NEA's Scott Sandell Joins Robinhood's Board

We’re excited to announce the latest addition to Robinhood’s Board — NEA Managing General Partner and head of technology investing, Scott Sandell.

Scott is among the most frequently named investors to the Forbes Midas List, with 22 technology companies in his portfolio having successfully completed public offerings or mergers, and is one of the most distinguished venture capitalists in the world. He is head of NEA’s technology investing practice and also leads NEA’s investing activities in China where we recently launched and partnered with Baidu.

Scott replaces NEA General Partner Krishna “Kittu” Kolluri on Robinhood’s board, who became a Robinhood board member after NEA led our $50 million funding round in May 2015. Scott joins Robinhood founders Baiju Bhatt and Vlad Tenev, along with Index Ventures’ General Partner Jan Hammer on the board.

Scott’s dedication to his portfolio companies will no doubt prove valuable as we work to fulfill our mission to make the U.S. stock market accessible to everyone.

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Robinhood on Mad Money with Jim Cramer

Last week, the one and only Jim Cramer chatted with Vlad and Baiju on his CNBC show, Mad Money, to discuss our mission to make the markets more accessible, our recent expansion to China, and the inefficiencies on Wall Street. 

You can watch the full interview below: 

Jim is one of the most influential voices in the investment community and has spent decades educating Americans on the values of investing and savings. Before starting Mad Money in 2005, he co-founded TheStreet in 1996.

Jim shares a similar goal to inspire a new generation of investors, so it was an honor to meet him and see his passion for our product.

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Hello, China.

Robinhood expands to China through an integration with Baidu’s Stockmaster

From the onset, Robinhood has been guided by a mission to make the U.S. stock market accessible to everyone. Today, we are taking a bold leap in fulfilling that mission by bringing Robinhood to China.

Our first integration is with Baidu’s StockMaster app, which provides investors with access to powerful market analytics. We’re proud to have the support of a respected brand like Baidu, the leading Chinese search engine.

Starting today, Chinese residents can access and invest in any U.S. stock or ETF for free. Getting started is simple: download Baidu’s StockMaster app and quickly create a Robinhood account.

Our expansion into China has been months in the making, and we couldn’t be more excited to share Robinhood with Chinese citizens. 

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Peek. Pop.

Robinhood adds iOS support for 3D Touch

Robinhood for iPhone now supports 3D Touch so you can access your portfolio faster than ever.
 
If you own an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, press firmly on the Robinhood app icon to view Quick Actions, which are helpful shortcuts to visit your History, Account, Portfolio, and Search.
 
Within the app, Robinhood supports Peek and Pop gestures, so you can preview content from your Cards with a light press and engage further with a deeper press. For instance, you can lightly press a news Card to preview the article, and press more firmly to read it.

Search on Robinhood is also now more contextual and actionable. When you search for a new stock or ETF, you can lightly press on the security to preview its price history and market data, then press deeper to add it to your watchlist.
 
This is all part of our ongoing effort to make Robinhood the best investment experience available. Enjoy!
 
-The Robinhood Team

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Robinhood Wins Google Play Award

Ever since launching Robinhood for Android in August 2015, we’ve seen nothing but incredible support from the Android community. It helped us become one of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2015, and last night, Google recognized us with the 2016 Google Play Award for Best Use of Material Design. We were honored at Google I/O as part of the first-ever Google Play Awards.

The Best Use of Material Design category recognizes first-class implementation of material design concepts that deliver an immersive and innovative user experience. We were also a finalist in the Standout Startup category that recognizes apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong install growth. 

Thank you for making Robinhood for Android an award-winning experience!

- The Robinhood Team

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Unlocking Accessibility to the Stock Market

Robinhood adds support for accessibility features

Since the beginning, our overarching mission has been to make financial tools accessible to everyone. We’re proud to have made a significant step toward realizing that future today.

In recognition of the fifth-annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we’re excited to announce a major accessibility update to Robinhood. Starting today, the blind and visually impaired can effortlessly access the stock market through Robinhood for iPhone. The entire Robinhood experience, from signing up to trading, is now compatible for people with visual disabilities.

Not surprisingly, the financial industry has historically been a bad actor when it comes to disability compatible products, and we wanted to change this.

To make it all possible, our engineers and designers teamed up with San Francisco-based non-profit LightHouse for the Blind to understand the opportunity and pain points for blind people using financial products. Developing this custom experience was a new challenge for our team, so we were deeply grateful to LightHouse for their invaluable feedback that guided every step of this process.

The update utilizes Apple’s VoiceOver screen reader tool to read text and actions to the investor, requiring extensive labeling on all buttons and actions throughout the app. VoiceOver also shares portfolio and pricing updates, in addition to Robinhood’s own Audible Graphs, which audibly translates the visual charts.

There’s still work to be done, and we welcome all feedback from the accessibility community! 

- The Robinhood Team

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