Born in 1986, Vladimir Tenev is the co-founder and co-CEO of no-commission brokerage company Robinhood, which he launched in 2013 with Baiju Bhatt. Tenev and Bhatt met at Stanford University during their undergraduate studies.
Robinhood offers a smartphone app that allows individuals to invest in public companies, exchange-traded funds listed on the U.S. stock exchanges, trade options and invest in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies without paying a commission.
Robinhood formally launched cryptocurrency trading in 2018 by allowing users in five different U.S. states to trade 14 cryptocurrencies. Later that year, the company announced a $363 million funding round with the aim of making Robinhood the largest cryptocurrency trading platform. In 2019, Robinhood received its BitLicense for New York State, allowing users to trade seven different cryptocurrencies.
Tenev made Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for Finance in 2016 for his role at Robinhood.