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When life can’t wait for an IPO.

Forge works to help you sell your private company shares to realize your financial goals. Today.

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Finding the right buyer

Having closed over 16,000 transactions, Forge’s Private Market Specialists are licensed brokers with years of experience helping employee shareholders turn their equity into liquid assets.

Forge helps shareholders understand the market value of their shares and identify possible buyers from our network of 125,000 accredited investors and institutions.

Turn your equity into liquidity

  • Buy a house
  • Diversify your financial portfolio
  • Pay off taxes or large expense
  • Start a new business
  • Invest in startups

How it works.

Register with Forge for free to explore selling your shares.

Fill in a short form to indicate your interest to sell, target price and number of shares.

Forge reaches out to its network of 125,000 accredited investors and institutions to source potential buyers.

If there’s a match, a Forge Market Specialist will work with you to complete your transaction.

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Most frequently asked questions when selling private shares

What is Forge?

Forge works to help startup employees sell their vested shares so they can pursue their personal and financial goals.

As an employee at a fast-growing technology company, a large percentage of your compensation may be paid in equity, or stock in the company. Typically, you earn this stock over many years, and the amount may be refreshed throughout your career.

Today, the average startup stays private for 13 years before IPO. That means that it may be as long as 13 years before you can easily sell your shares through a traditional stock transaction.

As a shareholder and an employee, you may want to convert some of that stock into cash to fund something else in your life, like a house. Or as a way to diversify your financial profile.

That’s where Forge comes in. Forge works to help you sell your shares so that you can use the money however you see fit.

How do I get started?

Selling your shares is a four-step process.

  1. Register online with Forge. This process is free and takes just a few minutes.
  2. Enter the name of the private company whose shares you wish to sell, number of shares you’d like to sell, and your asking price per share. A Forge Private Market Specialist will be in touch to share insight into the market for your shares, so it’s ok if you don’t have a price in mind just yet. This information will not be shared with your company.
  3. Forge records your interest and reaches out to its network of 125,000 accredited investors and institutions to source possible buyers.
  4. If there is buyer interest in your block of shares, a Forge Private Market Specialist will reach out to you to help facilitate a final purchase price and terms. Once terms are set, Forge works to close your transaction.
How do I value my private company shares?

Unlike public companies, startups and private companies trade less frequently and are not required to make financial disclosures to the general public. As a result, private company stock prices do not update as frequently.

Forge has completed more than 16,000 private market transactions in more than 450 private companies and has a proprietary platform of trading and valuation data that is used to price your shares. In addition, Forge Private Market Specialists are experienced in facilitating private market transactions. They can share their market insight and bring together all available information to assist you with the value of your shares.

Will my company approve the sale of my shares?

Generally, startups and private companies (sometimes referred to as “issuers”) are supportive of their shareholders selling shares so they have cash for family and personal needs. Private companies often have different procedures in place to manage stock transfers. Your Forge Private Market Specialist will help you navigate your interactions with the company and its preferred transaction process.

What is Forge’s minimum transaction amount?

Our standard minimum transaction size is $100,000 USD; however, there may be opportunities to sell a smaller amount. Your Forge Private Market Specialist can discuss transaction sizes with you.

Does Forge charge a fee?

Forge supports multiple structures for private market investments and so fees vary. Typically, Forge’s commission is 5%. Participants may pay a higher commission if the total dollar amount of the transaction is less than our minimum transaction amount of $100,000.

How long will it take to sell my shares?

On average, a transaction takes 50 days from the time when Forge matches a buyer and a seller. Forge keeps you apprised of the timelines and next steps in every step along the way.

Find out what your shares could be worth on Forge Markets.

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