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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Raising Capital with Crowdfunding & the new Reg A, sponsored by The Soho Loft, Pura Vida Tequila, First Republic Bank, FundingWonder. This event was in NYC on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

    Photo of David Drake, The Soho Loft David Drake
    The Soho Loft
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    The Soho Loft
    David Drake is a leading equity expert based in New York. He is the founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a private equity advisory firm, and of The Soho Loft, an event-driven global financial media company.

    Born in Sweden and fluent in six languages, Mr. Drake is a strong advocate of innovative investing in early-stage equity and the US JOBS Act, for which he lobbied both Congress and the EU Commission. Because of his leading work in this space, he was a US Commerce Department delegate to the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome, and was invited in May 2013 to the White House Champions of Change ceremony in Washington, D.C.

    His investment, The Soho Loft, produces and sponsors 150+ global events a year. One such was produced in April 2013 for the institutional media leader Thomson Reuters, with speakers from Nasdaq, NYSE, KKR and Carlyle Group. He continues to advance innovative investing through his work as an international speaker and regular writer for major publications like Forbes and Thomson Reuters. He has co-authored the book Planet Entrepreneur: The World Entrepreneurship Forumís Guide to Business Success Around the World and is the author of Crowd Fund Economics.

    His focus today is to take on board advisory positions at companies, angel networks and venture funds, and to guide them on such topics as international regulations, corporate strategy and fund structures, with emphasis on the growing trend of online investment automation for retail and angel investors.

    Privately, Mr. Drake has hosted the Harvard Business Club of NY at his home, produced Carnegie Hall concerts and raised funds for the charities Trail Blazers and Best Buddies Carnegie Hall for many years. Today he is a board director of the UBS Charity of the Year, London-based Archive International, and is co-chair of the Tree Kangaroo Foundation in New York.

    Mr. Drake 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.

    Photo of Jorge Newbery, American Homeowner Preservation Jorge Newbery
    Founder and CEO
    American Homeowner Preservation
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    American Homeowner Preservation
    As American Homeowner Preservations CEO, Jorge Newbery works to create meaningful social and financial returns for investors, while keeping families in their homes. Jorge founded American Homeowner Preservation in 2008 as a remedy for the nations mortgage crisis with a mission to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Jorge moved the company from Cincinnati to Chicago in 2011, and in 2013 transitioned to a crowdfunding platform that allows investors to pool their money and invest in distressed mortgages online. Jorge has 24 years experience in the real estate industry, founded a successful mortgage company, Sunset Mortgage in 1992 and has also been a principal in development, brokerage, and property management firms. He holds a real estate brokers license and Series 65 securities license. He began acquiring distressed real estate in 1992 and amassed a portfolio of over 4,000 multifamily units nationwide. Jorge draws on his extensive experience to lead AHP mission to facilitate win-win-win solutions for homeowners, investors and lenders, and regularly contributes to Huffington Post and other publications as a thought leader in the real estate and crowdfunding industries.

    Photo of Scott Andersen, FinLawyer and ConsultDA Scott Andersen
    FinLawyer and ConsultDA
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    FinLawyer and ConsultDA
    Scott is principal at, General Counsel of FundAmerica and principal at ConsultDA. He was most recently the Deputy Regional Chief Counsel at FINRA, and prior to that was the Enforcement Director at FINRA and the NYSE, Co-Chief of the Securities Prosecutions Unit of the NY Attorney Generals office, and Asst. Attorney General for the State of NY. He concentrates his practice on securities and regulatory law.

    Photo of Marcus Lampinen, Crowd Valley Inc. Markus Lampinen
    Driven Entrepreneur
    Crowd Valley Inc.
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    Crowd Valley Inc.
    Markus has founded or been an early shareholder in 11 innovative growth companies in dynamic industries such as securities, venture capital, licensing and distribution. He has also advised several high growth companies and organizations. Markus has personally successfully recruited over 120 people and overseen three mergers and acquisitions.

    Markus serves as the CEO of Crowd Valley Inc, a US based digital investment API platform and part of the Grow VC Group. Since 2009, Markus has recruited over 120 people in the crowd investing market, built up a global team on six continents and expanded operations to include over 100 countries. In his earlier businesses, he has focused on responsibilities of CFO and e.g. been responsible for revenue growth of over 1,000% per year, for several subsequent years.

