The Future of Peer Financing Panel at Embarkons on March 19, 2010

This is a panel discussion on The Future of Peer Financing at The Embarkons’ Peer Financing Conference on March 19, 2010 hosted by Sun Microsystems and PayPal X. The conference was held at Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park, CA.

What’s down the road? What are the emerging trends for startup financing? We’ll have a lively and informative panel discussion on what you can expect for funding your business from start to success. Learn from the people who are leading the charge how your business can be a breakout success using the leading edge ideas that are reshaping financing.

Moderator:
Trevor Cornwell – Trevor Cornwell specializes in launching and growing technology-based businesses that leverage the Internet to deliver content and streamline customer offerings. His current enterprise is Embarkons, the social information exchange for projects, now in beta. In 1997, he founded the business jet reservation network, Skyjet after determining technology would create market efficiencies for aggregating charter aircraft inventory. In 1998, he launched the first real-time booking engine for the charter jet industry. His company was acquired by Montreal-based Bombardier Aerospace in July 2000, and experienced 50 times growth in revenue from when it was acquired. He has also previously started several media companies in emerging markets, including CET Online, an early pioneer in Internet-distributed news. Most recently, he developed video personalization software that produces customized video streams based on viewer behavior. He is a regular speaker at business conferences and forums, and is currently active with SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Start-up Entrepreneurs) and Agile Entrepreneurs (by invitation-only group of technology startup founders in the San Francisco/Bay Area).

Speakers:
Jason Korosec – Jason Korosec is the GM for the PayPal platform product team. In his role, Jason applies his extensive payments, identity, and business launch experience to PayPal, by selecting the services, features and functions that will enable developers to create cool applications.

Chris McCoy – Chris McCoy started YourSports in 2006 because he believed every game in sports–no matter its audience size–should be streamed online. Ever since, his company has been on a mission to find a repeatable, scalable, and profitable business model to make that vision possible. With crowdfunding, YourSports thinks they’ve finally found it. As CEO, Chris leads the business development, operations, and product strategies for the company.

Rob Garcia – As Senior Director of Product Strategy, Rob is responsible for the overall product experience. He keeps an open and constant dialogue with our members and strives to tailor Lending Club’s products to meet their needs. Rob has been creating innovative ecommerce and web based products and experiences for more than 10 years. During his time at Razorfish, one of the leading interactive agencies in the world, Rob delivered outstanding web experiences for his clients. Under Rob’s leadership, Lending Club’s website has become a rapidly growing online financial community, winning numerous prizes such as the Webby Award as best Banking site, the W3 Silver Award as outstanding Financial Services website, two WebAwards for outstanding website in the Financial Services and Investment categories, and the Interactive Media Award as Best-in-Class Banking website.

David Kuchar – David Kuchar has been a software architect and entrepreneur for the last decade. In his most recent role, he is the Co-Founder and CTO of LendFriend peer to peer lending service provider which targets friends and family. David successfully bootstrapped his first company, ASPNetMedia, using a combination of savings, personal loans, and credit card debt.

Ram Lakshmanan – Ram Lakshmanan is the founder of chittai, first online platform to run Chit Funds. Chit Funds is a 1000 years old financial instrument, that is used for lending & saving by millions of people in several developing countries.