Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. On behalf of DFJ, Tim currently serves on the boards of DoAt, Glam, Prosper, and Miartech. DFJ's previous successes include: Skype (EBAY), Overture.com (YHOO), Baidu (BIDU), Parametric Technology (PMTC), Hotmail (MSFT), PLX Technologies (PLXT), Preview Travel (TVLY), Digidesign (AVID), and hundreds of others.
Tim launched the DFJ Global Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in over 30 cities around the globe. He founded or co-founded DFJ ePlanet (global), Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham (NYC), Zone Ventures (LA), Epic Ventures (Salt Lake City), Draper Atlantic (Reston), Draper Triangle (Pittsburg), Timberline Ventures (Portland), Polaris Fund (Anchorage), DFJ Frontier (Sacramento and Santa Barbara), DFJ Vina Capital (Vietnam), and DFJ DragonFund (Shanghai).
Dr. Richard Swart directs the research program in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance at UC Berkeley. He also is a partner and directs research for Crowdfund Capital Advisors, the world's leading advisory firm in Crowdfunding and Alternative Finance. He is an acknowledged thought leader on crowdfunding and works closely with Jason Best and Sherwood Neiss, the Principals at Crowdfund Capital Advisors on projects. They recently recently released the World Bank White Paper on crowdfunding as well as the first major study of the impact of Crowdfunding on companies.
Mr. Ronald Suber, also known as Ron, has been the President of Prosper Funding LLC and Prosper Marketplace, Inc. since March 10, 2014. Mr. Suber served as the Head of Global Institutional Sales at Prosper Marketplace, Inc., since January 22, 2013 until March 10, 2014. Mr. Suber served as Vice President at Prosper Funding LLC from February 2013 to March 10, 2014. Mr. Suber served as Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities. He served as the Head of Global Sales & Marketing and Senior Partner at Wells Fargo Prime Services, LLC (also known as Merlin Securities LLC). Mr. Suber was responsible for expanding Merlin 's presence and market share across the industry, including medium and large sized multi-primed hedge funds in need of Merlin's proprietary multi-custodial reporting technology. Mr. Suber contributed his 20 years of experience and expertise to all operational and strategic development initiatives. Mr. Suber served at Bear Stearns for 14 years where he served as a Senior Managing Director and Manager of Global Clearing Sales, which encompassed Prime Brokerage and services for broker dealers and registered investment advisors. For the past 20 months, Mr. Suber served as the President of Spectrum Global Fund Administration, a leading fund administrator headquartered in Chicago. Mr. Suber has deep and long standing relationships with many of the top money managers as well as the industry's leading lawyers, prime brokers, institutional investors, technology and business consulting firms, accounting administrators and audit firms as well as OMS providers and DMA trading firms. Mr. Suber has been a Director at Prosper Funding LLC since February 2013. He has been a Director at HazelTree Fund Services, LLC since June 2011. Mr. Suber holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Founder of PRIMARQ, seeking to change the housing finance system domestically and globally. In addition, developing a sister platform (REMARQ) for other alternative assets.
Separately, serves as advisor/director to emerging growth companies, providing counsel for enhancing shareholder value through strategic and financial initiatives. All stages within financial services and financial technology, consumer products and services, and high technology, social media, and distribution. Blending background in investment banking, commercial banking, private equity and venture capital.
Specialties: Strategic vision and planning, alternative assets, creative finance, ideation, "crowd capitalism", creative and financial writing, business modeling, and mostly --- connecting disparate dots.
Published author on topics of capital markets, alternative finance, crowdfunding, socio-economy, politics and economic development.
"I’m deeply fascinated with technology, systems and human behavior/psychology. The area in which all these areas intersect is where I spend most of my professional time.
Over the last 12 years I’ve started and grown several successful internet businesses, a few of which has scaled into the millions of subscribers. I’ve also failed and experienced the bitter-sweet taste of learning multi-million dollar lessons founding companies with my own money, and I consider myself much wiser for it.
I’m currently the Founder & CEO of crowdfunder.com, a business crowdfunding platform that enables companies to raise Equity-based investment online. I also currently Advise several internet startups and entrepreneurs in Southern California and specialize in scaling their marketing/subscriber acquisition efforts, as well as product + technology strategy.
