Mission

Community powered investing by the
people.
For the people.

Shares is a secure and fair investment app and social community where friends, peers and influencers help each other buy stock, learn about investing and build long-term financial health – together.

Our Story.

We got tired of switching from app to app in order to invest with friends and peers, so we built the social tools right inside the investment app. We created Shares to satisfy everyday people’s need for community, ease of investment, learning and long-term financial wellbeing.

From the people that brought you.

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.

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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.

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Carlos de Souza
Principal Product Designer

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.

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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.

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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 from 25% to 5% and dissatisfaction from 8% to 1.5 %. Her goal for both is zero. 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.

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Nicolas Breuil
CMO

Nicolas’ magic craft is dedicated to power Shares user growth while building a brand that our members love! He is a senior marketing leader having recently driven Stuart's growth across Europe - from being the 1st marketing employee to leading a team of 20 talents. Both strategist and doer, he loves rolling-up his sleeves to do the dirty work. He enjoys evolving in international, fast-paced and evolutive work environments and collaborating across teams to deliver impactful projects. Nicolas holds a Masters degree in Corporate Communications and has started his career working for several advertising and PR agencies (Edelman, We Are Social, Publicis) prior joining Stuart as an early employee in Octobre 2015, working hand in hand with Ben on the go-to-market strategy of the company. He’s very excited to join Shares as CMO and start an amazing new journey focused on delivering “investment made social”.

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Sacha Palacci
Head of Internal Tools

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.

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