This week, we were very excited to launch The AlphaFlow Exchange. For the first time, investors can easily see and compare real estate crowdfunding deals from some of the industry’s most respected platforms. The Exchange, or the AFx, has been live about 24 hours now and in that time, we’ve sent $181,000 in investments to the platforms. The feedback from our users has been tremendous. Ryan Smolek wrote in to say, “The Exchange! Finally! I can’t remember being this excited to see a filter on a Web page.” We’ll see if we can bring things more exciting than a web filter next, Ryan! 🙂
AlphaFlow is now working with investors in a number of ways, so I wanted to step back and tie this all together. As an active investor in the crowdfunding space, many of you have a number of accounts around the industry. There are many great platforms out there, and while some are fading away, we’re also seeing a number of new platforms being launched by experienced real estate professionals. The result is more fragmentation. That creates challenges in not only managing your portfolio, but also in building it the right way.
We could do better as an industry, and so we launched AlphaFlow! We asked ourselves, “As an investor, what would I want the experience to be?” I’d want to see all my investments in one place. I’d want to have analytics around my portfolio, making it easy to understand if too many of my deals were correlated. And of course, I’d want easy ways to invest across the industry – both passively in funds and actively by seeing all of the available deals. In short, I’d want a platform that empowers me to do with my P2P portfolio what E*TRADE lets me do with my stock portfolio.
I’m proud to say that we’re moving down that path today. We’re fortunate to now call some of the industry’s most respected platforms our partners. The AFx was launched with Fund That Flip, Patch of Land, PeerStreet, and RealCrowd. This week we’re excited to also add LendingHome, and we’re working through a backlog of additional platforms which will be joining soon. We’re already talking with one platform about closing your investments on AlphaFlow, so building and managing a diversified portfolio will be easier than ever.
From day one, our mission at AlphaFlow has been to help investors like you easily build and manage a P2P portfolio. We’ve come a long way since we launched in September, but we’re just getting started! If you have any suggestions or requests, please feel free to reach out to us directly. We’re excited to get to know you!
Welcome to the future of real estate crowdfunding!
Note: AlphaFlow is available today for all accredited investors in the United States.
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About the author:
Ray Sturm is a leading entrepreneur in financial technology, and is currently the CEO of AlphaFlow. Prior to launching AlphaFlow, he founded RealtyShares, one of the P2P industry’s top platforms for real estate investing. His early career in finance included investment banking at Bear Stearns, restructuring at Lazard Frères and private equity at CCMP Capital.
Ray has a BBA-Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a JD/MBA from the University of Chicago.