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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Deal Makers Comment On Crowdfunding Platform Acquisition

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

Last month, impact investing and crowdfunding platform Gate Global Impact was acquired by Investview, Inc. Vince Molinari, CEO of Gate Global Impact and Dr. Joseph Louro, CEO of Investview, will be joining me for a live discussion about the deal and its impact. Note that Gate Global Impact sponsored the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference, which I organized in September of 2014.

In a statement describing the transaction, Louro said, “There are three significant components of this monumental acquisition, first is the impact of the GATEWAY technology platform which provides in the electronic investing regulatory compliant marketplace. Secondarily the leadership of Vincent Molinari and Joseph Latona Jr. as demonstrated from congressional testimony on the Jobs act to developing technology which I believe is the ultimate compromise in the democratization of public and private capital formation by bringing all investor types from crowdfunding to accredited to institutional to governmental with a leading compliance infrastructure that offers investor protections and access to quality deal flow all meeting under one tree. Additionally this is evident by the incredible partnerships the GATEWAY platform has in their respective spaces such as The United Nations Global Compact, and being selected and an OPIC EDN originator.”

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:00 Eastern, Louro and Molinari will join me for a live discussion about the transaction and the combined business’s future plans.

More about Gate Global Impact:

GGI, Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Investview Inc that will operate the GATEWAY 2.0 electronic marketplace. GATEWAY is an impact investing-focused electronic regulatory compliant marketplace that provides market infrastructure and related services for the emerging Impact Investment industry public and private investments with a sustainable social and/or environmental component. Please visit www.gateglobalimpact.com

More about Investview, Inc.:

Investview, Inc. is a diversified Financial Services Company which includes a Registered Investment Advisory Firm and intends to utilize the Firm’s technology to generate recurring fees and commissions from potential Investview customers. Traditionally, Investview provides and delivers a comprehensive online program of investor education, offers proprietary investor search tools and trading indicators, distributes weekly newsletters and offers access to live weekly Trading Rooms Investview is continuing to emerge as a Financial Services Company seeking diversification of revenue. For more information on any of the Investview products, please visit: www.investview.com.

Dr. Joseph Louro

Dr. Joseph Louro

Louro’s bio:

Dr. Louro is a successful businessman who possesses the skills and capabilities to guide Investview through its development stage and prepare the company for growth. He has successfully operated companies in multiple business sectors and has been involved in educating through lecturing in the education space domestically and internationally.

Dr. Louro, from 2006 to 2011, served as the CEO and President of LDG-Louro Development Group, a business development company focused on real estate transactions, new construction and downtown development projects as well as foreclosure-bankruptcy turnaround solutions.

From 1981 to 2006, Dr. Louro acted as an international speaker for live seminar educational companies. Dr. Louro’s topics for physicians and businessmen included success principles, practice management skills and leadership skills. Dr. Louro also taught staff and employees how to enhance the customers overall experience through first class service.

Dr. Louro was licensed by the State of New Jersey in 1981 by the Board of Medical Examiners to practice as a Chiropractor and, has since demonstrated the ability to run multiple offices with an integrated staff of chiropractic, medical and osteopathic physicians while also teaching and consulting.

Vince Molinari

Vince Molinari

Molinari’s bio:

As founder and chief executive officer of GATE Technologies, Mr. Molinari has been the driving force behind GATE’s mission to create new market infrastructure that brings transparency, efficiency, and liquidity to the unstructured global alternative asset markets. He is responsible for GATE’s strategic planning and business initiatives, including corporate alliances and strategic partnerships. His vision is based on a core belief that “actionable knowledge” drives investments, and that technology can close the gap between traditional and emerging alternative markets. Vincent believes opening the private market for investment can spearhead economic growth and job creation. The company’s initiatives in Impact Investing reflect Vincent’s commitment to bringing positive change through financial innovation.

Vincent is also the founder of Global Access Holdings LLC, a financial media and analytics company, which identified a global trend line of illiquid securities and the potential market need for alternative asset trading platforms. Prior to Global Access Holdings, he was chairman & CEO of Burlington Capital Markets LLC, a financial services company specializing in institutional execution services and investment banking activities. In addition, he co-founded Inculab, a technology business incubator. Vincent began his career at Lehman Brothers Inc., and has also held senior positions at Janney Montgomery Scott Inc., and Ridgewood Capital Funding, LLC.

Vincent is a Founding Board Member and Co Chairman of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) which was established by the crowdfunding industry’s leading platforms and experts to work with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other affected governmental and quasi-governmental entities on establishing industry standards and best practices. He is also a Co-Founder and Executive Committee Board Member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), a leading trade organization for the Crowdfund industry. Vincent was named as one of the Top 10 Most Influential People in Business Crowdfunding in Forbes.

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