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Ryan Feit and James Han founded SeedInvest in 2012. Shocked by how difficult it was for their Wharton classmates to raise capital for their startups, in 2011 Ryan and James joined a movement to change 80-year-old securities laws to make it easier for entrepreneurs to raise capital over the Internet. During the following year, they became instrumental in arguably the most significant change to US securities laws in our lifetime, the passage of the JOBS Act.
In their efforts to encourage entrepreneurship, Ryan and James were inspired to build an online platform that made startup investing and fundraising simple and accessible for investors and founders. In April 2014, after building a sizeable investor base and helping dozens of companies raise capital online, SeedInvest raised its Series A round on its own platform.
Since then, the SeedInvest team has grown to over twenty team members, helped over 40 companies raise capital, and built a rapidly growing network of over 12,775 accredited investors. In June 2015, SeedInvest was the first equity crowdfunding platform to open-up to the other 98% of Americans who were previously restricted from investing in startups.