Privacy & Terms
Please read the following terms and conditions (“Terms”). They govern your use of this website and its associated services, including email newsletters, associated content distribution platforms, and public Stratos online social media accounts (collectively, “the “Services”). By using the Services, you agree to be bound by these Terms. We may update these Terms from time to time and any modifications will be effective immediately upon posting unless we indicate otherwise. If you use the Services after any changes to the Terms have been posted, that means you agree to all of the changes. We suggest that you review these Terms periodically for changes.
Except as otherwise noted on the Services, all content and material on the Services — including information, photos, podcasts, blog posts, videos, graphics/charts, icons, code, design, and overall appearance — are the property of Stratos Technologies LLC (“Stratos” or “Stratos”) and should not be used, modified, or reproduced without our prior written consent. All trademarks, trade names, and logos displayed on the Services are the property of Stratos, its affiliates, or their respective third-party owners, and the Services grants no license to them. STRATOS and Stratos are registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries and may not be used without the prior written permission of Stratos.
Stratos is an investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Services are intended solely to provide general information about Stratos, its services to entrepreneurs, and its people. Nothing in the Services is directed at nor should be relied upon by any investors or prospective investors in any vehicle managed by Stratos. Stratos does not intend to solicit or make its investment advisory services available to the general public.
Under no circumstances should any information provided in the Services be considered as an offer soliciting the purchase or sale of any security or interest in any pooled investment vehicle sponsored, discussed, or mentioned by Stratos nor should it be construed as an offer to provide investment advisory services. Such offers or solicitations will be made separately and only by means of the confidential offering documents of the specific pooled investment vehicles which should be read in their entirety, and only to those who, among other requirements, meet certain qualifications under federal securities laws. Such investors, defined as accredited investors and qualified purchasers, are generally deemed capable of evaluating the merits and risks of prospective investments and financial matters. There can be no assurances that Stratos’s investment objectives will be achieved or investment strategies will be successful. Any investment in a vehicle managed by Stratos involves a high degree of risk including the risk that the entire amount invested is lost.
Any investments or portfolio companies described or referred to in the Services are not representative of all investments in vehicles managed by Stratos and there can be no assurance that the investments described are, or will be, profitable or that other investments made in the future will have similar character or results. A list of investments made by funds managed by Stratos is available here: https://www.stratos.xyz/portfolio/. Excluded from this list are investments for which the issuer has not provided permission for Stratos to disclose publicly.
Any opinions expressed in the Services reflect Stratos’s views or those of individual posters, and are subject to change. Certain information contained in the Services has been obtained from third-party sources, including from portfolio companies of funds managed by Stratos. While taken from sources believed to be reliable, Stratos has not independently verified such information and makes no representations about the enduring accuracy of the information or its appropriateness for a given situation. The discussions and opinions expressed herein are not intended to provide investment, accounting, tax, or legal advice. Nothing in the Services is a recommendation that you purchase, sell or hold any security or other investment, or that you pursue any investment style or strategy. The content of this website is presented on an “as is” basis with no warranties, express or implied, of any kind with respect to the Services. Charts provided herein are for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon when making any investment decision.
Certain statements that individual personnel make may constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Privacy Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. To the extent any information herein constitutes forward-looking statements (which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipation,” “upside,” “potential,” “project,” “estimate,” “intend,” “forecast,” “target” or “believe” or comparable terminology), please note that, due to various risks and uncertainties, actual events, results, or performance may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in such statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees and involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Stratos expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement in the event it later turns out to be inaccurate — whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Any projections, estimates, forecasts, targets, prospects and/or opinions expressed in these materials are subject to change without notice and may differ or be contrary to opinions expressed by others.
Past results of Stratos’s pooled investment vehicles, investments, or investment strategies are not necessarily indicative of future results.
Registration with the SEC does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Additional important information about Stratos, including our Form ADV Part 2A Brochure, is available at the SEC’s website, https://adviserinfo.sec.gov.
The Services may link to or integrate with other websites operated or content provided by third parties, and such other websites may link to this website. Stratos has no control over any such other websites or their content and will have no liability arising out of or related to such websites or their content. The existence of any such link does not constitute an endorsement of such websites, the content of the websites, or the operators of the websites. Stratos is providing these links to you only as a convenience. You release and hold Stratos harmless from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website or service.
Categories of Personal Data We Collect
Below lists the categories of Personal Data that we collect and have collected over the past 12 months:
- Contact Information (e.g. first and last name, email address)
- Device/IP data (e.g. IP address)
- Usage Analytics (e.g. interactions with our web properties and newsletters)
- Demographic Data (e.g. race, gender, veteran status)
- Geolocation Data (e.g. IP-address-based location information)
- Other Identifying information that You Voluntarily Provide (e.g. identifying information in emails or letters you send us)
- Sources of Personal Data
We collect Personal Data about you from the following categories of sources:
- When you provide such information directly to us.
