Crowdfund Insider is the leading news and information web site covering the emerging global industry of disruptive finance including crowdfunding and peer-to-peer / marketplace lending and other forms of Fintech. 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 the internet to disrupt traditional forms of finance. He is a member of the Cambridge Alternative Finance Leadership Advisory Board, part of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge School of Business. He is also on the Advisory Council of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) and a regular participant in the bipartisan Securities Regulation Working Group organized by the Heritage Foundation. Andrew has a BA in Economics 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 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.
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, is an attorney at the law firm of Ellenoff, Grossman & Schole. Quinn is also a co-founder of LawBot, a new technology platform offering iDisclose, that will assist in the automated generation of legal and disclosure documents for private securities offerings. She 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 several year, Ms. Quinn has been active in the crowdfunding space, 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, and has been a prominent spokesperson and advocate for all forms of alternative finance. Email: Gquinn@crowdfundinsider.com
Anthony ZeoliSenior Contributor
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.
Therese TorrisSenior Contributor
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.
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.
Kiran Lingam is a leading FinTech investor and attorney and was most recently General Counsel at equity crowdfunding platform SeedInvest. He has written several of the seminal articles on new securities laws under the JOBS Act, including on Accredited Investor Crowdfunding (Title II), Retail Crowdfunding (Title III) and Regulation A (Title IV) and regularly speaks together with members of the Securities Exchange Commission and other industry leaders on such topics. Prior to SeedInvest, Kiran worked as a corporate and securities attorney at the law firms of Jones Day LLP and DLA Piper LLP, where he served as outside legal counsel to venture capital and private equity funds, angel groups and dozens of technology startups. He has seen first-hand the struggles encountered by early stage entrepreneurs and believes strongly that many more startups would be successful with additional avenues for early stage capital. He is a Charter Member and Board member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and is an active member of a number of groups in the New York startup community. Kiran received a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Georgia.
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)
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.
A serial tech entrepreneur and technologist, founder, writer and conference creator Barry created TheCrowdfundingCentre, now a global resource for #Crowdfunding, and VentureFundingHubs an innovation to support entrepreneurs globally. He has a long history in #Fintech stretching back to the late 1970s. Founder of the UK's first national conference, Crowdfunding:Deep Impact, he has been at the forefront of the development of Fintech and crowdfunding in the UK, and internationally, since its earliest days helping found the UK's All-Party-Parliamentary-Group on the subject and influencing the nature and direction of regulation. As a pioneering systems and eco-system architect, he and his team remain active in creating new models and new technology, including the creation of more than 70 funding hubs worldwide.
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.
Spencer Ang Li has served as Fincera’s Vice President of Product since June 2015 and as Chief Executive Officer for Fincera’s multiple product development subsidiaries since March 2014. Prior to joining Fincera, Mr. Li was an Investment Banking Analyst at Cogent Partners in New York, a sell-side advisor for private equity secondary transactions, from 2011 to 2014. During his tenure at Cogent, Mr. Li conducted fund due diligence, managed marketing processes, and participated in the sale and transfer of nearly $2 billion in limited partnership interests on behalf of public pensions, large regional banks, asset managers, and other financial institutions. Mr. Li received a BS in Economics and BA in Psychology from Duke University in 2011.
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.