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International Crowdfunding Expert, Jason Best, Joins Fongogo’s Board of Advisors

International Crowdfunding Expert, Jason Best, Joins Fongogo’s Board of Advisors

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04/06/2014

 
 International Crowdfunding Expert, Jason Best, Joins Fongogo
s Board of Advisors
Istanbul, Turkey, March 17, 2014
Co-founder and Principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors. Jason Best, joins Fongogo
Jason is one of the most respectable international crowdfunding leaders, ranked as one of the 10 most influential people in crowdfunding by Forbes.com.
He has co-authored the crowdfund investing framework used in the much discussed JOBS Act, in the USA. He provided congressional testimony on crowdfunding on two occasions and was honoured to attend the White House ceremony when President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law in 2012. Additionally, Jason co-founded the crowdfunding industry trade group that works with the SEC and FINRA as they create the rules for crowdfund investing. Jason also works with angel groups, PE/VC firms as well as governments and NGOs, including The World Bank, to understand the crowdfunding ecosystem and create successful crowdfund investing strategies. He was instrumental in the successful effort to have CCA selected by the US State Department
s Global Entrepreneurship Program as a Key Partner.
Jason
s firm, CCA, has worked on crowd capital issues in 24 countries and can bring experience and best practices to the countries that he works with.
Jason is co-author of the Crowdfund Investing for Dummies book (published by Wiley) and is a contributor to TechCrunch and Venture Beat, and has appeared in Fast Company, Bloomberg Markets and on BBC, CNN, CNBC and CCTV. Jason co-founded the University of California, Berkeley
Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance
 and is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley
s
Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
 Prior to his work in crowdfund investing, Jason was a successful healthcare technology entrepreneur with 2 companies in San Francisco. He will advise the Fongogo team both around the company
s strategic decisions and the formation of a planned Turkish Crowdfunding Association. Jason will also support Fongogo in collaboration with the MENA region. The crowdfunding industry is taking the world by storm. While it
s a relatively infant industry it
s growing across all markets, and fast.
The developing economy market alone is estimated to
 
 grow to USD 96 billion by 2025 and the world
s largest crowdfunding platform recently exceeded USD 1 billion in pledges by 5.7 million contributors since it
s foundation 5 years ago
. In a new and fast moving industry like crowdfunding it is of enormous importance to work with qualified advisors. Fongogo built a Board of Advisors with local and international backgrounds with expertise covering finance, IT, law, NGOs, and risk management. Other recent additions to Fongogo
s Board of Advisors are Emre Ozbek (http://fongogo.com/u/emreozbek) and Gorkem Gokce (http://fongogo.com/u/gorkem-gokce). Emre Ozbek is a senior executive professional with 18 years of experience in advisory and assurance, corporate and strategic governance, business development, internal audit, and risk management. He held positions with Vodafone, PricewaterhouseCoopers and ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Controls Association). Among others, he holds the ISO31000 auditor certification on Enterprise Risk Management.
Emre provides Fongogo with risk management consulting including reviewing and improving Fongogo
s risk management processes to secure a regional yet international standard. Gorkem Gokce run his own legal practice, Gokce Attorney Partnership, since 2010 and has been involved in a variety of international mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, private equity and venture capital and project finance transactions as well as privatisations in Turkey. He also has key expertise in Internet based businesses.
Clients include Standard Bank, Spotify, NBC Universal, T-Systems, and Formula 1 Administration. Gorkem is a member of the British
 –
 Turkish Lawyers Association and acted as the Secretary to the Association between 2008 and 2009. He is also a member to International Technology Law  Association and is involved in Communications & Outreach and Program Committees.
Fongogo
Fongogo (www.fongogo.com) offers individuals, companies and NGOs, a marketplace to fundraise, seek feedback, marketing and pre-sell products/services. Fongogo is where projects get started by the crowd, a concept generally known as crowdfunding. It is an alternative, or a complementary, way of sourcing funds with additional benefits that include seeking proof of concept and creating awareness. Project creators post their projects on Fongogo. Contributors allocate funds, small or large, to their project of choice, for which they receive rewards, and/or recognition, in return. Both

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