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Smallknot is the best way to fund and connect with the small businesses that make your neighborhood, your neighborhood.


Founded: 2011
Employees: 5


A TechStars NYC 2012 Company. Smallknot is a community crowdfunding platform for small businesses that provides growth capital and engagement by harnessing local and social networks. On Smallknot, anyone can invest in their favorite local businesses and get repaid at a premium in goods, services, and perks. Our platform also unlocks small business loans provided by lending partners through our unique community-sourced collateral arrangement.


Founder and CEO

Jay Lee

Previously a finance and securities lawyer at Davis Polk and community AIDS activist / researcher in Bangalore, India. Harvard Law School '08. Duke '04.

Co-Founder and COO

Ben Rossen

Oversees operations, marketing and community. Previously a financial litigator at Cravath, Swaine and Moore. Harvard Law '08. Brandeis.

Co-Founder and CTO

Jason Punzalan

Previously the Director of Technology at Hot Studio. Software developer with 15 years of experience at startups and agencies.


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