Neha Manaktala is co-founder & CEO of DealIndex, a young alternative finance aggregator. Founded in 2014, DealIndex is part of The Grow VC Group. Manaktala has a background as an entrepreneur and finance professional with experience in investment banking, private equity and startups. She began her career in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley in Mumbai, and in 2006, she was recruited as part of the core team to establish Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division in India. In 2010, Manaktala re-joined Morgan Stanley’s technology investment banking team in London, before joining the fundraising team at Actis Private Equity, the global pan-emerging markets firm. In 2012, she co-founded and was COO at Vizibee, an aggregated quality mobile video platform for original short video from Publishers, including the BBC.
DealIndex is an intelligent data and deal aggregator of private companies and assets raising capital across leading alternative finance platforms globally. At DealIndex, we provide a pulse of the market through the provision of data, research, analytics and context on the wider ecosystem. Our flagship product, a global crowdfunding aggregator, allows investors to navigate and track deals in real-time, manage their portfolio of private company investments, and is backed by extensive analysis, data and research. The dashboard provides single sign-on access to hundreds of private companies seeking capital, bringing together, curated, quality deals from leading equity crowdfunding platforms spanning five continents.
Traditionally, private company investment has remained a closely guarded market, accessible only to a small number of high net worth individuals with access to proprietary personal networks. As alternative finance opens up the marketplace to a wider number of investors, democratizing finance, so too will it enable investors to make decisions in a more systematic way. Decision making in the private market has been largely focused around intuition or ‘gut instinct,’ the result of an inherent lack of data, brought about by the guarded nature of the industry. But, as the market starts to transition online and it becomes easier to collect and analyze large quantities of data relating to investments and investor behavior, it in turn means institutions and individuals can analyze that data, performing research and due diligence in a more scientific manner, paving the way for a systematic approach to private company investment.
The availability of private company data is a game changer and every day we are fascinated by the volume of data and patterns that emerge as we observe dealflow going live from different corners of the world across platforms, asset classes and sectors, all in real-time. At DealIndex, we are tracking deals across 30 countries, five continents across 30 leading equity crowdfunding platforms. At any point of time we have over 250 live deals totaling about $450m in live funding from across the four continents. The deals are standardized across platforms, locations, currency, valuations and asset classes and mapped into over 100 different sectors.
We embarked on this mission to pioneer an innovative dashboard to address the ‘pain points’ often faced by sophisticated investors who are keen to invest in private companies across all corners of the globe. It is throughout the course of this 12-month journey and vigorous research-driven process that we discovered the relative dearth of information on this burgeoning sector. While researching and analyzing the key players and drivers underpinning the digital investment landscape, we uncovered a whole ecosystem of players that have transitioned into the online investment space. We realized that these players and how they interrelate with one another have not been covered before in a comprehensive manner. As such, we have attempted to capture the interlinkages between the swarm of players in the alternative finance space with this report. This alternative finance industry report was prepared in collaboration with 18 leading disruptive alternative finance players, some of which include AgFunder, EquityNet, Onevest, Syndicate Room and Venture Founders.
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