“We are grateful for the entrepreneurs, investors, regulators, politicians, platform providers, industry analysts, legal professionals and press leading the conversation within the crowdfunding community,” saidOurCrowd CEO and serial entrepreneur Jon Medved. “From listening to and engaging with these thought leaders, our understanding of the rapidly changing landscape continues to grow and inform ourunique approach to innovation finance.”
Evolve used a broad range of influencer discovery and engagement tools to identify thought leaders. The list was refined using a proprietary formula designed to quantify their actions, leadership and online influence taking into account a variety of factors such as social footprint, popularity among industry insiders, engagement frequency, citations by influential writers in venture finance and related factors. Evolve! then assigned weights to each factor to identify the top influencers.
The top ten crowdfunding thought leaders, including Twitter usernames and blog URLs are:
- PERRY CHEN (@perrychen, website), co-founder, chairman and former CEO of Kickstarter. Chen has backed more than 250 projects through the Kickstarter platform.
- NAVAL RAVIKANT (@naval, website), founder and co-maintainer of AngelList, angel investor and co-author of Venture Hacks.
- SLAVA RUBIN (@gogoslava, website), CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo. Rubin recently attended the White House signing of JOBS Act as the representative of the crowdfunding industry.
- BEN HOROWITZ (@bhorowitz, website) co-founder and general partner of $2.5 billion venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The firm has made multiple Web 2.0 investments including Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter, with a recent investment in social funding platform Crowdtilt.
- FRED WILSON (@fredwilson, website), founder and managing partner of early stage venture capital firm Union Square Ventures. In 2012, Wilson predicted crowdfunding will one day release US $300 billion in crowdfunds annually, making the current VC model obsolete.
- TIM DRAPER (@TimDraper, website), founder and managing director of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. On behalf of DFJ, his previous successes include Tesla, Skype, Hotmail and Baidu.
- STEVE CASE (@SteveCase, website), Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC and co-founder of America Online. Case was selected by President Barack Obama to serve as Chairman of the Startup America Partnership and named to the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
- MARK WARNER (@MarkWarner, website), US Senator for the Commonwealth of Virginia now serving on the Senate’s Banking, Budget, Commerce and Rules committees. Senator Warner worked on a key program in the JOBS Act legislation, designed to simplify securities regulation and enable investors to fund small businesses through crowdfunding, and was instrumental in getting the legislation passed by Congress and signed into law.
- DANIEL GORFINE (@DGorfine), director of Financial Markets Policy and Legal Counsel at the Milken Institute. Gorfine is also an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.
- RENAULD LEPLANCHE, co-founder and CEO of peer-to-peer lending company Lending Club.