Lightning Pitch: YOUSTART.ME

By Editor January 7, 2015 YOUSTART.ME

PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION: YOUSTART.ME is an innovative startup exchange-market platform designed to speed up and facilitate investments in startups, while offering a quick-and-simple way to sell those investments on a secondary market, at a later stage.

YOUSTART.ME has developed a functioning beta version of a digital ‘equity-wallet’ that enables equity transactions in a secure and transparent way. The platform will provide ongoing user-based enterprise valuations and expert mentorship.

Problem: The marketplace for startup investments only appeals to large capital holders.

Fundraising is the single largest hurdle faced by most startups—often leading to insolvency well before the enterprise has a chance to take shape. This is chiefly because startup investors are often shackled to the enterprise for years due to a lack of liquidity and because startup valuations are often less reliable than those of more established companies. These factors create an atmosphere that is historically inhospitable to investors who command small or moderate amounts of capital.

Solution and Value Proposition: A simple, secure and transparent platform to purchase and sell equity in startups that provides dynamic valuations and establishes a secondary market within a vibrant community of users.

Project evaluation takes place directly in our marketplace through a global survey made among investors, mentors and the general public. Investments can be large, or as small as $25.

We aim to bypass the financial system, institutions and related red-tape.

HEADQUARTERS: Lugano, Switzerland and Mountain View, California



CEO – Claudio Gianascio -Financial Engineer

CTO – Alexander Di Chiara -Full-stack developer, ex Googler

CMO – Alon Goldreich -Strategic Business-Developer

CCO-Valentina Sangiovanni-Social Marketing Expert


TWITTER: @youstartme