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“David’s work with his The Soho loft has been, and continues to be, an invaluable resource for the crowdfunding community. The Soho Loft events catalyzed the thought leaders and entrepreneurs,and was integral in the process of getting Congress to pass the JOBS Act that President Obama signed into law April 5, 2012. These changes are fundamental to US job creation and pivotal to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises’ access to capital.
arianeD.J. Paul,Chief Strategy Officer at Crowdfund
“David Drake has run exceptional events covering subjects – especially CowdFunding – which built momentum behind its inclusion in the JOBS Act. His events help create the community of interest to share ideas and inform legislators. I will continue to support The Soho Loft events here and overseas.”
weildDavid Weild, former
Vice Chairman of Nasdaq
arianeSteven Cinelli,
Founder | CEO at PRIMARQ
“David is a great addition to our advisory board. He provides great insights and very active in broadening our awareness through this network,which is extensive. Highly personable and creative.
arianeBepi Pezzulli, Hedge
Funds / Financial Services Lawy
“We have worked with The Soho Loft continuously for 7 years and have seen the firm evolve and develop a leading capital raising business. The Soho Loft are now experts on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, including the Onramp IPO and crowd funding. We followed The Soho Loft as part of the delegation to the TransAtlantic Economic Council with the US Commerce department and the EU Commission n Rome in July 2012. We recommend The SohoLoft as a reliable expert in the Private Company Marketplace.”
“David is a great innovator and a true motivated brilliant achiever. David is
the perfect panel member on innovation. He is witty, on point, engaging and knowledgeable. We want him to join us on our next round of panels!”
weildDr. Raye Mitchell,
CEO/Founder, New Reality Foundation/ G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program
“He is a pleasure to work with and his relationships worldwide are impressive and incredibly valuable. You should certainly leverage his extensive and global relations as well as his expertise on the JOBS Act both for domestic
and foreign private and public companies. He is certainly one of crowd funding top 10 most influential experts today.”
weildTodd Poindexter,
International Consulting &
Business Development
arianeKevin McCaffrey,
Director of Business Development at Thomson Reuters
“Buyouts magazine was excited to have a
global expert on the topics including the JOBS Act and Dodd Frank Act at our Thomson Reuters Private Equity conference in Texas.The breadth of his knowledge and audience engagement will certainly be welcome at future conferences. Thanks, David!
arianeEnzo Villani, Entrepreneur
& Advisor, Financial Services, Media, and Alternative Energy
“David is a superconnector. He has the ability to bring like-minded ndividuals together and gets things done. He is also a thought leader and innovator which is a perfect combination for a superconnector. I’ve never met anyone who works harder than David and you see the results.”
“The Soho Loft was always bustling with Business Networking. I would never miss attending any time I was in NYC. I was one of a few select people that was allowed to actually stay overnight. David Drake is a force of nature and the Loft reflected his personality making it a social melting pot of leaders in finance, media/entertainment, law, academia and the arts. It was a world-class experience.”
weildE. David Ellington,
Former Trustee & Commissioner,San Francisco Retirement Board
“David Drake is a highly professional individual who has vision and passion and has contributed a great deal through his business network to the future growth of Tripbnb organisation. I have no hesitation in recommending David, he is highly professional at all times.
weildWesley Baker,
Tourism Founder and Tourism Ceo
arianeArnon Shafir,CEO & Co-founder,
www.give2gether.com
“The NYC VC & Angel event was right on the mark. It lets startups who do their homework make a great use of their time to pre-schedule meetings with a select group of investors. The magic is the reverse auction model . Which makes everyone’s lives easier and more focused.”
arianeScott Purcell,
Founder, Arctic Island Crowdfunding Platform
On David Drake – “There isn’t a harder working, better connected person in the
crowdfunding industry. David is an excellent marketer and business builder, and is passionate about the relationships
he creates.
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“I was impressed by the caliber of VC’s present at the event and the funds presented. I received good feedback and many investors were happy to take the time to think through market evaluation, business strategy and provide valuable insight not available from peers or customers.”
“The point of an investor relationship should be the relationship, not the funds. Also in this regard the events proved valuable, being able to network with venerable key players who will provide a longer-term value to my company and initiative. Business is all about networking and relationships, and TSL does not disappoint.
weildGideon Kimbrell,
President, Syragon LLC
arianeCharles Sidman
Managing Partner,ECS Capital Partners, LLC
“Thank you for inviting me to participate in last week’s events in Boston. I made some good new contacts, learned a lot, got good responses to my “two cents worth”, and as always, enjoyed catching up with “old” crowdfunding friends and colleagues. Hope you felt the events were as successful as you had anticipated, and will look forward to collaborating further in the future. “
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)
arianeVince Molinari
CEO, Gate Technologies, LLC

“Thanks David.It was a great day for all!”

(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston,April 3-5, 2013)

“Congratulations on a great event!”

(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston,April 3-5, 2013)

weildSam Hayes
EVP, Marketplace Development at SharesPost
“A beautifully produced event. David Drake and The Soho Loft assembled top financial thinkers that covered everything from emerging markets to shifting traditional models. A great mix of entrepreneurs and investors, with ample time for
discourse over lunches and dinners. I made many important contacts.”
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)
weildAriane Smith
CEO, Enchanted Thyme Entertainment LLC
arianeRyan Feit
CEO, SeedInvest

“Congratulations on throwing the best crowdfunding event to date!”