I consider myself a tech-savvy marketer who is happiest when I’m hands-on developing product with what I think of as “marketing DNA” built in to product. I know enough about development to be dangerous and hack some code apart… but not enough to build anything truly elegant or useful with my own two hands.
Over the past 10 years the products and online marketing I’ve created have driven over $40,000,000 in direct sales. I’ve created literally thousands of targeted advertisements and marketing communications seen by over 850 million users across email and display advertising, as well as syndicated articles and sales letters."
Samuel S. Guzik
Samuel S. Guzik has more than 35 years of experience as a corporate and securities attorney and business advisor in private practice in New York and Los Angeles, including as an associate at Willkie Farr and Gallagher, a major New York based international law firm, a partner at the law firm of Ervin, Cohen and Jessup, in Los Angeles, and in the firm he founded in 1993, Guzik & Associates. Mr. Guzik has represented public and privately held companies and entrepreneurs on a broad range of business and financing transactions, both public and private. Mr. Guzik has also successfully represented clients in federal securities litigation and SEC enforcement proceedings. Guzik has represented businesses in a diverse range of industries, including digital media, apparel, health care and numerous high technology based businesses. Guzik is a recognized authority and thought leader on matters relating to the JOBS Act of 2012 and the ongoing SEC rulemaking, including Regulation D Rule 506 private placements, Regulation A+, and investment crowdfunding. He has been consulted by Congressional members, state legislators and the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy on matters relating to the JOBS Act and state securities matters. He is a frequent blogger on his blog, The Corporate Securities Lawyer Blog, addressing developing corporate and securities laws issues. In 2014 he published two major commentaries on JOBS Act rulemaking in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation: the first article, entitled “Regulation A+ Offerings – a New Era at the SEC,” discussing the SEC’s proposed regulations implementing JOBS Act Title IV Regulation A+ (also accepted for publication in the Fall 2014 issue of the Texas Journal of Business Law); the second article is entitled “SEC Crowdfunding Rulemaking under the JOBS Act – An Opportunity Lost?” addressing deficiencies in the SEC’s proposed Title III investment crowdfunding regulations. Mr. Guzik also authors a regular column on Crowdfundinsider.com, The Crowdfunding Counselor, addressing JOBS Act issues affecting entrepreneurs, small and emerging companies, investors and Internet-based funding portals. His articles have been cited in national business publications on issues relating to federal securities regulation, including Bloomberg’s Businessweek, Compliance Weekly and Equities.com Mr. Guzik has also been a regular speaker on federal securities matters, including JOBS Act legislation. In January 2014 Mr. Guzik was invited to lead a Title III Investment Crowdfunding Roundtable in Washington, D.C. addressing proposed SEC rulemaking. The Roundtable was sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy and attended by financial industry leaders, and SEC and Congressional staff. Recently he was invited to speak at a Webinar with Congressman Patrick McHenry, a key sponsor of the JOBS Act, addressing opportunities and challenges created by the JOBS Act legislation and ongoing SEC rulemaking. He has also been invited to participate as a speaker and panelist at a Crowdfunding Roundable in May 2014 sponsored by the MIT Sloan School of Management, and was part of a panel discussing JOBS Act Regulation A+ at the Angel Capital Association’s 2014 Summit. Mr. Guzik is also a founding member of The Heritage Foundation Securities Regulation Working Group, focusing on federal regulatory issues affecting small businesses and emerging growth companies, including ongoing JOBS Act and Dodd-Frank SEC rulemaking. Healso serves as an inaugural member of the Advisory Council of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), of which he is a member. He received a B.S. degree in Industrial and Labor relations from Cornell University and is a graduate of Stanford University Law School. He is admitted to practice in both New York and California.
Roger Royse, the founder of the Royse Law Firm, works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries, including technology, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate and agri-business. Roger regularly advises on complex tax structuring, high stakes business negotiations and large international financial transactions. Practicing business and tax law since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is the President of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and the author of the recently published Dead on Arrival: How to Avoid the Legal Mistakes That Could Kill Your Startup, sits on the boards of advisors and mentors to several funds, accelerators and tech companies and takes an active role in the strategic planning decisions of his clients. Roger is a participating instructor of corporate law for the Center for International Studies (Salzburg Austria) and has been an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University. Roger is the founder of the philanthropic organization “Team Motion to Dismiss Cancer which conducted high profile auctions of meetings with venture capitalists to raise money for charity and has been recognized for his efforts on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by being named the 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Man of the Year. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, has a “Superb” rating from Avvo and is a recipient of the Intercontinental Finance 2013 500 Leading Lawyers Award.
