If you have read any of the articles I’ve written for GOD TV, you know that I absolutely love startups, new technology and entrepreneurship. I believe that Christians possess a unique advantage over all other entrepreneurs and startup founders, and that is the power of God. Obstacles, challenges, and problems, that all entrepreneurs face can be met head on and overcome with God as our business partner. I’m not saying it will be easy. Nothing comes easy in life. But if we, as Christians, have revelation of the power of Christ within us we can change the world and our future is limitless.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
– Philippians 4:13
Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Ryan Rafols, the founder and CEO of Newchip. I’ve worked as an advisor to Newchip since the company was just an idea in Ryan’s brain. What attracted me to Newchip are two distinct things: 1. Ryan is a passionate Christian entrepreneur with the motivation and ability to change the world, and 2. the company is innovating in a massive way.
Newchip is the marketplace for equity crowdfunding. Their app makes it possible to discover the best startup investment opportunities across all crowdfunding platforms. Their software learns what you like and don’t like so you can discover investment opportunities that are going to be the best fit for you personally. Thanks to recent regulatory changes, non-accredited, average American investors can now invest in startups. You can personally own stock in an early stage startup that you care about. Previously, the startup asset class was reserved for the top 1% of investors. So, this is a really big deal.
Why is this a big deal? Well, let’s take Uber as an example. We’ve all heard of Uber. Everyone I know uses Uber. It is one of the highest valued private companies in the world and an one of the most successful startups in history. Did you know that if you invested $100 in Uber when it was first getting started that your $100 would be worth $100,000 today? Think about that for a moment! I would have gladly invested $100 in Uber if it was an opportunity available to me at the time, but it wasn’t. And that’s exactly what Newchip is doing. They are making it possible for average investors and normal people like you or me to discover the best startup opportunities to invest in.
Ryan’s energy and passion are contagious. He gives all the glory to God and offers some really powerful insights on life, faith and business. Watch Ryan’s story above to hear for yourself and I bet you’ll be inspired. And check out Newchip to be a part of the crowdfunding movement.
What really sealed the deal for me and brought me really close to God was actually giving up on myself.