The coming Crowdfund Texas conference (http://www.crowdfundtx.com/) in Austin, on January 8th, 2013 is another perfect example of how crowdfunding is rapidly becoming a mainstream investment strategy. Attracting some of the biggest names and companies in both old and new finance.
When the organizers asked me to attend and be interviewed for the documentary being filmed at the conference (Crowd of Angels), I knew I was very interested in attending. This is just the kind of boost crowdfunding needs. I couldn’t be more excited to be representing IPO Village at this prestigious event.
When I looked over the list of featured speakers, I knew I had to attend. While I have not met all the speakers, I am familiar with most of them. All have a solid foundation in investing and all are strong supporters of crowdfunding. These people would be at home in any big Wall Street financial giant, but they have chosen pursue direct-to-the-public investing.
A few of the speakers to pay close attention to are:
Rodney Sampson co-founded Multicast Media Networks (Streamingfaith.com) in 2000, Intellect in 2002, Intellect Inspire in 2006 and Legacy Opportunity Fund in 2007. Currently, Sampson is building Opportunity Fund, a US based “super” growth fund and crowd funding platform designed to provide underserved and underrepresented communities access to investment opportunities traditionally reserved for accredited and institutional investors. He also serves on the boards of a publishing company, a merchant investment bank, Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the Crowdfunding Professional Association.
One of four ladies on the speaker roster, Kim Wales is the founder of Wales Capital and a board member and founding member at Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates and a governing board member and founding member at Crowdfunding Professionals Association. Kim’s work in these voluntary regulation agencies is vital. While crowdfunding rules under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) act will eventually come down from the SEC, voluntary regulation of the industry will keep federal hands off this investment.
Brian Meece is the founder of crowdfunding website RocketHub.com . He is going to bring direct experience in overseeing crowdfunding efforts to this conference. Businesses that enable crowdfunding investors to step up with their money is integral to the crowdfunding industry. I look forward to sharing notes with Meece.
Scott Purcell is a heavyweight for this conference. According to Wikipedia, “Purcell was the founder of Epoch Networks, which was the fourth commercial internet backbone ever, raised in excess of $100 million in venture capital and was at one time was the largest privately held internet service provider in the United States. He also served as a Board Member of the internet industry associations trade group, CIX the Commercial Internet eXchange. In the formative years of the industry he was appointed by CIX to serve as the government liaison, working with the Clinton administration and the FCC on a variety of internet and telecom related legislation and issues.” He’s also started a number of other companies and brings massive experience of raising money for various projects to the table.
There are a number of other speakers of equal importance to the world of crowdfunding at the conference, but space limits how many I can discuss here. I can certainly say this crowdfunding conference will absolutely be a huge boost to this industry. The media coverage and the later release of the documentary will bring more people into this exciting investment world.
Although I will be not presenting at the conference, please feel free to introduce yourself and bring any questions you may have about IPOvillage.com and Crowdfunding NASDAQ IPO’s.
If you are serious about crowdfunding, this conference will have something for you.
Look Forward to Seeing You There!!
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