Crowdfund Insider is the leading news and information web site covering the emerging global industry of alternative finance including crowdfunding and peer to peer lending. Recognizing the overlapping aspects of the new forms of finance, Crowdfund Insider’s coverage includes both rewards and investment based segments of crowdfunding. Our site provides extensive coverage, and industry leading perspective, from a team of staff writers and leading industry expert contributors from around the world.
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Andrew DixCo-Founder and CEO
Andrew is a digital professional with over 15 years experience in digital media and software development. He is a recognized authority in the crowdfunding industry and a firm believer in the power of crowdfunding to disrupt traditional forms of capital allocation. Andrew has a BA from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Business from Boston University. He also attended Case Weatherhead School of Management where he continued his education in Finance.
Kristin VoinovichCo-Founder & Treasurer
Kristin is a finance professional with 20 years experience in Corporate Finance, Public Finance, Asset Securitization and Real Estate Finance. She has held various positions at Banc One Capital, McDonald Investments (KeyCorp), and NatCity Investments (now PNC). Kristin's background has provided perspective for both small and large market business segments including the various compliance and legal challenges for raising capital. She is intrigued to see how the possibilities of crowd funding further change the dynamics of capital allocation in our markets. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha HurstStaff Reporter & Writer
Samantha is an experienced writer and reporter, most recently she was writer at Blue Fin Media. She is a graduate of Toledo University with a degree in Creative Writing and is currently working on her Masters in Business in Social Media Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University. Samantha@crowdfundinsider.com
JD AloisStaff Writer
JD Alois is the pen name of a frequent contributor to Crowdfund Insider. JD has a background in finance and media. Email: email@example.com
Erin HobeyStaff Writer
Erin Hobey writes about the global crowdfunding industry and was recently named one of “Top 19 Crowdfunding Experts Startups Need to Know” by Inc.com. After graduating from Brown and Dartmouth, Erin was a Bosch fellow and taught college literature in Boston and New York. Alternative finance and equity crowdfunding particularly interest Erin; she also enjoys exploring creative projects. Erin may be contacted via email at Email: Erin@crowdfundinsider.com
Midori YoshimuraStaff Reporter
Midori Yoshimura is a Bay Area writer with experience in writing and editing for various publications in and around Silicon Valley. Alternative energy and creative food ventures particularly interest her, among other topics. She graduated from a small liberal arts college in the Napa Valley. Email: Midori@crowdfundinsider.com
Samuel GuzikThe Crowdfunding Counselor
Samuel S. Guzik is a corporate and securities attorney and business advisor with the law firm of Guzik & Associates, with more than 30 years of experience. He is admitted to practice before the SEC and in New York and California. During this time he has represented a number of public and privately held businesses, from startup to exit, concentrating in financing startups and emerging growth companies. He also frequent blogger on securities and corporate law issues at The Corporate Securities Lawyer Blog. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia QuinnSenior Contributor
Georgia P. Quinn, a senior associate in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Corporate department, has spent her career representing public and private companies and investment banks in a wide range of capital markets transactions, including registered offerings and private placements of debt, equity, and hybrid securities. Over the last year, Ms. Quinn has led Seyfarth’s Crowdfunding Initiative, helping clients stay at the forefront of the enacted and proposed SEC regulations. Georgia has conducted webinars, presented to the New York State Bar Association’s Securities Law Section and the Business Law and International Sections, has been featured on Crowdfund Insider and has been invited to chair a panel on Crowdfunding for the American Bar Association in April. All views and comments above are strictly her own views and do not reflect the opinion or position of Seyfarth Shaw.
Ludwine DekkerSenior Contributor
Ludwine is the marketing & campaign manager for Symbid, a Dutch equity crowdfunding portal. She holds an Msc in Digital Media and a Bsc in Business & Organization. Ludwine has worked in the field of digital marketing & branding for over 10 years. Symbid is a Crowdfund Insider content partner.
Kim Wales is the Founder of Wales Capital, a strategic advisory firm focusing on the JOBS Act and CrowdBureau, the "Morningstar" to the crowdfunding industry and privately held companies. She is an Executive Board Member of CFIRA, the industry's advocacy organization, and CF50 - the first global crowdfunding think tank. Kim is frequently consulted for her overall knowledge of the finance industry and regulatory implications for crowdfunding.
Sang Lee is the founder and CEO of Return on Change, the next generation’s crowdinvestment platform aiming to connect investors with innovative and socially conscious startups. Sang is always striving to educate innovative entrepreneurs about crowdinvestment's immense potential to provide high-impact startups with critical early stage capital as well as everyday investors with the opportunity to become involved in the most disruptive companies. Under his leadership, Return on Change has established itself as a thought leader within crowdinvestment discourse.