- When Personal Data about you is automatically collected in connection with your use of our Services (see the subsection titled “Information Collected Automatically” below).
- Vendors: For example, we may use analytics providers to analyze how you interact and engage with the Services, or third parties may help us provide you with customer support.
- Advertising Partners: We receive information about you from some of our vendors who assist us with marketing or promotional services related to how you interact with our websites, applications, advertisements or communications.
- Information Collected Automatically
We use the following types of Cookies:
Essential Cookies are required for providing you with features or services that you have requested. For example, certain Cookies enable you to log into secure areas of our Services. Disabling these Cookies may make certain features and services unavailable.
Functional Cookies are used to record your choices and settings regarding our Services, maintain your preferences over time and recognize you when you return to our Services. These Cookies help us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Performance/Analytical Cookies allow us to understand how visitors use our Services such as by collecting information about the number of visitors to the Services, what pages visitors view on our Services and how long visitors are viewing pages on the Services. Performance/Analytical Cookies also help us measure the performance of our advertising campaigns in order to help us improve our campaigns and the Services’ content for those who engage with our advertising. In addition to our own Performance/Analytical Cookies, the Services may contain Performance/Analytical Cookies from third party analytics services. You can learn more about these third parties in the “Personal Data Sales Opt-Out and Opt-In” section below.
You can decide whether or not to accept Cookies through your internet browser’s settings. Most browsers have an option for turning off the Cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new Cookies, as well as (depending on the sophistication of your browser software) allow you to decide on acceptance of each new Cookie in a variety of ways. You can also delete all Cookies that are already on your device. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit our website and some of the Services and functionalities may not work.
To explore what Cookie settings are available to you, look in the “preferences” or “options” section of your browser’s menu. To find out more information about Cookies, including information about how to manage and delete Cookies, please visit https://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
How We Use Your Personal Data
How We Share Your Personal Data
Categories of Third Parties with Whom We Share Personal Data
We disclose your Personal Data as indicated above to the following categories of service providers and other parties:
- Service Providers
- Categories of Personal Data Shared: We disclose Contact Information, Usage Analytics and Demographic Data to our Service Providers.
- Purposes for Sharing: These third-party service providers help us provide our services and operate our business, including ad networks, analytics providers, security and fraud prevention providers, hosting and other technology and communications providers, and staff augmentation and contract personnel. We also use third-party service providers to help us manage newsletter signups and email services and for event registration. When we share your Personal Data with Service Providers, they may only use your Personal Data for specific purposes relating to assisting us with running our business.
- Successors to Our Business
- Categories of Personal Data Shared: All Personal Data.
- Purposes for Sharing: Your Personal Data may also be transferred to a third party if we undergo a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy or other transaction in which that third party assumes control of our business (in whole or in part).
- Data Security and Retention
We seek to protect your Personal Data from unauthorized access, use and disclosure using appropriate physical, technical, organizational and administrative security measures based on the type of Personal Data and how we are processing that data. For example, the Services use industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to allow for the encryption of Personal Data you provide to us. You should also help protect your data by appropriately selecting and protecting your password and/or another sign-on mechanism; limiting access to your computer or device and browser; and signing off after you have finished accessing your account. Although we work to protect the security of your account and other data that we hold in our records, please be aware that no method of transmitting data over the Internet or storing data is completely secure. We cannot guarantee the complete security of any data you share with us, and except as expressly required by law, we are not responsible for the theft, destruction, loss or inadvertent disclosure of your information or content.
We retain Personal Data about you for as long as we have a business purpose to do so. In some cases, we retain Personal Data for longer, if doing so is necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes or collect fees owed, or is otherwise permitted or required by applicable law, rule or regulation. We may further retain information in an anonymous or aggregated form where that information would not identify you personally.
Personal Data of Children
We do not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Data about children under 13 years of age; if you are a child under the age of 13, please do not attempt to register for or otherwise use the Services or send us any Personal Data. If we learn we have collected Personal Data from a child under 13 years of age, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a child under 13 years of age may have provided Personal Data to us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Resident Rights
If you are a California resident, you have the rights set forth in this section. Please see the “Exercising Your Rights” section below for instructions regarding how to exercise these rights. Please note that we may process Personal Data of our customers’ end users or employees in connection with our provision of certain services to our customers. If we are processing your Personal Data as a service provider, you should contact the entity that collected your Personal Data in the first instance to address your rights with respect to such data.
