Understanding Equity Crowdfunding, Manny Fernandez, TBJApodcast 390
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Understand equity crowdfunding and how Title III of the Jobs Act allows anyone to try financially backing a company. Find out what you need to know to invest or raise funds. CEO of DreamFunded.com, Manny Fernandez, share his top tips.

Manny Fernandez is the co-founder and CEO of DreamFunded.com. He is a Silicon Valley angel investor, angel group founder, serial entrepreneur and keynote speaker. He has been successful leading his own ventures as well as advising other startups on their paths to success. Fernandez won the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award in 2014 for co-founding DreamFunded.

He had previously founded SF Angels Group in San Francisco, and he has been an investor with TiE Angels since 2012. Fernandez was named in Inc. Magazine’s list of the top 33 entrepreneurs to watch in 2016 and was named 2014 SF Angel Investor of the Year. He is the 14th most followed Angel Investor on Twitter, with over 100,000 followers.


I was an amateur boxer.

Think Like A Journalist Excerpt

“Whether we realize it or not, equity crowdfunding is tied to the creation of wealth in underrepresented communities.”  Excerpt from an article: Crowdfunding’s Power To Close The Racial Wealth Gap

Success Quote or Tip

Take action and don’t get stuck in fear.

Career Highlight

When Manny was 20 bought his first investment property. He wanted to keep repeating the process but he got stuck because he didn’t have the funds and didn’t know how to get investors. He asked around and no one knew how to help him. So, Manny started raising his own money and then bought and sold investment properties. Find out what he’s most proud of in his career.

When It Didn’t Work

It all starts with a setback but it’s life tapping you on the shoulder telling you that you have to get over it. When the jobs act was signed by President Obama in 2012 nothing happened. It wasn’t until years later that the SEC ruled on it and it finally became law in 2016. Many people quit working in Manny’s field but he kept at it. Hear his story.

Top Tips Understanding Equity Crowdfunding And Angel Investing

  1. Title III of Jobs Act.
  2. You must apply and get approval.
  3. How Do Some People Raise Millions?
  4. The entrepreneur must be known.
  5. Create a video about where you’re at, what’s in it for the investor, and where they’re going to go.
  6. Show proof of what you’re doing. You must have traction.
  7. Make your business understandable to the average person and the accredited investor.
  8. Make sure you have a brand. Example: Task Rabbit.
  9. The entrepreneur must be a leader and lead the sharing of the campaign.

What is one piece of technology, video or multimedia equipment, or app that you just can’t live without?

Cellphone. Twitter

One book, documentary, blog, podcast, or Internet Channel to watch?

Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill

The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind, Joseph Murphy

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DreamFunded website

Twitter @MannyFernandez

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Phoebe Chongchua
Phoebe Chongchua

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia Brand Journalist, Brand Consultant & Marketing Strategist who is revolutionizing brand communication with consumers. She makes companies remarkable using brand journalism storytelling to grow their online presence, build a community, and gain greater market share. Phoebe is a former TV News journalist who helps brands gain a competitive advantage by learning to “Be the Media”. Phoebe is the host of “The Brand Journalism Advantage” podcast and a “Top 50 Podcaster To Follow”. Listen in iTunes or at ThinkLikeAJournalist.com

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