Feb 22, 2022·Investors, Partners, Founders
Index investing in the public markets has yielded superior returns for most investors than active stock-picking. The data shows that fewer than 20% of active money managers outperform an index (such as SPY) over 10 years. Stretch it out to 15 years, and fewer than 5% of active money managers will outperform a broad index.
As the resident software engineer amongst my friends, I get asked all the time for advice on how to bring their ideas into the real world. The good news is there are more options than ever, but the nuances between them are important to understand before jumping into development.