You have the right to request certain information about our collection and use of your Personal Data over the past 12 months. In response, we will provide you with the following information:
- The categories of Personal Data that we have collected about you.
- The categories of sources from which that Personal Data was collected.
- The business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling your Personal Data.
- The categories of third parties with whom we have shared your Personal Data.
- The specific pieces of Personal Data that we have collected about you.
- If we have disclosed your Personal Data to any third parties for a business purpose over the past 12 months, we will identify the categories of Personal Data shared with each category of third-party recipient. If we have sold your Personal Data over the past 12 months, we will identify the categories of Personal Data sold to each category of third-party recipient.
You have the right to request that we delete the Personal Data that we have collected about you. Under the CCPA, this right is subject to certain exceptions: for example, we may need to retain your Personal Data to provide you with the Services or complete a transaction or other action you have requested. If your deletion request is subject to one of these exceptions, we may deny your deletion request.
Exercising Your Rights
To exercise the rights described above, you must send us a request that (1) provides sufficient information to allow us to verify that you are either the person about whom we have collected Personal Data or are an agent authorized by that person, including without limitation your name and email address, and (2) describes your request in sufficient detail to allow us to understand, evaluate and respond to it. Each request that meets both of these criteria will be considered a “Valid Request.” We may not respond to requests that do not meet these criteria. We will only use Personal Data provided in a Valid Request to verify your identity and complete your request. You do not need an account to submit a Valid Request.
We will work to respond to your Valid Request within 45 days of receipt. We will not charge you a fee for making a Valid Request unless your Valid Request(s) is excessive, repetitive or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that your Valid Request warrants a fee, we will notify you of the fee and explain that decision before completing your request.
You may submit a Valid Request using the following methods:
- Email us at: email@example.com
- You may also authorize an agent (an “Authorized Agent”) to exercise your rights on your behalf. To do this, you must provide your Authorized Agent with written permission to exercise your rights on your behalf, and we may request a copy of this written permission from your Authorized Agent when they make a request on your behalf.
Personal Data Sales Opt-Out and Opt-In
In this section, we use the term ‘sell’ as it is defined in the CCPA. Over the past 12 months, we have not sold any Personal Data to third parties. We also do not sell the Personal Data of minors under 16 years of age.
We Will Not Discriminate Against You for Exercising Your Rights Under the CCPA
We will not discriminate against you for exercising your rights under the CCPA. We will not deny you our goods or services, charge you different prices or rates, or provide you a lower quality of goods and services if you exercise your rights under the CCPA. However, we may offer different tiers of our Services as allowed by applicable data privacy laws (including the CCPA) with varying prices, rates or levels of quality of the goods or services you receive related to the value of Personal Data that we receive from you.
Other State Law Privacy Rights
California Resident Rights:
Under California Civil Code Sections 1798.83-1798.84, California residents are entitled to contact us to prevent disclosure of Personal Data to third parties for such third parties’ direct marketing purposes; in order to submit such a request, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nevada Resident Rights:
If you are a resident of Nevada, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of certain Personal Data to third parties who intend to license or sell that Personal Data. You can exercise this right by contacting us at email@example.com with the subject line “Nevada Do Not Sell Request” and providing us with your name and the email address associated with your account. Please note that we do not currently sell your Personal Data as sales are defined in Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 603A.
Due to the large number of business plan ideas and related materials that Stratos reviews, and the similarity of many such plans and materials, we cannot agree to obligations of confidentiality, non-use, or non-disclosure with regard to any information or materials submitted or provided to or otherwise shared with us. By submitting information or materials to Stratos, you (or anyone acting on your behalf) agree that any such information or materials will not be considered confidential or proprietary, and that Stratos is free to use it without condition. In no event will Stratos be limited in, or restricted from, the pursuit of any opportunities, either alone or with third parties.
Although certain individuals are identified in the Services as “Partners” or “General Partners,” such titles are not intended to indicate that any such individual is actually a partner or general partner of any partnership as those terms are used for legal purposes. Such titles should not be construed to indicate that an individual has any ownership interest in Stratos or an Stratos affiliate nor should such titles be construed to indicate that an individual has any particular decision-making authority or responsibility.
You are responsible for all information, content, and materials you contribute, disclose, or share in any manner on or through the Services and you represent and warrant you have all rights necessary to do so. You are responsible for all your activity in connection with the Services.
Nothing on the Services constitutes professional or financial advice of any kind (including business, employment, investment advisory, accounting, tax, and/or legal advice). Advice from a suitably qualified professional should always be sought in relation to any particular matter or circumstance. Nothing on the Services constitutes or forms a part of any offer for sale or subscription of, or any invitation to offer to buy or subscribe for, any securities, nor should it or any part of it form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any contract or commitment whatsoever.
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