Equity Crowdfunding – Top 10 most influential

Top 10 Most Influential in Equity Crowdfunding:

As Equity Crowdfunding is sitting at a standstill it will take an army of people to keep the momentum moving forward to get the laws passed and everyone on the same page. Equity Crowdfunding is coming up almost a year since the signing of the JOBs Act by president Obama with little progress. This little progress is a shame, but there are a handful of people that are making equity crowdfunding a reality. Over this past year many people and organizations have stepped up in the equity crowdfunding movement and VenReport would like to thank them. VenReport is pleased to announce our first annual Top 10 Most Influential in the Equity Crowdfunding Industry.

#1 – Sara Hanks owner of Crowdcheck.com. Plays a large role in the equity crowdfunding industry from participating in the SEC forums to posting positive feedback on the SEC.gov website. Sara Hanks appears to be going 100% for the equity crowdfunding industry.

#2 – Jonathan Sandlund owner of thecrowdcafe.com may be one of the most well connected in the industry. Thecrowdcafe.com has boasted numerous interviews with all of the big players in the equity crowdfunding platforms.  The news content is relevant and always worth the read.

#3 – Chance Barnett owner of crowdfunder.com and Forbes contributor on Crowdfunding.  Chance played an early role in the JOBS Act legislation engaging top leadership across Congress. He is also a pretty good book out there too!

#4, 5, 6 – Jason Best, Sherwood Neiss, and Zak Cassady-Dorion – of Crowdfund Capital Advisors were one of the earliest group to the equity crowdfunding game. They were deep in the trenches helping congress and other government leaders shape how equity crowdfunding will look.

#7 – Ryan Caldbeck CEO of circleup.com. Circleupe.com is one of the easiest to use and prominent equity crowdfunding sites available now. Ryan focuses on what he knows best in the consumer goods market and has helped circleup be successful. When circleup.com is successful so is the rest of the equity crowdfunding industry.

#8 – Charles Sidman founder of Crowdfunding Investment Angels. Is not only working with US Crowdfunding laws, but Canada as well. Charles is well qualified for his multiple roles supporting crowdfunding, his letters to the SEC for public commenting on crowdfunding have given not only a positive backing for crowdfunding, but address potential issues that are not seen to most.

#9 – Kim Wales founder of Wales Capital, plays a big role in the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates. Kim’s dedication to making crowdfunding available to all is apparent through her writings to the SEC (She may be one of the most frequent posters) as well as the roles she plays in the organizations supporting equity crowdfunding.

#10 Paul Niederer CEO ASSOB, while Paul may not be based in the US, he is playing a big role in the US providing his expertise in investment crowdfunding and peer to peer investing.  Paul also advises many of the crowdfunding leaders to get their programs off the ground and running smoothly.

While the army of many people in support of equity crowdfunding continues to march forward we are very appreciative  to these individuals and their teams for leading the charge with equity crowdfunding.  This group of people are creating history, jobs, and dreams for many.


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4 Responses to “Equity Crowdfunding – Top 10 most influential”

  1. Tim Wright
    March 28, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    With the greatest respect I realise that when in the US its may be tricky to think there is a world outside of it, but if you are genuinely interested in the real movers and shakers in Equity Crowdfunding are on a global scale can I recommend you look at people who actually do it rather than those that talk about it? So let me betray my UK bias by suggesting an alternative top three places, in no particular order to Darren Westlake and Luke Lang cofounders of Crowdcube, and Jeff Lynne CEO of Seedrs

  2. Yann Le Jeune
    March 29, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Thank you for this TOP 10 and good luck in the US. In France, our “TOP 4″ in equity crowdunding is François Carbone cofounder of Anaxago, Thierry Merquiol founder of Wiseed, Anne Saint-Léger founder of Finance Utile and Yann Le Jeune cofounder of Afexios.

  3. Susan Moolman
    April 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    In Europe you cannot dream of mentioning Equity Crowdfunding without gushing about the brilliance that is FundedByMe – led by Daniel Daboczy and Arno Smit. They are changing the world of fundraising and making dreams come true on a mass scale – it doesn’t get much better!



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