Participant Bios

Crowdfunding and its implications for the entrepreneurial ecosystem:Setting the research agenda

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Name Affiliation Location
Albert, Lumina Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO, USA
Allison, Thomas University of Oklahoma Norman, OK, USA
Beninson, Jonathan First Funder Westminister, CO, USA
Bradford, Steven University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE, USA
Burand, Deborah University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Caseau, Cornelia Burgundy School of Business Dijon, France
Ciuchta, Michael University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, USA
Costello, Trish Portfolia San Jose, CA, USA
Dean, Steven Brooklyn Law School New York, NY, USA
Dinger, Jenni University of Colorado-Boulder Boulder, CO, USA
Dholakia, Utpal Rice University Houston, TX, USA
Drover, Will Babson College Wellesley, MA, USA
Fund, Bret University of Colorado-Boulder Boulder, CO, USA
Fitzgerald, Katie CircleUp San Francisco, CA, USA
Giudici, Giancarlo Politecnico di Milano Milan, Italy
Hannigan, T.J. Temple University Philadelphia, PA, USA
Heminway, Joan University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN, USA
Hoskisson, Bob Rice University Houston, TX, USA
Hsu, David University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA, USA
Hu, Lucy University of California-Berekeley Berekeley, CA, USA
Hurt, Christine University of Illinois Champaign, IL, USA
Josefy, Matthew Texas A&M College Station, TX, USA
Kashkooli, Keyvan University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA, USA
Kim, Phillip University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI, USA
Lampinen, Markus Crowd Valley Inc. New York, NY, USA
Leshchinskii, Dima Menlo College Atherton, CA, USA
Letwin, Chaim University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, USA
Loikannen, Valto Growvc Group New York, NY, USA
Mach, Traci Federal Reserve Board Washington DC, USA
Marom, Dan Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel
Matusik, Sharon University of Colorado-Boulder Boulder, CO, USA
Merchant, Monisha Senior Advisor, U.S. Senate Denver, CO, USA
Mullins, John London Business School London, UK
Murray, J. Haskell Belmont University Nashville, TN, USA
Parsont, Jason Columbia Law School New York, NY, USA
Reiser, Dana Brooklyn Law School New York, NY, USA
Robb, Alicia Kauffman Foundation Kansas City, MO, USA
Rudick, Stuart Mindful Investors Mill Valley, CA, USA
Schwartz, Andrew University of Colorado-Boulder Boulder, CO, USA
Stevenson, Regan University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, USA
Vedula, Siddharth University of Colorado-Boulder Boulder, CO, USA
Wattal, Sunil Temple University Philadelphia, PA, USA
Winston-Smith, Sheryl Temple University Philadelphia, PA, USA
Younkin, Peter McGill University Montreal, PQ, Canada
Zacharakis, Andrew Babson College Wellesley, MA, USA

Albert, Lumina
Colorado State University

Dr. Lumina Albert is an assistant professor in the Department of Management at Colorado State University. Her research seeks to extend knowledge of ethical behavior, social entrepreneurship, interpersonal relationships, work-family enrichment and coping responses to stress in organizations. She holds an M.B.A. with a dual specialization in Marketing and Human Resource Management and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior. Dr. Albert conducted research at Stanford University first as a Visiting Doctoral Scholar and later as a post-doctoral fellow. Her research has been recognized with the American Association of University Women Post-doctoral Fellowship (2006-2007) and her teaching with the Best Teacher of CSU Award. Dr. Albert is the campus faculty advisor for International Justice Mission, an international human rights organization for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. She has served in consulting roles for organizations including Procter & Gamble, International Justice Mission and Child Relief & You.

Allison, Thomas
University of Oklahoma

Thomas H. Allison is a doctoral candidate in the division of management and entrepreneurship at the University of Oklahoma. His research centers on entrepreneurial resource acquisition, the antecedents of microlending decisions, and the effects of narrative and rhetoric on investment decisions. His research has been published in Journal of Business Venturing and Family Business Review. Thomas has coauthored a textbook on feasibility analysis and a book chapter on how the language used in business plans may influence investors. His research has been featured in articles by Inc. Magazine and on Yahoo News/LiveScience.com. Prior to his academic career, Thomas co-founded and ran for five years a twelve-person software development business and consultancy. As a part of this entrepreneurial experience, he raised both equity and debt financing which led to his interest in how entrepreneurs acquire the resources they need to start and build their businesses.

