About Crowdnetic

With offices in New York City and London, Crowdnetic Corporation is a leading provider of technology and market data solutions to the crowdfunded-equities and marketplace-lending industries. Through its real-time data services, in-depth research reports and industry-leading conferences, the company provides education and transparency for the global crowdfinance marketplace. Crowdnetic's data and technology solutions are used by hedge funds, family offices, asset managers, venture capitalists and investment banks. Find us online at: CrowdneticWire.com, Lendvious.com, and CrowdWatch.co.

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Leadership Team

Luan Cox Founder and CEO

Luan has deep financial data and applications experience and has previously served as the General Manager and Vice President of Interactive Data Managed Solutions - Americas (acquired by Silver Lake and Warburg Pincus), Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Stockpoint (acquired by ScreamingMedia and later MarketWatch, now part of IDC), Executive Director of Partner Solutions for Quote.com (acquired by IDC).

She is also a founding member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), the Crowdfunding Accreditation for Platform Standards (CAPS) and the Crowdfund Intermediary Advocates (CFIRA).

She is also a proud alumna of the elite Springboard Accelerator program (class of 2013) comprised of the world’s leading women-led media and technology companies.

Srikanth Goteti Founder and CTO

Srikanth is a financial data systems expert and has over 10 years of experience in leading development teams in the financial services industry. He studied Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Houston.

Prior to co-founding Crowdnetic, he served as Senior Director of Technology for Interactive Data Managed Solutions – Americas. While there, he built and led a global team in developing both adviser and investor-focused market data systems and front-end applications that are currently licensed by over 350 global financial institutions including Wells Fargo, Citi, JPMorgan/Chase, Pershing, Bank of America and the NYSE.

He also serves on the Board of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CfIRA) and is a member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).

Mike Li-Seabrooks VP, Program Management

Michael joins Crowdnetic with over 15 years in the global manufacturing and financial marketplace, thus bringing a wealth of process and strategy management experience to the team. In his role at Crowdnetic he will help establish a structured process for delivery as well as add significant direction in our business strategic objectives. Michael is a graduate of Fairfield University (Info Systems & Accounting) and holds certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt in the six sigma methodology as well as a certificate as both a Scrum master and Product Owner in the Agile method. He is also a member of the Scrum Alliance.

Janet Rosenblum Director of Research and Special Counsel

Janet is a lawyer, formerly with the Wall Street law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. At Cadwalader, she was an associate in the Litigation Department, where her practice was in general commercial litigation with an emphasis on white-collar crime. Before law school, Janet worked as a staff accountant in the General Audit Department of Price Waterhouse & Co. (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) in their New York office. Her main auditing client at Price Waterhouse was the New York Stock Exchange. Janet has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (Operations Research) from Yale and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. She is a member of the New York bar.

Adam Braggs Managing Director (Europe)

Adam has been involved in financial services marketing, media and technology for 20+ years. Starting his career in direct sales with Allied Dunbar, he then spent 10 years working in the specialist financial press before making the switch to Digital Look in 2003 where he was responsible for sales of data driven technology solutions and decision assistance tools to execution only retail brokers and the media.

During Adam’s tenure as Head of Sales, the company went from start-up to occupying a position of significant market dominance in its marketplace. Adam was also responsible for delivery of financial data and tools the media, clients included BBC, Yahoo!, Microsoft, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Express & CityAM. Adam brings with him a Roladex full of high level connections in European banking and media, coupled with a deep understanding of the importance of data in driving investment decision making, not forgetting a whole heap of enthusiasm to change the way the world works, lets start with banking but lets not stop there.

Eric A. Smith Director of Data Analytics

Eric brings a wealth of operations, strategy and private equity knowledge to the leadership team. With over seven years of alternative asset investment management experience from his previous employment at Union Bancaire Privée ("UBP"), a Swiss private bank, he successfully managed the investments and operational aspects of UBP's Private Equity Group. While there, he served as an Investment Manager and Fund Director in its London and New York offices. Prior to this, he served in the bank's New York and Los Angeles offices, helping to co-found the latter, while working for UBP's Hedge Fund Group. Mr. Smith earned a BA with Distinction from Columbia University.

Our Advisors

Emily Susskind

Emily Susskind is an independent consultant performing engagements in technology assessment, implementation, and strategy, leveraging her background in technology—driven businesses across the financial services, information services, entertainment and media, and electronics industries in both enterprise IT management and in product and service delivery. Previously, she held positions as Chief Information Officer of Prudential Financial Inc.’s International Division, Executive Vice President at Sony Corporation of America, Senior Vice President at Dow Jones Markets (Telerate) and Director at Salomon Brothers Inc. Ms. Susskind is a Board Director of Hot Bread Kitchen, Inc., a food business incubator and workforce development program, is Vice-Chairman and Director of Education Through Music, Inc., and is a former Board Director of City Harvest. She is an active investor with Golden Seeds, an angel network funding women entrepreneurs.

Ms. Susskind earned an MBA degree in finance from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA degree in philosophy from Wellesley College.


Carsten Dirks

Mr. Dirks currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Open-Xchange AG. He is responsible for Engineering, Professional Services, Support, Key Account Management and Corporate Services (Finance, Human Resources, Administration).

He previously served as chairman of the executive board of Interactive Data Managed Solutions and was globally responsible for the Wealth Management solutions group.

Mr. Dirks studied in Germany and in the U.S. and holds an MBA from Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt with a focus on Operations Research and Applied Computer Science.


Sherwood Neiss

Mr. Neiss is co-founder of The Startup Exemption, the non-profit responsible for bringing the concept of Equity Crowdfunding to Washington, DC, and co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).

Mr. Neiss is the industry face of Equity Crowdfunding and has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Economist, the Financial Times and Forbes on the subject of Crowdfunding.


Jason Best

As a co-founder of The Startup Exemption, he co-authored the crowdfunding framework used in the JOBS Act that was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. Jason is currently working within Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) and writing the Crowdfunding for Dummies book through Wiley & Son’s. Furthermore, Jason is the co-founder of the CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) the self-regulating association for the crowdfunding industry, and he is on the council of The Crowdfunding Accreditation for Platform Standards (CAPS), which promotes best practices for the operation of crowdfunding platforms globally.

Mr. Best earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and also holds a Bachelors degree from William Jewell College.

Our Partners

Crowdnetic is proud to be partnered with "best of breed" service providers, all dedicated to creating a sustainable and transparent investment marketplace.