EquityNet is a recognized pioneer of crowdfunding and has operated one of the largest business crowdfunding platforms since 2005. The multi-patented EquityNet platform includes over 100,000 individual entrepreneurs and investors, incubators, government support entities, and other members of the entrepreneurial community. EquityNet provides access to thousands of investors and has helped entrepreneurs across North America raise hundreds of millions in equity, debt, and royalty-based capital.
We offer more than just large numbers of entrepreneurs and investors. By combining our patented analytics, large proprietary business benchmarking database, and market-leading standardization, EquityNet achieves a superior experience for investors and a higher funding success rate for entrepreneurs. EquityNet's patented Enterprise Analyzer™ technology enables entrepreneurs to analyze and optimize their business plan before they engage investors. Investors and business supporters in turn use EquityNet's advanced technology to efficiently screen and analyze businesses to fund and support entrepreneurs.
According to industry research by Crowdsourcing.org and the World Bank, crowdfunding generated $16.2 billion in funding transactions in 2014 and will surpass $300 billion in funding transactions by 2025. EquityNet has positioned itself as a leading business crowdfunding platform with platform populations and marketplace activity growing at rates of 200% to 500% per year.
James Murphy, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Murphy is responsible for the development of strategic partnerships and directing the corporate strategy at EquityNet. He focuses on networking and building key industry partnerships that accentuate the EquityNet platform with additional traffic and expanded services. Mr. Murphy has been involved with EquityNet since 2012 and also holds a position on EquityNet’s Board of Managers. He has managing experience as an executive partner at the business incubator and non-traditional venture capital firm, Proton Enterprises, and his career has spanned mergers and acquisitions activities, alternative fund brokerage, private equity investing, and business startup operations.
Mr. Murphy managed a leading brain-health brand, helping a neurologist build an explosive ecommerce and web community and achieve more than a year on the NY Times best seller list. Additionally, he has managed and expanded distribution for a hardware company in the marine industry to over 26 countries and 150 dealers internationally. Mr. Murphy's work has also reached across international borders and in particular in Haiti and Mexico where he was active in mortgage finance, housing construction, business development, and manufacturing. Mr. Murphy earned his B.A. from Yale University. His academic work has been featured in the Yale Entrepreneur and the Katz School of Business, and he has spoken at the Yale School of Management and the Business Society's conference on sustainable enterprise in developing nations. Mr. Murphy serves as a trustee for the Aurelian Honor Society, the Adelphic Literary Society, and is a member of the National Business Incubation Association.
Amos Richards, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
Amos Richards serves as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel to EquityNet, LLC. Mr. Richards’ professional career started in 1998 when he moved from Fayetteville, AR, to the Atlanta, GA, area during the technology bubble. Soon after relocation, he joined Interland, Inc. (now web.com), working his way into the Chief Security Analyst and System Administrator roles for their Linux farm. In 1999 he moved to Vertical One, Inc., leaving post-bubble/post-acquisition in late 2000 to travel. On returning to Fayetteville he enrolled at the University of Arkansas, from which he took his BSBA with a focus in Economics. After graduating, Mr. Richards worked for A.G. Edwards and Wachovia Securities as a Financial Representative before leaving to go independent, consulting with various companies on finance, risk analysis, internet technology, and serving as the CFO for Restore Humanity, a 501(c)(3).
