MIT Panel Discussion: Can Crowdfunding Democratize Access to Capital?

Following is a Crowdfunding Roundtable I participated in at the MIT Sloan School of Business on May 19, 2014, which included my presentation on the SEC’s proposed Regulation A+:

May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Event Details

The MIT Innovation Initiative and the MIT Sloan School of Management will convene a roundtable and panel on: “Challenges of the Innovation Economy Roundtable and Panel: Can Crowdfunding Change Innovation?”. The objective of the forum is to solicit feedback from entrepreneurs, academics, angel and venture capital investors, crowdfunding platforms and policy makers on the proposed SEC regulations, and to discuss how the changes will provide new opportunities and challenges for innovation driven entrepreneurs and investors.

MIT Sloan School of Management
100 Main Street, Building E62, Room #E62-233
Cambridge, MA 02142


Welcome Remarks (10 minutes)

Professor Fiona Murray – Co-Director, MIT Innovation Initiative, Associate Dean for Innovation at MIT Sloan School of Management, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship

Simple Economics of Crowdfunding (10 minutes)

Professor Christian Catalini – Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Panel Discussion and Public Q&A (40 minutes)


  • Ajay Agrawal (University of Toronto)
  • Alex Mittal (FundersClub)
  • Elliot Schneier, (
  • Jean Hammond (LearnLaunchX)
  • Jeff Fagnan (Atlas Venture)
  • Sam Guzik (Guzik & Associates)
  • Thos Niles (Dragon Innovation)


  • Jay Finch (US Treasury)
  • Christian Catalini (MIT)


May 19, 2014
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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