The Soho Loft Media Kit
David Drake Media Kit
David Drake BIO
David Drake is the founder of The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series (“TSL”) which promotes and facilitates capital formation for the Private Company Marketplace (PCM). Mr. Drake is also the Chairman of LDJ Capital in New York City and a thought leader on the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Start-Ups Act) including, but not limited to, Reg A+, Reg D 506, Crowd Funding Capital and Onramp IPO. He is the founder and former executive board member of both the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and the leading crowdfunding global trade network, the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA). He was also a member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s delegation to Brussels and Rome where he met with European Ministers and national legislators at the Transatlantic Economic Council forum last July 2012.
Mr. Drake’s investment in The Soho Loft Capital Creation Events educates startups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of capital formation, capital access, crowd funding and angel capital. His expertise also includes, but is not limited to, eb5 green card programs, microfinance, venture capital and private equity. His proclivity towards impact investments interweaves directly with the Private Company Marketplace and his TMT investment strategies and family office clients at his holding company, LDJ Capital. Mr. Drake’s network extends across all continents and facilitates access to financing in the Private Company Marketplace by hedge funds, high net-worth investors, Sovereign Wealth Funds, private equity firms, family offices, institutional pension funds and fund of funds.
David Drake’s geographical capital market access is in, but not limited to, US markets and London. His exceptional business relationships and detailed market focus are supported by regular road-shows to Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Hong Kong. LDJ Capital is headquartered in New York, with partner offices in Zurich, Stockholm, London, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.
As mentioned, Mr. Drake is the founder of and an Executive Committee board member at CfPA – a national and global trade association with the leading global crowd funding platforms as members. He is also a founding board member of the CFIRA, the leadership group heading up US crowd funding for equity developments. The nascent crowd funding phenomena is the largest new financial instrument SMEs and start-ups have ever seen. Mr. Drake was involved in lobbying Senators and Congressmen for The JOBS Act which Obama signed into law on April 5, 2012. The Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA works with Mr. Drake through CFIRA to identify best practices in the Crowd Funding industry.
He is also an expert contributing writer to the following leading global industry websites such as: www.forbes.com, www.pehub.com, www.equities.com, www.crowdsourcing.org, www.cfira.org, www.sme-world.com, www.loftfi.com to name a few.
Mr. Drake’s charity work has included hosting the Harvard Club and Boston Symphony performances at his home and sitting on the advisory board of Best Buddies Charity for autistic kids. Mr. Drake has also raised money for charities through his participation in producing the Carnegie Hall concert series.
Mr. Drake speaks six languages and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in both Chemistry and Marketing from the American University in Washington, D.C. He has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.
The Soho Loft Event Space
David Drake with Per-Ove Engelbrecht in Rome 2012
Early Days of The Soho Loft and David Drake with his father’s artwork in the background
The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event series in New York 2012
David Weild, former Vice Chairman of Nasdaq and Congressman Patrick McHenry
being interviewed by David Drake, January 2012
CFIRA and CFPA at the SEC – First Meeting April 2012
Former SEC Chair Christopher Cox and David Drake at Newport event which Mr. Drake moderated
November 19, 2012
US Trade Deputy Ambassador Miriam Sapiro and David Drake at the Transatlantic Economic Council
forum for SME Policy in Rome Friday, July 13, 2012
David Drake moderates the JOBS Act, Dodd-Frank Act, Crowdfunding and Technology/Marketing panels at the American Prosperity Symposium Nov. 19 in Newport Beach, CA where Former US SEC Chair Christopher Cox is a Keynote Speaker
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To view the Prezi presentation on Crowdfunding by David Drake