By @SimonCocking

Describe the company – the elevator pitch …

invstr’s aim is that anyone with a smartphone and $20 to invest can start to manage their own investment portfolio.

We are a free mobile app ( IOS and Google Play) with a mission to make finance social by democratising access to financial information and empowering everyone to take charge of their financial future. We do that creating an environment where people can Play, Learn and Share. We believe that we are all natural investors. We are born with an ability of understanding Up, Down and the human emotions that drive financial markets.

We make investments of time, energy or money every day of our lives. And each time we cross the road we make a calculated risk-reward decision. We can unlock that natural ability in the same way that we learn to play a sport or a musical instrument:

Firstly, invstr helps us to get financially fit by making it easy:

1. To read the news and understand what is going on in the world
2. Follow how the markets react to real world events in real time and
3. Connect with other investors to understand what they are thinking.
invstr also helps us to practice our investment skills in a fun and safe way using our two games.
Finally, invstr, lets us invest for real using fractional share ownership, making investment accessible for everyone in the world with a smartphone.

How are you different?

invstr takes the concept of a social network to the next level. We are the only company in the world to provide a fully native integrated content, social and gamification experience on a mobile phone.
Underlying that seamless user experience is a sophisticated artificial intelligence and analytics layer that is designed to make that experience even more relevant and personal.

Why will the company / product do well?

There is a huge trend towards personal empowerment and towards self-directed investment
invstr is building a platform that will enable everyone to manage all of their financial services and investments in one place.

Where are you based?

We have offices in London and Istanbul

When was the company launched?

invstr was created in February 2013. We launched our first product in December 2014. The current version of invstr was launched in June 2016

What have been your biggest wins to date?

Our biggest win has been to raise the level of financial education and inclusion by making it fun to follow the financial markets and be part of a vibrant community of invstrs.
We currently have active users in 164 countries. Our user feedback has been exceptional for our design, ease of use and functionality. We have also won awards two years running as the Most Innovative Finance app and design awards for our website.

To date we have seen 857,000 games played on invstr with a notional turnover of $950 billion. Our users are currently managing a notional $38bn on invstr. Last year they made 6.5% on average far out-performing the hedge fund index. Our top invstrs generated double digit returns.

What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?

Our members are almost evenly split ? students aged 18-24, ? other millennials aged 25-34 and ? private investors and financial professionals. We have a very diverse geographic membership with concentrations in the US, UK and India.

Tell us about your team?

Everyone on our team feels passionately about our mission and our product. We like to have fun, work hard and collaborate. We have a tremendous diversity of culture, gender and experience with deep skills in product management, design, analytics, artificial intelligence, development and marketing.
The top four members of our team have well over 100 years of management experience.

What are your long term plans for your product / company?

We believe that in the future we will all hold our money in the cloud as we do with our photos, films, music, books and files. We will use platforms such as invstr to transfer money to other people, make investments and buy financial services such as insurance. invstr aims to be the platform that people use daily to manage their finances.

What are your favourite tech gadgets?

I use my iPhone several times a day to check the markets on invstr and listen to music.
I also love my iPad for reading books and doing brain diagrams.

What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?

I would love to have a fully digital personal assistant that did all of the chores I hate doing!

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

invstr is very committed to education. We are building a financial Academy to help people learn about investing in a relatable way. We are also creating a Foundation to provide financial scholarships to less privileged students.

How do people get in touch with you?

The best way to reach me is on invstr!
Otherwise write to [email protected]

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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