I’m excited to announce a new project that I’ve been working on for the past few months. The website is a spin-off from Retire Before Dad. It’s a topic of great interest to me, but strays from the core content of the RBD blog.
The new website is called Access IPOs.
Access IPOs is all about helping ordinary investors participate in IPOs. Once reserved for Wall Street’s wealthiest customers, IPO investing is now accessible to individual investors like you and me. The new blog keeps investors in the loop about upcoming investable IPO opportunities.
I Need Your Help!
To get this new site off the ground, I could really use some social media support. Before you click over to check it out, please consider following Access IPOs on the two major social media platforms. I’m starting from zero and could use a few fans!
I’d appreciate if you can do one or both of the following two tiny things:
Follow Access IPOs on Twitter
Like Access IPOs on Facebook
Awesome, thanks for the support! Now click the button below to check it out!
Why Spin it Off?
IPO investing is not. Hence, the spin-off.
I’ve used IPO investing to add risk and return to my portfolios. But IPO investing is certainly not a passive activity. You need to be informed and educated. And you need to be able put up the money and tolerate the risk.
After investing in a few IPOs via Loyal3 and participating in the Lending Club IPO, I was hooked. But I noticed a lack of information about Loyal3 IPOs. So I created a page to track Loyal3 IPOs and it became a popular place for like-minded investors to get information.
Then Motif Investing announced they were going to provide IPO access to small-time investors too. That event showed that IPO investing could be headed for the masses. So I started another page to follow that platform (though we’re still waiting for the first Motif IPO).
During the drawn-out anticipation of the Square IPO, I realized the topic of investable IPOs needed more attention and that I was the person to provide this information to the greater investment community.
Retire Before Dad has always been about income investing. Dividend stocks, real estate, and P2P lending, not speculation. Speculation can play a roll in nearly all investors’ portfolios, but only to an individual’s level of comfort.
With IPO investing, I found a way to speculate, but I can control some of the risk by being informed. I’ve also developed strategies to gain a market advantage by being prepared and ready to invest in the right opportunities.
Not everyone is comfortable with this activity.
RBD is a platform for me to write about whatever I want. But I realize, IPO investing is a niche topic that probably doesn’t serve my broader readership as much as other topics…
So I Built a Brand New Website
Building a new blog from scratch took longer than I expected. But the experience of starting and building RBD certainly helped.
The biggest issue for me was allocating the time to work on the new site without sacrificing family time and the quality of content on RBD.
Actually setting up a blog is simple with Bluehost. You can be up and running rather quickly (5-10 minutes).
It was the design and content aspects that took me a while.
Meanwhile, I recently left my cushy job for a more professional and accountable project. My 9 to 5 is now taking up more of my time and brainpower. So finally completing the launch of Access IPOs feels rather triumphant.
On top of all of that, I started watching The Walking Deada few months ago. Awesome show, but major time suck! I just finished up Season 5,and Access IPOs probably would’ve been launched a month earlier if it weren’t for that.
Lesson learned, don’t start binge-watching a great TV show when trying to launch a new project.
Plus, I was striving for perfect. Then I realized that done is better than perfect. So I completed everything it needed to get up and running, but can tackle outstanding details later.
A Note to IPO Access Newsletter Subscribers
Existing subscribers to my IPO Access Newsletter (not RBD subscribers) will be automatically transferred to the new subscriber list. RBD subscribers, on the other hand, will never hear about IPOs again (unless you subscribe to Access IPOs), aside from a possible mention in the quarterly investment income updates or follow RBD on Twitter.
Please click on over to Access IPOs to check it out and let me know what you think. I really appreciate all the support RBD readers have given me over the years. I hope the new website will attract a similar audience. Thanks for reading all the way through this post. Please take a look!