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Jason Best at TEDxSanMigueldeAllende

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Published on Jan 7, 2013

Jason Best, one of the innovators of the crowdfunding model, investigates why it has been so successful and suggests ways that it will transform entrepreneurial endeavors in the future, thus facilitating a new wave of startups and technologies.

Jason Best, co-founder and principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors, co-authored the crowdfund investing framework used in the JOBS Act in 2012, as one of the three men who led the U.S. fight to legalize debt and equity based crowdfunding. Within CCA, Jason works with clients ranging from domestic and foreign governments and NGOs looking for ways to boost economic development and political stability, to angel groups and PE/VC investment firms seeking access to the increased deal flow that crowdfund investing creates. In addition to his work at Crowdfund Capital Advisors, Jason is a co-founder and co-chair of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) and co-founder of the CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) the self-regulatory association for the crowdfunding industry currently working with the SEC and FINRA to establish and maintain crowdfunding rules and industry best practices. Additionally, he is a member of the board of the European Crowdfunding Network and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. He also sits on the council of The Crowdfunding Accreditation for Platform Standards (CAPS), which promotes best practices for the operation of crowdfunding platforms globally.

A successful investor and entrepreneur, Jason has raised than $40 million in private capital, and brings over a decade of executive leadership experience at two SaaS companies, one of which earned an INC 500 award two years in a row as one of 500 fastest growing private companies in the US. Jason currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley. With access to some of the newest research and data on crowdfunding, Jason regularly speaks at conferences around the world discussing crowdfund investing, and contributes to publications such as VentureBeat and TechCrunch. Jason earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world's top international MBA program. He also holds a Bachelors degree from William Jewell College, including two terms in the Oxford Overseas Study Course, St. Peter's College, Oxford University, U.K. He is an author of Crowdfund Investing for Dummies published by Wiley & Son's.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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