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Linqto Appoints Miguel Vias as Chief Operating Officer to Enhance Private Market Liquidity

San Francisco, August 10, 2020 – PRNewswire

Linqto, a leading digital pre-ipo investment platform for private market securities, today announced the appointment of Miguel Vias as Chief Operating Officer. Reporting directly to CEO and Co-Founder Bill Sarris, Miguel will leverage his extensive expertise in building liquidity for new financial products by working with pre-IPO unicorns, secondary market sellers, and digital assets entrepreneurs to strengthen the Linqto Investment Platform.

Miguel Vias Joins Linqto

Linqto is democratizing the private markets space by making private investing accessible, affordable, and liquid for accredited investors. While one million accredited investors are already engaged in private markets, forty-five million are qualified to do so. Linqto aims to reach the underserved forty-four million by providing affordable entry into markets previously dominated by large institutional buyers.

“As we continue to make private markets accessible to accredited investors globally, I could not think of a better addition to Linqto’s leadership team than Miguel,” said Bill Sarris, Linqto CEO. “He joins us at a pivotal moment and brings a level of experience and expertise that will be critical in supporting Linqto as it becomes the global leader in private market liquidity.”

“Miguel is a wonderful addition to the Linqto team,” said Greg Kidd, a strategic advisor and investor in Linqto. “His management experience during Ripple’s hyper growth phase will be invaluable to Linqto as it looks to substantially expand over the next 12-18 months.”

Miguel Vias’ Expertise

Miguel brings over 20 years of financial markets and fintech experience to Linqto, with a strong background in management, liquidity growth, and financial products. He joins Linqto from Ripple, where he served as Head of XRP Markets, driving institutional adoption of XRP and fostering partnerships for the company’s flagship remittance product, On-Demand Liquidity. Prior to Ripple, Miguel was Head of Precious Metals and Options for the CME Group and held various trading positions at Mitsui, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley.

“I am thrilled to join Linqto and to have the opportunity to work with the amazing team Bill has assembled,” said Miguel Vias. “I look forward to helping accelerate the already substantial momentum they have created and am excited to continue finding new ways to provide our customers with liquid access to private markets.”

About Linqto

Linqto simplifies access to global private securities markets. Through its technology-enabled investment platform, accredited investors can identify, evaluate, invest in, and trade securities in the world’s leading private companies. Linqto also provides founders, venture capital investors, and employees with liquidity without waiting for an IPO, acquisition, or other liquidity events. Linqto makes investing in private markets as straightforward as investing in public markets.