Peter Thiel is taking a stake in German Fintech startup nextmarkets

Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal and an early institutional investor in Facebook, is taking a stake in in Cologne based Fintech startup nextmarkets GmbH. nextmarkets, which was jointly launched by the founders and FinLab, obtained a seven-figure sum during this investment round, which will be used to finance further growth. Alongside Peter Thiel and FinLab the third investor was EXTOREL, the Family Office of the Strascheg family.


Manuel Heyden, co-founder and CEO of nextmarkets, is:

very proud that we were able to win over experienced investors. We see that as a clear endorsement of both our concept and business model as well as our long-term vision.”

FinLab CEO Stefan Schütze said:

nextmarkets has created an impressive platform and we are pleased that we were able to successfully conclude this round of financing with such strong and well-known partners. Now we can get started on the next phase of market development.”

nextmarkets provides solutions for one of the biggest problems confronting private investors: irrational decision-making. Experts continuously monitor markets around the globe. If they detect a favourable trading opportunity, they send a notification within seconds to their “students” on – by email or via smartphone or tablet – describing their strategy, risk management, as well as potential exit levels. Each coach is an expert in a particular segment- such as forex, US stocks, commodities or the DAX, for example.

Heyden brothers

Heyden brothers

Dominic Heyden, co-founder and CTO of nextmarkets, Manuel Heyden’s brother, adds:

After nearly two years in development we can now offer the world’s most innovative platform that intelligently combines e-learning with trading. Each and every day, our users get real-time demonstrations of the tools essential to success in different markets. Chart illustrations help turn learning into a fascinating game. That’s learning by doing – it’s fun and provides an immediate sense of accomplishment.”

For Dominic and Manuel Heyden, nextmarkets is not their first start up: Prior to nextmarkets, they had founded and developed ayondo into a globally successful social trading platform, which they partially sold at a significant profit some years ago.

With nextmarkets and e-learning for financial markets, the two brothers have identified a new mega trend. Experts assume that the market for e-learning will grow to more than 500 billion Euros within the next decade. Besides language and technology, knowledge of the financial markets will play an essential role.

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