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1871 Member Peeptrade Recounts Their Launch at SXSW

1871 member Peeptrade launched at SXSW earlier this month. We sat down with them to find out more about the experience:

You just launched at SXSW. How did that go?

It was an honor to be selected as part of the SXSW accelerator program and to pitch our company to so many people. It is always great to go to SXSW! This year was tremendous because we actually opened our platform! We also got the chance to meet tons of interesting people, from VC’s, to other start-up founders, and even other people in the fintech industry. SXSW is definitely the place to be in if you are an entrepreneur, work for a tech company or even if you are just interested in tech and want to have a good time! It is a place where you can breathe in innovation, startup vibes and technology.

What was the coolest tech event you saw while you were there?

I would definitely say the accelerator. At the accelerator, you see all these great newborn technologies and you just know you will see some of them becoming the next big thing in a few years time. Although it is really interesting seeing big companies releasing their new products, the heart of SXSW is in the new companies that will be disrupting the world in the next few years.

What piece of advice would you give to a startup looking to launch at SXSW next year?

If you are thinking about launching at SXSW next year, you definitely want to check out Releaseit and the Accelerator, and apply as soon as possible. Plan everything in advance and try to be very organized. During SXSW there are so many events going on in Austin, some of which don’t require a badge, and you need to be very selective about which events you attend. I know from personal experience that when launching it is hard to take a break, but if possible stay a couple of days and go see some live music and some films! It helps recharge the batteries after the craziness that is SXSW Interactive!

Tell us more about Peeptrade. Why should people use it?

If you are one of the millions of people that enjoy investing in the markets, Peeptrade is the place to be.

How many times have you been to sites that give recommendations on specific stocks or posts from people that go on and on about how good their returns were without any evidence to back it up?

On Peeptrade you can actually see what the top investors are doing with their own money in real time. We verify all portfolios and returns in order to bring transparency and meritocracy to the investment industry. But we didn't just stop there. You also have free access to charts, sentiment, trending financial news, and social posts from other users about any given security in the stock market. We have put a lot of thought into this platform. For self-directed investors, Peeptrade is truly a one stop shop for financial information.

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