I'm an internet entrepreneur, seed stage investor, and advisor who has started several companies from inception to millions in revenues over the last 15+ years
Rafe is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor who connects ideas, people and resources to make good things happen faster. Beginning in Silicon Valley in the mid 1990s, Rafe founded or was a first round angel investor in over 30 startups, which collectively have generated over $1 Billion in revenue and $450 Million in liquidity to their stakeholders. Rafe's been featured in the New York Times Magazine, WIRED.com and Shake The World, for his ideas on unlocking shared value. He's won awards for cancer awareness and video production; hold's a championship bracelet from the World Series of Poker; and a B.S. & M.S. from Stanford University. What people want to talk to him most about though is the year he spent in an RV with his best friend, drinking beer and attending sporting events.
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Seasoned entertainment executive and strategist with 9+ years experience leading teams to revenue-generating, multi-channel content successes. Driven team leader who empowers, challenges and communicates with employees across divisions to achieve shared company goals. Skilled negotiator who transitions seamlessly between traditional and new media projects, and who draws upon programming, content development, acquisition, business/legal affairs, product creation and distribution experience to deliver audience, value and revenue in entertainment, sports and general industry verticals. Doug graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Duke University and was the inaugural Frank Rothman Scholar at the University of Southern California Law School.
Leader for Fortune 100 Companies & Award-Winning Technology & Entertainment Executive
Melinda is an award-winning innovative social entrepreneur with expansive connections in entertainment, technology, non-profit and Fortune 100 companies to benefit social and environmental issues through the power of business. Melinda Co-Founded LovingEco and TuesdayNights, and has led digital strategy and integrated marketing campaigns for some of the most prominent cause-related and consumer brands including Credo Mobile, Ford, LIVESTRONG, Netflix, Obama for America, Sony, USA Networks and YouTube.
Her passion for health and the environment led her to create LovingEco where she encouraged women to vote with their wallet for ecologically conscious companies while giving back to charity with each purchase. At LovingEco, Melinda was responsible for raising capital, integrated marketing, public relations and securing leading tastemakers for the site such as Maria Bello, Amy Smart and Randi Zuckerberg. In the spring of 2012, she helped lead the successful acquisition of LovingEco by John Paul Dejoria, the entrepreneur behind Patron and Paul Mitchell, and the company received �The Visionary Award� by the Green Business Bureau.
In 2012, Melinda was inspired to Co-Found TuesdayNights as a collaborative community of amazing female executives and entrepreneurs who come together to empower one another through a series of programs and networking. TuesdayNights provides an opportunity for women from such diverse industries such as fashion, ecommerce, technology and mobile, media, consumer products, PR advertising, non-profit, venture capital and entertainment to establish meaningful relationships. Each event features different themes, with a host or panel, and female leaders in their fields to share insights, as well as nonprofit affecting the lives of women or girls, who will share how they are making a difference.
Award-winning, digital executive obsessed with growth, problem solving and building truly remarkable digital products.
15 years of digital experience with proven ability to build and manage highly effective, immersive user-centric digital destinations that meet both business and brand objectives spanning across web, social, mobile, Smart TV, and streaming devices.
Possesses solid background in ecommerce, subscription commerce, direct response, entertainment and online gaming. Ability to seamlessly blend marketing messages with strong UX has resulted in award-winning digital initiatives that significantly grow user adoption, increase revenue and deepen engagement metrics for a multitude of brands both iconic and emerging.
Scott Darden has worked with some of the biggest brands in tech as well as founded and developed smaller startups. His career, which spans the best part of twenty years, includes executing research into communications and digital signal processing for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and technical engineering for Intel. His work at NASA won him the Milcom 2003 Best Paper in a Classified Section award, plus JPL’s Software of the Year award.
Currently the CTO at Crowdfunder — a leading equity crowdfunding platform headquartered in Los Angeles — Scott is responsible for iterating the technology behind the investment platform as new companies partner with Crowdfunder to promote fundraising campaigns, and as new legislation is passed, paving the way for groundbreaking investing opportunities.
Built career in Silicon Beach’s burgeoning technology sector as part of Crowdfunder’s founding team. Manages portfolio deal sourcing and sales departments since joining three weeks after launch, as its first intern and third full-time employee.
Focused on deal sourcing, relationship management, investment decision-making, and advising companies on fundraising strategy to support development and growth of Crowdfunder’s investment network.