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2013 Speaker Series - March 27


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Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing in Real Estate

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Discussion Summary: This discussion will focus on how real estate developers and sponsors can raise money, and engage the community using online tools such as Fundrise and Popularise. These online platforms share the power to build new places and transform neighborhoods with direct involvement from local residents. The application of technology to real estate is transforming the industry. Social media, crowdsourcing, and crowdfunding will fundamentally transform civic engagement and how projects get funded and built. Understanding these new paradigms is critical for the active real estate professional, especially in the context of driving economic development, procuring entitlements, and securing capital.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Board Room, 4th Floor, County Administration Building (CAB), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772;
CM: 1.5 hours

Mr. Benjamin Miller is a co-founder of Fundrise and Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website. With 15 years of experience in real estate and finance, Ben has acquired, developed, and financed more than five hundred millions dollars worth of property during his time as Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners, and President of Western Development Corporation. Mr. Miller also started US Nordic Ventures, a cross-Atlantic private equity and operating company and has worked as an analyst for Lubert-Adler, a private equity real estate fund. Ben was part of the founding staff of Democracy Alliance, a progressive investment collaborative. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Follow Ben on Twitter @BenMillerise.