Richard Swart, PhD., is the Director for the Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial & Social Finance at the Fung Institute at UC Berkeley. Swart leads a research team that is studying how crowdfunding and other innovative entrepreneurial finance models are changing the world of funding startups. Swart is also a partner at Crowdfund Capital Advisors Group (CCA) – a group that has been involved with the crowdfunding movement since day one.
Amy CorteseAdvisor to Crowdfund Insider
AMY CORTESE is an award-winning journalist and author who writes about topics spanning business, finance and food, with a special interest in the intersection of crowdfunding and community. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, where she is a longtime contributor, as well as Business Week, The Daily Beast, Edible Manhattan & Brooklyn, Mother Jones, Wired and other publications. Her book, Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From it (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), draws upon her experience covering these diverse realms to explore how a small shift in investment towards locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits for individuals, their communities and the country. A thought leader on crowdfunding and community capital, she is a frequent guest speaker and panelist, and has won plaudits for her 2012 TEDx talk.
A Chilean-born entrepreneur and technology innovator, Oscar brings a background of 25 years in senior management, marketing, investor relations and sales with a proven pattern of results-focused leadership. Oscar is currently Founder, President/CEO BoardSuite, the leader in on-demand secure board portal solutions. Oscar’s leadership has transformed BoardSuite into the Global leader as a Crowdfunding Infrastructure Platform (CFIP)
Kendall is the CEO of FundHub.Biz, a compliance site that assists with the regulatory aspects of funding a business through crowdfunding or private equity offerings, CEO of crowdfunding site ClickStartMe.com and the founder of CrowdItForward.com, a charity-based crowdfunding site that performs "Random Acts of Crowdfunding" through a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. Kendall is also a crowdfunding and business attorney with 25 years of experience, a sports agent, a published humor book author and a serial entrepreneur. Email Kendall at Kendall@FundHub.Biz.
Anthony is an experienced transactional attorney with a national practice. Specializing in the areas of securities, commercial finance, real estate and general corporate law, his clients range from individuals and small privately held businesses to multi-million dollar entities. He is also an industry-recognized crowdfunding and JOBS Act expert who, most recently, has drafted a bill to allow for an intrastate crowdfunding exemption in Illinois, a copy of which can be found on his website: IllinoisCrowdfundingNow.com.
Dara Albright is a recognized authority, thought provoker and frequent speaker on topics relating to market structure, private secondary transactions, next-gen IPOs, P2P and crowdfinance. Albright has held a distinguished 22 year career in IPO execution, investment banking, corporate communications, financial marketing as well as institutional and retail sales. Through her NowStreet blog, Albright was one of the earliest voices covering the JOBS Act and advocating for greater democracy in the equity and credit markets.
Kevin Berg GrellContributor
Kevin Berg Grell, PhD is CEO at APEN Designs, a next generation presentation tool for startups and SMEs. Responsibilities include investor and industry relations, financials, and strategy development. Besides this venture, he consults for private enterprises on the implications of crowd dynamics, online investing (incl. crowdfunding and P2P), and Web 2.0 driven business models. Kevin has a PhD in Finance and MSc in Mathematics and Economics. He also practices capoeira and archery, but rarely simultaneously.
Rodrigo Nino is the CEO and founder of Prodigy Network, a commercial real estate crowdfunding platform. Nino has raised more than $300 million from 6,200 investors and is currently developing commercial real estate projects in Bogota and Manhattan with a projected value of more than $850 million. Major money center banks like Deutsche Bank, CIBC and Bank of America provided traditional financing for Prodigy’s Manhattan projects. As a proponent of the Crowd-Economy as the main tool against inequality, Nino has spoken at worldwide conferences and was a noteworthy guest at New York University, MIT, Yale University, Harvard University and the AEDES gallery in Berlin, Germany. Nino is often featured in leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Forbes, The Economist, The New York Times and Fast Company among others. A Colombian native and a Manhattan resident, Nino belives Prodigy Network’s crowdfunding model as an efficient and secure mechanism that enables smaller investors from around the world to invest in specific projects that were solely accessible to the very wealthy before.
Therese Torris is an entrepreneur and consultant in eFinance and eCommerce based in Paris. She has covered crowdfunding and P2P lending since the early days when Zopa was created in the United Kingdom. She was a director of research and consulting at Gartner Group Europe, Senior VP at Forrester Research and Content VP at Twenga. She publishes a French personal finance blog, Le Blog Finance Pratique and curates crowdfunding news on Scoop.It.