We’re a team of entrepreneurs that have worked together in crowdfunding for several years. We’ve had the privilege of seeing the crowd investment market develop all over the world, seeing what works and what doesn’t. We’re optimistic for the market’s potential for growth, but we’re not leaving anything to chance. We’re here to make it happen.
Internationally awarded entrepreneur, active in pioneering new securities models worldwide at the intersection of the Internet and the securities markets.
Markus serves as the CEO of Crowd Valley Inc, a US-based crowdfunding marketplace platform provider and a spinoff from the Grow VC Group. He is also a global investor and Senior Partner at the Grow VC group. During his tenure as COO of Grow VC, he recruited over 120 individuals, built up a global team on six continents and expanded operations to over 150 countries. In his earlier businesses, he served in diverse roles, taking on the responsibilities of CFO and driving sales growth of over 270% per year for several subsequent years. Markus holds an M.S. and a B.A. in Economics.
Markus has pioneered new funding models in the US and Europe, advised policy makers worldwide—including the SEC, the European Commission and Italian regulator CONSOB—for more effective markets, and worked with visionary organizations such as the World Bank and the Kauffman Foundation to improve frameworks for new funding models, including crowdfunding, cross-border investments and private placements. He serves as a frequent public speaker on related themes. He is married and constantly bringing presents from his travels to his two children.
Serial entrepreneur with an operational background in finance and technology companies. Paul was previously responsible for the development of the Crowd Valley product suite as part of the Grow VC Group.
Paul is a regular speaker on new financial models and crowdfunding and has been involved in working with Crowd Valley’s pioneering customers across the financial services sector, as well as advising global institutions such as the World Bank and national regulators such as Italy’s CONSOB.
Paul has over a decade’s experience working in various operational, sales, marketing, and product roles within technology companies, including two B2B startups that have achieved eight-figure exits following 100% year-on-year growth. He started his career in product development and testing roles at IBM’s Hursley Research Lab in the UK before going on to eBay, UBS, and Barclays.
Paul holds an M.A. (Hons) in Computer Science and Philosophy from Churchill College, Cambridge University. He has lived and worked in Texas in the US and Portugal, and speaks fluent Portuguese and French.
Alessandro has built and managed web 2.0 companies with international teams and networks of partners.
Alessandro grew up in Italy, where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics. After having obtained an M.S. in Finance at Regent’s College he gained extensive experiences in both marketing and finance through positions at British Telecom and Bloomberg.
Alessandro has studied and worked in many different cities, including Munich, Geneva, London and Valencia. Genuinely passionate about international business and innovation, he loves to spend his spare time traveling and discovering new cultures. He now lives between Italy and UK.
Dan McNamee is a U.S. trained and qualified lawyer (New York) with extensive experience in capital markets and M&A transactions in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. This background has provided extensive exposure to rules, regulations and regulators (including the SEC and FINRA) governing all forms of capital raising in the United States. With this foundation in the traditional capital markets space, Dan is seeking to help grow the crowdfunding market in the United States in a manner that encourages capital formation by start-ups, protects investors and meets the extensive requirements of the nation’s regulators.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Dan has worked and lived throughout the United States, in London and elsewhere in Europe. In his spare time, Dan has contributed a significant amount of pro bono work to a number of organizations, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and enjoys suffering as he watches Cleveland’s consistently terrible sports teams lose.
Vamsi is an innovative technologist with over 15 years of experience in the Television, Media & Entertainment industry, and has built various enterprise software and technology platforms. Currently he is involved in a stealth startup building a digital venue for live concerts. In the past he was technology co-founder for three start-ups in the interactive TV, mobile events and social TV domains. He worked for media and entertainment giants such as Gemstar TV Guide and Rovi Corp. He has many years of experience in mobile platforms, social TV tools, video streaming, enterprise applications and e-commerce.
He is an active Angel investor in ARC Angels, Eniac Ventures and an active TIE Angel. Vamsi is also active in social and impact enterprises as a mentor (The Unreasonable Institute, SpringBoard IoT & 37Angels), an advisor to various early-stage startups and a blogger.
Mathew’s work melds a quantitative background with wide-ranging interests: global systems, sustainability, network theory and complexity all inspire his take on people-centered technology. As an analyst, he developed reporting systems for one of the world’s most successful hedge funds, and managed the analytics and business intelligence infrastructure of the world’s largest electronic foreign currency exchange market-maker. As a technologist, he strives to tap the disruptive potential of Open Source paradigms for collaboration and distributed organization, particularly in the social venture space.
