Crowdfunding: Disrupting Traditional Funding Models ***Video Available***

Uncovering the opportunities and risks hidden behind Crowdfunding...

When:      Tuesday,  June 19, 2012
               6:00 - 7:00pm  Networking and Refreshments
               7:00 - 8:30pm  Panel Discussion and Q&A
Where:    Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford University
              291 Campus Drive West
              Stanford School of Medicine
              Stanford, California 94305     
                     Click Here for Parking Details

Event Description 

Can your $1 contribution create a Big Business?  YES, with crowdfunding.

$1.5 billion in 2011, crowdfunding is set to double this year [1].  Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunded 60,000 projects:  Half of the cash came as donations, while the other half came as an exchange for creative rewards or future product.

Now that the JOBS Act lets startups exchange Equity-for-Cash up to $1M per year, implementation will prove interesting.  Crowdfunding has vined its way through informal social networking sites, and these continue to fuel the rapid growth of this new economic engine.

  • Will crowdfunding consume or complement existing capitalist models?
  • How will alternative funding models accelerate disruption?
  • Will it create massive opportunities for entrepreneurs and the economy overall?
  • What does it mean to give equity to individual consumers and what's the impact on the company?
  • Will VC's shy away from a Series A funding due to the startup's early-stage crowdfunding?

[1] Crowdfunding Industry Report from Massolution study on crowdfunding platforms  

Come join us as the panelists uncover the opportunities and risks hidden behind Crowdfunding!


Carl Esposti, Founder at


Slava Rubin, CEO & Co-Founder at Indiegogo 


Ryan CaldbeckCEO, CircleUp   

Daniel Zimmermann, Partner, WilmerHale 

Don Ross,  Managing Director/Founder and Board Member, HealthTech Capital and Sand Hill Angels 

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