Here’s Why Kevin O’Leary Sees the Uncertain Financial Environment as ‘a Time of Opportunity’

LOS ANGELES - SEP 23: Kevin O'Leary at the "Shark Tank" Season 8 Premiere at Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills on September 23, 2016 in Beverly Hills, CA.
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Kevin O’Leary co-founded the educational software company SoftKey Software Products, Inc. in 1986 and sold it (as The Learning Company) to Mattel in 1999 for more than $3.5 billion. In 2008, he set up a mutual fund called O’Leary Funds, which he sold in 2016. He is now a Shark on “Shark Tank” and a StartEngine strategic advisor.

Recognized by GOBankingRates as one of Money’s Most Influential, here he shares a unique way for retail investors to diversify their portfolios.

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An uncertain financial environment can be intimidating for investors, but it’s also a time of opportunity for those who are savvy enough to know where to look for growth. After years of almost unlimited money flowing, the venture capital spigot is finally slowing down.

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That means that startups will be looking for new sources of capital and may turn increasingly to non-traditional funding. Equity crowdfunding platforms like StartEngine, which allow anyone to invest in early-growth companies, could be a great opportunity for retail investors looking to diversify their portfolios.

Jaime Catmull contributed to the reporting for this article.

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