Mainvest is similar to the stock market only in the sense that you are investing in a business. Otherwise, it’s very different for these reasons and more:
The businesses you see on our site will be much, much smaller than those listed on public stock markets, with a higher risk profile.
Businesses listed on public stock markets have gone through a rigorous process with the SEC before being listed and generally have extensive recurring reporting requirements. Businesses on our site have gone through no such process.
By listing on a public stock market, a business typically gains access to broad and deep sources of capital. The businesses on our site have no such access.
Businesses listed on public stock markets typically have a seasoned, professional management team. Most of the businesses on our site are run by the founders.