Dan Marom

Dan Marom

Dan Marom

Dan Marom is an acclaimed author and leading thought leader in the crowdfunding field. In 2010, he co-authored a pioneering book on crowdfunding titled The CrowdFunding Revolution (with Kevin Lawton). A second edition was published by McGraw-Hill in 2012. As a Ph.D. candidate in Finance at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Dan’s research focuses on crowdfunding and entrepreneurial finance.

Dan has been highly engaged in various R&D and management assignments for several years as a technologist and Founder & CEO of a startup company. He currently serves as a strategic consultant to some of the leading Israeli companies and public organizations. Living in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dan holds a Masters in Business Administration (Cum Laude), and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Articles by Dan Marom

The Rise of Disintermediated Crowdfunding

One Friday morning a few months back, the creators of Lockitron, an innovative deadbolt system controlled by your smartphone, were rejected by the folks over at Kickstarter. The following week, the Lockitron team formed a plan: they would launch Lockitron on their own and try to follow the vision that led to Dalton Caldwell’s success with App.net. When I last checked Lockitron’s progress, they received 14,704 pre-orders totaling $2,278,891—success that propels the company to the ranks of the Pebble Watch, Skallops, and Double Fine.

Is this success typical? Will the next revolution in crowdfunding be disintermediated, open source fundraising?

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Crowdfunding is Propelling Social Innovation

Social innovation refers to new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds — from working conditions and education to community development and health — and that extend and strengthen civil society. Social media and the internet has been a big supporter of social innovation over the past couple of years, witnessing the creation of powerful virtual communities dedicated to a particular cause or initiative.

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