Crowdfunding or Private Equity – Which Way Do I Go? October 8th NYC

When: October 8th, 2014 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM


Where: Purpose | 115 Fifth Avenue 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003







Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss – Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors. Woodie is an expert at building successful businesses. As a 3-time INC500 winner whose company won E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Woodie understands the keys to entrepreneurial success from concept to company to sale. As a co-founding member of Startup Exemption, Woodie co-authored the Crowdfunding Framework used in the JOBS Act that was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. Within Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), Woodie works with clients ranging from governments and banks that are looking for ways to boost economic development in their countries to investment firms looking for access to increased deal flow that crowdfunding creates. Woodie serves as an advisor to several crowdfunding platforms and crowdfunding technologies giving him a unique understanding and view of the industry and market. As an industry leader, Sherwood contributes to several publications including VentureBeat and TechCrunch. He additionally wrote Crowdfund Investing for Dummies through Wiley & Son’s and and co-founded the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) & Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).


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Douglas S. Ellenoff – Ellenoff, Grossman & Schole LLP. Douglas is a NYC corporate and securities attorney and together with his firm has taken an industry leadership role in the emerging crowd funding industry. In addition to regular meetings and interaction on behalf of the leading trade association which the firm represents, Doug has worked closely with CFIRA (the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates) to propose rules which the SEC and FINRA sought to approve before crowdfunding became lawful in the US. The Firm is actively engaged with clients that touch all segments of the crowdfunding space: funding portals, broker-dealers, technology solution providers, software developers, investors and entrepreneurs.



Ryan Feit – CEO and Co-Founder, SeedInvest Ryan co-founded SeedInvest because he saw the need for a better way to connect entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to founding SeedInvest, Ryan worked at Carlson Capital, Wellspring Capital Management and Lehman Brothers in New York City where he invested in, financed and managed dozens of private and public businesses. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, Ryan supported The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of equity crowdfunding to Washington, D.C. Ryan co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and currently serves as an Executive Board Member and the Chair of the Education and Training Committee. Ryan also serves as a Board Member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group and the Chair of the Portals Committee. Whenever given the chance, Ryan enjoys traveling and has been to 77 countries. Ryan received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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