Mathew received an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University, where he studied the dynamics of collective systems with pioneers in the fields of multiagent systems and the science of networks. He has lived in the U.K., Russia and India and speaks enough Russian and Hindi to get into trouble.
Rex is an innovative banker with more than 15 years experience in retail banking, treasury and commodity trading at Commerzbank, J.P. Morgan and ABB Financial Services. Through his passion for entrepreneurship and new markets he got involved during the dot-com era in building up a business incubation unit for ABB, subsequently spinning off a company which pioneered the implementation of the European emissions trading scheme. He continued his career in the climate change sector first by joining EcoSecurties, a leading startup company in developing carbon reduction projects worldwide, and more recently as director in the environmental markets team of BNP Paribas.
Rex strongly believes that crowdfunding will cause a paradigm shift in the financial service industry and that it will make a significant contribution to the transition towards a sustainable economy. Born and raised in Germany, he gained a qualification as banker and a Masters degree in economics from University Hamburg. He currently lives in the UK with his wife and two daughters.
Travis is a Wall Street veteran with a background in trading, sales, strategy and business development. Travis worked for such Investment Banks as Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns and Societe Generale. In addition, he has been a part of one of the world’s purest forms of capitalism as a floor broker on the New York Mercantile Exchange for over five years. Additionally, Travis spent two years working in London, Geneva and New York for a commodity broker/dealer division which he oversaw.
Travis has a passion for the Crowdfunding space as it promotes change to the near century-old securities laws while affording a new dimension to the capital market infrastructure. Born and raised in the CT / NYC area, Travis had the opportunity to witness firsthand the technology disruption and changes to Wall Street from the late 1990’s onward.
Travis has an MBA in Management from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business & Management, a Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) from Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. Travis is a Certified Mediator and Arbitrator. Travis carries his Series 3 and Series 7 (FINRA) licenses. In his free time, Travis has a passion for college basketball, scuba diving and is an avid shark tooth collector.
Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Irene is an International Business graduate, with a strong interest for innovative ideas that can simplify our lives.
During her studies, she co-founded an online community for sportspeople and worked in marketing positions at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and at the European Business Angel Network, in Brussels. She is a passionate blogger about crowdfunding and the startup ecosystem.
Born and raised in Montana, educated in California and Western Europe, Brendan’s passion for new and innovative economic models led him to Crowd Valley.
While reading for a Master’s degree at the University of Sussex in Globalization, Brendan began working for The People Who Share, a seminal organization in the burgeoning European sharing economy sector. He developed a deep passion for the potential of social enterprise, and as a consequence, crowdfunding. He recently co-founded an online storytelling project, Storyteller.is, launched in June 2013. He has also furnished work for Ashoka Caribbean and Smile Liberia.
He speaks French and conversational Spanish, while learning Italian, Portuguese and Catalan. He enjoys trail running, reading, playing and watching football, and is an unapologetic supporter of Arsenal FC and Southend United.
Jouko is an investor and entrepreneur across the US, Europe and Asia and is active at a senior level with many web and mobile enterprises.
Starting his first software company at the age of 16, Jouko held progressively senior positions at diverse technology firms including Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, Powerwave Technologies Inc., Nokia and Sonera. He is a pioneer in the field of social media marketing, and played a significant role in developing the first social marketing intelligence solutions for mobile and media companies. Jouko sits on the boards of various start-up companies and is a co-founder or seed investor at six companies, including Replicon and Xtract. Jouko is a certified advisor for NasdaqOMX Stockholm and Helsinki early phase company lists.
With more than 15 years experience in international business management and having been close to many VC deals in the past, ranging from 150K USD to 15M USD, Jouko is passionate about the challenges in finding and supporting the next great ventures. Jouko believes that web 2.0 will significantly change all business practices, including the traditional finance and capital markets. Jouko regularly speaks at marketing, start-up funding, mobile and web 2.0 conferences including SXSW, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, and Informa, IIR and other conferences around Europe, Asia, and the US. He is also a co-author of the book Social Media Marketing (Futuretext, London, Feb 2009).
Valto Loikkanen is a serial entrepreneur who has started several companies across Europe and the US in the web and mobile fields. At the age of 24, Valto started and grew his first company VTG Worldwide, selling custom mobile phone covers, from the ground up into an international business with a turnover of over 100 million FIM.
Forward-thinking and always seeking the next big web and mobile success, Valto became fed up with the lack of transparency and openness in the startup funding process. He saw that with Web 2.0 taking hold, a lack of transparency no longer works in helping the Internet’s shining stars find their grounding, which was one of the drivers behind him co-founding the Grow VC Group.