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AKRU gets Backing by SoCal Venture Fund Draper Gorn Holm

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AKRU announced today the firm has been backed by Draper Goren Holm and added as its newest portfolio company. The SoCal Venture firm led by Tim Draper, Alon Goren, and Josef Holm, has invested an undisclosed amount in the real estate investing platform with goals to make the democratization of commercial real estate a nearby reality.

“We’re so excited to welcome them into our family as Mohsin and his team have a proven track record of understanding the sector on an intimate level, making them well positioned to become the industry leader in real estate tokenization,” said Alon Goren, Founding Partner at Draper Goren Holm.

The CEO of AKRU, Mohsin Masud, spoke about the importance of being a part of Draper Goren Holm led by Alon & Josef who are industry experts in blockchain and fractional investments, and Tim Draper known for picking early-stage companies like Twitter and Skype. Mohsin met Alon & Josef at the beginning of the pandemic during an event the firm produces called Blockchain & Booze, kickstarting a valuable partnership. “We’re honored to partner with Tim Draper, Alon Goren, Josef Holm and the amazing team and portfolio at Draper Goren Holm,” said Masud, “We are excited about bringing our vision of a more liquid and accessible market to life with strong partners who believe in what we want to do.”

AKRU, headquartered out of Cincinnati, OH, provides an opportunity for users to invest in premium commercial real estate with as little as $1,000. In tandem, it allows asset owners access to a broad pool of investors, and wealth managers to further diversify their investment portfolios. By offering fractionalized investments, the platform is working towards tackling and transforming long held real estate issues like illiquidity of assets, bureaucratic hurdles, expensive middlemen and lack of available data and transparency.

Masud also emphasizes the significance of blockchain as an immutable ledger of records that has potential to make the real estate financial ecosystem more efficient and secure. AKRU uses the benefits of blockchain technology to enhance security and liquidity, but is able to integrate the technology in a user friendly way. The platform’s unique use of blockchain further attracted the attention of Draper Goren Holm. The partnership will prove to be beneficial for the modern-day real estate investor.

About Draper Goren Holm:

Draper Goren Holm, a partnership between Tim Draper, Alon Goren, and Josef Holm, is a venture studio focused on accelerating and incubating early-stage blockchain and fintech startups, while simultaneously producing over 100 leading blockchain and cryptocurrency events, Security Token Summit and LA Blockchain Summit. Portfolio companies include Tezos Stable Technologies, Totle, Ownera, Innovesta, LunarCrush, Degens, Giftz, Vertalo, Coinsquad, CasperLabs, Element Zero and more.

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About AKRU:

Founded in 2018, AKRU is an online real estate investment platform using blockchain technology to create a secure and intuitive marketplace that allows investors to take advantage of real estate investment opportunities for as low as $1,000. This unique integrated digital model increases access to quality investing and brings ease, transparency, and efficiency to real estate investing.

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