Dara Albright is one of the earliest pioneers of the crowd finance movement. Her leading-edge articles, white papers, webinars and acclaimed industry conferences helped birth and continue to cultivate the crowd finance industry.
Dara writes and speaks about financial injustice; market bubbles; the rise, fall and resurrection of the small cap IPO; P2P investing; crowdfunding; investing red flags and how FinTech is changing the world – all in a style that is as appreciated by investing novices as it is by financial experts.
Dara’s ability to inject humor, emotion and edge not typically found in financial articles has made her one of the most revered writers in the industry.
Since the inception of the crowdfinance industry, Dara Albright has been a predominant resource for crowdfinance education and industry connections. She is regularly publishing trendsetting content and is most known for breaking new ground in the conference space with industry-leading programming and unparalleled networking.
Her body of work – that has helped shape and continues to set the direction of the crowdfinance and fintech industries – can be viewed by linking below.
Funderbeam combines three stages of investor journey into one: startup analytics, investing, and trading on the secondary market. Powered by blockchain technology, the marketplace delivers capital to growth companies and on-demand liquidity to investors worldwide. Member of Startup Europe Advisory Board at European Commission. Kaidi is a former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. Co-Founder of Estonian Service Industry Association. A lawyer by training, she co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000 -- landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and, in turn, the country’s booming electronic economy.
Connect Lending provides an online platform to match business owners to the right lender for their business solution. Our cloud-based database has access to thousands of lenders nationwide that offer over 42 different funding types supporting everything from startup financing, alternative lending and traditional lending. We develop our advisor networks to help business owners establish relationships with their alternative and traditional lenders for a community driven lending marketplace, proving we are the connection to business lending.
Rick has a BA in economics from Westminster College. His experience as a commodity trader, hedge fund manager, financial advisor and national sales manager has given him a unique insight into building scalable distribution platforms. Rick is a trusted expert in lending, as he has deep knowledge of lending solutions that have been developed since the financial crisis. He works diligently to integrate feedback from borrowers, advisors and lenders for continued improvement of the PALMS Platform and is always looking for new projects to develop.
James A. Jones is the CEO and Founder of IRAeXchange.net and the Self-Directed IRA Investment Institute. Invited to the White House Crowdfunding Champions of Change, he is a nationally recognized speaker, author and educator. Mr.Jones is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Market Watch, Reuters, CrowdFundBeat, InvestorBeat.com and AccreditedInvestorMarkets.com as well as a regular speaker at crwodfunding industry association events and Crowdnetic Wire Series presenting to industry record attending webinars with Morningstar and Key Partners.
James A. Jones works directly with CrowdFunding Portals and Platforms, Broker Dealers, Hedge Fund Managers, Registered Investment Advisers, Family Offices and Real Estate firms and associations. He is the industry’s most published author offering the series “Retire Richer” core set with “Self-Directing Your Retirement”, “Self-Directed IRA Workbook”, the Industry’s first practical step-by-step guide in the process of investing in self-directed IRA’s, and “Self-Directed IRA – Prohibited Transactions”. Having spent over 20 years in financial services working for firms such as Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo, Mr. Jones has Series 65, 7, 63, insurance and mortgage licenses as well as a Masters degree in Finance from Harvard University.
James serves on the Board of the CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and is the Co-Chair of the Investor Committee, is a Founding Member of the CrowdFunding Professional Association and the CrowdFunding Association of America. He is named to the Who’s Who List in the CrowdFunding world.
Jorge P. Newbery is on a mission to help Americans crushed by unaffordable debts.
Jorge P. Newbery is Founder and CEO of American Homeowner Preservation LLC, which crowdfunds the purchase of nonperforming mortgages from banks at big discounts, then shares the discounts with struggling homeowners. A 2004 natural disaster triggered the financial collapse of Newbery's former business, leaving him with $26 million in debts he could not pay. Newbery rebuilt himself through AHP, sharing what he learned from his challenges to help families at risk of foreclosure stay in their homes.
