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Rodney Sampson Using Equity Crowdfunding For Opportunity Hub Coworking Space

Bishop Rodney Sampson, serial entrepreneur, community leader, author of Kingonomics, and a good friend of mine, is using Georgia’s unique crowdfunding exemption to sell financial interests in an entrepreneurial coworking space in downtown Atlanta called the Opportunity Hub. He and his team have plans to roll out the model in other cities in the around the Southeast.

Rodney was also gracious enough to write the foreword to Crowdfunding for Social Good.

Rodney will also be speaking at the upcoming Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference (SECFC14) on September 26, 2014 at Snowbird.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 3:00 Eastern, Rodney will join me to talk about the offering. Tune in right here then to watch the interview.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

Rodney’s bio:

Rodney Sampson is a social innovator, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, published author, and consecrated bishop. Via his Episcopal affiliations with the Old Holy Catholic Church (International Bishops Conference) and Kingdom Manifestation, Sampson shapes innovative economic policy and opportunities throughout society and culture. As a serial entrepreneur, Sampson co-founded Multicast Media Networks (Streamingfaith.com) in 2000 (sold in 2010), a live and on-demand streaming platform that laid the foundation for companies like YouTube and Ustream. Not stopping there, Sampson co-founded Intellectual Currency (an integrated marketing and business development firm) in 2002, Intellect Inspire (a digital publishing imprint of Audible) in 2006, and Legacy Opportunity Fund in 2007 with private equity investments in technology, the social graph and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He also serves on the boards of a learning company (a publishing imprint of Pearson Education), a New York-based merchant investment bank, a trucking and logistics company and a community development corporation (CDC).

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Sampson is passionate about reducing our nation’s poverty and wealth gap by advancing the cause of entrepreneurship, investment and Crowdfunding as a way of life for all communities. To advance this definitive cause, he created the diversity and inclusion initiatives at One Three Media, a joint venture between Mark Burnett Productions and Hearst. One Three executive produces The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, ABC’s Shark Tank, Richard Branson’s “Space Race”, The Bible Series &Son of God. He is also the Founder of opportunity.UP // unleashing private equity, the nation’s leading conference and learning platform learning for minorities and under-served communities to learn, navigate and master the entrepreneurial and investment ecosystem. opportunity.UP conferences attract over 1,000 entrepreneurs, 500 teenagers and 100 accredited investors and mentors.  On the ground, he is the co-founder of the opportunity.HUB a coworking space, knowledge repository and accelerator located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. opportunity.HUB is home to opportunity.VENTURES, a new seed and early stage fund focused on making investments in consumer goods, consumer web and technology based companies that impact culture and beyond.

Sampson is also an advocate and respected expert on the JOBS Act (debt and equity based crowdfunding) and State of Georgia’s “Invest Georgia Exemption” legislation. Always meditating, thinking, networking and connecting to disrupt economic culture, Sampson is innovating what he has branded as an  “ecosystem funding platform” designed to integrate the capital markets of the African American owned banks, churches, business associations and historical black colleges and universities. The platform will allow underserved and under-represented communities to learn, engage and invest in the investment ecosystem by providing access to relevant investment opportunities traditionally reserved for accredited and institutional investors. The long-term outcome will result in job creation, wealth creation and a better society for all.

Published Works

Vetted with intuitive and experiential wisdom, Sampson is regularly called upon to advise and speak to nations, businesses, universities, and bishops who employ thousands and lead millions of constituents and communities around the world. Sampson’s published works include Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative “Currencies” for Transforming Your Business and Your Life, Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Your Manifest Destiny: 7.5 Words to Transform Your Future; Yes We Will: Solutions for Realizing Your Personal Power in an Obama Era; and Black Trillions: Introducing Symbiotic Economics. His audio works include Any Day Now: Genesis of Divine Manifestation and Your Manifest Destiny: 15 Audio Meditations to Transform Your Future.

Education

Sampson earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2001. He also studied in the Doctorate of Medicine program at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine from 1995 to 1999. For his dedication and commitment to definitive social causes at such a young age, Sampson received an honorary Doctorate of Ministry from the I.G.F. Theological Seminary in 1998.

Philanthropy

A strong believer in global reinvestment, Sampson has been a friend of Africa. He has worked closely with the republics of Namibia, Gabon, and Uganda in the areas of trade and development, business development, leadership development, and public affairs. For his contributions to humanity, Sampson was awarded the Phoenix Award—the City of Atlanta’s highest honor—by Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2004. In direct support of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sampson, his wife, and a group of influencers in 2007 donated more than $50,000 to the King Papers Project, a capital campaign established to ensure that Dr. King’s papers would remain in the city of Atlanta at Morehouse College for generations to come.

