Crowdfunding has emerged as an alternative way for entrepreneurs to fund their innovations. Businesses, artists, nonprofits and others raised $2.7 Billion in 2012 through platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The market is predicted to more than double in 2013. The success of crowdfunded products such as the Pebble watch ($10M raised from 69,000 backers) have prompted an explosion of campaigns. At this event you will hear from crowdfunding experts who have conducted successful campaigns and learn how entrepreneurs can tap into crowdfunding to achieve their goals. We will also discuss the SEC’s crowdfunding plan that would allow small companies to raise money in the private securities market.

Moderated by Jim Semick, ProductPlan

Additional Program Sponsors:

UCSB Technology Management Program and Tech Coast Angels


adam-chapnick2Adam Chapnick, Evangelist, Indiegogo
Adam Chapnick is a Principal and Evangelist at IndieGoGo, an international crowdfunding platform. Adam speaks regularly on cutting edge distribution strategies at markets and festivals including Sundance, South By Southwest, Digital Hollywood, AFM, WestDoc, Distribution U at USC, The Conversation, American Cinematheque and elsewhere.

Paul Spinrad, Editor,
Paul is a frequent writer about the crowdfunding revolution. He was the first person to propose and pursue a crowdfunding exemption to U.S. securities laws, which was passed as part of the JOBS Act of 2012 and which has since been mirrored in several state laws and bills. Paul was previously an editor at MAKE magazine and Wired magazine. He began his career writing software for government and business applications.

Christiam SmithChristian Smith, Co-founder and COO, Phone Halo
Christian is co-founder and COO of Phone Halo, the proximity technology company that allows you to quickly find any valuable with the TrackR mobile platform. A simple smartphone app helps you to track and find your things with a TrackR Bluetooth tag. The company recently completed two highly successful crowd funding campaigns to raise over $800,000 in capital for their Wallet TrackR and Button TrackR products.

Alon GorenAlon Goren, Co-founder and CEO,
Alon Goren is the CEO and co-founder of InvestedIn – a leading technology start-up that specializes in white-label crowdfunding platforms for reward, donation, pre-sales, equity crowdfunding and lending applications. The company has managed an estimated $32 million in crowdfunding deals and earlier this year, received the Los Angeles Venture Association’s “Best Marketplace Platform for Funding Award.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
UCSB Corwin Pavilion, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Student $10.00
Regular (Online pre-registration only) $30.00
At the Door $40.00
Parking $4.00

Parking Information

This event will take place at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion. Parking will be available at Lot 22 for $4. Signs will be on site to help direct you to the appropriate lot and guide you to the Corwin Pavilion.


  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Networking hour (appetizers and refreshments will be served)
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.   Panel discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.   Q&A

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please email us at or send us a message via our website at


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