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New Meetup: Next Gen Startup Financing Marketplaces

From: Leah B.
Sent on: Friday, November 12, 2010 10:13 AM
Announcing the next Innovative Marketplaces Meetup: Next Gen Startup Financing Marketplaces! We've got a fabulous set of panelists and look forward to seeing you there. Please feel free to forward to other friends and groups that might be interested.
- Leah, Brad, Nathan, and Matt

What: Next Gen Startup Financing Marketplaces

When: Tuesday, November 30,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
1540 Broadway
New York, NY , NY 10036

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:

David Rose, Chairman of the Board of New York Angels
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:

New York Angels: New York Angels is an independent consortium of individual accredited angel investors. New York Angels' mission is to provide opportunities for its members to obtain outstanding financial returns by investing in early-stage technology and new media companies in the New York City area and accelerating them to market leadership. We provide seed and early-stage capital in the range of $250K-$750K, an investment range not generally served by venture capital funds. Since 1997, members of NYA and the NYNMA Angel Investors Program have invested over $20 million in over 65 ventures in local technology and new media companies.

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.

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