Family

Sampson and his wife reside in Atlanta, their native home, with their children.

Highlights

  • Serial innovator, parallel entrepreneur & angel investor
  • Co-founded Multicast Media (StreamingFaith.com) in 2000, a live and on-demand streaming platform that laid the foundation for companies like YouTube and ustream. Sold in 2010.
  • Recognized as a national expert on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) ACT a/ka #crowdfunding
  • Served as 1st Executive -in- Charge of Diversity and Inclusion, One Three Media / Mark Burnett Productions (Producer of Shark Tank, The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, Richard Branson’s “Space Race”, The Bible Series & Son of God)
  • Co-Founder of Opportunity Hub (OHUB), a co-working space and accelerator located at 200 Peachtree in Downtown Atlanta, http://www.ohub200.com
  • Co-Founder of the opportunity.UP // unleashing private equity conference (formerly known as Kingonomics)
  • Co-Founder of opportunity.VENTURES with Jerry Hicks & Paul Judge
  • Sampson’s Intellectual Currency Agency provided high level advisory, integrated marketing and business development for The Bible Series (Mark Burnett Productions), Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ (Icon Pictures); Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Disney); and Keith Beauchamp’s The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (Think Film).
  • Author of four best selling books, including Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies For Transforming Your Business & Life: Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Consecrated bishop in The International Bishop’s Conference, the North American branch of The Old Holy Catholic Church
  • Launched Kingdom Manifestation, a marketplace ministry
  • Mentored by Dr. John C. Maxwell from 2004-2006; Trained more than 32,000 leaders in Namibia, Africa
  • Speaks and advises nations, corporations, universities and churches
  • Advised three African Heads of State (Namibia, Gabon, Uganda)
  • Sampson’s definitive purpose is to disrupt poverty and facilitate the reduction of the wealth gap in America and beyond via innovation, entrepreneurship and investment

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New Crowdfunding Portal To Fund Veterans Entrepreneurs

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day it seems apt to recognize the newly created crowdfunding site TwistRate focused on helping America’s veterans with their entrepreneurship.

Veterans are twice as likely to be entrepreneurs as the rest of the country; 1 in 7 veterans own a business.

On July 3, 2014, Evan Hafer, a veteran himself and founder and CEO of TwistRate, will join me for a live discussion about the launch of the new platform. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.

More about TwistRate:

TwistRate is Americans coming together online to build the innovations, dreams and causes of America’s veterans, service members, law enforcement, outdoor enthusiasts, fishing and hunting communities.

TwistRate is a safe and secure platform that brings together people’s passions and ideas with people like themselves to fund and share with like-minded people.

Part social, part finance, all American. We bring your ideas to life, giving you the tools to take your great ideas to others in your community so they can benefit from your ingenuity. TwistRate brings communities together to fund their own, build their own and make their own – all on their own.

TwistRate was founded by Special Operations veterans who wanted to create a special place for the community that gives their all, protecting and serving their country, their cities, their neighbors and their brothers in arms.

TwistRate and you make the American Dream a reality by connecting the dreamers with the dollars.

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Evan’s bio:

Evan Hafer, CEO of TwistRate, is an avid hunter, fisher, gun enthusiast and outdoorsman. He spent the first 14 years of his career serving in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and Special Forces solider (Green Beret), deployed throughout the globe conducting operations and training. Throughout his personal and professional life, Evan has been surrounded by innovators who have created technologies, gadgets and adaptations that enable themselves and those around them to work and play harder. An entrepreneur and active investor, Evan has his own fly fishing and river guiding company and, by working with innovators from around the globe, has helped others bring their inventions and passions to life, as he and co-founder Jeff Kirkham founded TwistRate.

During his service In the Army, he trained journalists how to survive in combat theaters, led African Contingency Operations, trained indigenous forces to protect their nations, provided high-risk security operations and conducted countless missions. Post-military, he conducted similar operations for government agencies, worked for a nanotechnology company by developing commercial and defense industry products and spent years training law enforcement and government personnel in crisis response training. In 2013, he founded the Crisis Response Education Foundation (CREF), a non-profit devoted to helping law enforcement through the teaching of Special Forces operations training. He got his start as an instructor after he graduated from the University of Idaho when he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant.