Beninson, Jonathan
First Funder

Jonathan Beninson is a serial entrepreneur and mentor who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to entrepreneurship. After starting and growing several businesses, he obtained his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. As an attorney, he coupled his affinity for entrepreneurism and law and launched his own private practice, specializing in guiding start-up and growth-oriented companies with a special focus on contracts, workforce, and intellectual property. Identifying a need in the market for clients in search of self-service legal assistance, he founded Legal Documents Online in 2006, a company focused on helping couples prepare their own legal documents without costly attorney expenses. He was approached in early 2012 by First Funder’s seed stage investors for the role of CEO. He lives with his family in Westminster, Co

Bradford, Steven
University of Nebraska

Steven Bradford is the Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. He teaches in the areas of securities regulation, corporate law, and accounting for lawyers. Professor Bradford has written numerous articles on securities regulation, including several articles on small business exemptions and the regulation of small business. He has written two articles on crowdfunding: (1) Crowdfunding and the Federal Securities Laws, 2012 COLUM. BUS. L. REV. 1 (2012), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1916184; and (2) The New Federal Crowdfunding Exemption: Promise Unfulfilled, 40 SEC. REG. L. J. 195 (2012), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2066088. Professor Bradford received his B.S., summa cum laude, from Utah State University, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Burand, Deborah
University of Michigan

Deborah Burand is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School where she founded and directs the International Transactions Clinic. The International Transactions Clinic is the first law clinic of its kind where law students serve real clients on cross-border transactions that aim to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. She also leads an “impact investment lawyering” seminar. Deborah recently returned to the Law School after serving as the General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s development finance institution. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2008, Deborah’s career spanned, in nearly equal parts, the private sector (law firm, Shearman & Sterling), not-for-profit sector (Conservation International, FINCA International, and Grameen Foundation), and public sector (Federal Reserve Board and US Treasury). Deborah holds a joint graduate degree from Georgetown University, (JD/MSFS with honors), and bachelor degree from DePauw University.

Caseau, Cornelia
Burgundy School of Business

Cornelia Caseau has been the Head of the Department of Languages and Cultures at the Burgundy School of Business (Groupe ESC Dijon, France) since 2003, where she teaches German, and is also a German teacher at the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris (Dijon campus, specialization Eastern Europe).She is a member of the Chair of Microfinance at the Burgundy School of Business. Currently her research is devoted to microfinance in Austria. Her recent publications were dedicated to the particularities of the cooperative bank Raiffeisenlandesbank of Vienna and Lower Austria and its microcredit options for the Austro-Turkish community. She is currently analyzing the microfinance development cooperative Oikocredit Austria, to see if its identity strategy has allowed Oikocredit to significantly increase social investment. Also, her present research focuses on comparing Oikocredit’s strategy to the latest forms of crowdfunding in Austria. She holds a PhD in French literature from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Ciuchta, Michael
University of Central Florida

Michael Ciuchta is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Costello, Trish

Trish Costello is CEO & Founder of Portfolia, which creates communities of engaged customer-investors around entrepreneurial companies. Portfolia’s innovative platform, now in private beta, enables individuals and affinity groups to discover and invest in private entrepreneurial companies, while companies access money and markets through their investors’ engagement. Costello is CEO Emeritus of the Kauffman Fellows Program, with Fellows operating at 300+ venture firms in 44 countries, collectively deploying $188B in venture capital. Costello directed the Arthur Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College. At the Kauffman Foundation, Costello led efforts to expand equity investment in start-up companies and to build entrepreneurial ecosystems. She launched the Foundation’s Women’s Initiatives to develop high potential women entrepreneurs and to access equity investments.Costello leads the National Science Foundation AdComm Sub-Committee on Commercialization and has held advisory/board positions with Springboard, National Venture Capital Association, the SBA and various start-ups. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of OsteoGenix and OssiFi.

Dean, Steven
Brooklyn Law School

Professor Steven Dean teaches tax law and policy courses at Brooklyn Law School. He has written extensively on domestic and international tax policy issues including tax expenditures, tax havens, tax shelters and tax simplification. More broadly, his scholarship embraces unconventional solutions to persistent failures ranging from cross-border tax evasion to a lack of congressional fiscal accountability and the inability of social enterprises to raise capital. Professor Dean is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Tax Section.

