TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing Finalist 8 Securities Raises $3M, Set To Launch In Japan


Stock trading portal 8 Securities, a TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing 2011 finalist, just announced that it will launch in Japan next month. The Hong Kong-based startup hopes to tap into the Japanese market, which it estimates has over 16 million online investors. It also closed a $3 million funding round last week, with all eight private investors from its initial round of $8 million returning.

Founded by former E*TRADE executives, 8 Securities launched at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing. Back then we lauded its “sexy” financial dashboards, which are customizable with widgets containing graphs, stock tickers, video stream, and other content (the company’s API is available for developers to create investing tools for sale through 8 Securities’ app store). Each users’ personalized investment portal allows them trade in their local market or US shares from the same account, as well as access market research and a private social network. Investors are…

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