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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

5th Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention Approaches

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The 5th Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention is coming up on October 15 through 17, 2016 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.

Ruth Hedges, the showrunner for the convention, bills it as the biggest industry event of the year.

Featured speakers will include Slava Rubin, co-founder and CEO of Indiegogo; Lisa Song Sutton, Miss Nevada 2014; Vladimir I. Ivanov, PhD, of the SEC; and, yours truly, Devin Thorpe, among many others.

The speakers will include a number of people profiled on the Your Mark on the World Show, including Ruth, Douglas Ellenoff, Richard Swart, Kendall Almerico, Jilliene Helman, Mary Juetton, Jillian Sidoti, Samuel Guzik, and Howard Leonhardt.

Ruth says, “We bring together a dynamic program featuring exciting breakout sessions, crowdfunding superstars who have raised millions of dollars, office hours with investors and mentors, crowdfunding professional experts, and leading Fintech companies driving the growth of the industry. They will share actionable information and proven strategies on all facets of Reward, Donation,and Equity Crowdfunding. You will not find this anywhere else.”

The crowdfunding industry has been reenergized by the belated implementation of the JOBS Act Title III provisions allowing ordinary investors to participate in startup investing for the first time since the 1933 Act was passed during the Great Depression.

On Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 Eastern, Ruth will join me here for a live discussion about the Global Crowdfunding Convention, the speakers and the events associated with it. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Ruth Hedges, courtesy of the Global Crowdfunding Convention

Ruth Hedges, courtesy of the Global Crowdfunding Convention

More about the Global Crowdfunding Convention:

Twitter: @thegccworld

The Global Crowdfunding Convention (GCC) consistently hand picks the best and the brightest in the field and covers all topics of crowdfunding. Produced by Crowdfunding industry experts, it attracts the world’s business leaders to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues. For more information visit Follow the hashtag #thegccworld on Twitter for real-time hashtag highlights.

Ruth’s bio:

Ruth E. Hedges is one the world’s foremost authorities on crowdfunding and is one of the original pioneers of the legislation that was ultimately signed into law as the JOBS Act on April 5, 2012. She was honored with an invitation to the White House for its Crowdfunding Champions of Change event. Ruth created and operates the worlds first Global Crowdfunding Convention (GCC) now in entering its 5th year. It is hosted every year in Las Vegas NV.

Ms Hedges is the founder of the industry’s first Marketing Automation CRM and Social media platform built for Crowdfunding and Crowd Financing.

The company aims to fill the void between basic email software and complex and expensive marketing software. Along with an easy to use Crowdfunding Task & Action Plan™-A virtual placeholder,guide and calendar for you to create a step by step crowdfunding plan with timelines for launching and running a successful and compliant campaign.

As an industry expert, Ms Hedges has been interviewed or quoted in over 50 major publications and was selected to teach the first university-level course on securities-based crowdfunding in the nation at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Ms Hedges was also a Founding Board member of the CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and CFPA. ​In 2012 Ms Hedges also launched to help spread the word across the globe.

Previously, Ms. Hedges was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy as well as the New York Times, the LA times and People magazine for her work with Oxfam America and the Hollywood Hunger Banquets.She was featured on ABC’s Home Show, and the Financial News Network produced a two-part series on Ms. Hedges for their show” American Entrepreneur.” She was invited to fill a cabinet seat on the Second Century Campaign board which raised over 16 million dollars to build the new Union Rescue Mission. She is the recipient of the Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for that work.

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