3 Best Pre-IPO Tech Startups to Invest in – and How

You too can invest in pre-IPO tech startups – here’s how…

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When looking for early-stage companies to invest in, a good place to go is Republic. The company operates one of the largest crowd equity platforms, allowing anybody to participate. In fact, some deals have a minimum investment of only $10.

This means that the equity is not allocated to you until there is a trigger event, such as a funding or acquisition. There are often perks like access to early betas, meetings with the founders and discounts.

Yet it’s important to keep in mind that investing in early-stage companies is risky. The fact is that many ultimately fail. So before making a decision, make sure you have done your own due diligence.

OK then, what are some of the interesting deals on the Republic platform? Let’s take a look at three:

NanoVMs

Ian Eyberg is a software engineer with deep experience with languages like Go, Java and Ruby. He has also worked at various tech startups, like Appthority (an enterprise mobile security operator) and has several patents to his name.

What next then? He has started NanoVMs, which is focused on developing a so-called unikernel. This allows for breaking down an app into smaller pieces, which are more secure and do not need the support of traditional operating systems like Linux or Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows. The result is that there are no users or shell logins. NanoVMs is also deployable on Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) AWS cloud, Alphabet’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) cloud platform and private cloud systems.

Yes, when it comes to companies to invest in on Republic, this one is heavily technical — but NanoVMs should help solve some tough problems for enterprise IT environments. After all, security breaches can easily cost millions of dollars, not to mention have a negative impact on the brand and customer loyalty.

NanoVMs has put together trials for Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and the US Air Force. The company has also raised $1.5 million in venture capital from firms like Bloomberg Beta and Hack VC. In other words, the funding on Republic is likely to be more than just about money — that is, it could be a way to provide more visibility for the platform. And so far, NanoVMs has raised $171,428 from 840 investors for its crowd equity campaign.

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