Follow to Build Social Investment Platform to Automate Copying of Trades for US Equities

Follow, the “first” community-centric investment platform joining selected finance-focused influencers called ‘Leaders’ and individual investors launches with $9M in funding.

As the “first” platform to automate copying of trades of US equities to US clients using a feature called SuperFollow at its RIA affiliate, Follow’s RIA will “allow its clients to sync their own accounts with the [RIA/Leader] account of some of today’s most widely followed and trusted financial voices after subscribing to their exclusive content.”

The company was founded and funded “at venture studio Atomic, with additional investments from Uncork Capital and Vera Equity.”

Follow’s inception comes “on the heels of the retail investment wave, catalyzed by the sustained rise of the retail investor and social platforms like Reddit, TikTok, and Instagram operating as collaborative spaces for sharing investment ideas.”

Users open an investment account with Follow’s affiliated registered investment adviser who keeps their investments proportionally “in sync with an account developed by Follow RIA to automatically Follow a Leader’s money moves.”

Unlike traditional social platforms, Follow has “developed a proprietary review process in order to evaluate their Leaders’ history of responsible social media behavior and disciplined investment strategies.”

Leaders share their brokerage data “prior to joining the platform, allowing Follow to assess their investment styles, commentary and to evaluate alignment of their social messages to their historic investment activity.”

Additionally, before Leaders’ profiles are turned on to recruit followers, “their behavior is monitored for 30 days.”

Manning Field, CEO of Follow, said:

“The next generation is changing how we consume information, while simultaneously driving a movement that is rapidly increasing consumer interest in money. Portfolios of the future will be portfolios of people, not asset classes, and Follow aims to be the platform that makes it easy for people to learn how to secure their future using a diversified approach of people.”

The app has already “signed a diverse set of Leaders to its platform, including Austin Hankwitz, WOLF Financial, Breyanna Nava and Patrick Meng. As Follow’s creator network grows, the platform plans to foster an inclusive, informed community and build upon their creators’ fan bases.”

Follow’s operating co-founders “come from proven technology and financial services backgrounds, including former Google and Acorns executives.”

Manning Field, CEO, “co-founded the company after leaving Acorns where he was in the C-suite for six years, serving as the COO of Acorns and the CEO of Acorns’ regulated entities.”

He also “served on the consumer advisory board of the CFPB for 2 years while at Acorns.”

Prior to Acorns, Field was “at J.P. Morgan Chase, where he was responsible for the development of Chase Sapphire and other market leading consumer products.”

CTO, Benjamin Rapaport, was previously “a Senior Software Engineer at Google for eight years developing a variety of projects across their ads, research, and special projects divisions.”

Miles Cole, a serial entrepreneur, also is “a Follow co-founder and leader in the company, and has successfully developed businesses in multiple categories.”

CLO, Danny Evens, “co-founded the Company at Atomic, where he also serves as the Head of Capital Markets and previously practiced law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, specializing in securities and restructuring matters.”

Jack Abraham, founder, and CEO, of Atomic, said:

“After seeing so many companies try and fail to empower regular investors to become stock pickers, we founded Follow to democratize access to the markets and give retail investors access to screened voices,”

Follow’s model starts “with influencers that have a responsible perspective on the market and regularly disseminate consistent, investment-themed content.”

Eventually, Follow plans “to create a space where aspiring investors can learn from and opt to invest behind everyday people with solid, responsible money ideas – not just influencers – in hopes of democratizing financial ideas coming from the masses in an authentic, verifiable way.”

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