    Markus has pioneered new funding models in the US and Europe, worked with policy makers (SEC, European Commission, Consob) and actors in both the private and public sector (the World Bank, Kauffman), to develop the right framework for new funding models, including crowdfunding, cross border investments and private placements. He has been named in the top 100 global thought leaders in crowd funding. He serves as a frequent public speaker on related themes.

    Photo of Bruce H. Lipnick, Asset Alliance Corporation Bruce H. Lipnick
    Chairman & CEO
    Asset Alliance Corporation
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    Asset Alliance Corporation
    Bruce H. Lipnick is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asset Alliance Corporation (Asset Alliance). He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Alliance Advisors, Inc. He has an extensive background in alternative investments with over 38 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industries, and was a pioneer in utilizing various hedging techniques in portfolio management in the early 1970 through the 1980. Among other affiliate manager-related activities, Mr. Lipnick serves on the Board of Directors of Wessex Asset Management Limited, a UK based hedge fund manager as well as on the board of many of Asset Alliance subsidiary and sponsored funds.

    He is also a member of the Asset Alliance Investment Committee, Transaction Structuring Committee and CIO of the Asset Alliance Manager Participation Fund. Prior to founding Asset Alliance, Mr. Lipnick served as principal, general partner and senior executive officer for several investment management organizations including Wharton Management Group, Inc., which he founded in 1982 and also served as president. Mr. Lipnick is a member of the Advisory Council of the Milken Institute California Center and of the Advisory Board of the Eco Power Conference in Brazil. He is also a member of United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosis Speakers Cabinet, and in 2002 he received Ernst and Youngs Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Lipnick is a supporter of the New Combinations Fund for the New York City Ballet and a supporter of the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center. He is also a patron of MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a past Dinner Chairman of Petra Nemcovas Happy Hearts Fund and a board member of Hedge Funds Care. In 2008, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Humanitarian Award for Giving from Hedge Funds Care. In May 2011, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) for his career in the corporate finance world, spanning almost four decades. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lipnick was President and Founder of the Elms Companies and was Vice President of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., a merchant investment bank, in addition to founding and serving as President of Pierpont Management, Inc., a family office. Mr. Lipnick received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Long Island University in 1969. Mr. Lipnick has directly or indirectly owned or operated seats on several major U.S. Securities and Commodities Exchanges. Mr. Lipnick is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.

    Photo of Allen Shayanfekr, Sharestates Allen Shayanfekr
    CEO & Founder
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    Allen is the Managing Member, Legal Advisor and Co-Founder of Sharestates. Prior to launching Sharestates, Allen joined Atlantis National Services as their National Title Producer and Account Executive, holding approximately 28 Producers licenses across the Country. Allens other credentials include acting as an editor of the Municipal Lawyer (a quarterly journal published by the New York State Bar association). He was also published for an article entitled, To Mitigate or Not to Mitigate: The Residential Landlords Dilemma, which explored recent changes in New York residential landlord-tenant law and the obligations of a residential landlord to his or her tenants. Allen received his J.D. Magna Cum Laude from Touro Law Center where he graduated in the top 6% of his class and his B.A. in Political Science from New York University.

    Photo of Scott Purcell,  FundAmerica Scott Purcell
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    Mr. Purcell has been in the internet industry since the inception of the browser, founding Epoch Networks in 1994, raising over $60 million in venture capital and building it into the largest privately-held ISP in the country. In 1999 Mr. Purcell founded OnAir Networks, raised $40 million in venture capital and quickly positioned it as the leading music distribution service; building the music streaming and downloading services for Sony and Universal Music Group. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Mr. Purcell has appeared before Congress on numerous occasions and helped shape early internet policy with the FCC. He has been on the Board of the Commercial Internet eXchange, and was the internet liaison for the Recording Industry Association of America.

    Mr. Purcells current venture is Arctic Island, a crowdfunding platform that connects investors with job creators in need of capital.

