Ex-Investec team today announce the soft launch of Alpha Exchange, a next generation institutional research and knowledge sharing platform. Alpha Exchange will be announcing over 30 institutional partnerships at the Techstars Demo Day in NYC. The co-founding team, Emma Margetts, Scott Winship and Alex Santos (Techstars Barclays Accelerator cohort) are working with industry leaders (asset managers, sell side banks, and research houses) to pioneer the future of research consumption in this new ‘priced’ regulatory driven world.
“Analysts are drowning in information overload. The current research model is legacy driven, archaic and broken. So we created Alpha Exchange, the first open financial network and knowledge exchange for this fragmented capital markets community.” says Margetts, CEO & co-founder.
Margetts and Winship, spent years on either side of this industry. Winship spent a decade as a fund manager, often receiving up to 1000 emails a day in uncustomized and irrelevant research. As a research provider, Margetts experienced the challenges of providing targeted content to the right clients and the struggle to get paid for her research.
The company goes beyond the traditional research report ‘aggregation’ approach. They turn the current model on its head. “Where we see aggregators struggling in the market, is that they’re having difficulty getting eyes on screen and reports are just a small part of the industry. Alpha Exchange is about building a research network for the 21st century.” says Winship.
Jenny Fielding, Managing Director of Techstars: “In 4 weeks Alpha Exchange has on boarded over 30 institutions and has a customer conversion rate of over 90%, phenomenal growth for this ambitious team in only weeks. They are currently the fastest growing institutional insights platform in the market.”
Santos leads the development team. No stranger to startup success, he joins from Yieldify (London-based e-commerce startup) where he worked as the VP of Architecture and brought on a 20-strong development team over two years.