The top 30 influential leaders in the crowdfunding industry


January 22, 2014 2:06 PM
Eric Blattberg


Israeli equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd worked with marketing firm Evolve Inc. to handpick a list of 800 influential members of the crowdfunding community.
The multibillion dollar crowdfunding industry wouldn’t be where it is today without the people on this list.
They are entrepreneurs, investors, regulators, politicians, analysts, legal professionals, and journalists. Together, their actions and commentary have driven the nascent industry forward.
Using influencer discovery and engagement tools like Traackr, Little Bird, Group High, and Google, the folks behind this list narrowed it down to the top 30 thought leaders. They considered factors like social reach, engagement frequency, citations by financial journalists, and sentiment among industry insiders, among others.
“We looked around and no one has really tried to come up with a list that made sense of the movers and the shakers in the industry,” OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved told VentureBeat. ”Like any list, you can always poke holes in it, but I think we’ve got a pretty darn good solution here.”
The top dog turned out to be Perry Chen, the cofounder, chairman, and former CEO of Kickstarter, the world’s largest crowdfunding site. Chen is followed by Naval Ravikant, the prominent angel investor and founder of AngelList, which rolled out an equity crowdfunding service called AngelList Invest in early 2013.
The list also includes many of the politicians, regulators, and industry advocates instrumental to the passage of the JOBS Act, which legalized equity crowdfunding for unaccredited investors. (The Securities and Exchange Commission is currently soliciting feedback on its proposed rules for unaccredited crowdfunding.)
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