Mr. Richards returned to the University of Arkansas to attend law school in 2009. While there, he summered as a Judicial Extern for Justice Danielson at the Arkansas Supreme Court, and later at the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office in Criminal Appeals. A contributor to the Bouvier Legal Dictionary, Mr. Richards is also credited with helping to establish the Law and Economics program at the School of Law. Mr. Richards has lectured at the Walton School of Business on topics such as structural finance and economics, and has been invited to lecture at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Matthew Imhoff, Chief Information Officer
Mr. Imhoff works closely with the CEO in executing EquityNet's corporate strategy and day-to-day operations. Since starting with EquityNet in 2009, Mr. Imhoff has held business development, sales, marketing, customer relations, management, and vice president positions. As CIO, Mr. Imhoff is responsible for operational management of the EquityNet platform, the conception and design of new system enhancements, and the management of development projects from start-to-finish. He also assists with team development and training, customer relations management, and customer premium assistance. Earlier in his career, Mr. Imhoff worked as a Product Engineer for Ayrshire Electronics in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as an Analyst at the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group in Little Rock, Arkansas, and as a Research Assistant at Harvard University's Accessible Technology Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mr. Imhoff has extensive experience and in entrepreneurship and fundraising. His specialties include project management, sales, web development, online marketing, entrepreneurial planning, market and competitive research, entrepreneurial finance, technology commercialization, intellectual property development, private equity, and venture capital. He has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs with their business planning and fundraising endeavors. Mr. Imhoff earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas. He subsequently earned his M.S. in Technological Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he held the Samuel and Nancy Jo Altschuler Fellowship.
Dr. Joshua Eno, Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Eno is responsible for research and development of the Company's software, database, and statistical systems as well as assisting in the development and management of intellectual property. He is charged with advancing the capabilities of the Company's current software systems and developing state-of-art technologies for the future. Dr. Eno began working with EquityNet in 2006 to develop the Company's novel Risk Quantification System and has continued to advance it and other systems while taking an increasingly active role in the Company. Dr. Eno has over 10 years of experience in research and development of software and database systems for the National Science Foundation, technology startups, and Fortune 500 companies, including Oracle, Acxiom, and Wal-Mart.
Dr. Eno completed his Ph.D. as a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Arkansas, where he pursued research in the areas of graph algorithms, data mining, predictive statistical models, synthetic data generation, bioinformatics, search personalization, knowledge extraction, and multimedia search. He has presented his research into social networks and recommendation systems at both academic and DARPA conferences. Prior to its sale to Lycos in 2000, Dr. Eno worked as a software developer for MatchMaker.com and subsequently as lead software engineer for Always24x7.com, where he developed a PHP rapid deployment architecture for dynamic database driven websites. Dr. Eno has also provided intellectual property assessment services and served as an expert legal witness. Dr. Eno earned his B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas.
Adam Vanderbush, Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Vanderbush leads EquityNet’s marketing strategy to maintain the Company’s leadership position and to significantly expand the market awareness of EquityNet. He is responsible for collaborating with the EquityNet team to improve and expand the Company’s web marketing presence and associated traffic, including paid advertising, organic search engine rank, social media, and many factors of viral growth. Mr. Vanderbush previously served as Inbound Marketing Coordinator and Technical SEO for Acumen Brands in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he helped the startup online retailer increase organic revenue by 3,200% in over 2 years. Mr. Vanderbush also founded Mass Vector, LLC, an online software as a service providing merchandising and pricing optimization for ecommerce companies.
Mr. Vanderbush is a web marketing and Search Engine Optimization expert in terms of category and keyword research for revenue growth. He has much experience in editing website architecture, optimizing on-page factors, and aggressive inbound link acquisition. He has managed social and content marketing campaigns within Facebook, Twitter, and store blogs, all with a focus on First and Zero Moment of Truth marketing methodologies. He has project managed the implementation of many marketing services, including the LinkShare Affiliate network and e-mail marketing with MailChimp. He spends much of his time going over large quantities of competitive and business intelligence to discover and implement new opportunities for growth. Mr. Vanderbush earned his BM in Music Business with a Minor in Marketing at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
April Rae Mallord, VP of Business Development
Ms. Mallord is responsible for the strategic development of EquityNet’s powerful partner network and the growth of a core revenue stream, Institutional Licensing. She is focused on expanding the influence of EquityNet’s enterprise ecosystem to result in profit gain, media coverage and to expand EquityNet’s market share in the crowdfunding industry. Ms. Mallord works closely with the CEO, CMO and team of financial analysts to ensure each partnership is beneficial to the growth of EquityNet and all parties involved. She facilitates the growing success of EquityNet’s market position, partnership program and Institutional License model by cultivating high quality leads through attending industry conferences, networking and building strong relationships with key industry players. Ms. Mallord has a strong background of prospecting leads, meeting customer needs and forming partnerships. She has worked with many different industries and business entities from technology startups to Fortune 500 companies including Walmart.
