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Stock market for private companies

201-500 employees
  • Fintech
  • B2C
  • B2B
  • Marketplace
  • Trading
  • Financial Services
  • Venture Capital
The East Cut, San Francisco, CA

Company mission

To power an accessible, liquid ​, and transparent private market.

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15% employee growth in 12 months

Otta's take

Theo Margolius headshot

Theo Margolius

COO of Otta

Corporate stock options are a competitive advantage for companies wishing to attract and motivate top talent. The option of early liquidity proves to be an enticement, especially when startups tend to postpone going public for so long.

Forge offers companies, their employees, investors, and institutions a means of selling their shares in a pre-IPO stock market, allowing private shares to be traded as freely as public company shares. Forge aims to standardize and bring speed to trades in the private market.

Big rivals include Carta and the Nasdaq Private Market, while others such as EquityZen, Zanbato, and Industry Ventures also pose threats. To strengthen its position in this bustling marketplace, Forge is focused on partnerships and new products; launching products such as Forge Intelligence, its first data product, and Forge Company Solutions. And expanding its global reach through partnerships with Wells Fargo Securities and Deutsche Börse.


  • Equity for all employees
  • New parent leave and generous time off
  • Medical, dental, and vision
  • 401k plan, life insurance, HSA and FSA, and pre-tax mass transit and parking benefits
  • Education, training, and mentorship
  • Team lunches, employee interest groups, and company celebrations
  • Employee-led resource groups, volunteering, and community service
  • Rewards & Recognition
  • Healthy snacks, drinks, and weekly lunches when in the office

Company values

  • We are Bold - Embody a daring spirit. We invest in relationships while practicing radical candor
  • We are Accountable - Sign up, commit, and deliver. We take ownership while thoughtfully holding others accountable
  • We are Humble - Exemplify excellence without arrogance. We respect, listen to, and learn from others while acting out of care

Funding (last 2 of 4 rounds)

May 2021



Jan 2019




Total funding


Kelly Rodriques

(CEO, not founder)

Former CEO of Pensco and Founder of Operative Capital. Previous Operating Partner with Ignition Growth Capital and CEO of Blowtorch Entertainment. Successfully started and co-invested with accomplished venture capitalists in early-stage technology companies. Serves as a board member and advisor to several growth companies in technology-enabled service sectors.

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