Our purpose

To build a world where together, we’re more than investors.

We’re putting an end to investing alone or thinking “the financial market isn’t for me”. Shares brings connecting with friends and Investing together – in one app. Because we believe investing is for everyone, not just the top dogs.

Our story

Where collective views mean meaningful investments.

We wanted to talk to our friends next to our investments without constantly switching apps – and it turns out, others did too. Shares connects people, making it simple to invest, learn and look after our long term financial wellbeing. Good stuff.

From the people that brought you:

Our Leadership team

Ben Chemla

Co-founder & CEO

Ben has been building cohesive teams and companies from the ground up and scaling them fast across Europe and the US for 10+ years. He is a business angel with a background in business law. Ben launched on-demand delivery platform Stuart right when the gig economy began to boom – so navigating delicate regulatory environments is nothing new to him. The company raised €22M pre-launch and was acquired by La Poste. It now operates in 100+ cities with over 600 employees. At Shares, Ben is again creating a completely new community-based service that transforms the way people interact and live – and bringing together a bold team that knows how to keep pushing forward to bring a new vision to life.

François Ruty

Co-founder & CTO

François has a knack for turning complex technologies into very practical applications that let users do things they’ve never been able to do. He’s created visual effects solutions for world-class studios and AI algorithms for military intelligence. He stands ahead of the innovation curve – developing new technologies, repurposing existing ones and building the right tech teams to get them to market. At Shares, François works with the same mix of tight engineering on the backend that enables bold creativity on the frontend. What he loves most about Shares is that it gives all people – no matter who they are or how much money they have – the freedom to build their own future.

Harjas Singh

Co-founder & CPO

Harjas Singh has been building digital financial products and services used by millions of users for over 6 years. As Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Shares, he is responsible for Product Development, Growth and Expansion, where his first priority is the launch and continuous development of the mobile application. Most recently, Harjas spent two years leading the retail investing product at Revolut, a London-headquartered global fintech valued at $33 billion (July 15 2021 Reuters). Prior to this, he gained in-depth knowledge of building trading systems during his time at Deutsche Bank, where he spent four years as an engineer modernising the incumbent's technology. Harjas graduated in 2015 from Virginia Tech, majoring in Computer Science.

Alexandra Brun

Chief People Officer

Alexandra has a passion for people and human potential. After a career in sales and technical recruitment, she joined the on-demand delivery company Stuart. Here she oversaw Talent Acquisition – scaling the team from 70 to over 600 employees – and built the Talent Development department from scratch, including one of the best company universities in Europe. At Shares, her mission is to empower business success by promoting the company vision, creating an engaging culture and enabling people to thrive. She leads a strong team across five core areas: Talent Acquisition, People Operations, People Development, Workplace, and Culture & Engagement.

Grégoire Ajoux

CFO

Grégoire takes care of Shares’ financial wellbeing. He has deep knowledge of all aspects of finance and maintains a very wide view of the business. He was an external auditor for Deloitte for years and then an internal auditor at French IT group Atos before becoming controller of top French grocery chain Casino. He moved into the entrepreneurial space when he became CFO of the successful BMW/Daimler-owned private-hire taxi app Free Now (previously Kapten) – Uber’s top contender in Europe. At Shares, he not only oversees all core financial functions, he also works closely with the company’s leadership to design strategies that continually improve cash flow and EBITDA so that the company grows in a sustainable way.

Margaux Bognon-Küss

General Counsel

With more than 10 years of experience as a private equity lawyer in internationl law firms, Margaux has acquired an extensive knowledge and understanding of all legal aspects a business may face. She advised major private equity and infrastructure funds on dozens of transactions, both domestic and international, coordinating and overseeing all teams involved - up to 24 jurisdictions simultaneously! As General Counsel, Margaux is responsible for setting-up and overseeing the legal team, ensuring the legal saftey of the operations and supporting the growth of Shares through legal innovations.

Lucia Christopher

Compliance Director

Lucia has over 10 years’ experience working in the regulated financial services industry, the last 8 of which have been dedicated to the Compliance function. Before Shares Lucia held a Compliance Advisory role at Morgan Stanley for the Sales and Trading division covering products across all asset classes. At Shares she leads the Global Compliance team and is responsible for implementing and monitoring all UK and cross border regulations including, trading, best execution, financial promotions, product marketing and financial crime. She also contributes to the complaint identification of customers needs and safe development of new product features and functionality.

