Founded: 2004

Country: United States

Non-Accredited Investors: No

Business Selective: Yes

Investor Selective: Yes


In 2004, investor Barry Silbert created an unconventional kind of online marketplace that dealt in restricted securities for public companies. After several years of expansion into other asset clauses, this marketplace has grown into the massive online illiquid asset trading platform SecondMarket, the world’s biggest broker of venture-backed private-company stock by value of shares traded.

SecondMarket currently allows accredited investors to buy and sell restricted securities, auction-rate securities, bankruptcy claims, and many more types of assets. This also enables businesses that use the site to manage liquidity and raise capital.


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