By Audra Clemons-Abreu
For years the Global Crowdfunding Convention (GCC) has been the cornerstone of crowdfunding and education. Boasting its fifth year, the Las Vegas flagship event will showcase crowdfunding experts at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, from all three sectors of the industry – Equity, Donation and Rewards – a feat no other event can tout. Again, with a world-class roster of industry heavy-hitters, the 2016 GCC will not disappoint.
Slava Rubin is the Co-Founder of Indiegogo, a company dedicated to empowering people from all over the world to make their ideas a reality. Slava is responsible for establishing Indiegogo as the go-to funding platform by building innovative products, creating exciting partnerships and exploring a variety of new initiatives. Prior to Indiegogo, Slava was a strategy consultant and founder of “Music Against Myeloma.” An accolade of prestige, Slava represented the crowdfunding industry at the White House during the signing of the JOBS Act. He has played a crucial role in working with the White House and the SEC to finalize the rules and regulations for equity crowdfunding.
Vladimir Ivanov is a senior economist with the Office of Corporate Finance at the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. His areas of expertise include: public and private securities offerings, small business financing, venture capital and private equity. At the SEC, Vladimir has worked on a number of Dodd-Frank rulemakings, primarily related to corporate disclosure and executive compensation. Most recently, he has been the lead economist on two JOBS Act rulemakings – Title III: Crowdfunding and Title II: General Solicitation – and has participated in the JOBS Act Title IV: Regulation A Rulemaking.
At the Commission, he has designed and executed economic studies on capital raising in the Regulation D market, disclosure and capital raising in the OTC market, and shell reverse mergers in the OTC market. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and other prestigious academic journals. He has received the Commission’s Economic Research Award.
Co-Founder of CARINGCROWD® powered by Johnson & Johnson, Derek is an industrial engineer hailing from Peru. As a proud graduate of Purdue University, Derek has over 23 years of strategy, consulting and business analytics experience across different industries that span the US, Europe and Latin America. For the past 10 years, Derek has worked in the area of infectious diseases, collaborating on key product launches in HIV/AIDS, HCV and tuberculosis. His career interest is in improving access to healthcare around the world by empowering the “crowd.”
Brian is an accomplished musician, composer, public speaker, educator, inventor, entrepreneur and digital marketing expert. Most notably he is credited as being a pioneer of modern “crowdfunding.” In 2003, Brian created ArtistShare, a state-of-the-art website and software application, for the creative community to find funding for their projects directly through their fan bases. This became the blueprint and precursor for many of today’s crowdfunding websites. In 2004, the first ArtistShare project won a Grammy award; and the album became the first in history to win a Grammy that was not available in retail stores. Since then, ArtistShare and fan-funded releases have received a total of 10 Grammy awards and 29 Grammy nominations.
Loral Langemeier is a money expert, sought after speaker, entrepreneurial thought leader, and best-selling author of five New York Times best selling books. Loral is on a relentless mission to change the conversation about money and empower people to become millionaires. The CEO and Founder of Live Out Loud, Inc. – a multinational organization — Loral shares her best advice without hesitation or apology. What sets her apart from other wealth experts is her innate ability to hone in on the skills and talents of everyday people to inspire them to generate wealth. She has created, nurtured, and perfected a 3-5 year strategy to make millions for the “Average Jill and Joe.” To date, the company has served thousands of individuals worldwide and created hundreds of millionaires through wealth building education keynotes, workshops, products, events, programs, and coaching services.