(Executive Chairman of the Board)
|Headquarters||303 Bryant Street, Mountain View, California, United States|
Number of locations
|Eric Poirier (CEO)
Daniel Bookstaber (COO)
Nancy Hilker (CFO)
Number of employees
Addepar, Inc. is an American investment management technology company that offers an integrated financial software platform to single and multi-family offices, wealth advisors, large financial institutions, endowments and foundations, funds and fund administrators for financial data aggregation & reconciliation, investment portfolio analysis, and client reporting needs.
- 1 History
- 2 Products and services
- 3 Current operations
- 4 Corporate affairs
- 5 Corporate identity
- 6 Industry
- 7 Criticism and controversy
- 8 References
- 9 External links
In 2003, Joe Lonsdale began working at Peter Thiel's hedge fund Clarium Capital Management after graduating from Stanford University. At Clarium Capital Management, Joe Lonsdale consulted on Thiel's early Facebook investment and across Clarium Capital Management's investment holdings. At Clarium Capital Management, Joe Lonsdale observed that companies in the investment industry relied upon Microsoft Excel software's spreadsheets to manage and track billions of dollars in investments across asset classes.
In 2004, Joe Lonsdale left Clarium Capital Management.
In 2004, Joe Lonsdale co-founded Palantir Technologies, a company that builds software to enable the unification of datasets so that for example intelligence agencies analysts' can run queries for surveillance and monitoring ends and financial institutions can identify fraud. In 2009, Lonsdale transitioned to an adviser and stopped working full-time at Palantir to launch Addepar in 2009.
The company was incorporated as Addepar, Inc. in September 2009.
The Wall Street Journal reported that in 2009 many advisors were manually updating spreadsheets in the process of keeping tabs on their investment and range of assets.
Addepar was co-founded by Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale and an ex-employee of Palantir Jason Mirra in 2009 in response to Lonsdale's view that financial instruments were becoming increasing complex resulting in investment advisors and family wealth managers being at a disadvantage to larger banks.
That same unification of datasets from Palantir and respective running of queries ability is what underlies Addepar to service investment industry and manager's to track and manage assets in stocks, artwork, real estate and investments in venture capital funds.
2010–2012: Early years
Addepar was primarily composed of "scores of 20-somethings" "straight from universities like MIT and Stanford".
2012–2013: RIA focus
In 2012, Addepar expanded its target clients to include RIAs despite industry skepticism reported by RIABiz. To this focus, RIABiz reported that Addepar in 2012 was "beginning to roll out a sales and marketing force to bring in the big clients." In doing so, Addepar and Advent's Black Diamond were competing for the same RIA customers. In 2012 RIABiz described Advent as "arguably the leading software company for RIAs depending on how you weight assets, advisors and cutting edge technology."
In March 2012, Newsweek reported that Addepar sought to reinvent the "infrastructure that powers global wealth" management.
In 2013, Addepar focused on expanding risk analytics and their client portal.
In October 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that Joe Lonsdale was running Addepar "attempting to modernize the software that ultrawealthy families and foundations use to manage their billions."
2013–2014: Management transition
In February 2013, Addepar lowered its pricing, focused on building relationships with custodians RIABiz reported that "industry leaders pointed out that it was time for the hot shot firm to grow up." In 2013, Addepar sought to transition out of start-up mode and hired a new CEO and COO to start building out the company's management. In January 2013 Eric Poirier previously of Palantir is hired and in July of that year became CEO. Karen White who had been CEO and chairman of the board at Syncplicity in 2013 was hired as president and chief operating officer. In 2014, Micheal Paulus (Addepar 2011-2014) who had served as president prior to Karen White's hiring and whom RIABiz reported as having "been the primary face of Addepar, deliverer of its message" departed.
From 2009 through 2012, Addepar grew without a sales and marketing department with clients' coming from referrals of early investors in the company. In 2013, Addepar hired a head of sales from its competitor Advent (Black Diamond) who at the time was "widely considered the industry leader according to RIABiz. During 2013, Addepar's primary competition Black Diamond, Tamarac and Orion "pulled away in the battle for RIA market share, with each of the brands adding about 50% to their asset administration totals".
In September 2015, BloombergMarkets reported that Eric Poirier's strategic direction with Addepar "a startup that provides wealth management software, aims to get banks beyond spreadsheets."
Products and services
Bloomberg reported in 2017 that Addepar is a "software provider that tracks and analyzes exposures across portfolios."
In 2012, Fortune reported that Addepar was connecting family offices and endowments to their respective investment managers and third parties managing their assets "facilitating fund transfers, generating speedy reports, tracking currency conversions, and cutting down on data-entry errors."
Addepar is a cloud based solution.
The Addepar software facilities both visualizing an investment portfolios’ exposures at the individual asset class and also tabulating the portfolio’s total value according to realtime value of the assets under management.
In 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported the Addepar platform as providing investment advisors "a dashboard to track the performance of many types of asset classes in one place. With a few clicks, a user can instantly see their exposure to the Japanese Yen, for example, or their 10-year rate of return measured against the price of gold or the Standard & Poor’s 500 index."
In April 2015, Addepar released a fully browser-based version of the platform.
In 2016, Crowdfund Insider described the Addepar Platform as "a financial operating system".
In September 2016, Salesforce.com announced their partnership with Addepar for Salesforce's Wave Financial Services Cloud to facilitate financial advisers with the analytic tools to see across disparate and siloed asset classes producing a single visual whole for the client.
