Richard Swart, PhD

Global Crowdfunding and FinTech Advisor | Board Member | Expert Consultant


I help everyone from startups to the Bill Gates foundation make sense of evolving models of crowdfunding and how to profit in this industry.

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Crowdfunding FinTech Investing Board of Directors Impact Investing Venture Capital Strategy Research


Recognized global authority on FinTech, Alternative Finance and Crowd Innovation. Academic work bridges social impact and FinTech innovation. Have held a variety of fellowships, board seats and research appointments at leading academic institutions in the US and UK. Advising and consulting work has included family offices, large funds, major international foundations (Bill and Melinda Gates, Rockefeller Foundation, etc.), Fortune 500 companies, the World Bank, governments, and research institutions globally.

Current serve on Investment Committee of Wood, Hat & Silver. Formerly with Grow America Ventures and Startup America.

The revolutions in FinTech and cooperative finance including crowdfunding and marketplace lending are leading to massive disruption in capital formation and access to capital. The question that drives much of my work is how to help institutions profit from these changes without exacerbating the digital divide. Whether training NGOs in Africa or working with venture-backed startups in Silicon Valley, I have an intense focus on helping clients adapt to and profit from the tectonic changes in our financial systems and networks. Current projects include:

  • Disrupting seed investing through crowd based intelligence and rapid ideation models
  • Identifying how family offices can leverage crowdfunding and new online public offerings to de-risk and streamline direct investing esearching FinTech's impact on credit unions and other social finance institutions
  • Working with philanthropies and universities to understand how crowdfunding models are can help transform their development efforts Identifying how the interaction of regulatory bodies is causing unprecedented costs and increasing risk for US-based financial institutions
  • Research on supply chain finance innovation for global development
  • Continued work on increasing access to capital and job creation in minority and rural business communities
  • Public Policy work


Chief Strategy Officer

NextGeneration Crowdfunding
November 2015 - present

Visiting Research Fellow

UC Irvine
November 2016 - present

Investment Committee

Wood, Hat & Silver, L.L.C.
March 2017 - present

Guest Columnist

Entrepreneur Media
July 2015 - present

Member of the Global Alternative Finance Leadership Board

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Cambridge Judge Business School
December 2015 - present

Member Board of Directors

GotChosen, Inc.
July 2016 - present

Advisor and Consultant

UC Berkeley
January 2014 - present

Advisory Board Member

CrowdSmart Inc
May 2014 - present

Vice President, Founding Board Member

CrowdFunding Professional Association
April 2012 - present

Strategic Advisor

January 2016 - present

Foundation Board Member

March 2014 - present

Board of Advisors

Collective Changes - Global Mentoring
June 2014 - present


Stanford University

1991 - 1992

Completed a post-graduate fellowship in cybernetics and epistemology, focused on knowledge creation in complex networks. PhD is in Management Information Systems and have multiple other graduate and undergraduate degrees.

4/8/2017 5:19:16 PM,
Richard Swart, PhD replied:
In short, no.  Evidence globally shows that crowdfunding exists alongside other traditional forms of capital formation. Crowdfund Investing can supplement or replace the friends and family/seed round (RegCF), act as Seed/Seed+/Angel Round (RegCF or Title II), or even replace a public offering under $50mm (Regulation A+). However, for firms that are in the limited range of venture interest - easily scalable, TAM of at least $500mm/year, the ability of a Venture Firm to bring rapid additional cycles of financing will often require firms to continue using VCs.
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