Dinger, Jenni
University of Colorado-Boulder

Jenni Dinger is a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. She is in the Strategy, Organizational and Entrepreneurial Studies program within the Management Department. Her research interests center around the phenomena of communities and how they form, grow, and evolve within post-disaster entrepreneurial environments and within the digital space (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest). She is also interested in how individual actors influence the organization’s presence within the community. She has presented her ongoing research at the Babson Conference for Entrepreneurship Research, the Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference (SEE), and the Midwest Academy of Management. One of her recent projects explored the role of social identity in the entrepreneurial decision making process following a natural disaster and will be included in the 2012 Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research publication. Prior to joining the doctoral program at CU-Boulder, Jenni spent nearly 7 years with Walmart Stores, Inc. in a variety of roles, including buying, mergers and acquisitions and sustainability. She earned her BSBA and MBA from the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

Dholakia, Utpal
Rice University

Utpal Dholakia is a Professor of Management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has a master’s degree in psychology, and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in operations research from the Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Bombay. His research interests lie in studying financial decision making by consumers and investors, marketing strategy for small and medium-sized businesses, and online marketing issues. He also studies relational aspects of consumer behavior. He has published in various marketing and management journals, and consults with firms in financial services, high-tech, energy, and health-care industries.

Drover, Will
Babson College

Will Drover is a management Ph.D. candidate in the College of Business at Southern Illinois University. Will attained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree from California State University-Long Beach and has worked and consulted for a number of startups. His research interests include entrepreneurial decision making, venture financing and business ethics. Will’s research has been published in journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the Journal of Business Ethics, and he has presented his work at eight conferences—including the Academy of Management and the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. Will has received two research awards from the Academy of Management: a best student paper award in 2012 and selection into the Best Paper Proceedings in 2013. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Will will be a visiting scholar at Babson College, conducting research in the area of venture financing.

Fitzgerald, Katie

Katie Fitzgerald is a Senior Business Development Associate at CircleUp, an equity based crowdfunding platform for consumer product and retail companies. Katie has substantial experience from positions in investment banking and private equity. Katie began her career at Deutsche Bank advising both public and private technology companies in mergers & acquisitions. Later, Katie spent several years with H.I.G. Capital, a global private equity firm, where she focused on identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, executing transactions, and working closely with the management teams of H.I.G. portfolio companies across various industries and sectors, including consumer products. Katie received her BA in Economics from the University of California, Irvine where she graduated with honors. She holds Series 63 and 82 licenses with WRH+Co.

Fund, Bret
University of Colorado

Bret is an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research focuses on improving organizational performance through appropriate governance and decision-making. Much of his work examines the decision-makers (and their decisions) of early-stage venture backed startups. He often draws on social capital, network theory and the upper echelons perspective as he conducts his research. In the classroom, Bret teaches on new venture creation and investment at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. For example, he has designed an MBA elective on conducting due diligence for early investments and co-teaches this course with a local private equity professional. Students perform analysis on real local startups as part of the experiential coursework. In addition to his classroom instruction, he also oversees a student-run venture fund that invests in startups in the Denver-Boulder area and he is an advisor and board member for some of them.

Giudici, Giancarlo
Politecnico di Milano

Giancarlo Giudici is associate professor of corporate finance at Politecnico di Milano, Faculty of Engineering, Italy. He obtained the M.Sc. and then the Ph.D. in Management Engineering. He started his academic career as assistant professor at the University of Bergamo. He wrote several articles and books on venture capital finance and on initial public offerings. He leads the observatory on crowdfunding in Italy established at Politecnico. He teaches Finance and New venture financing at the School of Management of Politecnico. He serves as board member in start-up and spin-off technology companies. He led several research projects on entrepreneurship and innovation funded by private companies and public entities.

Hannigan, T.J.
Temple University

T.J. Hannigan is a doctoral candidate in Strategic Management at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. T.J.’s research interests lie in knowledge and innovation management. His first stream of work focuses on the pharmaceutical industry and knowledge flows in emerging markets. His second stream of research looks nascent forms of entrepreneurial finance, such as accelerators. T.J. holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), and a BA in Economics from Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada). He has extensive industry experience in areas of media, social media networks, and interactive advertising.