    Brian Newman, Prodigy Network Brian Newman, Prodigy Network

    Ken Davenport, Broadway Producer Ken Davenport, Broadway Producer

    Photo of Katherine O'Neill, Jumpstart NJ Angel Network Katherine O'Neill
    Executive Director
    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
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    JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network
    Katherine OíNeill is the Executive Director for JumpStart New Jersey Angel Network, a member led angel investor group that invests in early stage high growth companies in Mid-Atlantic region, and an investor in technology businesses. She currently serves on the Board of the Angel Capital Association ACA the national organization representing angel investor groups in North America. She recently was the Program Chair of the ACA National Leadership Conference held in 2010. Katherine represents the ACA at both national and international events. Katherine is a member of the NJ Economic Development Authority Edison Fund Advisory Board, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of SEPA Advisory Board, NJ Technology CFO Advisory Board, Princeton University MIRTHE Investment Focus Group and Rutgers Innovation Park Advisory Board. In recent years she has spoken at and judged business plan competitions both regionally and nationally at events such as IMPACT, Astia, Microsoft BizSpark NYC competition, Tri State Donald W. Reynolds Cup, Princeton University Jumpstart Innovation Forum and Start Up Weekend Princeton.

    Katherine is a seasoned financial executive and investor in early stage enterprises with extensive experience in start up and entrepreneurial operations as well as operational experiences in a diverse range of businesses. She has particular expertise developing technology-based business as well as strategic business plans. She has extensive multinational experience and financial operation management and knowledge of healthcare pharmaceuticals, information systems, e-commerce and social media. She is the president of OíNeill Associates and consults with technology companies and acts as interim CFO.

    Photo of Brad Kayton, Investors Colaborative & FP Angels Brad Kayton
    Angel Investor
    Investors Colaborative
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    Investors Colaborative
    Brad Kayton is a serial entrepreneur turned parallel, having made a number of investments in start-ups over the past few years as well as acting as an advisor or consultant to a number of start-ups. Brad is a member of Launchpad Venture Group. Brad has started five companies operationally, a few others as the first funder, and he adds the most value in the early years of a company's life-cycle. Brad has been a CEO four times, a board member often, came up through the ranks operationally on the product manager-marketing side, and began his career as a software programmer. Brad has an MBA and a Masters in Communications Technology and lives in the Boston metro area.

    Photo of Nick Kekogian, YPO Fund Nick Jekogian
    Founder & Managing Partner
    YPO Fund NYC
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    YPO Fund NYC
    A New York-based real estate entrepreneur, Nickolas W. Jekogian III is the President and CEO of Signature Group Investments and CEO and Chairman of Presidential Realty Corp., a publicly traded real estate investment trust. An experienced industry thought leader with over 25 years in real estate investment and management, Nick began his career in college when he bought his first apartment building in Philadelphia. He has since made more than 1,000 separate equity, debt or corporate acquisitions with a deal value in excess of $1 billion.

    Nick led the real estate roll out of Commerce Bank one of the fastest growing retailers ever along the entire east coast from the early stages until its sale for over $8.2 billion in 2009. Nick holdings include apartment buildings throughout the United States with Signature Group and retail shopping center developments on the east coast with Site Development.

    Nick has been investing in startup companies for over 10 years ranging from real estate technology to biotech to consumer-based startups. He currently has over 20 startup investments in his portfolio.

    Passionate about nonprofit development and social change, Nick sits on the board of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that prepares and connects Nigerian youth with career opportunities in technology. He is an angel investor in technology startup ventures in developing countries and the United States. Nick also acts as a mentor for Ashoka, a global nonprofit organization that helps social entrepreneurs interact with the world and affect global change.

    Photo of Alan McGlade, DEV Alan McGlade
    Managing Director
    DEV - Digital Entertainment Ventures
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    DEV - Digital Entertainment Ventures
    Alan McGlade is a founder and Managing Director of DEV. He is a current advisor and investor in several media companies and a member of the ARC Angel Fund. Mr. McGlade has over two decades of experience in taking companies from early conceptual stage to significant market player in television, and digital media with an emphasis on music.

    For the last nine years Mr. McGlade was the Chief Executive and a member of the Board of Directors of MediaNet. The company powered music and media delivery in five territories in the US and Europe for many of the best known names in the business including AOL, Yahoo, HMV, Virgin, Samsung, Tesco, MTV, Microsoft's Zune and Google.

    Prior to running MediaNet, Mr. McGlade worked at MTV Networks. He joined the company after selling them the contactive music video channel, Video Jukebox Network (The Box), where he served as CEO for five years.

    Prior to his tenure at The Box, Mr. McGlade was the president of StarNet, which provided targeted cable marketing using a national satellite delivery system. Before that McGlade was the founder and president of Adlink, the largest cable advertising interconnect in the country.

    Mr. McGlade's commentaries have appeared in Billboard, Forbes and Multichannel News, among others, and he has appeared on CNBC, CNN Business and PBS.

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