Joseph Barisonzi is the Co-founder and CEO of CommunityLeader, Inc. CommunityLeader is the premier provider of platform solutions for the online solicitation, sale and support of private securities. CommunityLeader's integrated, white-labled platform is used by many of the leading crowdfunding sites in the United States. Mr. Barisonzi has co-authored numerous whitepapers on crowdfunding and published "Navigating your Portal Launch" as an eBook in 2013.
An accomplished senior executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in community and business development, Mr. Barisonzi is one of the leading voices for a community-based approach to crowdfunding. Mr Barisonzi resides in Minnesota with his spouse and daughter, where he is active with many community and civic organizations.
Brian Korn is a Capital Markets Partner at the law firm Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP in New York City. Brian has had multiple appearances on Fox Business Television, Bloomberg, CCTV America and National Public Radio as an expert on the JOBS Act, including its impact on crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, IPOs and market trading dynamics. He was also published or quoted in Forbes, CNBC, MSNBC, New York Law Journal, Law360, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Financier Worldwide and The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation.
He is the author of several articles on capital raising and investor liquidity, and has several clients in the peer-to-peer lending space. Brian is the author of “The Trouble with Crowdfunding” published in Forbes, as well as the Forbes article announcing the SEC’s crowdfunding rules proposal. Prior to joining Manatt, Brian was co-Head of the Crowdfunding and Peer-to-Peer Lending Practice at Pepper Hamilton LLP, Head of Equity Capital Markets and Syndicate Compliance at Barclays and Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Brian is an honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Northwestern University School of Law.
Vincent is a serial entrepreneur with a diverse background in business and product development. Before co-founding FlashFunders, Vincent consulted for several technology startups, providing them with growth and product development services. Prior to consulting, Vincent co-founded Ridotto, a virtual currency sports betting startup. Vincent also spent time working with Osprey Global Solutions (OGS), a frontier market consulting firm. While at Osprey, he focused on growth development efforts for OGS throughout the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Prior to Osprey, Vincent worked for FindTheBest, where he helped to build out their business development team.
Denise Thomas, CEO & Co-Founder
Denise founded ApplePie Capital to create a new, more efficient source of capital for franchise businesses. As CEO and Chairman, she oversees all aspects of the company. Denise has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in business and market strategy development. Her public and private company expertise spans the financial services, technology, healthcare, hospitality and online services industries, and she has led companies backed by leading venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins, Mohr Davidow and Sequoia Capital. Denise has founded three other companies, and held executive and management positions with SharesPost, Healthiest You, Navigenics, LesConcierges, OffRoad Capital, Onyx Microcomputer, Post Communications, Kao Infosystems, and National Semiconductor. She has been a guest lecturer at both the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley.
Harold Hofer is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rich-Uncles.com. Rich-Uncles.com is the leading real estate Crowdvesting platform focused exclusively on the non-accredited investor. Rich-Uncles.com has developed a unique, proactive social media campaign to engage with non-accredited investors. ”You can’t have a Crowd . . . without the Crowd.” Harold has broad experience in commercial real estate investment and syndication, having participated in transactions exceeding $2B in value both as a principal and as a broker. Harold received undergraduate, Masters (Economics) and Juris Doctor degrees from UCLA, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review.
Principal Leverage PR
Joy Schoffler has spent her career launching high performing startups—helping them raise capital and achieve growth through creative publicity strategies. Leverage PR works with the leaders of the crowdfunding industry, investment firms, and high potential startups.
She has helped early-stage companies raise more than $20 million, make the Inc. 500 list, and secure Fortune 500 accounts. Joy developed the first of its kind publicity platform for crowdfunding and growth phase companies—Enhance My Visibility that will be available in early 2013. EMV will allow companies to leverage the power of publicity to increase investor dollars, close new accounts, and grow their businesses. Joy is the Chair of the Publicity Committee for the CFPA.
John Berlau is an American economist who currently lives in Washington, D.C. and is the director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs (formerly Center for Entrepreneurship) at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market think tank. Berlau has degrees in journalism and economics from the University of Missouri. Early in his career he was a policy analyst for Consumer Alert, a position he held until 1996. He has written for Investor's Business Daily and Insight on the News, and his work has also appeared in Barron's Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, National Review and Policy Review. Berlau is also a regular contributor to Newsmax, where he writes a column titled "Economic View." He won the National Press Club's Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism in 2002. Berlau is known for strong criticism of parts of the U.S. government, such as the Internal Revenue Service. Berlau's book, Eco-Freaks: Environmentalism Is Hazardous to Your Health, (ISBN 1-59555-067-4) was published in 2006 by Thomas Nelson.
Ryan W. Schneider
Ryan W. Schneider is Vice President of Business Development at Self Directed IRA Services, Inc., a national provider of individually-directed retirement services. For over a decade, Mr. Schneider has assisted thousands of investors, financial professionals, and investment issuers with their self-directed IRA needs. He is well-versed in all aspects of IRAs and has extensive knowledge in a multitude of investments types, including real estate, private equity and private debt. Mr. Schneider has shared his knowledge of self-directed IRAs and alternative investments with audiences throughout the nation and has participated in expert panels covering a myriad of retirement-related subjects.
Prior to joining Self Directed IRA Services, Inc., Mr. Schneider worked as a National Sales Representative at Sterling Trust Company. In his 7 years with Sterling Trust, Mr. Schneider was an integral part of the largest period of growth in company history.
Mr. Schneider graduated cum laude with a BBA in Marketing from Texas Tech University and resides in Waco, Texas with his wife, Mindy, and son, Holden.
Sydney Armani is a long time silicon valley entrepreneur, with more than twenty years experience in Valley's community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. Sydney's vision for starting and successfully managing innovative companies, like Hello Net Internet and Mobile telephony appliance services. Minitel and Videotex .A online a first generation of touch Screen tablets. His international experience in trade and International banking takes him around the world, projects with OPIC Overseas Private Investment Corporation for free trade with business engagement in Europe and UAE's Dubai. A creative person at heart, he's working on building CrowdFunding platform " Live Crowdfunding demo pitch contest building bridge for new generation of Startup's in the Crowdfunding industry.
Sydney is publisher of CrowdFundBeat.com, an online daily crowdfunding news site in US and UK. He is also the organizer of the annual Silicon Valley Meets Crowdfunders conference in Palo Alto, CA
Jonathan Frutkin has a long history as a business executive and owner. He has owned a website design business, a software company, a real estate development company and was the developer for a national ice cream chain. As the founder of The Frutkin Law Firm, he worked to put together the top legal talent available to assist business clients – growing the firm to more than 10 attorneys within a few short years. His practice focus was on providing general counsel, including capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, litigation strategy and intellectual property.
He’s the author of the book Equity Crowdfunding: Transforming Customers into Loyal Owners. He has also appeared frequently in the media, including in international publications like The Economist, Kiplinger Personal Finance and The Washington Post. He is a frequent media commentator on television, on the radio and in print.
Jon can be reached at email@example.com.
Aaron L. Kaplan
Aaron L. Kaplan is a founder of Coincross LLC and an associate at Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum PLLC, a Wall Street based securities law firm. Aaron focuses his practice on crowdfunding (accredited, and non-accredited) as well as virtual currency regulation. Aaron’s desire to integrate the new regulations proposed by the JOBS Act prompted him to be a creator of automated securities platforms for distribution and participation purposes. Using his background in financial services and securities law, Aaron and Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum have focused on facilitating the ability to respond and integrate new regulations and financial technologies.
Before joining Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum, Aaron served as a Director/Manager at P2W, an international clean-tech water purification company located in PetachTikvah, Israel. Aaron also worked at California based regional broker dealer where he held Series 7, 63, 55, 4, 24, 27 and 53 securities licenses.
Craig Cecilio is the Founder/CEO of CCFG Investments, a privately held real estate asset management and investment firm. Mr. Cecilio currently serves as the President and Fund Manager for CCFG Investment Fund, LLC, and as the Founder of DiversyFund, a real estate crowdfunding platform launched early 2014. DiversyFund is now listed as one of the top 10 platforms across the nation for the real estate crowdfunding market place. Since inception of CCFG Investments in 2004, Mr. Cecilio’s knowledge and experience, proven ability to adapt to bullish and bearish markets, and deep-rooted relationships with industry professionals continue to position him as a trusted advisor to many private and institutional investors, and real estate developers. With over a decade of proven strategies, CCFG attributes its success to strategic partnerships across the state of California. CCFG offers the benefits of trust deed/real estate syndication investing without the barriers to entry traditionally inherent in this asset class. In 2013 alone, CCFG invested over $25 million with a steady increase in returns. CCFG’s 2014 outlook is well on its way to accomplishing a 75% increase in assets under management. A graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder, Craig moved to San Diego in 1997. Craig’s entrepreneurial nature and passion for finance and real estate led him to leave a successful career in the health and fitness industry to pursue opportunities in financing and real estate development, and investment projects across the state of California. For a period of 4 years, Craig proudly served as a Board Member of “A Reason to Survive” (ARTS), a nationally recognized organization that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives – especially those of kids.
Michael Markowski has been involved in the capital markets for 35 years. Upon graduating from college he joined Merrill Lynch and during his brokerage firm career was employed by a number of firms including Oppenheimer and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Markowski has held positions of broker, analyst, RIA, investment banker and principal. Subsequent to leaving the brokerage industry he founded GFNN, Inc., (Global Financial News Network), CrowdClassifieds.com, Inc., StockDiagnostics.com and the OnlineFinancialSector.com web site. After conducting a post mortem autopsy on Enron he discovered an anomaly in its Financial Statements. He used his discovery to develop long and short algorithms that he has utilized to make well publicized and successful long and short predictions. Markowski is a former columnist for Equities Magazine. Fortune Magazine in its 2004 Investment Guide Fortune named him as one of its “50 Great Investors”.
Michael McNair joined IRA Services in 1996 to manage their customer service group. In 2008, when they were granted their Trust Charter, he took on the additional task of growing the business. During the period from 2008 to 2015, the business has grown from 13,000 to over 40,000 self-directed retirement accounts. The company was able to accomplish this by charging very reasonable fees and providing very good service.
Joel G. Block is the CEO of a real estate hedge fund that acquires distressed
assets nationwide, plus he has been a principal in over 40 syndicated
transactions throughout his career. For much of the last 20 years, Joel was in
the venture capital business - frequently on the entrepreneur side of the table.
Though he has conceptualized, capitalized, operated and sold several companies,
his favorite was the development of a personalized financial product which he
sold to a Fortune 500 company in 1995.
In 2012, Joel formed a team to launch the Bullseye Capital Real Property
Opportunity Fund, LLC, a real estate hedge fund that acquires distressed
multi-family and commercial assets nationwide, adding value that is shared with
investors. Joel is also a professional speaker and has delivered numerous
lectures at university business schools, not to mention having produced and
delivered hundreds of hours of paid programming to entrepreneurs all over the
United States and beyond.
He is a recognized thought leader in the emerging CrowdFunding arena, speaking
at conferences across the country and advising both entrepreneurs and investors
how to profit from the recent changes in approaches to raising capital. He is
also forming a specialized portal for investors to interact online with his
sizable network of syndicators and fund managers.
Aaron L. Kaplan
Richard McCay is CEO and Co-creator of Tieback Realty Finance, Inc. and co-founder of Tieback Holdings, LLC. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CA #98075) and a licensed real estate broker (CA BRE #01041555) with an NMLS mortgage endorsement. Richard has spent the majority of his professional life in the accounting and real estate industries in various roles. A sampling of his experience includes raising capital, syndication, feasibility and return analysis, troubled debt restructuring, project repositioning, tax structuring and return preparation. He has experience with most property categories including land, retail, residential, office, industrial and mixed-use. He worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers and Kenneth Leventhal & Co (acquired by Ernst & Young). Richard holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University.
