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Vestd is the UK’s first automated equity distribution and management platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Our cloud-based platform simplifies every aspect of how equity distribution is arranged and managed. We help private businesses save time, hassle and money by making it possible to use equity to help meet businesses meet their goals.

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2014
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Information Technology and Services
Small-Business
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"Creating and managing an EMI scheme made easy"

What do you like best?

Vestd doesn't just help you get started, what I really like is how the team has addresses the real challenge of ongoing management of EMI options. For our team, the individual employees are able to view what options they have been awarded by visiting their portal at any time.

What do you dislike?

Even though Vestd make it as simple as possible, setting up a share scheme is still a complicated process to get your head around!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problem we were trying to solve for when we found Vestd was that the process of giving or receiving shares in a private limited company was extremely cumbersome, expensive and confusing. The "paper based" process that exists today is archaic and is a hindrance for innovative companies operating in the startup ecosystem, when it comes to sharing some of the potential upside with employees and other partners that work with them through their journey.

My experience with Vestd has been really fantastic. They have an amazing digital experience but have also added great "human" customer service to guide you through the process.

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"A game-changer for company founders when organising their equity structure "

What do you like best?

The combination of smart online tools and outstanding personal support. This platform makes something which is relatively simple come to back to being simple after the legal profession has overcomplicated matters at no benefit to a company founder.

What do you dislike?

There are no items which I have identified which can be described as ones which I dislike. This is a new platform so there are naturally areas where there is development work that is still taking place but this is too be expected and appreciated as it is clear Vestd wants to become as exhaustive a tool as possible.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Vestd is the right solution for any company founder wanting to create an effective equity / shareholding structure in their company. From my side it was so unnatural for an online platform to encroach on an area traditionally reserved for pricy lawyers. As it turns this is very natural. If in doubt simply contact the team at Vestd - they are much more than an online platform. They are a group of people committed to make this usually unnecessarily uncomfortable area of company administration what it should be - easy, safe and transparent.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am organising our shareholding structure with Vestd. Vestd has allowed for this to happen quickly, transparently and at fantastic value for money compared to traditional legal support provided by law firms in this area.

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Cosmetics
Small-Business
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"Fantastic platform for Founders"

What do you like best?

The Vestd Team is incredibly helpful and responsive and there is always someone willing to assist - no matter what time of day! I also love that I'm part of the growing Vestd community with like minded Founders who can relate to my journey as an entrepreneur.

What do you dislike?

This is an evolving platform and very user friendly. I can't point to any negatives.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is the go-to online platform for Founders & CEOs who have zero time to learn and execute the intricacies of tax and equity distribution law.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vestd takes care of equity distribution for my business. It takes away the expensive, complicated and time consuming elements of share structuring and equity distribution with simple clicks of buttons. Vestd is FCA regulated which gives me complete peace of mind thus allowing me to focus on developing and running my business!

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Management Consulting
Small-Business
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"Taking the pain out of equity distribution"

What do you like best?

Vestd have done all the tedious groundwork to give a startup everything it needs to distribute equity using a simple online platform. It's a single place where everything relating to equity in the company is stored. So if a future investor wants to know exactly what our set-up is, we have everything neatly filed and accessible online. The added bonus is that everything is digital so no risk of me losing an important piece of paper.

What do you dislike?

It can be a hassle to get a valuation as an early stage company, which you need to have on Vestd, but the team were great at helping me figure out what needed to be done.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Drop the team a line to get them to explain everything to you. They can give you some pointers about your specific situation.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problem is that paying people with equity is fiddly to do. Your company needs to adopt the right Articles of Association to support bringing new shareholders onboard. You need to nail down classes of shares and do legal work on shareholder agreements to attach conditions to the shares. There are tax implications to consider. All of that takes time and has its own costs which a bootstrapping startup cannot afford.

Vestd takes the headache and cost out of allocating equity stakes to anyone helping a company get going.

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Education Management
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"Vestd have helped us prep for investors"

What do you like best?

When I set up the business I didn't seek advice - I just did it. Which meant that I didn't set it up in the best way in terms of the business growing and moving forward. I felt immediately reassured that the Vestd experts could help us restructure things in a fair and efficient way, with an eye on the future.

What do you dislike?

There has been nothing at all I have disliked! Ifty and his team couldn't be more supportive and helpful.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our share structure was in a bit of a mess and needed updating so that we were ready for investment and had a clear plan going forward. With the help of Vestd we have achieved this and feel confident about the future growth and structure of the business - we now know how things will look up to year 5.

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Real Estate
Small-Business
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"Using equity to demonstrate commitment."

What do you like best?

For most early stage startups, finding and paying for talent at time when the business is not cash rich, can be difficult. Vestd has quickened and cheapened our recruitment efforts, by enabling us to subsidize our teams salary with equity.

What do you dislike?

It's still a really complicated topic but the Vestd team are great at helping figure out the right steps.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For me, Vestd helped validate the strength of our proposition and illustrate to investors, our teams commitment to our vision. As we approach our next round of funding, we intend to use Vestd as means of illustrating the composition of our business (i.e shareholders) quickly and visually.

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"A must-have for founders to save time and get guidance."

What do you like best?

Phenomenal service from the very beginning - far above what I expected and far above from what they sold on their website. The tool itself is intuitive and thought through. Gets the job done :)

What do you dislike?

I honestly needed to think about this - the only thing I could come up with after a few minutes would be the (non-essential) need for an app.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The added value to price ratio clearly makes it a good deal and lets you save money AND time in the long term.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provides oversight on equity management for founders. Enables to take action (while being compliant). Ultimately saves a lot of time.

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"The easiest way to set up an EMI scheme"

What do you like best?

Vestd makes the world of options simple. It's a one stop shop for anyone looking to bring other people into their project.

What do you dislike?

The less legalese the better. A few of the contract clauses need a second look to make sure they're as user-friendly as possible.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Vestd is a great platform for early stage startups to get started with equity incentivisation.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vestd makes it easy for early stage startups to incentivise employees with equity options without incurring expensive legal fees.

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"DocNoc"

What do you like best?

Vestd transform a complex and time consuming process into an easy and and seamless one. Vestd is the answer for any start up that don't want to spend a lot of money and time on shareholder's agreements. I wish I knew about it earlier

What do you dislike?

nothing to dislike, but as any start up there is always room for improvement

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Vestd is the perfect platform for start ups

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vestd helped us to understand the different types of shares that can be distributed and most importantly is the pros and cons of different types of shares

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"AGORA"

What do you like best?

Customer service, insight, good access to humans versus online, reliable, trusted.

What do you dislike?

haven't come across anything yet. would be great to have the ability to create a shareholder agreement on the site.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

share structure and cap table

Vestd User Ratings

9.3
Ease of Use
Average: 8.5*
10.0
Quality of Support
Average: 8.5*
8.3
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.1*
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