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Forge is a premier trading, settlement and custody partner for a wide range of investors in the private markets. Forge was founded by a few of Y Combinator’s youngest alumni and is backed by top investors including Tim Draper, Peter Thiel and FT Partners, with $88 million in funding. Forge’s platform has already facilitated over $2 billion in transaction volume. Forge has worked with companies such as Slack, Uber, Impossible Foods and SpaceX.
Forge exists to protect innovators and innovation through its digital marketplace by connecting shareholders of private companies to critical investment capital. This allows shareholders the opportunity to liquidate some shares and in turn, comfortably remain private, retain talent and stay focused on disruptive innovation. In turn, this gives venture capitalist and institutional investors the chance to invest in pre-IPO companies of all stages.
Forge is uniquely positioned to serve the whole of the private market ecosystem through its technology, products and global relationships. Forge boasts the broadest range of solutions and capabilities for investors leveraging its platform, enabling it to serve employees, shareholders, companies and institutional investors. Not only does it streamline the trading of pre-IPO securities, but on the back of its acquisition of IRA Services, Inc., now offers a custodial solution that enables institutional investors to hold and invest their assets with Forge. What’s more, leading financial services provider BNP Paribas recently collaborated with Forge to launch an industry-first investment product focused on offering a diversified basket of pre-IPO ‘unicorn’ securities.
In addition, with Forge Capital Systems, Forge enables pre-IPO companies to create employee liquidity programs that will help employees liquidate their shares to fund significant life events, as well as help companies control their cap table.