(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)

arianeScott E. McIntyre
Manager,Business Incubation
“It was good to see two worlds of finance collide in one venue. I thought the intermingling of legacy professionals and the new industry pioneers brought a rare and productive energy to the event. I look forward to seeing how this shared knowledge inspires new business models as our industry evolves.”
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)
“Having been to numerous SohoLoft events, I particularly enjoyed the Soho Loft at Thomson Reuters in Boston due to
the large and impressive group of senior private equity professionals I connected with and the range of insightful panels I attended.”
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)
weildLou Kerner
Founder / Manager,The Social internet Fund
“The event had top level finance professionals around the US and world. It also proved crowd funding and secondary market services are starting to come main stream and The Soho Loft event was to share information about these new areas. It is easy to see that the new innovative investing areas are not anymore a small niche but they start to influence on the whole finance sector and that’s why all finance professional start to be interested in them.”
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)
weildJouko Ahvenainen
Co-Founder,Grow VC
arianeAlex Devoto
Founder and CEO,
Devotec Industries
“The Soho Loft Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 event in Boston was
a great chance to talk with like-minded visionaries and meet with leaders of the crowdfunding field.”
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)
arianeJoe Rando
President,Trade Area Systems
“I went to the Soho Loft event yesterday hoping
to get an understanding of the process of raising startup equity. I was not disappointed. Your overview was clear and concise and gave me the confidence to walk into the room and pitch our company knowing that I am approaching it the
right way.”
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)
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arianeJAMES HAN Co-Founder,SeedInvest
“The New York City Angel and Crowdfund Investors Conference was a phenomenal event, and provided a healthy forum of discussion and education for investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts alike; a friendly meeting between fresh ideas and the wisdom of industry veterans towards the future of angel investing.”
(On the New York City Angel and Crowdfund Investors Conference by The Soho Loft • April 18, 2013)
arianeChris Tyrrell, Manager, Nehemiah Investments
“FundingPost and The Soho Loft put together great, engaged crowds for events all over the country. I’ve spoken at more than one, but both shared the same quality: one of the most attentive,
intelligent audiences anywhere.”
(On the New York City Angel and Crowdfund Investors Conference by The Soho Loft • April 18, 2013)
“Thank you for a fantastic event, early stage venture money meets all stage entrepreneurs! The Crowdfund Investing panel of experts took the time to demonstrate credibility, integrity and enhanced the audience’s confidence that capital formation for any stage company has an opportunity to raise capital via Crowdfunding.”
“A great mix of all stage entrepreneurs wanting to better understand how to source capital and investors questioning the risks associated with crowdfund investing that would help them to decide where, when and how to put their money to work.”
(On the New York City Angel and Crowdfund Investors Conference by The Soho Loft • April 18, 2013)

weildKIM WALES
Founder, Wales Capital
“The Soho Loft events never disappoint. Always a great crowd. Congratulations to David Drake and to The Soho Loft team on the continued success.”
(On the New York City Angel and Crowdfund Investors Conference by The Soho Loft • April 18, 2013)
weildAlejandro Cremades
Co-Founder and CEO Rock The Post
arianeDr. Raye Mitchell,
CEO/Founder, New Reality Foundation/ G.U.R.L.S. Rock Leadership Program
“This was the best crowdfunding event ever. It was informative, engaging,
exciting and forward acting. It is a must-attend for any person interested in capturing the power of innovation and
crowdfunding.”
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)
arianeDavid Borish
Co-Founder, CrowdHut
“The Soho Loft / FundingPost event had a packed audience who were truly nterested in learning about crowdfunding and investing, I would recommend this event to anyone looking to raise money or to invest into new innovative companies.”
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)
“This was the best attended event in both number of attendees and the quality of the panel in Chicago for angels and VC’s to get together and dig in on the current status of crowd funding and accessing capital for entrepreneurs.”
(On the April 25 Chicago VC, Angel and CF event)
weildRandy Shipley
Co-founder, SocialGravity
“I was very glad to participate at The Soho Loft Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 in Boston which has the potential for game changing and the democratization of investing in young emerging companies through the JOBS Act. These venues are important to understanding and discussing the future of the change that’s coming.”
(On the TSL Innovative Investing Symposium 2013 events in Boston, April 3-5, 2013)

”I was honored to participate in the NAPEC event that brought together entrepreneurs and innovators from Eastern Europe. I learned a lot about some very exciting companies and initiatives.“(On the NAPEC event April 22, 2013)

weildBruce H. Lipnick
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board,Asset Alliance Corporation
arianeDavid Khorram
crowdfundingplanning.com
“David Drake’s continuous and relentless efforts in supporting the rowdfunding ecosystem can be measured by the number of professionals he meets every week and the mileages he travels to spread
crowdfunding knowledge and news. By doing so he is intentionally and consciously putting major players, collaborators, competitors, entrepreneurs, SMEs, small and large businesses and governments in touch with each other across the world to embrace value of creativity and innovation through crowdfunding as the “new creator of economy “. David Drake is a visionary and a catalyst and he is all about making a difference everyday.”
arianeCristina Pardo
The Washington Ballet
“THANK YOU for writing this great article and for all of the work you’ve
put into our Indiegogo campaign. Just since last night, we’ve raised an additional $4,000!”
(On the article http://www.crowdchronicles.com/campaignlive-get-dc-kids-dancing-with-the-washington-ballet-onindiegogo/ June 7, 2013)
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