David Drake

David Drake

David Drake

David Drake, founder of The Soho Loft, a subsidiary of the VC division of the Private Equity firm LDJ Capital, is one of the fathers of crowdsourcing and founded the US Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and US CrowdFunding Professional Association (CfPA).

Fluent in 6 languages and born in Sweden, he lobbied the JOBS Act to the EU Commission and was a U.S. Commerce delegate to Brussels and Rome in meetings with European Ministers and legislators at the Transatlantic Economic Council forum July 2012.

David presents regularly as an expert on financial innovation and impact investing at 150+ annual events. He speaks at the Thomson Reuters' Buyout Texas Private Equity conferences with KKR & Carlyle and regularly attends SEC hearings in Washington DC. He writes for a number of online publications including equities.com and pehub.com. David Drake also hosted the HBS Club NY, Trail Blazers and Best Buddies Carnegie Hall Charity events for many years.

Articles by David Drake

Blasting Off Into 2014: New Markets and Finance Trends

Take your business up on the web and make way for flexible funding. Much more than this, expect a much broader audience to do crowdfunding by year 2014. Numerous popular online platforms will not only help you raise money fast for any business that you may happen to have, but will also help you get ready to start a really viable business for specific social, personal, or entertainment purposes. Unveiling the hottest developments in raising finance: 200 firms will break a million dollar in Crowdfunding campaigns in 2014. The balance of angel networks, VCs and broker dealers with regards to CF (crowdfunding) will start showing its trends, and hundreds of firms will get funding to take the lead in this space. IBM and more corporation firms will start using...

Read More

Syndicate Funding: A New Way To Invest In Startups

How does one become an angel investor? There is no university where one can learn angel investing. However, crowdfunding is creating a unique path for learning through a system called syndicate funding. A growing trend in the U.K. and other parts of Europe, such as Belgium and Italy, this system allows professional business angels and crowd investors to participate on the same deals.  Syndicate Room (SR) and the Cambridge Capital Group (CCG) joined together third quarter of this year to leverage crowdfunding for the first time. CCG, an ultra-exclusive by-invitation business angel group of around 50 investors and private venture funds that annually invest £1-2 million each to its current portfolio of more than 30 high-tech start-up companies, became lead investors to Syndicate Room’s member investors. “Membership in Syndicate Room is free,” says its...

Read More

Crowdfunding’s Latest Invasion: Real Estate

This post written originally appeared on Forbes. Crowdfunding is rapidly changing the real-estate investment market, offering developers new ways to finance projects, small investors a way in, and the socially conscious an avenue to...

Read More

Crowdfunding’s Latest Invasion: Real Estate

Crowdfunding is rapidly changing the real-estate investment market, offering developers new ways to finance projects, small investors a way in, and the socially conscious an avenue to support their local communities—and their local farms.

Read More

Top 10 Crowdfunders for Equity USA

Here are our 2013 preliminary top US crowd funders contestants pending the legalization of Crowd Funding for Equity under the JOBS Act. We will do a follow up article in a months time to show additional names and order of strength between the leading brands in North America.

Read More