Meet the Vestd team

What is Vestd?

Vestd turns equity into an easy-to-distribute currency that helps people and businesses invest in each other. We call it the equity economy.

But we’re much more than just a platform for distributing equity.

We’re a way for business founders and owners to distribute their equity to loyal team members as a reward for their hard work and as an incentive to stay with the business for the long haul.

We’re a way for businesses to reward customers for their advocacy, early adoption and as an incentive to try their product or service.

Why Vestd?

Simply because the way we all do business is changing. The equity economy relieves a business’s dependency on traditional cash investment and unlocks human potential in an exciting, unheard of and completely new way.

We believe that if you have an amazing business or a great idea, then nothing should stop you seeing it grow and flourish. Being able to distribute your equity creates huge opportunities for growth and alleviates one of the biggest hurdles to success – a dependency on cash, whether it’s to develop your product, market your brand or anything in between.

Yet often, the thought of distributing equity brings with it a prefabricated misconception that it involves giving away half of your business (just like on Dragon’s Den) to a ruthless investor.

But at Vestd the equity economy creates opportunities for you to distribute as much (or as little) of your equity as you want, to who you want, when you want and for your own reasons. We just help you make it happen quickly, painlessly and much more cheaply than by employing lots of lawyers and accountants!

The future will be built on people power so we’ve created a way to make it easy to invest in each other.

Read more about what the equity economy can do for you on the Vestd blog.

Vestd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Who are we?

We’re a team of entrepreneurs, startup founders, scientists, developers, coders, designers, writers and organisers. We come from all walks of life but are united in our passion for creating opportunities that ensure every great idea gets the best chance of being realised with the power of the equity economy.

Meet our founders...

Ifty Nasir

Ifty started his entrepreneurial adventures as a teenager and nurtured his passion for business into a successful 25-year career in the global energy industry. Fresh for a new challenge, he’s now committed to using his experiences, networks and resources to help other entrepreneurs bursting with amazing ideas. His focus now is on Vestd and getting businesses easy access to the equity economy so they can accelerate their growth without the immediate all-consuming need for investment.

Naveed Akram

Naveed is consumed by all things business (just ask his wife). From the businesses he’s launched to the years he worked as a digital consultant, he’s seen, tackled and (mostly) overcome all the challenges businesses big and small face, from cashflow to customer acquisition. Keen to do something revolutionary with that experience and knowledge, Vestd is his way of showing entrepreneurs the power the equity economy has to transform opportunity into reality.

And say hello to our core team...

Arthur Guy
I am a software developer and engineer with years of experience helping companies grow.
Tiago Silva
I'm a front-end designer and developer with a strong user-centred approach.
Duncan Madden
I help companies say what they want to say how they want to say it.
David Townsend
Relentlessly wonderful web developer with great experience working with lovely startups.
Simon Telling
I bring structure and rigour to businesses to enable them to grow with confidence.
Evie Prysor-Jones
I'll tell you everything you need to know about Vestd, just ask!

Want to know more?

Check the Vestd blog for the latest news, views and guides to entrepreneurship and the equity economy...

Take a look at our FAQs to answer any questions you may have or get in touch if you have something specific to discuss...