I often write about the brave and innovative entrepreneurs in Texas, but that is only because they are working overtime to lead by example in the startup community. We have a history of strong and successful leaders who paved the way for the future of our nation. Texas companies have made it a habit to dream big and follow that up with execution and realistic solutions for the growth of our state and of the nation. Last week in Austin was no different.
On January 8th, over 250 pioneers of the crowdfunding movement gathered at the Omni Hotel in Austin, home to the thriving incubator Capital Factory. As we were about to kick off CrowdFund Texas, the energy was palpable. The speaker list boasted names like Jason Best, principal and co-founder of the Crowdfunding Professional Association and Crowdfund Capital Partners, leading securities attorney Doug Ellenoff, and Candace Klein, Bad Girls founder and now CEO of SoMoLend, a crowdfunding platform focused on debt financing. Additional presenters included Heather Lopes, the CEO of Early Shares, a leading crowdfunding platform for equity financing as well as Chris Camillo founder of the CrowdFund Texas event and driver of the highly anticipated crowdfunding documentary Crowd of Angels.