Chief Executive Officer, Crowdcube
Darren is the co-founder of Crowdcube. Crowdcube is the first crowdfunding website in the world to offer people equity in exchange for their investment. Since launching in February 2011 Crowdcube has raised over £4.2m in 31 deals and has over 26,000 registered investors.
Prior to Crowdcube Darren founded and exited 2 businesses in the field of Voice over IP. Based on his experiences and frustrations in raising money for companies Darren came up with the idea for Crowdcube and founded the company.
Korstiaan Zandvliet holds an MSc in New Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship and has a background in Sociology and Business Administration. He is a frequent writer of expert blog articles on Social media, Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding. After holding a position as Marketing Manager for a Dutch software company (www.mendix.com), he co-founded a company called Symbid.
Symbid is a radical new innovation which enables (nascent) entrepreneurs to overcome financing problems for their start-up or small business. Symbid focuses on entrepreneurial finance needs up to € 2.5 million by utilizing the concept of Crowdfunding in a radically new way. In contrast to currently available Crowdfunding sites, Symbid developed a financial and legal framework which allows Crowdfunders to actually become a shareholder of the offered Crowdfunding propositions. For more information www.symbid.com.
Daniel Daboczy is a previous art curator and producer. As the CEO and co-founder of FundedByMe.com, Scandinavian first and premium platform for crowdfunding and now also launched equity crowdfunding. The big draw of equity crowdfunding is that you open up your company to a potentially much greater pool of investors.
He is passionate towards finding new ways to make sure that brilliant or creative ideas get as much input and support at a very early stage.
Partner, Wonder Animation
Chris Fure is a partner and the Head of Development for Wonder Animation, Inc. (Los Angeles CA). Previously, Chris was a partner and the Vice President of Business Development for TransGlobal Ventures, LLC (San Francisco, New York and Beijing) from 1998-2005.
Co-founder & CEO at Crowd Valley Inc.
Markus has founded several innovative companies and NGOs, held advisory roles in various organizations and sits on the boards of several growing companies. He is a global investor and partner at the Grow VC group, where he has been pioneering new funding models in the US and Europe, as well as advising policy makers globally for a more effective market. Markus has also worked with actors in both the private and public sector, to improve the framework for new funding models, including crowdfunding, to support new innovation. He serves as a frequent public speaker on related themes.
CEO and Co-founder at SeedInvest
Ryan co-founded SeedInvest because he saw the need for a better way to connect entrepreneurs and investors. On the entrepreneurial side, Ryan previously founded multiple startups. On the investor side, Ryan worked at Carlson Capital, Wellspring Capital Management and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed and managed dozens of private and public businesses.
Co-Founder at RocketHub Inc.
Brian Meece is the CEO of RocketHub, one of the world’s top crowdfunding platforms that has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Wired, The Economist, CNN, The Washington Post, ABC News, USA Today, etc. while helping thousands of funding campaigns raise millions of dollars. Brian has lectured on crowdsourced funding at SXSW, TEDxBrooklyn, Columbia University, NXNEi (Canada’s largest interactive conference), among other colleges, conferences and institutions.
CEOFounder at WebFinancial
Christine Landon is the founder and CEO of WebFinancial, LLC (www.webfinancial.com), a crowdfunding-based financial system startup based in Providence, Rhode Island.
Before founding WebFinancial, Christine had a diverse 19 year career in financial services, including positions as a research associate for Cambridge Associates, and positions in actuarial consulting and analysis,and product development for small mutual and Fortune 10 insurance firms, including General Electric, Liberty Mutual and NASSurety. She is a patented inventor and certified in Six Sigma.
Co-Founder & COO CrowdHut.com
David Borish was the Founder of several trailblazing companies. His early success was with Sell Your Stuff, the first eBay drop-off franchise concept in New York, within two years of its inception, he developed the concept into a national franchise brand. After Sell Your Stuff, David Founded several technology companies including BPWiz, a book publishing software which streamlines the process of writing and submitting book proposals to publishers and WAENet a social network for the publishing industry.
Scott E. McIntyre
Managing Director, Phabriq Development
Dubbed a Venture Catalyst by clients and colleagues, and backed by a distinguished group of advisors, Scott has been a thought leader on the Internet’s impact in business and culture for nearly 20 years. Following his term as a Princeton Consultant, and having participated in numerous California Venture Capital associations, Scott has been known for integrating innovative marketing strategies into new business models across industries from Education to Automotive to Entertainment, attending clients of varying size from Blue Chip to Main Street.