Optimal Outcomes For The Equity Crowdfunding Investor and How to Get There
Larry grew up on the coast of Maine, where he developed an affinity for entrepreneurship by working as a Lobsterman throughout his childhood. Prior to Co-Founding Bolstr, he received a B.S. in Finance from Bentley University. Following his freshman year at Bentley, he was accepted into JPMorgan’s Honors Program where he went on to complete three summer internships throughout undergrad within JPMorgan’s Equity Capital Markets Group, Energy Investment Banking Group, and the High Grade Debt Capital Markets Group.
Post-graduation, Larry spent two years as an analyst in the Energy Group within JPMorgan’s Investment Banking Division located in New York. Subsequently, Baker joined LS Power, a New York based $4 Billion Private Equity Fund, where he spent two years in their mergers & acquisitions group focusing on clean tech and power & utilities transactions.
Larry serves on the board of Marquis Studios, a New York City based non-profit that provides arts curriculum to inner city schools.
Ryan co-founded SeedInvest because he saw the need for a better way to connect entrepreneurs and investors. On the entrepreneurial side, Ryan previously founded multiple startups. On the investor side, 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.
Ryan co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and currently serves as an Executive Board Member. Ryan also serves as a Leader of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group. Whenever given the chance, Ryan enjoys traveling and has been to 75 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.
Dr. Charles Sidman’s current major occupation is Managing Partner of ECS Capital Partners, LLC, an early-stage venture fund built on evolutionary principles and based in Bar Harbor, Maine (although operating nationally and internationally.) He is an active member of the NASVF, serving on its Strategy and Conferences/Education committees, chairing its Advocacy committee, and teaching in its on-line webinars.
Previously, he held positions in public and private universities, as well as not-for-profit and for-profit enterprises, in the U.S. and abroad. He has published over ninety research papers and patents, consulted or lectured at over two hundred companies and organizations, and is active in economic development and entrepreneurial advising and training worldwide. He retired as Professor of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology from the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, where he also served for many years as Adjunct Professor of Management in the College of Business and Professor in the university-wide Honors Scholars Program. His education includes Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biochemistry and a PhD in Immunology from Harvard University, an MBA specializing in Management from the University of Cincinnati, and sabbatical study in Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute.
Enzo Villani joins The Soho Loft to head its Corporate Strategies. Previously Mr. Villani was the Managing Director of Products and Strategy at the NASDAQ OMX. He established NASDAQ Corporate Services through a series of alliances and acquisitions and in 2006 he lead the acquisition of Shareholder.com and Prime Zone Media Network (now GlobeNewswire). Corporate Services has developed into a growth business line in NASDAQ OMX and continues to develop new products and services for public companies.Since 2006, Mr. Villani has completed over $400 million in acquisitions focused on investor relations, corporate communications, financial technology, media, and trading exchange industries.
In 2010, Enzo became a member of the MZ Group Board of Directors as an independent director. He sold Ilios Partners to MZ Group in 2011 and then advised on the acquisition and integration of Hayden International (HCI). MZ Group North America was launched by combining Ilios and HCI under the MZ Group umbrella. MZ NA consults over 100 clients including Cisco, Under Armour, Lincoln Financial, and Prudential.
Before launching Villani Advisors, Mr. Villani was a founding member, EVP & Chief Strategy Officer of DF King Worldwide (formerly Sage Holdings). King Worldwide is the leading global Stakeholder Management and Financial Communications firm. Formed in 2007 as a private equity backed acquisition vehicle through The Riverside Company, the King Worldwide family now comprises of D. F. King & Co., M:Communications, Hallvarsson & Halvarsson, Capital Precision, Broadgate Consultants, Taylor Rafferty and Donlin Recano. D. F. King Worldwide employs over 900 professionals with offices in New York, London, Munich, Stockholm, Dubai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taipei.
In 1998, Mr. Villani co-founded Rivet Integrated Marketing. As CEO, Enzo developed a pioneering methodology for integrating traditional and interactive marketing. Rivet’s clients included: NASDAQ, Citibank, R/GA, AOL Time Warner, Kx Systems, Track Data Securities, and The Ford Foundation. Prior to Rivet, he was Director of Internet Development at Integrated Office Solutions (IOS), a system integrator and Microsoft Gold Partner servicing the top 10 investment banks sold to Exodus Communications. Mr. Villani pioneered early web design and development for Modem Media, Byron Preiss Multimedia, MSNBC, and Intel. Mr. Villani holds a Masters in Business Administration from The Johnson School at Cornell University and completed his Bachelor of Arts from Iona College while working on the block equities desk for Lehman Brothers. He has studied at Pratt Institute and at The School of Visual Arts.