AdministratorApril 20, 2020 at 6:58 pm
Whether you are a startup investor, founder, or industry professional, please hit “Reply” and introduce yourself!
To kick things off – my name is Brian. I’m the founder of Crowdwise, and I’ve started this website to help both equity crowdfunding investors and founders.
Like many of you who are investors, I do not come from a finance, startup, or investing background. As an engineer by training, I’ve always had an interest in alternative investments for diversifying my portfolio. However, because I am a non-accredited investor, most of these early-stage investments were off-limits until the JOBS Act came along and Reg CF went live in 2016.
Since 2018, I’ve spent literally hundreds of hours reading every Venture Capital book, taking every angel investing course, and consuming every other piece of startup investing educational material. Now, I’m here to share my lessons with you. More importantly, I’m here to learn with you and grow as we embark on this journey together.
About me (feel free to use a similar format for your own intro):
- Name: Brian Belley
- Investor and founder
- Region: Northeast
- Investments: 80+ Reg CF and Reg A+ businesses since 2018
- Background/expertise: aerospace/mechanical engineering, software development. Interest primarily in tech companies, companies with a positive social benefit, and products/services that I can use myself.
- What I like to do in my free time (besides investing!): brew my own beer, run (ran the Boston marathon in under 3 hours), launch items to near-space on weather balloons.
MemberApril 23, 2020 at 2:17 pm
My name is Thom De Angelis. Yes, that is my real name – just born to “angel” invest I guess.
I do, in fact, come from a financial background, graduating from Kaplan College for Financial Planning and previously working in the field holding several designations. Nothing in my education or career has created passion in me like CrowdFunding! I am a BELIEVER.
Never a big fan of Wall Street, I was always a “maverick” and Main Street investor, using self directed vehicles and alternative investments whenever appropriate. I am presently developing properties in Cabo, Mexico. I hope to also develop some great, mutually beneficial relationships with some of you “Wise” guys and gals.
I found CrowdWise some 3 months ago and completed the free coursework. During that time Brian and I established an “email comradery,” as he puts it, and have come to trust and respect his CF acumen quite highly.Looking forward to flying high on a few unicorns.
- This reply was modified 5 months ago by Thom.
MemberMay 6, 2020 at 3:41 pm
Hello Brian and Thom. I came across this website today, and think it’s a really unique and special resource and community. I am really happy about this site, as I realized I had been receiving emails from “Republic.co” for many months/years, and decided to read more into it today.
I had wanted to get into investing in companies, and didn’t even realize “equity crowdfunding” was a real thing. I had heard of the hype of the JOBS act, but figured it was just a bunch of hype, and it ended with Kickstarter, Indiegogo and gofundme. (Not interesting to me, really). I am very heavily engaged in supporting entrepreneurs through organizing pitch competitions and mentorship programs, so really should have been aware of equity crowdfunding.
Name: Amanda Gant
Current Investments: Residential real estate in Washington, DC (currently 7 mortgages)
Background: Running international startup bootcamps and programs. Currently organizing thelandaccelerator.com at the organization I work for, WRI – which benefits environmentally-forward startups in the developing world.
Hobbies: Surfing (sadly only once a year); Himalayan hiking (hopefully soon I will establish a once a year habit of this, too); yoga, biking, travel, real estate investing. COVID go away so we can get back to our lives!!
Goals on the site: Learn a little something. Probably actually start to invest in companies. A little at first, but maybe even more and more. It seems like it will definitely have to be small at first. I’m thinking $20 in 50 companies this first year (2020), then see if I get more liquidity. Real estate investment takes SO MUCH CASH. The reserves I need to keep present in order to do my next deal really bites down into my ability to invest in other areas.
MemberMay 8, 2020 at 1:03 pm
You came to the right place, Amanda, given your goals. Happy learning and investing!
MemberJune 28, 2020 at 1:05 am
My name is Scott Hinkle and I got into the crowdfunding/angel investing ring about one year ago. It was actually another crowdfunding membership site (with well placed ads) that let me know the little guy can finally play the game.
I joined that platform but quickly realized that they were more about getting signups and promoting their other offerings vs. providing reasonably vetted opportunities and real guidance to their membership. They are also very controlling, having to moderate every step of the communication process and really making it difficult to network.
That’s when I created my own platform and started seeking out others as well. That’s how I found this platform.
A summary about me:
- Name: Scott Hinkle
- Investor and Founder
- Region: West Coast
- Investments: 44+
- Background/Expertise: IT – I started way back in the 90’s with an ISP, moved onto an MSP (Managed Services Provider), and am now in compliance (HIPAA, NIST, etc.). Photography – I’ve also had a 10-year stint of traveling the country, selling my photography at various art shows.
- What I like to do in my free time: Sail – My general rule-of-thumb is to take at least one major vacation each year, if not two. Many times this results in me renting a monohull or catamaran for a week or two and hitting a tropical destination. SCUBA Diving – I love the water and being under water for long periods is both relaxing and invigorating. This is also why I usually go to some tropical destination. Drones – I love drones. Right now I have three and I don’t think I have enough, LOL. They’re just loads of fun. Crowdfunding/Angel Investing – Sure, we’re here to make money, but I actually find all of this fun and exciting. Hell, I love it so much that I created my own website about it and even became the Virtual Chapter Coordinator for one of the more well-know Angel Investing membership platforms.
The funny thing is, all of these like-to-do’s fit into my ideal vacation: Sailing, anchoring somewhere and going diving, flying one of my drones to capture part of the experience (I can’t fly under water, yet), and catching up with the angel investing community to see what’s new.
Sorry for downing on., Scott
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