Ms. Mallord has an influx of energy and ideas and is highly motivated to increase the bottom line by forming partnerships and capturing market share. For five years she was in client facing, management roles including Director of Marketing at Movista, a mobile SaaS company, Digital Marketing Strategist at Shoptology, a shopper marketing agency, and Marketing Strategist at Kole Imports, a wholesale and closeout giant. These roles required her to have a deep understanding of traditional and digital customer acquisition, negotiating, market research and business technology integration. Ms. Mallord was mentored by successful entrepreneurs and Marketing leaders, such as Andy Murray (Founder of Saatchi & Saatchi X). She received her B.A. in Marketing and Computer Information Systems (CIS) in 2010 from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She received the Program Scholar Award for CIS and was inducted into the Business Honors Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, in 2009.
Kenneth Richardson, Senior Financial Analyst
Mr. Richardson currently oversees all premium services offered to entrepreneurs on EquityNet. Some of his main responsibilities include expanding and managing EquityNet’s new commission model, providing assistance to entrepreneurs looking to optimize their crowdfunding campaign, working with the team to execute the company's sales strategy, and performing a wide range of internal data analysis for team and system use.
Mr. Richardson earned his B.S.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Arkansas. As a student, he served on the Product Management team of the Grilled & Ready product line at Tyson Foods Inc. At Tyson, he led the day-today management of a $5 million budget and developed multiple tracking and forecasting models to improve budget planning. During his final year at The University of Arkansas, he was selected to the Rebsamen Trust Portfolio Management class, in which the chosen students managed the Rebsamen Trust fund currently valued at over $1 million. He is also currently pursuing accreditation as a Chartered Financial Analyst with the CFA Institute, as well as the FINRA series 63 & 82 licenses.
Jonathan Ulrich, Senior Software Engineer
Mr. Ulrich is responsible for designing and developing innovative software capabilities, upgrading and optimizing existing technological infrastructure, and improving the speed of the EquityNet development pipeline. He has several years of experience in software and web development including specific experience in dealing with large multi-layer web applications and making use of cloud-based services such as Amazon Web Services. Mr. Ulrich has a passion for new computer languages and technologies and how they can benefit business processes and products.
Mr. Ulrich previously founded Impulsiv Technologies, Inc., an accelerator-funded mobile application designed to make it easier for friends and associates to quickly decide on and start an activity on a social meeting application. Mr. Ulrich earned his B.S. in Information Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Patrick Moss, Director of Public Relations
Mr. Moss serves as Director of Public Relations for the company; a role that places him at the forefront of both day-to-day and long-term operations. Mr. Moss works directly with EquityNet’s public relations partner, Leverage PR, to help organize and execute the company’s PR strategy. In addition to this role, he is also responsible for entrepreneur and investor engagement, providing company marketing content, and assisting upper management in website optimizations. Mr. Moss works closely with EquityNet’s Chief Marketing Officer to assist with maintaining EquityNet’s blog and marketing strategy and is also responsible for the day-to-day management of in-bound and out-bound customer relations.
Prior to joining EquityNet, Mr. Moss spent five years working at the University of Arkansas in the Financial and Business Affairs offices where he managed vendor and supplier relations for over 100 departments and helped to maintain the financial integrity of the University. Mr. Moss received his B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. He is a passionate creative writer and has written or co-authored articles for national publications such as the Washington Post, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wired, Mashable, The CEO Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, and countless business journals across the nation.
Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Patent Prosecution Counsel
For over a century, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP has built a reputation for excellence in ability, service, and professionalism as one of the premier full service law firms in the country. Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as having the top intellectual property law and technology law practice in Arkansas. In addition, several Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP lawyers are individually recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the intellectual property and technology law categories. Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP practices includes copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition, technology issues and related litigation.
