On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act (or JOBS Act) into law. This bill is intended to encourage funding of United States small businesses by easing various regulations. It will make it easier for startups and small businesses to raise funds, especially through online crowd funding.
This EFactor event explores the opportunities that small businesses and startups have from the JOBS Act. An attorney will join us to discuss all the ins and outs of the bill. Besides this keynote, a panel of crowdfunding experts will discuss how they (and you!) can take advantage from the JOBS Act.
After attending, you’ll have insights on:
- How your business can take advantage from the JOBS Act;
- How to raise funding using online crowdfunding;
- Advice from experienced entrepreneurs;
- And much, much more!
These insights will open up new doors of opportunity for your start-up or existing enterprise!
Annabelle Pereira, Associate, Much Shelist. Annabelle M. Pereira, an Associate in the firm's Business & Finance group, represents clients in corporate transactions, financings, securities and restructuring matters. Annabelle advises acquirers and target businesses in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock and asset purchases and sales, and contributions. She also counsels clients on formation, corporate governance, and compliance with corporate and industry regulations.
. Randy is a past Officer of $2 Billion public company on NASDAQ (Carrier Access Corporation) and have had two successful exits from start-ups in the telecom industry, with experience in growing and scaling sales / marketing / biz development from nothing to over $300 million in revenues. Currently Randy is a co-founder of SocialGravity, a company that provides crowdfunding SaaS for non-profits. Randy has also co-founded of CrowdFund Connect, which he plans to launch after the SEC makes further comments.
. Sebastian is the founder of LendSquare, a website that brings community lending to small businesses. Communities lend to businesses, businesses grow, and communities bonds are strengthened. LendSquare lives at the intersection of tech startups, crowdfunding, and microlending. Sebastian oversees LendSquare's development and strategic growth decisions, but—as in all startups— everyone does a bit of everything. Sebastian developed LendSquare as an answer to the question "How can I invest $1,000 in my favorite coffee shop?" LendSquare is Sebastian's first entrepreneurial venture, succeeding a brief career in neuroscience research and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago.
Desiree Vargas Wrigley
, Co-Founder, GiveForward. Half Costa Rican half Kansas Citian, Desiree graduated from Yale University in 2004. Prior to founding GiveForward in 2008 with co-founder Ethan Austin, she worked as a specialist in collegiate entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City and as an independent consultant for Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors. She is passionate about philanthropy and the role that small-scale donors can have on our communities. When not working, she spends her time with her amazing family and inventing recipes that don’t always work.
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.
Scott presently serves as Managing Director of Phabriq Development, a hybrid strategy and capital services firm with a record of producing award-winning interactive media, and is currently developing Crowdfunding strategies for higher education in partnership with CrowdfundingCampuses(dot)com.
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