Our mission is to provide the education and services needed to enable North Carolina startups and existing businesses to get funded using a variety of online private and public offering strategies including Investment Crowdfunding.
About William McGuire
Will is the CEO and Chief Crowdfunding Officer of CrowdfundNC. He is also the Managing Editor of CrowdfundNC.com and has been an investment crowdfunding investor and advisor since 2016. His vision is for everyone to have greater opportunity to provide impact to their families, entrepreneurs and those most in need in the community through the returns Investment Crowdfunding unlocks.
Will is highly engaged in the NC startup ecosystem and you’ll find him at entrepreneurial events or in one-on-one sessions with entrepreneurs across the state. His passion is to help make startups & other private businesses investable so they can get the funding they need. Will was honored to be featured in GrepBeat.
While in college, he co-founded Legacy Event Planners creating events to raise money for charity. It’s inaugural event, the Hillsborough Street Renaissance Festival shut down the street for the 1st time in 236 years (legally) for an all-day festival with over 15K attendees. The 2nd year running, the festival commenced the construction renovations for the street in Raleigh attracted over 40K people.
Since then he’s leveraged a lean-startup mindset for several national and global clients to drive revenue growth, improve operational performance and build mission driven teams aligned around a common vision. He’s worked on multiple digital teams including leading web & UX driven projects.
- Advisor and mentor to businesses at incubators and accelerators including HQ Community, Packard Place, Advent Coworking, Hygge Coworking and R!oT
- Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Member
- Member of Carolina Fintech Hub
- Crowdfunding Investor & Advocate
Will is a native of Wilmington, NC and graduated from NC State in 2009 with a major in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering and a Minor in Entrepreneurship.
About Brinda Ramaiya (Launch Director)
Brinda is the Launch Director of CrowdfundNC. She is passionate about creating community and accessibility to investing.
Brinda is a systems integrator with over fifteen years of experience in a variety of industries including high tech, financial services and nonprofit/benefit corporations with a focus of bringing new products and services to the marketplace. Her leadership roles include developing new products as a product manager, managing cross functional global teams as a program manager, creating engaging customer experiences is a marketing manager and developing strategic partnerships and growing the sales pipeline as a sales relationship manager.
Combining her background in technology and finance with her entrepreneurial approach, she is thrilled to be part of the CrowdFundNC team. She has to create community and accessibility to regional investing, bringing together partners, advisors and founders in the process.
- Advisor and mentor to businesses at NC IDEA, Frontier and American Underground
- Lead Organizer for One Million Cups RTP
- StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow
As someone who loves to learn, Brinda holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In her spare time, she enjoys moonlighting part time as a yoga and pilates instructor, doing a variety of outdoor activities and exploring the world through avid travel.
About Jeff Dayton (Advisor)
Dayton is a seasoned senior executive, board director, board advisor, Angel Investor and leader from the Charlotte area.
As CEO of Dayton International, Dayton is one of the world’s top executive consultants in digital transformation and modernization. He expertise is used
by C-suite executives and Boards at top corporations, McKinsey/BCG level consulting firms, and private equity firms.
Jeff has extensive expertise in Venture Capital, M&A, and Investment Crowdfunding and is an advisor to leading companies in the venture space including Airing, Initial State, Virtuix, and Biothera. As CEO for Alpha Funders, he provides board and advisor services, capital planning, M&A planning, diligence, and interim management.
His domain expertise includes technology, software, retail, financial services, communications, telecom, media, e-comm, Fintech, energy, medtech, biotech, insurance, distribution and logistics, and investment management.
Dayton is also a sought after coach and counselor, serial Fortune 500 executive, entrepreneur, CFO’s CTO/CIO, strategist, visionary, and trusted partner. He serves as a board advisor to NBTV Media, Virtuix, Biothera, Airing, RageOn, Initial State, Change My Path.
About Sumit Vohra (Advisor)
Sumit is the Founder, CEO & Chief Drinking Officer at Lonerider Brewing Company which operates in over 6 states and the UK and he is Chairman of Lonerider Spirits. He’s active in the NC entrepreneur ecosystem as a startup Advisor, Angel Investor, and Board Member.
In addition to distribution, logistics and operations, Sumit has an extensive technology background due to his previous experience at Fortune 500 companies and continued engagement in the startup community.
He is an incredible team builder and recognized leader who desires to generate long lasting impact on his community.