Heminway, Joan
University of Tennessee

Joan MacLeod Heminway is the W.P. Toms Distinguished Professor of Law at The University of Tennessee (UT) College of Law in Knoxville and a fellow of the Center for Business and Economic Research, the Center for the Study of Social Justice, and the Center for Corporate Governance at UT-Knoxville. Prior to joining the UT College of Law faculty in 2000, Professor Heminway practiced transactional business law (public offerings, private placements, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings) for nearly 15 years in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Professor Heminway’s scholarship focuses on disclosure law and policy, as well as securities regulation, corporate finance, and corporate governance issues under federal and state law. Her work has been published in a wide range of law reviews and journals. She is a member of the American Law Institute and is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Massachusetts (inactive).

Hoskisson, Bob
Rice University

Robert E. Hoskisson currently holds the George R. Brown Chair of Strategic Management at the Jones School of Business at Rice University. His research focuses on corporate and international diversification strategies; governance and innovation, and entrepreneurship; acquisitions and divestitures, strategies of emerging economy firms; and cooperative strategy. Professor Hoskisson’s research has appeared in over 100 publications including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Academy of Management Perspectives and California Management Review among others. He has also co-authored over 20 books. He is currently an Associated Editor of the Strategic Management Journal and on the Editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society. He is currently the President of the Strategic Management Society.

Hsu, David
University of Pennsylvania

David Hsu is the Richard A. Sapp Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Stanford University with undergraduate majors in economics and political science. After a few years working in industry, he received his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, followed by his Ph.D. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hsu’s research interests are in entrepreneurial innovation and management. Within that domain, he has investigated topics such as intellectual property management, start-up innovation, technology commercialization strategy, and venture capital. His research has appeared in leading journals such as Journal of Finance, Management Science, RAND Journal of Economics, and Research Policy. He serves as a department editor of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation department of Management Science. In 2008, Hsu was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Fellowship. At Wharton, he teaches two MBA electives, Entrepreneurship and Technology Strategy.

Hu, Lucy
University of California-Berekeley

Lucy Hu is a PhD Candidate in Business and Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Her research interests center around behavioral biases in decision making. Human behavior is often characterized by departures from rationality; she studies how such apparent deviations from expected behavior arise from behavioral biases. She has looked at this phenomenon in a variety of contexts, with past work exploring judicial decision making and corporate decision making. Currently she focuses on how social connections, namely peer effects, affect decision making. Lucy is interested in using social networking and crowdfunding platforms to determine how network attributes affect information diffusion and then to understand the mechanism through which social connections act. This research will give us a more nuanced understanding of how information dissemination through a social network leads to funding decisions and the importance of social networks in crowdfunding. Lucy graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a double major in Economics and Biology. Before joining Haas, she worked at NERA Economic Consulting in San Francisco, CA.

Hurt, Christine
University of Illinois

Professor Christine Hurt is the co-director of the Program in Business Law and Policy at the University of Illinois College of Law, where she teaches and writes in the area of corporations, securities regulation, microfinance, corporate tax, partnerships and torts. Her recent articles The Windfall Myth appeared in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Regulating Compensation in the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal. She is the co-author, with Gordon Smith, of a four-volume treatise on partnership law, and a separate treatise on limited liability partnerships. Professor Hurt is also a regular commentator on the blog Conglomerate, and the radio program Legal Issues in the News, which airs on Illinois Public Radio and BYU radio. Before entering law teaching, Professor Hurt practiced corporate law for a number of years in Houston at Baker Botts, LLP, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Josefy, Matthew
Rice University

Matthew Josefy is a Management Phd Student at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. His research interests include top management teams, innovation, entrepreneurship, and crowdfunding. His professional experience included roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bank of America and HSBC across London and Hong Kong. He received the Mays Service Excellence Award for his contributions to the undergraduate, graduate and MBA programs during two years as a member of the accounting faculty. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has passed all three levels of the CFA examination. Josefy holds a B.B.A. (accounting) and a M.S. (financial management) from Texas A&M University, where he was elected student body president, nominated for the Rhodes scholarship and named the Brown-Rudder Most Outstanding Graduate. He is a PADI certified scuba diver and, and along with his wife travelled to over 30 countries before – temporarily – tucking away the passports to raise their two young children.

Kashkooli, Keyvan
University of California Los Angeles

Keyvan Kashkooli is an Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations in the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. His research focuses on institutional change and the emergence of new markets, prior work examined the rise of eBay and online retailers. He received a PhD. in Sociology from Berkeley.

Kim, Phillip
University of Wisconsin at Madison

Phillip H. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include entrepreneurial processes and founding collaborations, cross-national differences in entrepreneurial activity, and technology entrepreneurship and innovation narratives. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Lampinen, Markus
Crowd Valley Inc.

