Ryan co-founded SeedInvest because he saw the need for a better way to connect entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to founding SeedInvest, 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. Prior to the passage of the JOBS Act, Ryan supported The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of equity crowdfunding to Washington, D.C. Ryan co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and currently serves as an Executive Board Member and the Chair of the Education and Training Committee. Ryan also serves as a Board Member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates group and the Chair of the Portals Committee. Whenever given the chance, Ryan enjoys traveling and has been to 77 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.
James co-founded SeedInvest after founding his own startup but encountering a number of difficulties when raising capital on more conventional paths. Prior to pursuing entrepreneurship, James was an investor at Francisco Partners, where he focused on equity investment opportunities in the technology sector. James also spent time in Morgan Stanley’s technology investment banking group, Riot Games and Cisco in various roles. James brings to SeedInvest his love for technology and propensity to play basketball and video games whenever given the chance. James received an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton Undergraduate Program as well as a BAS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Harshil's love of technology began early on as a child in India. While he would later attend Rutgers University intent on majoring in Genetics, he ultimately opted to pursue his passion for tech and graduated with a BS in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. After graduating from Rutgers, Harshil worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Citi where he helped develop their high frequency trading platforms. Harshil left Goldman to pursue opportunities with early stage companies as he became increasingly interested in trying and pursuing different and new ideas. It would eventually lead him to SeedInvest and, after meeting Ryan and James, decided to join the team full-time. Harshil is a full-on techie now and enjoys automating everything in sight. He loves entrepreneurship and looks forward to the day when anyone with a great idea and the requisite passion will be able to launch a business on SeedInvest.
Homan joined SeedInvest to help startups raise capital because he loves innovation. Prior to joining SeedInvest, he worked in Amazon's Webstore and Kindle divisions. There, Homan developed systems, managed projects and led engineering teams to deliver solutions ranging from user facing web pages to highly scalable distributed back-end systems. He is passionate about combining business and technology to find simple and elegant solutions to complex problems. In his spare time, Homan enjoys scuba diving and would love to go diving off of every continent at least once. He received both a MEng and a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University College of Engineering.
Kiran has a passion for helping young companies do big things. In his time before SeedInvest, Kiran worked as a corporate and securities attorney at the law firms of Jones Day LLP and DLA Piper LLP, where he served as outside legal counsel to venture capital and private equity funds, angel groups and over 30 technology startups. He has seen first-hand the struggles encountered by early stage entrepreneurs and believes strongly that many more startups would be successful with additional avenues for early stage capital. Since passage of the JOBS Act, Kiran has been an active speaker, writer and commentator on crowdfunding and the related legal issues. He is a Charter Member and Executive Team Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and is an active member of a number of groups in the New York startup community. Kiran received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Georgia.
Prior to joining SeedInvest, Aaron co-founded a mobile app company. He quickly recognized the problems associated with raising money for a twenty-first century startup within a twentieth-century regulatory framework. Aaron's positive entrepreneurial experience and desire to help small companies with their own fundraising hurdles led him to SeedInvest. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs as an analyst on the firm’s NYSE Designated Market Maker desk. There he provided situational advice to traders and developed pitch books for prospective issuers resulting in wins worth over $100 billion in aggregate market capitalization. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he worked as a private equity analyst at a small-cap fund where he was primarily responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and conducting due diligence. He graduated summa cum laude from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a BS in Finance and Marketing. Aaron spends the majority of his free time reading, cooking and cheering on the New York Rangers.
Ameet loves learning how companies form around a concept, establish their identity and execute a strategy. Prior to joining SeedInvest, he was an equity research analyst at Nomura Securities International where he covered the ever-changing Internet, Media and Advertising industries. Before that Ameet worked at the J. Walter Thompson (JWT) advertising agency where he devised international strategy for some of Johnson & Johnson's most prestigious brands. He loves discussing the impact that modern technology and social media have on our lives and spends his free time reading about politics, checking in on Foursquare and draining the battery on his Android phone. Ameet graduated from Boston College with a double-major in Finance and Marketing.
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Mr. Neiss is a co-founder of The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of equity crowdfunding to Washington, D.C. Mr. Neiss is the industry face of equity crowdfunding and has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Economist, Financial Times and Forbes on the subject of crowdfunding. Previously, Mr. Neiss co-founded FLAVORx, where he helped get the business in over 80% of the pharmacies in the United States. FLAVORx was a 3-time Inc. 500 recipient as well as E&Y's Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
Mr. Best is a co-founder of The Startup Exemption, the nonprofit responsible for bringing the concept of equity crowdfunding to Washington, D.C. He is the primary equity crowdfunding contact for Congress, the Senate and the White House. In addition, he is currently very involved in working with FINRA and the SEC to create the equity crowdfunding regulations. Mr. Best brings over 10 years of executive management experience at two SaaS healthcare businesses (one of which he co-founded) in the Bay Area.
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