AssetAvenue, an online peer-to-peer lending platform to invest and borrow money in commercial real estate, announced on Friday (September 12th) it has raised $3 million in funding. Matrix Partners and NetEase led the round with additional investors from the technology, venture capital and real estate industries participating.
AssetAvenue will use its seed round funding to accelerate strategic partnerships with lenders, fuel the continued growth of its institutional and accredited investor base, and build upon its proprietary lending platform.
Founder and CEO of AssetAvenue, David Manshoory, shared,“We are thrilled to have such an incredible caliber of investors supporting AssetAvenue’s mission to revolutionize the real estate investment industry by removing the barriers that have traditionally prevented individuals from investing in commercial real estate opportunities.”
Investors include Matrix Partners, a global venture capital company responsible for backing powerhouses like Apple, Gilt Groupe, JustFab, Oculus VR, and Zendesk; NetEase, one of the largest publicly traded internet and technology companies in China; Vectr Ventures, a Hong Kong based early stage venture capital fund; Russ Meyer, a private equity advisor and founding director of Grandpoint Capital; Bam Ventures, a venture capital fund headed by Brian Lee, founder of LegalZoom, ShoeDazzle and The Honest Company; and Launchpad LA, a Los Angeles based start-up fund and accelerator.
General Partner at Matrix Partner, Josh Hannah, stated, “AssetAvenue is the most compelling real estate crowdfunding platform available today. The management team’s deep experience and clear focus in the real estate debt market sets it apart from the competition and we believe it will grow to become the largest player in the commercial real estate peer-to-peer lending space.”
“We are thrilled to team up with Asset Avenue as they continue to re-invent real estate financing,” Managing Partner of NetEase Capital, Benjamin Ha, explained. “The real estate financing market has not kept up with the pace of other consumer technology innovations and we believe David and his talented team are well positioned to create the leading peer-to-peer commercial real estate lending platform.”
AssetAvenue is led by CEO David Manshoory, an executive with more than ten years of proven success in start-ups and commercial real estate investing. His previous venture grew to more than 100 full-time employees within 15 months, raised over $11 million in investor capital, and generated almost $30 million in revenues in its first two years.
The company’s leadership team includes Adam Chapnick, Chief Strategy Officer, a former principal at Indiegogo and a globally recognized thought-leader on crowdfunding; Kevin Arrabaca, President of Real Estate Investments, who previously held management and officer positions at American Capital Realty and Colony Capital, and has underwritten over 3,000 real estate assets; and Chris Ganan, President of Institutional Investments, who has over a decade of real estate experience sourcing and structuring joint ventures and funds with private equity, hedge fund, and high net worth foreign and domestic investors.
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