Addepar founder Joe Lonsdale's second alts tech startup for RIAs, Opto Investments, leaves 'stealth' mode with $145 million raise and the chutzpah to take on iCapital and CAIS
Opto comes late to the alts game, but at a $475-million valuation, VC backers are seeing founders' vision of a way-upmarket niche
Addepar's chairman writes five-alarm warning about how US immigration red tape is putting foreign engineers through hell, creating a 'quiet crisis' for tech companies
Joe Lonsdale uses words like 'egregious' 'crapshoot' and 'rude' in Wall Street Journal article to explain how 'America and its economy are the butt of the joke.'
October 26, 2022 at 1:12 AM
Joe Lonsdale is prepping Lonsdale Investment Technologies for launch 13 years after founding Addepar -- with the new business model too cannibalistic for comfort, some say
The Austin, Texas, serial entrepreneur is still executive chair of, and a big stakeholder in, Addepar but may need a fresh start to manifest his hyped vision of creating high bandwidth financial flow between retail investors and vast private markets.
February 23, 2022 at 12:09 AM
Biz Briefs: Fidelity says humans beat robots, even for Gen Z • Joe Lonsdale's Opto starts signing RIA test-drivers • Vanguard launches oddly delayed fund • Wealthbox hires, and Dynasty buys
Fidelity wins Delta Airlines business with sweetener • Opto pairs-up with Riskalyze and Merchant • Moonfare raises $15 million • CAIS bucks real estate trend • Vanguard launches "curious[ly]" delayed fund • WealthBox, Dynasty, and others buy and hire.
March 8, 2023 at 3:28 AM
Lawrence Calcano, flush with $440-million of PE cash, boosts spending, after iCapital adds $37 billion of non-correlated assets in nine months
The New York City-based CEO of the alts supermarket ordered a hiring spree of computer engineers after financial engineering slows and organic growth starts to kick in.
January 16, 2023 at 6:53 AM
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