Shares, a Paris-based social and investing app, announced that it has appointed Harjas Singh as Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer. He joins Benjamin Chemla, Chief Executive Officer, and Françios Ruty, Chief Technology Officer as Co-Founder.
Previously at Revolut, Harjas was Product Owner in the Wealth & Trading Department and led the Analytics & Core divisions of the product across stocks, crypto, and commodities.
Harjas brings a wealth of experience in the finance and technology industries, including two years building the retail investing product at Revolut and Deutsche Bank, where he spent four years at the forefront of modernising the incumbent’s technology.
As CPO of Shares, Harjas is responsible for Product Development, Growth, and Expansion, where his first priority will be the launch and then continuous development of “investing made social,” pioneering a whole new product category in the investing space.
Harjas Singh, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer of Shares says: “I’m excited to join a team at Shares that has already built the foundations of ‘investing made social,’ opportunity to support the launch of the app and drive forward our vision for a new kind of community that’s missing from the first-generation of apps. Despite having worked in finance, I know from my own experience as a retail investor how inaccessible the world of investing can be even with today’s lower barrier, commission-free apps. There is real consumer demand for a social-first app like Shares designed to level the playing field so anyone can join the conversation and become an investor.”
He adds: “My decision to co-found Shares, was really one of conviction. There is a real need for an investing platform that creates a community, something we were all missing as users of existing apps. We’re going to fix those pain points with a user experience that breaks down barriers to investing, creating an inclusive place for every investor and truly democratise finance.”
Benjamin Chemla, CEO & Co-Founder of Shares says: “François and I are delighted to welcome Harjas as Co-Founder and, on behalf of the team, Chief Product Officer of Shares, where his experience adds considerably to an already deep bench of talent. Since I first spoke to Harjas about how Shares was building a social-first investing app, we both agreed the vision could only be executed by seasoned scaleup experts but also people who shared our passion for a new kind of user experience and community. As Shares gears up to launch next month, Harjas will help us over the finish line and drive execution of the product roadmap ahead to create a category leader.”
Social investment platform
Shares is an investment app and social community for any investor to make trades, better manage their portfolio and discuss opportunities with friends.
The company is on a mission to create financial inclusion through community, building a safe place to invest with no barriers to entry for anyone to build their own portfolio.
The Shares app waitlist is open for subscribers to be the first users with access from December in the UK, followed soon after by investors across Europe in early 2022.
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