Fund Your Dreams

I first met Jenny Kassan at last year’s SoCap conference in San Francisco. I liked the unusual stance Jenny has taken as an SEC attorney.  She helps women find the right sort of money for their businesses, not just any money.  And I love that she doesn’t just wear an attorney hat.  She’s put herself right into the middle of things by leading a Regulation Crowdfunding raise with a group of like-minded people on WeFunder.  Together they raised over $400,000 for The Force for the Food Accelerator Fund. Wow!

Jenny makes me feel like there must be an army of women out there like me, building up businesses that seek to do good while searching out the right tools and the right money.
And Jenny is providing those tools. Later this spring, she’s hosting “Fund and Fuel Your Dreams,” an event in Oakland, CA. Beginning on March 30, Jenny will be convening a three-day meeting for women looking to connect with socially conscious investors and to prepare their businesses for long-term, sustainable growth by connecting with the right money.

I’m going.  Want to join me?  Jenny’s offering my friends a discount here –  just use the code “IMAGINE2017.”

welcome

Hi, I’m Eve. If you’re on this site, you probably know a bit about me already. But if you want to know more, click here.

I launched this site to talk about the things I’m most interested in: crowdfunding, cities and how to make change. This is where I’ll let loose on topics ranging from building a remote business to how zoning affects the performance of a city to what it takes to build a real estate crowdfunding portal. (Don’t be surprised if the occasional food or music post hits the blog either.) And I’ll be talking to some of my favorite people too: come back often to read interviews with the people I think are making the most change in their communities.

Bookmark the blog. Stick around. Stay a while.

conversation

There are so many inspirational conversations happening around city and place. If you can filter out the national noise and rancor, it’s pretty clear that people everywhere are convening in many ways to find serious solutions that make our cities, towns and neighborhoods better places to live in. These conversations focus on a shared vocabulary of sustainability, inclusiveness and equity, but elevate those words from catch-all terms to reality.

Over the last few months I’ve been to Chicago, twice. (RealCap and Place Lab Salons). I’ve been to New York, San Francisco (SoCap), Los Angeles (GreenBuild), briefly back home to Pittsburgh (p4) and then last week to Cincinnati for the “People Investing in Place” convening.  My travels have centered on crowdfunding and its potential impact on cities but that’s just one little slice of the pie. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of other conversations going on on how to make our cities better places for everyone.

“People Investing in Place,” hosted by People’s Liberty (an outgrowth of the Haile Foundation) was a particularly interesting convening. Every year, People’s Liberty provides several fellowships and a bunch of project grants to a new breed of young people, all motivated to make Cincinnati better. People’s Liberty believes these people are the future leadership of Cincinnati, so while they are investing in projects that make places better, they are also investing in people.  It’s a terrific program, but still, the small People’s Liberty team want to do better, want to do more.

Fifteen of us convened, from lots of other cities, and brought our ideas along with us.  We shared projects, thoughts and commonalities.  We prodded People’s Liberty (and ourselves) to take more risks and new directions. I have 15 new friends now, all who care about cities as much as I do.

This is the culture committed to repairing our cities. We are all makers, remaking the places we live in. Crowdfunding just happens to be my tool.  What’s yours?