(HOOD) – Robinhood’s CEO Recalls Earliest Days, Fundraising Process

After transferring on from Chronos Analysis, a expertise and software program startup designed to help absolutely automated buying and selling that was constructed by Robinhood Markets Inc (NASDAQ: HOOD) co-founders Vlad Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, the 2 set out on a journey to lift seed capital. 

In 2012, Tenev and Bhatt raised about $3 million for Robinhood, which Tenev described as a tough enterprise in an interview on “Earn Your Leisure.”  

Robinhood’s Fundraising Course of: The cash got here from a big aggregated group of small outdoors buyers. The crew tried many ways to lift the mandatory capital, Tenev mentioned.

“You can discover Robinhood on AngelList in 2012 or 2013 … lots of people had been skeptical, however there have been some those that made early bets into the enterprise.”

A number of the early buyers in Robinhood included Index Ventures’ Jan Hammer, Google Ventures and Tim Draper

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“There have been some those that received very enthusiastic about it and I feel that they regarded on the high quality of the crew and that we had been actually passionate and principally, wished to provide it a shot straight away,” Tenev mentioned, including there have been additionally lots of people who shrugged off the thought of a brand new brokerage platform. 

“They regarded on the opponents and mentioned there hasn’t been a brand new brokerage in a very long time. You will by no means earn money. You will by no means get clients.”

Tenev admitted there have been a whole lot of the reason why a rational particular person would go on the funding alternative. Fintech as a class did not actually exist on the time, he famous. 

One other drawback the Robinhood co-founders confronted was in coping with rules within the area.

“We needed to truly get the entire regulatory approvals and the license earlier than we might begin advertising a brokerage product as a result of it was so regulated,” Tenev defined.

“It was a bit little bit of a ‘rooster and egg’ drawback as a result of we would have liked the funding to get the license, however you already know, folks can be hesitant to provide funding in the event that they thought there was a danger that you simply would not get the license to be a dealer.”

Tenev and Bhatt talked to roughly 75 buyers with a view to elevate the $3 million for Robinhood, the CEO mentioned. 

The Robinhood co-founders constructed the relationships with angel buyers from scratch, he mentioned: “Despite the fact that we had gone to Stanford, we had been like, within the math division and folks do not begin corporations out of the maths division.”

Constructing The Robinhood Staff: Tenev did not have a background in laptop science, so he did not have the posh of figuring out folks with computing backgrounds.

The Robinhood founders took a extra conventional method to hiring, Tenev mentioned. 

“We might get a sales space on the profession honest … and we might accumulate resumes. Baiju and I might man the cubicles ourselves with our T-shirts and hand out swag. A number of our actually, actually nice preliminary staff had been simply from the Stanford profession honest.”

“I feel if you’re scrappy sufficient, there is a strategy to make it occur,” Tenev emphasised. 

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