Crowdfunding: Exciting New Hope for Entrepreneurs?
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Also known as crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, social funding or hyper funding, these terms describe the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their resources, usually via the Internet, to support an individual or organization. Crowdfunding has been used to support everything from disaster relief, citizen journalism, artists, political campaigns, free software development and scientific research.
Because of new policy changes, startups will soon be able to raise money by crowdfunding in exchange for small amounts of equity. This session will look more in depth at how crowdfunding might affect entrepreneurs, investors and the entire startup ecosystem from multiple viewpoints.
CEO and Co-Founder, EarlyShares.com
Maurice Lopes is an expert in building successful businesses. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of EarlyShares.com. Conceived out of Mr. Lopes’ frustration in the lack of resources afforded to the small business owner, EarlyShares.com is dedicated to bridging the funding gap for small business entrepreneurs through the application of Crowdfunding. Mr. Lopes’ enviable successes in the development of small businesses has prepared him to develop a company... Read More →
Co-Founder, Fundrise and Popularise
Ben is the co-founder of Fundrise, an online investment platform for local real estate and businesses, and also founder of Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website. Ben is Managing Partner of Rise Development, a real estate development company focused on the Mid-Atlantic.
Investment Director, CIT GAP Funds
CEO & Founder, NewsiT
I'm an entrepreneur, social media maven, executive and award-winning journalist - and the founder and CEO of NewsiT. | | NewsiT is a mobile 'Big Data' crowd-sourcing platform for people to discover facts and friends around interests they share with people they trust. We put the 'trust' in social media - with algorithms and processes to vet and validate raw user-generated content in real time. | | We license our platform (iPhone/iPad/web SDK) to media companies, brands, affinity groups... Read More →
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