June 25, 2015 09:00 ET

Capital One Co-Founder Joins LOYAL3's Advisory Board

Banking Veterans Nigel Morris and Bill Cilluffo of QED Investors to Help Guide LOYAL3's Strategy and Growth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 25, 2015) -  LOYAL3, the investing platform enabling IPO issuers and brands to distribute their stock at scale to the people who matter most, today announced that Nigel Morris and Bill Cilluffo of QED Investors have joined the company's advisory board, bringing decades of industry expertise to the company.

"Nigel and Bill's combined experience scaling Capital One will be invaluable as we look to grow in the U.S. and beyond," said Barry Schneider, Chairman and CEO of LOYAL3. "They took Capital One from infancy into a household name. We're looking to do the same with LOYAL3 and are confident they can help get us there."

Nigel Morris, managing partner of QED Investors, co-founded Capital One Financial Services in 1994. During his ten-year tenure, Capital One's sales grew at a compound annual rate of more than 40 percent. Under Morris' leadership, the company generated over $1.5 billion in earnings and transitioned from an emerging start-up into an established public company valued at more than $20 billion. Morris serves on numerous boards including Red Ventures, CANCapital, Prosper, National Geographic Society, and the London Business School.

Bill Cilluffo brings more than 20 years of financial experience to LOYAL3's advisory board. During his last six years at Capital One, he led the company's international businesses as well as the acquisition and post-merger integration of HSBC's U.S. credit card business. Cilluffo joined QED Investors as a partner in 2014. For more than a decade, Cilluffo has been an active angel investor and is on the board of McLean Little League and McLean Youth Basketball.

"The premise that drives LOYAL3 is that technology, if used correctly, can not only provide coveted access to hard-to-access IPOs, but also give any brand the opportunity to reward their employees, customers, partners and fans," said Nigel Morris, Managing Partner at QED Investors. "The company's success to date shows that hundreds and thousands of people want to invest in the brands they love, turning stakeholders into brand loyalists. The demand on both sides is only going to grow and we are here to help navigate that balance as the company continues to quickly scale."

LOYAL3 makes it easy to turn stakeholders into brand loyalists via stock ownership, increasing customer retention and spend. For the first time, companies can market their stock and IPOs at scale to those who matter the most -- employees, customers, partners and fans. Through LOYAL3's platform, individuals can invest as little as $10 in their favorite companies, $100 for IPOs, fee-free. The sign-up process is simplified and takes only a few minutes.

LOYAL3 has participated in 13 IPOs and follow-ons, including GoPro, GoDaddy, HubSpot and Virgin America. LOYAL3 has raised impressive amounts for company IPOs, including $59 million in four days for the GoPro IPO.

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LOYAL3 has created an investing platform that connects brands and consumers through stock ownership. Through LOYAL3, people are provided easy and affordable access to invest in their favorite brands like GoPro, Apple, Disney, Macy's, Starbucks, Twitter and more. In addition, LOYAL3 is the only platform specifically designed to allow individuals, without millions of dollars in assets, to invest in IPOs at the same price and time as Wall Street -- all fee-free with minimums as little as $10 for stocks and $100 for IPOs. LOYAL3 earns its revenue from companies, so 100% of each dollar invested goes toward buying stock, not paying fees. For more information, visit

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