Adam Draper is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boost Fund LLC. Mr. Draper is the Co-Founder, Vice President of of Business Development, and Director at Xpert Financial, Inc where he learned all of his startup lessons. He is responsible for company culture and partnership development. Prior to Xpert Financial, he served as an Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney. Previously, he worked with several startups, including MailFrontier and Boom Studios. His experiences helped sculpt his understanding of what it is to be an entrepreneur and how a start-up company works internally. While at UCLA, he served leadership positions at his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He serves on the board of four companies. He is a fourth generation Venture Capitalist and an angel investor. He also holds a Series 7 securities license. Mr. Draper attended UCLA.
Audrey Jacobs is a public relations and marketing veteran of 20 years who’s served clients in financial services, high tech, bio tech, medical to non-profits.In addition to having her own marketing firm specializing as a media relations coach, she was part of a US media relations team for global PR firm Porter Novelli.Recently she left the corporate world to pursue her Zionist passion to found and lead the San Diego chapter of StandWithUs, a global Israel education and advocacy organization.Audrey built in San Diego an exciting StandWithUs chapter with a large crowd of Venture Capitalists, CEO’s and Investors. Through her 20 year experience fundraising and organizing event as a lay leader for Jewish and Israel causes, Audrey has received numerous Jewish leadership awards.Audrey received her BA from San Diego State University (magna cum-laude).She is a sixth-generation Dallas, Texan and an avid runner.
Candace Klein is the founder of two startups and practices law at Ellenoff Grossman and Schole LLP. Klein earned a law degree from Chase University and Bachelors of Arts degree from Northern Kentucky University. She is a founding member of Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CIFRA), and a co-author of the crowdfunding bill that was signed into law with the JOBS Act 2012.
Howard J. Leonhardt
Howard Leonhardt is an inventor and serial entrepreneur. He has 20 U.S. patents for products for treating cardiovascular and heart disease. These include; cardiovascular balloon catheters, stent grafts for aneurysm repair, percutaneous heart valves, heart pacemakers with stem cell recruiting capabilities, electrical stimulation devices for promoting blood flow, electrical stimulation device for converting stem cells to heart muscle, stem cell compositions for heart repair, stem cell delivery systems, biological pacemakers and artificial lung catheter. His TALENT stent graft developed in the early 1990′s holds a leading world market share for repairing aortic aneurysms without surgery. His inventions have treated over 140,000 patients in 60 countries. In early 1999 Leonhardt founded Bioheart, Inc. www.bioheartinc.com a leader in applying adult muscle stem cells to treat heart failure. Bioheart has raised over $105 million in paid in capital and additionally $40 million in loans and grants. Bioheart MyoCell is in Phase II/III clinical trials at 33 leading centers in the USA (The MARVEL Study). MARVEL Phase II/IIIa part I results were published in the American Heart Journal October of 2011 and demonstrated Bioheart MyoCell patients improved 95.7 meters in exercise capacity over placebo patients receiving optimal CHF drugs, whom declined minus 4 meters. Leonhardt holds a Diploma in International Trade from Anoka Technical College. He attended the University of Minnesota and Anoka Ramsey Community College. He holds an honorary Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Northern California and is an honorary alumnus of the University of Florida and Florida International University where he has served on various boards. He was South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 and State of Florida Entrepreneur of the Year 2004. Leonhardt has founded 20 companies to date, most them majority funded by his venture firm Leonhardt Ventures and their associated angel networks....
Alon Goren is CEO and co-founder of Investedin.com and INVST. He has developed technology that powers websites and financial transactions for Fortune 500 companies and well-known foundations such as Coca-Cola, ATB Financial and Global Philanthropy Group. He also created a white label fundraising portal for individuals and businesses hoping to crowdfund ventures independently of major platforms. His support of the JOBS Act and day-to-day interactions with investors and financial professionals inspired him to create a solution for marketers hoping to attract investment firms and hedge fund managers.
Before launching Investedin.com and INVST, Alon worked for entertainment tech giants such as IMDb and MySpace where he managed product development, testing and performance. Invested.in was named “Best Marketplace Platform” by the Los Angeles Venture Association in 2013 and he was named to the Socaltech 50 for his work with Invested.In. Alon is a thought leader on social enterprise and crowdfunding, and has spoken at SXSW V2V, Crowdfund Global Expo and many other conferences and been featured in prominent publications including Forbes and VentureBeat.
