Not sure if everyone has seen the above story that’s been doing the rounds today, but it’s a stark reminder that investing in start-ups always entails a high level of risk. I say that after having happily invested an amount in Freetrade I am comfortable losing, despite having confidence in the Freetrade team and the product itself being a success.
However, Freetrade team, any words of solace for those that have invested and / or words of persuasion for those still sitting on the fence or even the naysayers?
Above story is a good opportunity for you to have your say, especially during this ‘cooling off’ period of the crowdfund
@Lodgimus I didn’t know the company, but having read the article now, I think there are quite a few differences.
Freetrade is a financial services company authorised by the FCA. We are a member firm of the London Stock exchange. We are approved by the HMRC to provide ISA.
You can see the onboarding flow as well as the first live trade executed on our backend systems here. Our iOS app is in the App Store, and our engineering is making progress to finalising the last tasks before we can add customer accounts (other than @adam’s and accounts for other team members )!
Our rapidly growing waitlist and our community speak for themselves.
That said, startup investing carries risks to your capital as well as potential rewards. Do read the Crowdcube Risk Warning, so you make a considered decision!
I heard about this! I know a few of our community members invested in Sugru.
It sounds like their thesis on marketing was strong. The key sentence for me is
FormFormForm made the decision because it would need significantly more investment than anticipated to drive awareness of the product.
Now, marketing and customer acquisition specifically are not things to underestimate. I have a few Medium posts coming that will dive into those topics. In my mind customer acquisition is an existential question for startups.
I asked crowdcube about this when requesting whether they will add a secondary market. As Seedrs charge 7.5% but they offer a secondary market, 7.5% is a lot but the extra liquidity is a happy trade off for most start-up investors. Crowdcube advised the below in regards to what they charge…
We charge a success fee of 7% (exc. VAT) on the amount the company successfully raises. Payment processing fees also apply. These fees are deducted by Stripe, Crowdcube’s payment provider, when the funds raised are transferred to you upon the successful completion of their raise. The payment processing fees vary depending on which country the payment card is registered in and are 0.5% for the UK, 1% for Europe and 2.9% for the rest of the world.
If I invest £10 with a card registered in Antarctica, I, as an investor, will have received all shared equivalent to the value of £10 but Freetrade will only get =£10-CrowdcubeFee@7%-StripeFee@2.9%. Am I correct?