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Instavest is a collaborative investment network.

News and Press

Social investing site Instavest raises $1.7M in seed funding

TechCrunch • Aug. 17, 2016

Part of YC’s Winter 2015 class, Instavest is a startup trying to turn investing — an activity most of us are used to doing privately — into a social activity

YC-Backed Instavest Wants To Help Investors Make Smarter Trades

TechCrunch • March 20, 2015

In short, using Instavest, smart investors can increase the potential reward of a winning trade without leaning on margin. Given that the party that makes the original trade can only pick up a percentage of a percentage on the capital that it did not bring to the table, it seems likely that most of their own profit will come with their own invested capital, but that could change over time if Instavest is able to attract a large user base.

Founders / Key Team

Saleem S. Khatri 
Saleem S. Khatri 
CEO & Co-Founder

Saleem S. Khatri is a Co-Founder and CEO of Instavest, Inc. a collaborative investing network. He was previously a member of the Office of Financial Stability at the United States Department of the Treasury for 3 years, where he led the auto bailout for President Obama. Saleem earned an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School and a B.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor with Distinction. 

Zain Allarakhia 
Zain Allarakhia 
CTO & Co-Founder

Prior to starting Instavest, Zain was a software engineer at Braintree, Invitae, Locu, Inc. and was the first employee at ZeroCater. At Braintree, he focused on payments and risk. He graduated with a B.B.A in Finance from the University of Michigan. Prior to starting Instavest, Zain was a part-time graduate student at Stanford in Computer Science.