Thanks for taking me up on the offer - hope you are well.
I believe team roles are either firmly in place or being finalised! We’ll likely share an updated team page over the coming months once key positions have been nailed down - as you can imagine it’s quite fluid given we are still relatively early doors in terms of building the team out. There has been new legislation around US ETF sales as I’m sure you’re aware, which we’ll get our legal & compliance personnel to review thoroughly to ensure everything we make available is above board at the time of launch. Rest assured, anything that is made available on our platform will be fully vetted ahead of launch.
We have a few different USPs - all pointed out on our website of course and the discussions page of the crowdfund campaign which would have been made available to you on Seedrs in case you are an investor. My specific focus is on helping new investors learn more about the market - I believe that’s one of the USPs based on my experience of people I know who don’t feel confident enough to invest their own money - so hopefully people find that valuable!
I have confidence that the decision making process behind the buy vs build question - which seems to be at the crux of what you’re trying to understand in the subsequent 2 questions also - has taken into account the fact that others have come across certain hurdles when trying to upgrade or re-build. I also believe there are other differentiators / USPs of the product, particularly on the consumer side, which have little or nothing to do with the tech stack we initially build on or all the other behind the scenes plumbing we put together to get off the ground with.
With regards to offering many stocks - I guess the question to my mind is more along the lines of “if we can do it in a scalable way, we should?” I believe the team has already debated the questions you pose regarding data fees and scalability, and believe we are comfortable with our current partners and broader approach
Dinner was great, thanks , as is the weather and maybe i’ll fill you in on colours later