Jess Perez is Head of Marketing at EHANG Tech, makers of GHOST quad copters and leaders in aviation technology. She manages all aspects of marketing, including leading GHOST's crowd funding campaign. Previously, she was an early hire at various Bay Area e-commerce start-ups, including VC-funded Cuyana and Tea Collection, growing each business from the early days. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Management Science and Engineering. She is passionate about building brands that connect with and inspire customers.
David Khorram has acquired a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New York. Has 35 years of experience in Corporate and Small Business. His passions are CrowdFunding, helping to raise capital for others ideas, and business. He has a good friend called Google (The Innovation Engine) helping him.
During last 35 years, He has Co-Founded a series of companies which he has successfully and profitably managed. These organizations have completed projects that collectively generated above 700 million dollars in profit. He is also the founder and business development manager of Crowd Innovators focusing on building the largest global CrowdSourcing think-tank, to address and solve human social and business challenges on a global scale using CrowdSourcing Science. Management innovations through power of Crowd Innovations. He is the architect and developer of CrowdSourcing and CrowdFunding platform and engines
Jason Fritton is Co-Founder and CEO of the National Alternative Real Estate Lender and Crowdfunding platform, Patch of Land. Jason originally conceptualized Patch of Land in early 2011 as a means to help rescue parts of Chicago devastated by the real estate crash. He has been involved with crowdfunding legislation since the beginning and worked with Congressmen to lobby for the crowdfunding exemptions that were written into the 2012 JOBS Act. Jason guides Patch of Land's operations, strategy and execution. Previously Jason founded a multi-million dollar business, working in technology project design and procurement in the public sector, managing a major build out for the US Army. Jason studied philosophy & history at Cornell College.
Jason Tripp currently serves as Director of Compliance and Risk Management at PENSCO Trust Company. PENSCO Trust Company is a leading alternative asset custodian and has been helping investors use their retirement account funds to invest in real estate, private equity and other non-exchange traded assets since 1989. At PENSCO, Jason oversees the review of marketing communications and education in addition to his role in corporate risk management.
Jason has extensive knowledge and experience working with various CrowdFunding platforms like LendingClub, Zanbato.com and SEC Registered Alternative Trading Systems (the predecessor of modern CrowdFunding portals). Jason has a combination of both corporate and regulatory experience. He served at FINRA as an Examiner, conducting audits for Wells Fargo, E*Trade, and other broker dealers and was Chief Compliance Officer for Burrill Merchant Advisors Group and Sutter Securities. Jason has a BA in Accounting and Political Science from the University of Arizona and he currently holds the FINRA series 7, 24, 63, 79, 87, & 99 licenses.
Matthew is the founder and CEO of CrowdVenture.com, based in Orange County, California. Launching in May 2015, CrowdVenture.com will be a trusted online investment platform that enables investors across the United States to participate in secure investments that generate above market returns and deliver significant social benefits. CrowdVenture.com’s objective is to become the leading high-return impact investment portal in the United States.
Currently the CEO and owner of Carbon Retirement LLC, an international sustainability and carbon offsetting consultanc, Matthew has founded and been directly involved with the creation, development and management of companies in the UK, Europe, India, Australia and the US across a wide range of sectors includingtelecommunications and software development, stockbroking and corporate finance, international sustainability and environmental asset management, retail and b2b financial services, large scale customer acquisition services, front and back office process design and implementation, online and offline sales, marketing and brand building. Heworked with Richard Branson on a number of Virgin projects and was appointed trustee and director of Virgin’s London Air Ambulance. Matthew has extensive onshore and offshore operating experience with a large UK and international contact base at senior industrial and finance/banking levels.
Axel Schultze is founder and CEO of San Francisco based Society3 Group. The company’s business accelerator and software technology is helping startups increase traction and fundability. The group’s European office is in Malta.
Axel is a five times entrepreneur, won the San Francisco entrepreneurs award in 2008, published a book about channel management in 2007, was granted a patent about lead management in 2006 and invented equity based crowd funding in 1998 in Europe.
Before Society3 he was founder and CEO of venture backed and Silicon Valley based BlueRoads, one of the most successful PRM Software companies, founder and CEO of Infinigate, Europe’s largest Internet Security provider, and founder and CEO of Computer 2000, with 5B$ in revenue the largest European high tech distributor.