Buying Pre-IPOs & Investing in Private Companies


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An eternal optimist, Liu-Yue built two social enterprises to help make the world a better place. Liu-Yue co-founded Oxstones Investment Club a searchable content platform and business tools for knowledge sharing and financial education. also provides investors with direct access to U.S. commercial real estate opportunities and other alternative investments. In addition, Liu-Yue also co-founded Cute Brands a cause-oriented character brand management and brand licensing company that creates social awareness on global issues and societal challenges through character creations. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Liu-Yue worked as an Executive Associate at M&T Bank in the Structured Real Estate Finance Group where he worked with senior management on multiple bank-wide risk management projects. He also had a dual role as a commercial banker advising UHNWIs and family offices on investments, credit, and banking needs while focused on residential CRE, infrastructure development, and affordable housing projects. Prior to M&T, he held a number of positions in Latin American equities and bonds investment groups at SBC Warburg Dillon Read (Swiss Bank), OFFITBANK (the wealth management division of Wachovia Bank), and in small cap equities at Steinberg Priest Capital Management (family office). Liu-Yue has an MBA specializing in investment management and strategy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Stern School of Business at NYU. He also completed graduate studies in international management at the University of Oxford, Trinity College.

Ever wanted to invest in an exciting private company Pre-IPOs? or participate in private placement of debt or equity?

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SharesPost aggregates information and creates bulletin boards for some of the  most exciting pre-IPO companies.   Some of these private companies are innovators and leaders in their respective industry sectors.

You can search companies by sectors of interest.

Just going through the different sectors I found several noteworthy private companies as potential investments.

Social Networks:  FACEBOOK  and Hi5, Linkedin, Twitter,

Online Dating:  EHarmony

Online Travel:  Kayak

Online peer to peer lending: Prosper

Online Real Estate: Zillow

Online Gaming:  Zynga – creator of Farmville

Online Reviews:  Yelp

Online Jobs: TheLadders

Please note that investing in private companies can be potentially very lucrative but also very risky.  Valuations of private companies can be very uncertain especially young companies that are still growing rapidly and burning cash.   There is also a danger of very limited liquidity in trading private equity.   That being said you can also possibly find mis-pricings and  opportunities to get in before the public.

Good luck finding potential oxstones!


Liu-Yue (Louie) Lam

Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Strategist

Oxstone Capital Management

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