In October 2016, Addepar released their Open API to provide clients and integration partners what Crowdfund Insider explained as "a programmatic solution to tie Addepar’s data and calculations into a multitude of other products and systems."
Known users include Iconiq Capital, a large independent multi-family office that advises and manages assets for former Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, as well as Facebook executives including advising Mark Zuckerberg.
Wealth management firms
Legacy Venture and founders of Three Bell Capital who were reported by RIABiz as previous users of Black Diamond and Advent and now use Addepar described Addepar’s data aggregation and rapid calculations positively.
By 2016 investment advisory firms Tiedemann Wealth Management and Dynasty Financial Partners were clients.
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In 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported Addepar had raised $50 million in a venture round of financing led by Valor Equity Partners and David O. Sacks who perviously was COO at PayPal and later founded Yammer. Investors include Peter Thiel and Founders Fund.
In 2014, Bloomberg News reported that in 2014 Panorama Point Partnership LP invested in Addepar.
Addepar had charged clients 0.05% of assets managed and sometime before 2013 switching to a fee structure seeing clients paying "several hundred thousand dollars per year" contingent to their assets. In 2014, the New York Times reported Addepar charged clients dependent on the quantity of data reviewed for their respective account; with "Addepar’s service typically started at $50,000, but can go well over $1 million, depending on the money and investment variables involved."
In 2012, Fortune reported that Addepar for the year generated $12 million.
- Assets on platform
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Since founding in 2009
- Eric Poirier (July 2013–present)
- Joe Lonsdale (2009–2013)
Engineers who have differentiated themselves at sports coding events and subsequently get ranked at the top of Codeforces and Topcoder sports coding boards have received job interviews at Addepar. In sports coding engineers focus as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek on "programming as efficient as possible. The cleanest, most accurate code in the fastest time takes first place. A common type of problem might ask for the shortest route between San Francisco and Los Angeles given a number of constraints." Bloomberg Businessweek reported in 2015 that "there’s growing evidence that hiring a top sport programmer is a coup for software companies."
Employee growth over time
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Notable former employees
RIABiz reported in 2014 that "Addepar offers employees three-day laundry service, the chance to play the sport of cricket and the paying of housing stipends to assure that its employees can afford to live in towns where Google and Yahoo! employees tend to bid up rents — and avoid big energy-draining commutes to cheaper bedroom communities."
Office locations and headquarters
- Mountain View
Addepar's headquarters are in Mountain View, California. RIABiz reported that the "Silicon Valley office — replete with all the Silicon Valley essentials: catered food, gym workouts, wires hanging from the ceiling, and baseball games against Facebook-connected multifamily office Iconiq."
- New York City
In 2013 there were five to six employees in the New York office. In 2016 the Commercial Observer reported the history of Addepar's leasing office space at 335 Madison Avenue, New York City: 3,000 square feet in 2013, 12,500 square feet in 2015 followed by 25,000 square feet in 2016.
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Trademark and design
- Addepar Creative
Differentiation from competitors
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The Addepar software market and competition are those companies that use Excel spreadsheets and existing industry financial management software that Bloomberg Businessweek reported in 2012 "can’t combine different types of assets in a single view" with Addepar having developed "ways to organize assets into a consistent format and displays the information with the gloss of a consumer Web app."
Portfolio management and reporting industry firms and products include Addepar, Betterment, Black Diamond’s Performance Reporting, Blueleaf, Envestnet’s Advisor Suite, FinFolio, Fortigent, InfoVisa's Maui, Innovest Systems' InnoTrust, Interactive Advisory Software (IAS), InvestEdge, Morningstar Office, Orion Advisor Services, Pershing PES, Principia CAMS, Schwab's PortfolioCenter, SEI Wealth Platform, SS&C’s Advent APX & Advent AXYS, Tamarac Advisor Xi Suite (acquired in 2012 by Envestnet), TrustDesk, Viabinary's Open Portfolio Warehouse and XI Technologies' AssetBook.
In 2014 The New York Times compared Addepar to a recently acquired subsidiary of Advent Software; acquired in 2011 for $73M ($77.7 million in 2015) called Black Diamond. The report noted that both companies use "cloud technology to increase its computing power and more easily draw from several databases at once."
Addepar was named one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Personal Finance” in 2015 by Fast Company magazine.
Criticism and controversy
Industry analysts and competitors have also expressed doubts about Addepar’s goal of creating one complete, integrated solution. Dave Welling, general manager of Black Diamond, has criticized Addepar’s approach, arguing that advisors want to make their own combinations of software, and need custom-tailored rather than one-size-fits-all solutions. Later in 2014 Black Diamond's CEO Pete Hess during a CFA Society Conference said "we definitely respect" Envestnet and Addepar when responding to a question about competitors.
Housing benefits program
Business Insider reported that Addepar, Palantir, Facebook and Salesforce.com have been criticized for their programs to subsidize employee housing if employees live within a defined proximity to their San Francisco headquarters due to encouraging employees to spend more time at work and increasing housing rents in the area. Business Insider reported there is no consensus as to whether or not this contributes to gentrification of neighborhoods claimed by the chief executive officer, John Liotti, of East Palo Alto community advocacy group Able Works. In defense of Addepar's $300 a month program head of people Lissa Minkin said explained the program allowed for employees to allocate more time to their families and personal interests; specifically "not having a long commute makes a huge positive impact on maintaining a healthy work-life balance."
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