Markus Lampinen is an internationally awarded entrepreneur and CEO of Crowd Valley Inc, a US based crowdfunding and peer-to-peer marketplace platform provider and a spinoff from Grow VC, where Markus previous served as COO. During his tenure as COO of Grow VC, he recruited over 120 individuals, built up a global team on six continents and pioneered crowdfunding and peer-to-peer models in over 100 countries. In his earlier businesses, he has focused on responsibilities of CFO and e.g. been responsible for sales growth of over 270% per year, for several subsequent years. Markus holds a MS. and BA. in Economics.Markus has pioneered new funding models, advised policy makers such as the SEC, European Commission and Italian regulator Consob, for a more effective market, and worked with grassroots organizations such as the World Bank to improve the framework for new funding models, including crowdfunding, cross border investments and private placements.

Leshchinskii, Dima 
Menlo College

After receiving his degree in applied mathematics, Dr. Leshchinskii worked at various academic research institutions, starting with physics and later using similar concepts in finance. His research interests are focused on financing of technological start-ups and other entrepreneurial companies using innovative ways of raising capital. His papers on Venture Capital are published in academic journals and books. Recently Dr. Leshchinskii also started looking at behavioral biases in valuation decisions. Dima Leshchinskii has taught finance at various business schools in Europe and U.S., he also spent several years as a professional consultant, applying his valuation expertise to court litigation cases and investment portfolio planning.

Loikannen, Valto
GrowVC Group

Valto Loikkanen is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years experience, who has started companies across Europe and the US in web and mobile. At the age 24, Valto started and grew his first company VTG Worldwide, selling custom mobile phone covers, from the ground up into an international business with a turnover of over 100 million. Valto is the founder and CEO of the Grow VC Group (www.growvc.com) and through its group units, has developed crowdfunding marketplaces, co-investment and fund models, as well as best practices in crowdfunding ecosystems. Forward thinking and always seeking the next big thing, Valto got fed up with the lack of transparency and openness in the startup funding process. Valto saw that with Web 2.0 taking hold, lack of transparency no longer works in helping the Internet’s shining stars find their grounding, which was one of the drivers behind him co-founding the Grow VC Group.

Mach, Traci
University of Colorado at Boulder

Traci Mach is a senior economist in the Financial Structure Section of the Division of Research and Statistics at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She joined the Board staff in 2003. While at the Board, Ms. Mach has been involved in conducting economic analysis of issues relating to the household and small business finance, working extensively with the Surveys of Small Business Finances and the Survey of Consumer Finances. Dr. Mach received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell College and a PhD in economics from the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the staff of the Federal Reserve Board, Dr. Mach served on the faculty of the economics department at SUNY Albany.

Marom, Dan
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dan Marom is a Ph.D. candidate in Finance at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel,  focusing on crowdfunding and entrepreneurial finance. In 2010, he co-authored a pioneering book on crowdfunding titled “The CrowdFunding Revolution” (with Kevin Lawton). A second edition was published by McGraw-Hill in 2012. Dan write, consult and speak frequently about crowdfunding’s potential to different industries and countries. More about Dan can be found at www.danmarom.com

Matusik, Sharon
University of Colorado at Boulder

Sharon Matusik is an Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship and the Academic Director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado.  Her research focuses on entrepreneurial and venture capital firms and on innovation and knowledge sharing in established firms.  Currently, she is working on projects related to international risk capital and its role in economic development and on where the value from innovations in developing economies goes to (i.e, does it stay local or get appropriated internationally).  Other projects have examined how markets value innovation activities and early investor profiles of firms, what accounts for variation in profitability levels of entrepreneurial firms, and how the diversification of a venture capital firm affects its performance. Her work has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review and she is also on the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review.   She also recently spent a semester as a Visiting Professor at Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) in Santiago, Chile.

Monisha, Merchant
Senior Advisor, U.S. Senate

Monisha Merchant is the Senior Advisor for Business Affairs for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, where she focuses on issues impacting Colorado’s dynamic and innovative private sector. Previously, Monisha was a Senior Director of Product Management at Level 3 Communications, a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and a senior engineer at Lucent Technologies. She has advised executives at the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, NASA, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration. She has managed projects and programs in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Japan, Germany and Nigeria. She has degrees in electrical engineering and political science from MIT and a MBA from Yale School of Management. Monisha previously served as a Regent for the University of Colorado.

