Launched and sold crowdfunding platform RocketHub. Active entrepreneur, advisor, investor, and founding member of Forbes Technology Council.
My last venture, RocketHub, launched in 2009. We built one of the world's largest and most recognized crowdfunding brands, and in spring of 2015 our company was acquired by EFactor Group Corp in a deal valued at $15 million. One year after selling my company I joined a team of established entrepreneurs to create a venture building group providing innovation resources to startups and large-companies (we sometimes make investments as well). I know what it takes to build and operate multiple products at varying stages of their life cycle, and the serious resource trade-offs involved. Strong background in strategy, technology, operations, finance, business development, and regulation. Ping me if you have anything to bounce off me!
Recognized as an industry voice, I have had the opportunity to testify twice in front of U.S. Congress, co-author three acclaimed whitepapers on the JOBS Act, and was selected to lead FINRA's Capital Markets Series on crowdfunding and regulatory innovation. I am a frequent speaker, leading talks for organizations and conferences including American Express, TEDx, Make Innovation, as well as signature conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia.
I have led advancements in technology, and created new ways of transacting, securing, and processing large volumes of consumer funding at high speeds, and at a global level. I love identifying patterns within market noise and future-proofing platforms! Big fan of partnerships.
I have overseen partnerships with some of the coolest brands out there, including the White House, U.S. Department of State, Wieden+Kennedy, Fulbright Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, Chrysler, A&E Network, Ovation TV, Whirlpool, Freshdirect, Bon Appetit, Chrysler, Popular Science, and many others! M.Sc from Columbia University, and was a fellow at the Earth Institute's Advanced Consortium of Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4); specializing in the morbidly complex field of genocide prevention and social network theory.
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RocketHub (www.rockethub.com) is an online platform providing alternative finance solutions through crowdfunding. RocketHub was acquired April, 2015.
• Business & Product Operations & Finance
• Partnerships (brand, technology, community, strategy)
• Product Development (architecture, innovation & implementation)
• Public Engagement (industry voice), Press & Outreach
• Revenue Growth & Management (scaling, future proofing)
• Corporate Strategy (resource trade-offs, market patterns, positioning)
• Contracts & Negotiation (top-tier media network, agencies, emerging players & Fortune 500 firms)
• Regulation, Compliance & Security
Featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, NY Times, NPR, CNN, Billboard, Variety, and others.
Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
Awarded Research fellowship at the Earth Institute's Advanced Consortium of Conflict, Complexity, and Cooperation.
Hillel-Tuch, Alon, Developing Focal Point Networks for State-Centered Genocide Prevention (May 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2694637
Video: Conflict Resolution Alumni Career Panel & Mixer
Bachelor of Arts: Economics and Chinese Language & Culture
Thesis:“Innovation in Perfectly Competitive Markets”
Honorary Member Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society
Article: Social Entrepreneurs Urge Students to Connect Their Interests With Society’s Issues
This paper explores the CROWDFUND Act and likely rulemaking, and suggests approaches to rules that will permit the crowdfunding industry to play an important role in financing entrepreneurs, while adequately regulating activities for the protection of investors.
This whitepaper elaborates on opinions expressed in RocketHub’s first whitepaper, “Regulation Of Crowdfunding: Building On The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act”. The focus is crowdfunding best practices, and JOBS act implementation.
This whitepaper analyses the proposed rules (Release No. 33-9470) set forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The paper has endeavored to bring operational insight, and an experienced
crowdfunding & technology industry perspective to the discussion of the proposed rules. This paper is one of the most comprehensive surveys of the proposed rules ever completed.
Written as a Research Fellow at the Columbia University Earth Institute - Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity.
While genocide, at times, appears to be sporadic in its emergence; it, in fact, requires diligent planning, strategy, and execution; inferring potential prevention through effective response. Within the last decade, there has been an increased attention on the need for governments to respond effectively to potential genocides. One manifestation of this concern has been an effort to construct governmental systems that can foresee the development of such politics (early warning) and transmit this information for decision makers to respond effectively to the threat (early action).
A platform can receive information about a product including a product cost. The platform can also receive a registration message that can designate the product and at least one beneficiary. The platform can provide a description of a campaign associated with the product and the beneficiary to at least one funder. One or more funders can fund the campaign. The funding amount for the campaign can be stored by the platform. The platform can determine that the campaign meets or exceeds at least one campaign threshold. Examples of campaign thresholds can include a time limit, a minimum funding amount, a maximum funding amount a minimum number of funders and a maximum number of funders. Based on the determining that the campaign meets or exceeds the at least one campaign threshold, the platform can cause the ownership of the product to be transferred to the beneficiary.
Offers are presented to one or more users of a crowdfunding platform based upon information gathered from multiple users' activities across one or more campaigns. An offer may be provided to the fundraiser based on a campaign category, a campaign keyword, a campaign profile, offer profile or user activity history. A user profile may be used to determine an offer by comparing the profile to attributes of one or more offers. The selected offer can be presented to users such as funders, fundraisers and others.