The future of retail finance. People finance products and in return earn money.
We experience life with incredible immediacy. What is happening NOW seems so damn important. It's here and present and in your face and on your mind. It's hard, incredibly hard, to take the long view and think that perhaps in a year, or five, we won't even remember the trivial events that seem so encompassing today.
It's hard but important to take the long view. In the pursuit of greatness there will inevitably be challenges. One could easily argue that if you're not struggling you're not pushing yourself, and if you're not pushing yourself you're not growing as a person. Those challenges can and will be overcome by having faith in yourself and the team you have assembled.
Set lofty goals and pursue them with passion. When you achieve the major milestones you set for yourself you WILL remember that day until the day you die.
My mission? To make the world a better place by creating new ways for people to collaborate. To affect a billion people and create opportunities for them that never existed before.
Jay Samit is a digital media innovator and pioneer in the music, video distribution, social media, and eCommerce space.
Gaurav Mirchandani is a forward-thinking tech entrepreneur with experience in investing and building start-ups in the US and in Asia.
He now runs One Paper Lane, a beautiful software platform which automates critical business processes across an organization so that sales, finance, marketing, HR, and operational teams can make better information-driven decisions and get more done.
With his rule-based SaaS platform, he is disrupting the traditional method of how companies manage paperwork across their business. His proprietary algorithm digitizes forms and documents that businesses of all sizes use with their customers, vendors, employees, and partners. It all happens in one simple, secure, and fluid workflow. All without Paper. All in the Cloud. Simply put, “Eliminating Paperwork with Happiness.”
With so many companies globally looking for solutions to effectively manage excessive paperwork, and avoid repetitive filling of forms, he has built an easy to use Web and mobile product that will allow any company regardless of size, a hassle-free solution that makes all your forms and paperwork electronic, fillable, interactive, secure, digitally signable and distributable across the entire business environment.
Geoff is a friend and an investor in and consultant to a variety of principally early stage technology and finance companies, a Director of various finance businesses globally and a mentor to a variety of entrepreneurs, drawing on his years of experience in the finance sector.
Equally important to him is a belief in good corporate governance, equality and diversity. He does not believe that these are words to be thrown around but rather they are fundamental to the core of any great organisation. Where a company does not agree with this, he will not work with them.
Although his outlook may be global, issues closer to home also have his mattention, and the work they are doing at Finance for Guernsey will hopefully improve banking products and services availability in Guernsey over time.
In this podcast we talk about past, present and future, and where he sees the opportunity - to make money, but also to try and change the world for the better.
Brett King is an award-winning global keynote speaker, five times Amazon bestselling author, a renowned commentator and globally respected speaker on the future of business. He has spoken in over 40 countries, to half a million people, on how technology is disrupting business, changing behaviour and influencing society. He has spoken at TED conferences, given opening keynotes for Wired, Singularity University's Exponential Finance, The Economist and many more. He appears as a commentator on CNBC and has been on BBC, ABC, Fox, Bloomberg and more. He has visited the White House to advise the National Economic Council on the Future of Banking and advises regulators and bank CEOs around the world on technology transformation.
King hosts the world's first and #1 ranked radio show and podcast on FinTech called "Breaking Banks" (140 countries, 3.2 million listeners). He is also the CEO and Founder of Moven, a successful mobile start-up, which has raised over US$24 million to date, with the world's first mobile, downloadable bank account, available in the United States, Canada and New Zealand.
Named "King of the Disruptors" by Banking Exchange magazine, King was voted American Banker's Innovator of the Year in 2012, voted the world's #1 Financial Services Influencer by The Financial Brand and was nominated by Bank Innovation as one of the top 10 "coolest brands in banking". He was shortlisted for the 2015 Advance Global Australian of the Year Award for being one of the most influential Australians living offshore. His books have been released in more than a dozen languages and he has achieved bestseller status in 20 countries, with many of his books still appearing in bestseller lists more than 18 months after their initial release. His fifth book is Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane.