In the past 3 years we've seen the rise of new online marketplaces for financing - hubs for funding start-ups, selling companies, giving grants, and allowing employees from non-public companies (ie. Facebook) cash in their options!
How do these marketplaces work? Do they do a good job of finding the "next hot thing?" How does one successfully pitch a new business idea in an marketplace? And what's the continued role of the VC in this new financing ecosystem?
Come hear speakers from 4 visionary financing marketplaces in New York:
David S. Rose, Angelsoft
Jeremy Smith, Chief Strategy Officer, SecondMarket
Slava Rubin, Co-Founder, IndieGoGo
Rob Garcia, Dir. Product Strategy, Lending Club
This event is co-hosted by the Money Meetup and Yale Entrepreneurs and Investors.
About the Participants:
Angelsoft:For investors and entrepreneurs needing to connect and collaborate, Angelsoft powers the infrastructure for the global entrepreneurial economy. Serving over 30,000 accredited investors and 80,000 early stage companies, Angelsoft is the official collaboration platform of the World Business Angel Association, the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, the Angel Capital Association, and national angel investment federations and organizations in over 65 countries. Founded in 2004, Angelsoft is based in New York, NY with a development center in Vancouver, BC.
SecondMarket: Founded in 2004 and with offices in New York and Palo Alto, SecondMarket is a registered broker-dealer and THE secondary market for illiquid, restricted and alternative investments. Over 20,000 investors have signed up to transact through our online platform and teams of market specialists. SecondMarket has completed thousands of transactions, representing billions of dollars in assets. Key advantages of our centralized secondary market include:
IndieGoGo: IndieGoGo is a collaborative way to fund ideas. Founded on the principles of opportunity, transparency, choice, and action, IndieGoGo launched in 2008 to provide any idea (creative, cause or entrepreneurial) the tools and process to raise money, offer perks and keep 100% ownership. IndieGoGo is in over 120 countries with over 5,000 projects.
Lending Club: Lending Club is an online financial community that brings together creditworthy borrowers and savvy investors so that both can benefit financially. We replace the high cost and complexity of bank lending with a faster, smarter way to borrow and invest.