Matthew Acheson

Business Operations Director

Matthew is the Director of Business Operations at Shares where he is responsible for defining, executing and running the target operating model to develop Shares into a multi-asset class, global app. At Shares, he leads multi-discipline teams covering Data, Strategy, Operations and Risk across Shares' multiple locations. Matthew is a proven problem solver, project manager and process builder with experience gained delivering large scale projects in multiple tier one banks and more recently holding a senior role at Revolut acting as Global Head of Brokerage Operations for Wealth and Trading.

Sacha Palacci

Product Operations Director

It is Sacha who puts together the tools and workflows that keep the company running smoothly and efficiently. He is a seasoned back office builder with a proactive approach who managed operations at on-demand delivery company Stuart as it expanded across 100+ cities. He knows how to support a company’s operational and internal functions as it grows across borders. Sacha holds a Master’s in finance and has worked with financial products at companies like HSBC and AXA Investment Managers, where he specialized in foreign exchange for institutional clients and impact investing for hedge funds. Joining the Shares team was a no brainer for Sacha. He loves the product and believes that adding in a social community completely transforms the investment app experience.

Paulo Pachi

Growth Director

With 10+ years of experience in Growth functions across the Globe, Paulo started his career as a entrepreneur bootstrapping an ecommerce in Brazil. He also led Growth for Uber in LATAM, which became its fastest growing region and for Revolut globally. Since 2019, Fintech has been his only focus. Paulo is also very versatile, working as a 1 man team in some occasions, and as a leader of a 70 people team on others; scaling business from 0 to number 1 on app stores, while prioritising payback and sustainable growth.

Inna Grynova

Head of Support

Inna is changing the way companies think about customer support. She believes the right kind of support is not only key to customer satisfaction and trust – but also to product development and company growth. Her teams get the deep product knowledge and flexibility they need to resolve issues quickly while taking great care of customers. Teams feel empowered and customers get superior support – but that’s not all. Customer support insights are fed back into the company so they continually improve the product roadmap. That means less need for support – at Revolut she reduced customer contact significantly. Inna is an active speaker on industry best practices and has been named by Forbes as an exemplary woman in business. Her years at Google gave her a strong focus on process optimization, which helps her scale teams sustainably from 0 to hundreds of employees without compromising quality or speed.

Carlos de Souza

Head of Product Design

Carlos has designed, refined, pivoted and expanded products for companies like Bumble and Revolut. His eye is always on people and building meaningful experiences for them. At Bumble he defined new ways for people to showcase themselves and interact with each other, and at Revolut he created a seamless trading experience across diverse wealth products within a highly regulated environment. Whether working in the pixels or under the hood, it is Carlos that makes things hum with ease and grace so people feel empowered and delighted. Shares is a brilliant challenge because its aim is to harmonize the social with the financial so that people have an enjoyable experience, whether they come to buy stock, chat or learn.

Sarveen Chester

Head of Expansion & Authorisation

Chester is Head of International Expansion & Authorisations at Shares and is orchestrating the global roll-out and obtaining regulatory authorisations from various jurisdictions. At Shares, he is also in charge of building and scaling teams and processes globally. Chester started his career by successfully launching Revolut in Singapore and then subsequently took over as the Head of International Expansion and Authorisations of Revolut from the London office. After Revolut, he went on to become the Head of Expansion at Dija (which has since been acquired by Gopuff). He is also recognised as an Asia Fintech Leader; Fintech Leader 30 under 30 by the Singapore FinTech Association; and recognised as a ‘UK Global Talent’ by Tech Nation UK.

Devonte Emokpae

Head of Engineering

Devonte sees programming as understanding a problem well enough to be able to explain it as simple as possible to a machine and being able to be easily understood by anyone coming back to it. And in this sense he is an artist, VS Code is his canvas, JavaScript his paint, and each line of code written is a testament to his artistic integrity. At Shares he aims to bring together the artistic and functional in order to help build a scalable application that can reach all corners of the globe.

Backed by the best

Our Investors

Our Advisors

André Mohamed London Co-Founder Freetrade, Former Head of Wealth + Trading, Revolut
Didier Valet Paris Former Deputy CEO Société Générale Senior Advisor, Bain, CVC
Ryan McKillen Miami Founding Team, Uber Board Member, Wanderlust

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