Sumit was recently named to the Triangle Business Journal Leadership Trust Team. TBJ wrote about the reasons they selected Sumit:
“You may already be familiar with Lonerider Brewing Company, or perhaps you’ve had one of its well-known beers, such as Hoppy Ki Yay or Sweet Josie. However, you may not be familiar with the brewery’s founder, Sumit Vohra. He started the business over a decade ago, after quitting his job at Cisco Systems, and hasn’t looked back.
Sumit is a naturally creative businessman and loves the passion of craft beer drinkers. He has built Lonerider from the ground up, and today its beers are distributed throughout the Southeast — and some are even available in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The brewery has won many awards for its beers.
About Mark Easley (Advisor)
Mark Easley has been an active advocate, advisor, and investor in the investment crowdfunding industry since 2012.
Mark is a tech startup advisor and angel investor in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. He previously had a 25 year technology career in engineering, marketing, and sales in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley. In addition to his startup advisor activities, he has been on the executive board of a Raleigh/Durham area angel investor group. Mark was honored to receive the 2017 WRAL Techwire Award for ‘Most Noteworthy Startup Investor’.
Mark was the leader of the NC PACES Act Team which was honored with the 2017 WRAL Techwire Editors Choice Award for their work in getting the NC PACES investment crowdfunding law passed.
- Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Member
- NC Regional Internet of Things Member
- Startup advisor and mentor at local incubators and accelerators including HQ Raleigh, American Underground, The Frontier, and Groundwork Labs
- Judge at startup competitions in the Triangle
- Crowdfunding advocate
Endorsements from our crowdfunding and startup partners:
“Mark Easley has been a leader and advocate for the investment crowdfunding industry since it started with the passage of the Federal JOBS Act back in 2012. He led the effort to create and pass the North Carolina PACES Act investment crowdfunding exemption law, and is a nationally known expert and leader in the investment crowdfunding community. Mark has been an excellent advisor and mentor for us on our journey to build the world’s leading real estate project funding platform for everyday investors. If you need advice on generating funding for your business using investment crowdfunding, or on how and why to invest in these offerings, Mark is the person to know in North Carolina.”
“Mark Easley is a well known investor, mentor and advisor in North Carolina, and I was interested when he suggested a strategy for raising some of our funding using investment crowdfunding. With Mark’s guidance and support, we put together a very successful crowdfunding campaign on a leading crowdfunding platform in Texas, which very quickly exceeded our fundraising goals. The additional capital was a vital component of getting our technology integrated into 100’s of well known brands. Now Mark is building a similar investment crowd funding infrastructure in North Carolina, which will allow many other companies here in NC to have similar opportunities. Mark is the #1 person in NC that entrepreneurs should contact if they’re looking for advice about investment crowdfunding.”
Jim Zidar, Co-founder & CEO of Epifany (formerly Stealz Inc.)
“Mark Easley provided me with some excellent guidance on building my crowdfunding campaign and putting together an effective message that would appeal to investors. I highly recommend Mark if you need advice and guidance on your crowdfunding strategy and campaign.”
Micky McKeon, Co-Founder, MockOut, Inc., Durham, North Carolina
“I have worked with Mark Easley for several years as part of our startup and small business mentoring program at Entredot. He is an experienced, knowledgeable and insightful advisor and mentor, and I am quite excited about the possibilities for the new investment crowdfunding infrastructure he is building in North Carolina. This new way of financing startups and small businesses could revolutionize the way many of them put together their early stage financing. I highly recommend Mark as the person to work with in North Carolina if you are considering investment crowdfunding for your startup or small business.”
Bill Warner, Co-Founder, EntreDot , Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
“I was fortunate to have Mark Easley come on board as an investor and advisor to me and my team at https://freedom.to/. Mark always gives sound advice, and he knows more about investment crowdfunding than anybody else in North Carolina. If you are considering using investment crowdfunding, Mark is the man to know.”
Fred Stutzman, Founder and CEO,https://freedom.to/, Durham, North Carolina
“Owning your own business is hard work. The autonomy that accompanies entrepreneurship can also beget decision fatigue. Will has the ability to help you navigate this to the clarity that awaits. Will’s specific and focused questioning style helped me to define and refine my vision and goals for my business. The calming and supportive nature of his personality was a welcome addition to the small team of advisors I chose to consult with during a business transition. Will was able to pull from a wealth of business knowledge and experience to provide sound advice for steps forward in crafting the type of business model that reflects my goals, values, and ethics. He will surely prove an asset to any lucky and wise enough to add him to their team.”
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