Mullins, John
London Business School

John Mullins is Associate Professor of Management Practice at London Business School. An award-winning teacher and scholar, John brings to his teaching and research 20 years of executive experience in high-growth retailing firms including two ventures he founded and one he took public. Since becoming a business school professor in 1992, John has published four books, dozens of cases and more than 40 articles in a variety of outlets, including Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. John’s trade book, The New Business Road Test: What Entrepreneurs and Executives Should Do Before Writing a Business Plan, is the definitive work on the assessment and shaping of entrepreneurial opportunities. His newest book, the critically acclaimed Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model co-authored with Randy Komisar, was named to “Best Books of 2009” lists by BusinessWeek and INC Magazine.

Murray, J. Haskell
Belmont University

Professor Murray teaches business law and negotiations at Belmont University. His research areas include corporate governance and social enterprise law. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Rhodes College and his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law where he was elected to their law review’s editorial board.Before entering academia, Professor Murray practiced corporate law at King & Spalding in Atlanta, GA and Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, NY. He also served as a judicial clerk for former-Vice Chancellor Stephen Lamb on the Delaware Court of Chancery.Prior to joining Belmont’s faculty, Professor Murray taught at the law schools of Georgia State University and Regent University. He is published in various journals, including University of Miami Law Review, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, and American University Business Law Review. He is currently working on a social enterprise law text for Carolina Academic Press.

Parsont, Jason
Columbia Law School

Jason W. Parsont is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School in New York City and a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar.  This past year, he co-taught Advanced Securities Regulation with Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. and Executive Compensation with Professor Robert J. Jackson, Jr.  His research is focused on securities regulation, corporate law, and the root causes of the recent financial crisis. Prior to re-joining Columbia Law School, Jason practiced corporate and securities law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York from 2007-2011. In addition, he was a Careers-in-Law-Teaching Fellow at Columbia Law School and a clerk to the Honorable Judge Paul C. Huck in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Jason also developed the CLS Blue Sky Blog, Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets, and currently serves as its Editor-At-Large.

Reiser, Dana
Brooklyn Law School

Dana Brakman Reiser is a Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Professor Brakman Reiser an expert in the law of non-profit organizations and social enterprise. In addition to courses in these areas, she teaches Property, Corporations, and Trusts and Estates. She also serves as an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Project on Principles of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations, is a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Section, and is active in the Association for Research on Nonprofit Associations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), and the Government Relations Committee of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.

Robb, Alicia
Kauffman Foundation

Dr. Alicia Robb is a senior research fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the principal investigator on the Kauffman Firm Survey. Previously, she was an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and U.S. Small Business Administration. She is also a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Centre for European Economic Research. Dr. Robb is a leading expert in small business finance as well as women and minority entrepreneurship, having authored Race, Families and Business Success: African-American, Asian-, and White-Owned Businesses (MIT Press), and A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses (Stanford University Press), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. She received her PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in econometrics and economic development.

Rudick, Stuart
Mindful Investors

Stuart Rudick has been a top performing investment manager for three decades, making money by “making a difference.” He is currently founding Partner at Mindful Investors Venture Fund, the leading Life Impact fund investing in successful businesses making positive change in our lives. He is launching Mindful Crowd, the first crowdfunding platform enabling accredited investors to invest in innovative and disruptive businesses providing solutions to our world’s most pressing issues.He was most recently, the Founding Partner at Mindful Investors, LLC, a pioneering Private Equity fund focused on investments in healthy and sustainable consumer products companies including Seventh Generation and Organic Girl. Mr. Rudick’s prior investment experience includes founding in 2005 a private family office focused on investments in health and wellness. In 1993, Stuart founded, Mindful Partners, a top performing public and private market hedge fund. In the 1980’s, he served as Partner at Shearson, Lehman and Associate Director at Bear Stearns Inc, facilitating funding of private environmental companies through the Global Environment Fund. Mr. Rudick earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and attended the University of Lancaster, UK and MBA program at Golden Gate University.Stuart’s daily practice includes yoga, biking, Qigong and mindful living.

