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.
- 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 Mark Easley (Advisor)
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
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)
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.”
Brian Dally, Founder and CEO, www.groundfloor.us, Atlanta, Georgia.
"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 Stealz Inc.
Fred Stutzman, Founder and CEO,https://freedom.to/,
“Mark Easley has been a trusted investor and advisor to RocketBolt since we started. He is a very experienced startup investor, and he knows more about the investment crowdfunding space than anyone in North Carolina. If you need guidance about doing an investment crowdfunding round, Mark will be a big help."
Aaron Dinin, Co-Founder and CEO, RocketBolt.com, 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."