Counsel Charles Dougherty works closely with EquityNet in prosecuting the Company’s large patent portfolio. Mr. Dougherty is licensed to file and prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Dougherty holds advanced degrees in physics and electrical engineering and has prior professional experience in software and firmware design. His patent prosecution work focuses primarily on electronic devices and software-related inventions. By combining the extensive trial experience of the firm’s litigation attorneys with the unique background and knowledge of the firm’s intellectual property attorneys, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP is able to build highly effective litigation teams to protect its clients’ intellectual property interests in state and federal courts.
Nixon Peabody LLP, Patent Litigation Counsel
Nixon Peabody LLP is a Global 100 law firm, with more than 600 attorneys collaborating across major practice areas in cities across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Nixon Peabody’s Intellectual Property Litigation team leverages deep technical and legal experience to help clients protect their innovations and maintain their competitive advantage. Nixon Peabody’s Intellectual Property Litigation team works with cutting edge technology companies to help them stay two steps ahead of the competition while vigorously protecting their business interests.
In the high stakes world of intellectual property litigation, where the technology at issue can be intricate and complex, Nixon Peabody understands that communication with the judge, jury, or other neutral arbiter is critical. Nixon Peabody’s attorneys excel at communicating complicated concepts of fact and law in a clear and persuasive manner. Nixon Peabody LLP is at the forefront of counseling and litigating cases, and devising innovative legal strategies to help clients protect their intellectual property and further their competitive advantage.
"EquityNet is the only patented crowdfunding platform in the world.”
~ Forbes Magazine
“EquityNet has helped businesses raise $200 million from private investors.”
~ The Wall Street Journal
"EquityNet provides a bunch of extra features – which also differentiate it from other crowdfunding sites."
“EquityNet's business plan software is the new standard in business planning.”
“EquityNet is addressing 90 percent of the business community that was previously starved for capital.”
~ BusinessNews Daily
“A broader range of companies have raised money on EquityNet than the strictly tech companies.”
~ Upstart Business Journal
"When we reached EquityNet.com, we realized that we had stepped on a potential gold mine for business people and investors alike. EquityNet is a premier service for your equity crowdfunding needs. If you’re serious about getting funded by the crowd, this is the support service to check out."
"EquityNet’s platform provides a high-quality investor population and awesome support from their staff. We were able to raise over $650,000 within several months. When it comes to crowdfunding, EquityNet is where you need to be."
~ Tim Nemeckay, CEO of Mine Shart Brewing
"Our success with EquityNet has been excellent. We have found investors who have provided our company with new connections, industry experience, and other strategic values."
~ David Mandel, Chairman & Co-Founder of Bitvore
"From start to finish EquityNet has provided tremendous value to our company. Our business plan is now well written, and our financials are in order. We have learned so much in two short weeks and already have a request to present our plan to one of the investment groups in EquityNet."
~ Claire Herring, CEO of The Rowing Team, LLC
"EquityNet is easy to use, intuitive, and their angel investors and crowdfunding network is powerful."
~ Elinor Haider, CEO of NovaThermal Energy, Inc.
"I have been gathering information for my idea for over five years. Now after using EquityNet for only three weeks I have a completed and polished business plan!"
~ Janet Spinardi, President of The A-Team Clubhouse, LLC
"EquityNet is a fantastic tool because it allowed me to understand the risks of my business and to identity my weaknesses and strengths. It helped me think through all the pieces of my business while putting together my business plan. My Business Plan Analysis provided a good starting point for investors and ensured that I look at all the pieces of my business that investors value."
~ Luke Ford, President & CEO of My Computer Works, Inc.
"As a serial entrepreneur, I have worked with many investors and know well what they look for in an investment opportunity. EquityNet greatly assists entrepreneurs in preparing to raise capital through its sophisticated Enterprise Analyzer software and highly valuable consulting."
~ Robert Manzo, President of Skinprint.com
"EquityNet's Enterprise Analyzer is a first-rate tool that appeals to first-time and experienced investors, as well as entrepreneurs. Surprisingly sophisticated and precise, Enterprise Analyzer imitates how investors take a "first look" at an emerging enterprise. EquityNet gets high marks for a design with both the investor and entrepreneur in mind."
~ Dan Loague, Director of Capital Formation Institute and Washington ArchAngels