Our Crowdfunding Campaigner contributors takes great pride in bringing each issue of the magazine to you delivering relevant, incisive, high-quality content that inspires those that are involved in crowdfunding. Together, our contributors have many years of crowdfunding knowledge to share with you.
The People Behind Crowdfunding Campaigner Magazine
Christina Pashialis - Community ManagerAs the Community Manager at Hubbub, Christina is increasing crowdfunding engagement in the education and social good space; encouraging students to use crowdfunding as an option to fund projects.
Hubbub brings crowdfunding to the education and non-profit sectors, offering charities, universities, colleges, schools, and their students and staff an accessible, alternative method to obtain social funding for their ideas and projects.
Asher Abraham - Global Director of Investor RelationsOurCrowd.com is the world's leading equity-based crowdfunding platform for startup investing (Venture Capital meets Angel investing) for accredited investors worldwide.
Through OurCrowd's platform, we're building innovative companies that disrupt industries, and positively impact people around the world. Join OurCrowd to access exciting technology startup investments, meet serial entrepreneurs, explore business development opportunities, and learn from industry experts.
Christopher Buckingham - Author of Crowdfunding IntelligenceChris has worked on campaigns ranging from the arts through to zoos and has contributed to over £2m worth of crowdfunding activity and is in the process of publishing the first book to cover all five models in the ecosystem - Crowdfunding Intelligence.
With a background in management of the creative and cultural industries he was one of the early users of crowdfunding and still finds the sector fascinating as more applications and models emerge. He also lectures at Winchester School of Art and University of Winchester on this and related topics and will be starting a fresh piece of research into crowdfunding and gamification in October 2015 at University of Southampton.
Darina-Stoyanova - Macrofinancing & Crowdfunding Manager & ConsultantDarina has more than 15 years multi-functional and multi-industry experience in international business, management consulting, financing, fundraising and sales in both for profit and non-profit sectors. With a top MBA and Master Degree in International Management with a focus in strategic consulting and macrofinancing, crowdfunding and marketing management.
James Roberts - Head of Communications at Crowdcube LimitedI’m helping to build the Crowdcube brand and spread the word to Entrepreneurs and Investors alike.
Crowdcube is the global leader in Investment Crowdfunding and enables anyone to invest alongside professional investors in start-up and early stage businesses and take advantage of significant tax breaks through EIS and SEIS. Entrepreneurs have a greater chance of gaining the funding they need to grow with Crowdcube than any other platform.
Matthew Pinter - Director at Crowd Funding Institute of AustraliaMatthew has worked with countless startups, NFP and high growth businesses. His eye for detail, straight-talking, partnership style approach has established him a reputation for clarity, insight and success.
In recognition of this Matthew led the formation of the Crowd Funding Institute of Australia, the National body to represent structure and expand the next phase of enterprise sweeping the globe. If Matthews private equity & syndicate investments are a guide, his acuity for commerce could help deliver the Midas touch to crowdfunding equity.
Richard Swart - Global Alternative Finance Research & Advisory | Board Member | Professional Speaker | Strategic AdvisorRichard Swart is the Director of Research at the University of California, Berkeley, overseeing research into policies, best practices and innovative social financing models, including effective practices in crowdfunding. Swart is one of the top thought leaders in crowdfunding globally with particular interest in crowdfunding impact.
Also study crowdfunding practices for corporations who can now leverage crowdfunding as an essential tool for driving innovative ways to strengthen their brand experience, deepen their impact in the community and improve sales.
Tom Britton - Co-founder & CTO at Syndicate RoomTom completed his MBA at Cambridge where he focused on developing start-ups and has taken a keen interest in ventures focused on helping other start-ups.
Tom leads SyndicateRoom's website development team though his skills and experience ensure that he does a lot more than just that.
Valentí Acconcia - Entrepreneur & Crowdfunding ExpertValenti Acconcia professionally dedicated to crowdfunding since 2011, he has co-founded several projects in the sector and is currently developing his career as a freelance consultant and expert in the field. He works with the leading crowdfunding platforms in the world with which he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his clients.
He is the author of "The 20 golden rules of crowdfunding" a practical book that helps people design good campaigns and get to realize their ideas.
Kevin Berg Grell - Co-founder and CEO of APEN DesignsApen Design which is an infographics platform for startups and SMEs, Kevin Berg Grell oversees product/market development along with content creation, as it pertains to business economics issues. Besides this venture, he consults for private companies, development banks, etc. on the implications of online retail investing, including crowdfunding.
Kevin earned his doctorate in Business Administration in 2011 with the defense of his dissertation, On Venture Capital, which was subsequently published in book form and an individual chapter called Venture Capital Budgeting was also published in Journal of Corporate Finance. Before this, he earned an MSc in mathematics and economics with a thesis on Credit Risk and Asymmetric Information. His professional interests include emerging financial models, startup management, and economic design. He is the co-author/editor of Crowdfunding: The Corporate Era, with Dan Marom and Richard Swart.
Tim Wright - Director and co founder of twintangiblesTim Wright is Director and co founder of twintangibles a management consultancy that helps organisations create value in the crowd economy. A leading thinker and practitioner on crowdfunding Tim provides expert insight to the OECD, European Commission and the Scottish Government amongst many others and has guided many valuable crowdfunding campaigns and platforms to success.
A sought after speaker, presenter and moderator Tim is co author with Daniela Castrataro of “Crowdfunding - Come finanziarsi online. Introduzione al finanziamento collaborativo sul web” and “Ideas to Reality” co authored with John Reid. He also likes beer and cricket.
Hector BoteroHector Botero has spent the last 20 years in senior executive and entrepreneurial roles operating in developed and emerging markets worldwide. Mr. Botero led the International Division at Marketwired, a leading global news distribution and social media company serving public and private companies.
At Marketwired, Hector Botero was the Managing Director of Marketwired China Holdings in Hong Kong; Chief Representative of the Marketwired Shanghai Representative Office in China; Director of Global Network Content Services (GNCS) in the United States; and a member of the board of Comunique-se Communicacion Corporativa in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Marketwired is majority owned by OMERS Private Equity which manages the private equity activities of OMERS, one of Canada's largest pension funds.
The firm is located in Toronto, Canada and has $6.5 billion of investments under management. OMERS is one of Canada's largest pension funds with over $60 billion in net assets. From 1997 to 2008 Mr. Botero was President of Business Wire Latin America and Business Wire China. Business Wire is a wholly owned business unit of Berkshire Hathaway.
Abhishek Agarwal - CEO and founder of CroudifyAbhishek Agarwal is the CEO and founder of Croudify a world class P2P and Crowdfunding investment platform. Croudify provides various tools to manage your P2P, Real Estate Investing, Small Business Lending, Merchant Advances, Equity investments. We provide a unified marketplace to institutions and retail investors. The features of the marketplace include:
- Secondary Market - A unified secondary trading platform to provide liquidity
- Unified Ratings: A standard risk ratings across platforms for single investment criteria
- Pricing Guidance: Pricing guidance using relevant information
- Portfolio Management: Complete portfolio management services for your risk appetite