Alpaca 2021 Year in Review

With 2021 in the rearview mirror and a new year in front of us, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the milestones that have shaped Alpaca in the last twelve months. Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

1. We announced Alpaca Broker API, Crypto API, and Market Data API!

Launching a new product is never easy, but we went full speed ahead and launched three new products in 2021 – Alpaca Broker API, Crypto API, and Market Data API. Thanks to your support, we launched on Product Hunt and were awarded #1 Product of the Day and #1 Product of the Week twice.

2. We expanded our partnerships

Partnerships were a huge focus for us in 2021, and they’ll continue to be a priority in 2022. Last year, we launched partnerships with Snap Inc., TradingView, Plaid, and ErisX, to name a few, and there are plenty more to come. We’re fully committed to integrating with the platforms that you already use to offer the best experience possible with Alpaca.

3. Our engineering team launched a new order management system

Last year, we experienced tremendous growth in direct trading clients via our Trading API, as well as new retail type clients via our Broker API partners. To support this growth, we introduced a new order management system (OMS) that significantly improved order processing latency and scalability. Now, order processing is 100x faster! Find out more about OMS v2 here.

4. We saw the Alpaca Slack Community grow to 10,000+ members  

Our community has always been an integral part of our journey, and with more than 10,000 community members from all corners of the world–from Nigeria to France and England to Japan–we’re beyond grateful for each and every one of you. In 2022, we aspire to become even more community-led and focused.

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5. We raised $50M in Series B funding

We raised $50M in Series B! A huge shoutout to all of our investors for making everything we do possible. The fundraising round was led by Tribe Capital with participation from Horizons Ventures, Eldridge, and Positive Sum. Existing investors, Portage Ventures, Spark Capital, and Social Leverage, also participated in the round.

6. The Alpaca team grew by 112 new employees

Thanks to our Series B raise, we were able to accelerate our growth plans on multiple fronts—including hiring. We welcomed 112 new-joiners to Alpaca in 2021 and are now operating in 20 countries.

We’re still hiring! Want to be a part of Alpaca?

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Here’s to 2022 🥂

We’ve poured our heart and soul into everything that we achieved this year, but we couldn’t have done any of this without you. Thank you for your support, and stay tuned for more exciting updates in 2022!

Securities brokerage services are provided by Alpaca Securities LLC ("Alpaca Securities"), member FINRA/SIPC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AlpacaDB, Inc. Technology and services are offered by AlpacaDB, Inc.

Cryptocurrency services are provided by Alpaca Crypto LLC ("Alpaca Crypto"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of AlpacaDB, Inc. Alpaca Crypto is not a member of SIPC or FINRA. Cryptocurrencies are not stocks and your cryptocurrency investments are not protected by either FDIC or SIPC.

This is not an offer, solicitation of an offer, or advice to buy or sell securities or cryptocurrencies, or open a brokerage account or cryptocurrency account in any jurisdiction where Alpaca Securities or Alpaca Crypto respectively, are not registered.

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