The Kellogg Alumni Club of New York
invites you to a
Entrepreneurship & Finance
Discussion on Equity Crowdfunding
John Frankel, Investor in Indiegogo
Steve Ferrando, Co-Founder, CrowdClear
Aaron Kellner, Co-Founder, SeedInvest
Philip Reicherz, former Partner, SecondMarket
Harvey Newkirk, Partner, Bryan Cave
The world's all abuzz about crowdfunding. Projects are getting funded on Kickstarter and IndieGogo and you’ve heard evolving news about the JOBS Act, equity crowdfunding and restrictions on "general solicitations". But are confused about what it all means? If so, please join us for a discussion on equity crowdfunding, a fundraising model that allows small donors to make a real difference and allows entrepreneurs to spend time doing what they love, building great things.
Please join the Kellogg Alumni Club of New York as we present a panel of experts who will explore raising capital through crowdfunding, the platforms that are available & appropriate, and the legal considerations entrepreneurs and investors. Do the VC firms consider this as competition? As a novice or angel investor, is this a good vehicle for investing in startups? Join us to find out!
Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. This event is open to all alumni of Northwestern University and their guests. If you should have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact Prateek Aneja KSM'09.
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Cost $25/ $35 at the door
Advance pricing ends at noon on day of event.
About the Panelists
John Frankel is the founding partner of ff Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. John was one of the earliest investors in IndieGogo, an international crowdfunding platform for artists and non-profits. He's also invested in Quigo, which was purchased by AOL in 2007, and Cornerstone OnDemand, which had a successful IPO in 2011. John serves on the boards of 16 startups including 500px, CardFlight, ClearPath Immigration, Estify, and Moveline. Prior to founding ffVC, John worked at Goldman Sachs for 21 years in a variety of back office and client facing roles. He started his business career in London with Arthur Anderson. John studied mathematics and philosophy at New College, Oxford.
Steve Ferrando is a co-founder and chief technology officer of CrowdClear, a crowdfunding intermediary that offers a scalable platform that empowers funding portals to raise capital for entrepreneurs. The majority of Steve's career has been in information technology for the financial sector. Prior to joining founding CrowdClear, he ran dbConcert, a software solutions firm brought efficiency to hedge funds and investment banks. Steve started his career with First Boston and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Aaron Kellner is an investment executive at SeedInvest, an equity-based crowdfunding platform that connects accredited investors to leading startups. Prior to joining SeedInvest, Aaron co-founded Brooklyn Bit Labs, a mobile games studio. As its chief financial officer, he recognized the problems associated with raising money for a twenty-first century startup within a twentieth-century regulatory framework. Aaron's entrepreneurial spirit and desire to help small companies led him to SeedInvest. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs, as an analyst on the money market desk. He earned a bachelors from New York University.
Harvey Newkirk is a managing partner at Bryan Cave, advising both public and private companies on strategic transactions, private placements, public offerings and other equity and debt financings. He devotes a significant amount of time to representing emerging growth technology companies in a broad array of venture capital, private equity, securities and strategic transactions. Mr. Newkirk’s practice encompasses licensing and intellectual property matters. He earned a bachelors at Cornell and studied law at Columbia.
Philip Reicherz founded Magnolia Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital fund based in New York. Prior to Magnolia, he was a Partner and first employee at SecondMarket, an online marketplace for buying and selling illiquid assets. He helped build out a network of more than 100,000 accredited individuals and institutions and completed billions of dollars in privately negotiated transactions. Before SecondMarket, he was a sales manager at UBS Financial Services and head of the online executive services group at Credit Suisse. He earned a bachelors from the University of Rhode Island.
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