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Stonks Trading

1st user-owned Financial Management Platform built by, with, and for the people

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Highlights

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🌎 Staking a claim in a Global Crypto Market of over $2.4T
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👋 Waitlist of 10k+ dedicated users in just 10 months
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Partnerships with the NASDAQ, Benzinga and Alpaca Markets
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Cofounders successfully bootstrapped their previous startup to $1.3M in ARR in the first year.
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Product launch featured on the NASDAQ billboard in Times Square

Our Team

I chose to start the Stonks Movement because I was tired of seeing the regular people of the world not having a voice in the financial markets. I wanted to create a place where everyone can learn more about how to intelligently invest, and manage money, and a platform for them to put that knowledge into practice.

Invest in Stonks Trading - The first User-Owned Financial Management Platform.

Retail Trading is fundamentally broken.

Politicians, Investment Banks, and Hedge Funds seek out the largest financial windfalls for themselves, with no regard for the effect on the common retail traders.

Our why behind Stonks Trading 

WallStreetBets Clashes with Wall Street
On January 28, 2021, the Wall Street overlords once again pushed their weight around, smothering retail investors across the US. Trading was suspended on Gamestop, AMC, and other meme stocks so the hedge funds could stop the short squeeze bleed.

As a result of this egregious manipulation of the markets, the average retail trader felt betrayed and left out in the cold, and we decided to do something about it.

“We are giving shares away to the first 500k users of our company to give a voice to the retail investor”.
-Anthony Hughes, CEO and Chief Tendies Officer of Stonks Trading 


A Community is born.
Over the next month, the hedge funds continued to manipulate trading of the meme stocks (called stonks). In the wake of this abuse of power, we decided to create a space for a community of like-minded retail traders wanting to push back against the status-quo and build a better company, together.

So, for the first time in FinTech history, we created a user-owned trading ecosystem. A platform owned, built, and driven by the users.

What we are building?

Bridging Wall Street and Web 3.0 with community-led innovation
With a community of 10k+ retail traders (grown predominately by word of mouth), we are able to get real-time feedback through weekly community Ask Me Anythings, surveys, and an in-app feature of upvoting/downvoting current and future products and services.

Through this inextricable connection, we are able to discover, directly from our user-owers, what the average retail investor wants before we spend a dime to build it.


The Stonks Trading Solution
Stonks Trading bridges traditional Wall Street and the new frontier of Web 3.0 by creating a super app that allows users to trade US Stocks, Cryptocurrencies, Stake Crypto, and Lend Crypto all within one platform. We believe The Stonks Trading Ecosystem not only revolutionizes money management, it will also give power to the user by granting ownership of part of the company to the people. This relationship truly gives a voice on Wall Street to the commoners of the world.

2021 in Review


Jan 28, 2021: AHA! Moment, Day 1 of Stonks Trading

  • Jan 29, 2021: $2,500 spent on a Facebook ad campaign and grew a waitlist of 2k+ in 48 hours, helping establish product-market fit.
  • February 2021: Raised a small friends/family round to help get off the ground.
  • June 2021: Raised a crowdfunding campaign on Wefunder
  • June 2021: Hired a development team
  • November 2021: Raised a round on Angellist
  • November 2021: Featured on the NASDAQ tower in Times Square

November 2021:

  • Launched a limited release of the Stonks Trading app (v.1) in the iOS store.

Community Traction YTD

  • 10,000+ Waitlist
    • 25% of the waitlist is made up of referrals from other community members.
  • 125 Paid Subscribers
    • $2,500/MRR
  • $520,000 crowd raised from 384 investors sourced from Waitlist

“Since our last raise on Wefunder, we have built a trading platform from the ground up and have deployed V.1 of the Stonks Trading app in the iOS store”.

Why the Stonks Trading Model Works

Empowerment

We empower our users through ownership. There is no better way to listen to your clients than giving them a piece of the company, and thereby a seat at the table. Stonks Trading builds in a way for the Stonks Community to shape the company's future and features. Something the hedge funds and other trading platforms should take note of. :)

Centralization

We will be the first user-owned platform where you can trade, buy and stake crypto, bank, and manage your portfolio from one central location.

Economic MOAT

We have built a “MOAT through ownership” (should we trademark this?). Piggybacking on the greatest investor of our time, Warren Buffett, shareholders make the best customers. Our customers will always be our priority because they could also be our business partners!

How We Make Money

Free Tier: 1% of Crypto Trades

  • Commission Free Stock Trading
  • Access to web trading platform
  • 1% Commission on Crypto Trading (No Other Hidden Fees on trades)

Paid Tier: $20/month

  • Commission Free Stock Trading
  • Access to Web Trading Platform
  • Buy + Short US Stocks
  • Margin Enabled Account (3.75%)
  • .25% Commission on Crypto Trading (No other Hidden Fees)

How do we plan to grow the company from this investment?

Our users, shareholders, and investors come first. Period. Our founder has grown 3 companies to a multi-million dollar valuation completely bootstrapped. We have a “bootstrapped” plan in place to reach profitability quickly and push intrinsic value for the shareholders/investors of Stonks Trading.

Use of funds assuming a $1,000,000 raise:

$250,000 for advertising/marketing - results: 250,000 users (not guaranteed)

$500,000 for design, development, and launch of crypto and neo-banking components

$250,000 for legal, accounting, customer success, and operations

  • In addition to ~$75K in Wefunder fees

With this raise, we believe we can attain a $500,000,000 valuation for our next round of funding (not guaranteed)

Important Disclosure and Clarifications:

At Stonks Trading, transparency with our users and investors is our #1 core tenant. In that spirit, let us explain exactly what we are:

Stonks Trading is a SaaS platform that aggregates portfolio data and functionality and visualizes it in one centralized location. Therefore, we are not a bank or investment platform.

Through API broker-dealer and banking partnerships, we are able to visualize trading and banking functionality through our front-end UI/UX.

Stonks Trading - we are building a front-end platform that plugs into our API broker-dealer partner, Alpaca Securities LLC. Alpaca Securities LLC is a registered broker-dealer and you can find out more about them here.

  • Stonks Trading, Inc and Alpaca Securities LLC (“Alpaca”) are not affiliated and neither are responsible for the liabilities of the other. Brokerage services are provided by Alpaca Securities LLC (“Alpaca”), member FINRA/SIPC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AlpacaDB, Inc. This is not an offer, solicitation of an offer or advice to buy or sell securities or open a brokerage account in any jurisdiction where Alpaca is not registered (Alpaca is registered only in the United States).

Stonks Crypto - we are building a front-end platform that plugs into our API crypto partner. Out partner is regulated in the United States by FinCEN. Stonks Crypto will also register with FinCEN and become an MSB to ensure full compliance with State and Federal regulations.

Stonks Money - through the revolutionary banking-as-a-service (BaaS) movement. Companies are now able to offer account services powered by a multitude of banking back-ends. Therefore, we are partnering with Galileo to offer services to our customers.

Why we chose to go this route:

Two reasons:

Speed to Market

Although being a bank or broker-dealer sounds nice. It would cost millions of dollars and 2 years before we get approved by the regulators. Therefore, by partnering with these institutions we can focus on what we do best; attempting to make a centralized ecosystem that has the best interest of our customers and shareholders in mind.

Flexibility

Our ethos is very clear - we are a company for the people, by the people. We will only partner with institutions similarly aligned with our company ethos. If they aren't, well...there are other partners that are willing and able to listen to us, the people!



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