Evan and his co-founder created TwistRate to be the online fundraising platform for the innovations, ideas and passions of America’s veteran, service member, law enforcement, outdoor enthusiast and shooting communities. TwistRate brings groups together to fund, build and make their own American Dream a reality. Within TwistRate, he sets strategy and leads the TwistRate team, helping his members bring their ideas to others in the TwistRate community.
Evan has led training teaching classes on close quarters combat, advanced pistol and carbine courses and ocean hunting, and he and Jeff are the authors of the first civilian Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)-certified active shooter course.

Evan is a passionate outdoorsman who prefers the remoteness of the Frank Church Wilderness area in central Idaho to any other place on earth. He is most passionate about his loving family, wife Kate and daughter Nara.

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StartSomeGood Pop Up Shop

The crowdfunding site for social entrepreneurs, StartSomeGood, is running a crowdfunding campaign on its own site, calling it a pop up shop, offering a variety of goodies for mission-driven people who are keen to do good.

Among the goodies offered are a number of ebooks, including my book, Crowdfunding for Social Good, which includes a few stories gleaned from the StartSomeGood site. Other items include shirts and posters.

StartSomeGood plans to use the proceeds to support technology upgrades for the site.

On Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM Eastern, CEO Tom Dawkins will join me from Australia for a live discussion about the offering.

More about StartSomeGood:

We exist to empower you to become a social innovator. By providing social entrepreneurs, changemakers and non-profits with the tools you need to rally your community and raise funds, together we can turn ideas into action and impact.

The truth is there is no shortage of problems in the world. But the good news is there’s also no shortage of people with the ideas and passion to address those problems. These are our people, the changemakers. Too often however, the vision for change doesn’t come packaged with the resources needed to make it happen. StartSomeGood provides social entrepreneurs with a platform to raise funds and build a community of supporters — all in a fun, engaging and community-driven way. Our site taps into the power of community, allowing social entrepreneurs to ask for financial support from supporters from around the world. We give them the tools to update their supporters and provide unique rewards in exchange for support – on their first campaign, and for future campaigns down the road.

We’ve taken the crowdfunding model — which is growing in popularity world-wide — and customized it to reflect the unique needs of social entrepreneurs.

Tom’s bio:

Tom Dawkins is a serial social entrepreneur and the Australian co-founder of StartSomeGood. He previously founded award-winning Australia non-profit Vibewire and was the first Social Media Director at Ashoka. He has worked with numerous non-profits, associations and government entities to help them tell their stories and build community. He’s founded a film festival, opened Australia’s first co-working space and set-up a Burning Man Theme Camp with his wife Kate. They returned to Australia in 2012 after four years in the US in time for the birth of their first child, Bodhi.

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Real Estate Crowdfunding Builds Communities

AdaPia d’Errico, Chief Marketing Officer of the real estate crowdfunding portal Patch of Land, will be speaking at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference (SECFC14) on September 26, 2014 at Snowbird, Utah.

On July 3, 2014 at 2:00 Eastern, AdaPia will join me for a live discussion about the critical role that real estate plays in a community and how crowdfunding for real estate can have a positive impact on a neighborhood.

More about Patch of Land:

Patch of Land is a marketplace lending platform that connects borrowers who require short term funding for their real estate projects with accredited and institutional investors seeking uncorrelated returns from passive income real estate investments.

Patch of Land is a privately owned company based in Los Angeles, CA providing accredited and institutional investors easier access to short-term, asset collateralized, fixed income securities through its proprietary P2RE “Peer-to-Real-Estate” lending marketplace. Patch of Land is the online marketplace solution to inefficient, slow, fragmented and obscure short- term real estate lending, providing a fast, efficient, transparent and consistent service to real estate borrowers and professionals, who may not qualify for traditional financing.

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AdaPia’s bio:

AdaPia d’Errico is an entrepreneur, investor, and mentor with broad experience across retail banking, financial planning, international finance and capital markets, strategic brand and intellectual property development, crowdfunding and online community building. As Chief Marketing Officer at Patch of Land, she leads strategic partnerships, and drives brand awareness while positioning the company at the forefront of P2P real estate lending and debt crowdfinancing. She has co-founded two businesses with women partners, coached female entrepreneurs, taught and mentored business students, and frequently speaks on Women 2.0 topics in crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, and fundraising for start-ups. AdaPia has a BBA from the University of British Columbia.

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