The Most Influential Thought Leaders In Crowdfunding

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More and more headlines are boasting about crowdfunding every day, as new insights and opportunities arise in the industry.

OurCrowd and Evolve, Inc. decided to recognize the top 100 individuals in crowdfunding, ranking people based on actions, leadership, popularity and even tweets, and we’re so thrilled to be involved with four of these influential thought leaders!

  1. Chris Camillo – Dallas-based investor Chris Camillo, a pioneer in social information arbitrage investing, is one of the world’s top-ranked self-directed investors and published author of Laughing at Wall Street. In 2006, he leveraged social media chatter analysis to invest $20k in the stock market, and in just over three years grew it to more than $2mm.  Chris and his book have been featured on Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV,, and in Businessweek. Chris, a developing hedge fund manager and director at social media sentiment analysis platform, is a regular speaker on the real and perceived predictive effectiveness of social media chatter on public securities markets and its role in investment analysis.
  2. Josef Holm – Josef Holm is the founder and CEO of TubeStart, the first-of-its-kind crowdfunding community dedicated to the million-plus YouTube content creators and their billion fans. Built exclusively for YouTubers, TubeStart allows content creators to monetize existing content, create subscription models and attract investors utilizing existing fan bases while connecting with new audiences and investors. An engineer by trade, Josef has spent his career launching successful Internet startups around the globe, producing high-quality content as well as investing in high-potential startups.
  3. Howard Leonhardt – Howard Leonhardt, is a seasoned business and investment leader with more than 30 years of experience growing and exiting successful companies across a variety of industries. An innovator, Howard holds over 20 patents for high-grossing medical technologies—that have made a difference in the lives of people throughout the world. Over the course of his career, Howard has started and led 28 successful companies from inception to exit including: WorldMed which was acquired by Medtronic for $4.3 billion; Bioheart which raised over $100 million, over $30 million in grants and $12.5 million in loans; American General Medical Corporation with $9 million in sales. Howard also launched Cal-Xcellerator (Cal-X Stars) – a business incubator that funds and mentors high-potential companies – and serves as the CEO of California Stock Exchange – a financial innovator that will transform the markets.
  4. Richard Swart – Dr. Richard Swart is a PhD in Information Systems, an international award-winning academic and a recognized thought leader in the crowdfunding industry. Richard is a founding member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CIFRA), and an early leader in the field. Richard co-organized the first major national conference on crowdfunding and coordinated several educational events on the JOBS Act throughout the United States. As Director of Research and Analysis for Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), Richard works closely with the University of California, Berkeley in the Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance Program, which is dedicated to academic research on crowdfunding and has CCA principals as founders. He has played a critical role behind the scenes, helping drive crowdfunding forward in Washington, DC, since the passage of the JOBS Act, and is a highly-trusted expert resource for governments, academics and crowdfunding platforms