Schwartz, Andrew
University of Colorado-Boulder

Andrew Schwartz is an associate professor of law at the University of Colorado. He teaches and writes on corporate, securities and contract law, with a current focus on crowdfunding securities. Prior to joining the Colorado Law faculty in 2008, Professor Schwartz attended Brown University and Columbia Law School, clerked for two federal judges, and practiced for several years with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Professor Schwartz has published a number of articles in leading venues, including the UCLA and George Washington law reviews. His publications on the crowdfunding of securities include Crowdfunding Securities, 88 Notre Dame Law Review 1457 (2013), Keep it Light, Chairman White: SEC Rulemaking Under the CROWDFUND Act, 66 Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc 43 (2013), and Rural Crowdfunding, 13 U.C. Davis Business Law Journal (forthcoming 2013).

Stevenson, Regan
University of Central Florida

Regan Stevenson is a PhD student at the University of Central Florida. Regan’s research focuses on entrepreneurship and strategy. Specifically, his current research areas of interest include venture finance, crowdfunding, entrepreneurial decision making, and the quest for legitimacy. Regan currently teaches MAN 4760, the undergraduate case based capstone strategy course. Previously, Regan was involved in founding, operating and consulting for a number of startups in various industries.

Vedula, Siddharth
University of Colorado-Boulder

Siddharth Vedula is a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado. Sid’s research interests lie in the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship and economic geography. His current research projects focus on how regional variations in environment, both in terms of localized institutions and the actions of peer firms, impact the strategic behaviors of focal firms.He has presented his ongoing research at the Babson Conference for Entrepreneurship Research, the Academy of Management, and the Strategic Management Society Conference where his paper was nominated for the conference best paper award in 2012.Prior to joining the doctoral program at CU, he received his Masters in Engineering from McGill University and a Bachelors in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto. He also subsequently worked for a couple of years in industry as a biomedical research scientist in a startup company developing ultrasound-based therapeutics for prostate cancer.

Wattal, Sunil
Temple University

Sunil Wattal is Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at the Fox School of Business, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. Dr. Wattal’s expertise focuses on social computing and innovation in technology industries, as well as  applying advanced econometric models and integrating multiple data sources to quantify the value of social media in contexts such as politics and crowd-funded marketplaces. His work has been published in top academic journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and has been funded through grants from the National Science Foundation and CIGREF.  He has also received best paper awards and nominations at top conferences such as ICIS and HICSS.He has served as a Special Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly and an Associate Editor for the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). He received his PhD from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Winston-Smith, Sheryl
Temple University

Sheryl Winston Smith is Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her B.S. from Yale University. Her areas of research expertise include: entrepreneurial finance, technology-related entrepreneurship, venture capital and corporate venturing, international entrepreneurship, and the economics of innovation, strategy and competitive advantage. Her research has been published and presented widely, and was awarded the Kauffman Foundation Best Paper Prize at the Strategic Management Society. As well, she has been the recipient of various fellowships and grants including from the Kauffman Foundation, the Rotary Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. She holds leadership roles in several organizations, including Representative-at-Large in the Strategic Management Society (SMS) for the Knowledge and Innovation Interest Group; on the Board Nominating Committee in the Industry Studies Association (ISA); and Track Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in for the ISA Conference 2011 and 2012. She also serves on the Editorial Review Board of The Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). Prior to her appointment at the Fox School of Business, she carried out postdoctoral work at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and was a Visiting Scholar at the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Younkin, Peter
McGill University

Peter Younkin is an Assistant Professor of Strategy & Organization in the Desuatels Faculty of Management at McGill University. His interest in crowdfunding focuses upon how individuals assess worthiness in different contexts. Prior research has focused on the adoption or discrediting of new ideas in pharmaceuticals and music. He received a PhD. in Sociology from Berkeley.

Zacharakis, Andrew
Babson College

Andrew Zacharakis is the John H. Muller, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. He previously served as Chair of the Entrepreneurship Department at Babson College and as Acting Director of the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College. In addition, Zacharakis was the President of the Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division. Zacharakis’ primary research area is the venture capital process. Zacharakis is the co-author of five books, The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship, 4th edition, Business Plans that Work, 2nd edition; How to Raise Capital; Entrepreneurship, The Engine of Growth; and textbook titled Entrepreneurship, 2nd edition. Zacharakis has been interviewed in nationwide media including television, radio and print. Zacharakis has taught seminars to leading corporations, such as Boeing, Met Life, Lucent and Intel. He has also taught executives in countries worldwide. Zacharakis received a BS, University of Colorado; an MBA, Indiana University; and a PhD, University of Colorado. Professor Zacharakis’ actively consults with entrepreneurs and small business startups. His professional experience includes positions with The Cambridge Companies (venture capital), IBM and Leisure Technologies.