At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top Chicago based CEO’ operating in the Crowdfunding space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected].
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Cofounder & CEO of Public Good Software
Dan Ratner is Executive Chairman and co-founder of Public Good, an organization that helps people find, connect with and support organizations that are working on the causes they care about. Prior to Public Good, Dan served as Director of Development for President Obama‘s 2012 reelection campaign, and as co-founder and COO/CTO at Sittercity, the nation’s largest service dedicated to helping parents find quality childcare online. In addition to his startup and campaign work, Dan is on the boards of Open Books, a Chicago literacy organization, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. Also an investor, Dan serves on the board of Impact Engine, an accelerator and early stage investment fund. He also loves to write—he’s published two non-fiction books on nanotechnology and is working on a novel.
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About Cure Violence, Impact Engine, Open Books, Public Good Software: Meet new donors and raise more money by making online fundraising easy and accessible to all.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Ellwood Associates
Russ Hill is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Senior Consultant at Ellwood Associates and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Board of Directors. Russ joined our firm in 1994. As Chief Executive Officer, Russ is responsible for directing the firm’s overall consulting activities and leads our Defined Benefit Plan Practice Area. Prior to joining Ellwood Associates, Russ worked at Stratford Advisory Group, a Chicago-based consulting firm that he co-founded. Prior to entering the consulting business, Russ was responsible for managing the defined benefit and 401(k) plans for GATX Corporation for several years. Russ received his MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and his BS (with honors) from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. As a former player at NIU, he is a big fan of Huskies Football.
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About Ellwood Associates: Ellwood is an investment consultancy company.
Co-Founder & CEO of Neopenda
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About Neopenda: Neopenda innovates needs-based medical technologies for high-growth emerging markets.
Co-Founder & CEO of Backersphere
Co-Founder of Backersphere.
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About Backersphere: Invest in impact and socially-responsible startups.
Founder and CEO of CrowdFranchise
Mandy Calara is Founder and CEO at CrowdFranchise.
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About CrowdFranchise: CrowdFranchise, a crowdfunding platform, allowing communities to invest in and manage franchises, which would be successful in their areas.
CEO of Lets Sponsor
Bruce Fogelson is an entrepreneur and inventor based out of Chicago. He is founder and CEO of LetsSponsor.com, an online platform that revolutionizes the way that charities engage with and attract sponsors and donors by recognizing them in ad-like free websites that LetsSponsor.com provides for free to its primarily non-profit/charity groups. Founder and lead sponsor for The Chicago Innovation Challenge through Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) that is a pitch competition for local university and chicago high school applicants. Bruce Fogelson is also the owner of the real estate company Paramount Homes, which has won the Chicago Realtors “Good Neighbor Award” over 13 times since 1993. Inventor of 2 patents on charity ad books and 4 on builder on-line assistant. The intellectual property with several patients include “Method And System For Creating Advertising (Ad) Books” that is the subject of the Lets Sponsor business.. Another interest of Bruce Fogelson’s is his love of giving to charity. A frequent supporter of the American Theatre Company, IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology University), Chicago Student Science Fair, Trust For Public Lands, etc. He’s also a supporter of Chicago public schools. Bruce donates to the education programs and donates books to schools in Chicago and China.
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About AdbookAssistant.com, Lets Sponsor, Paramount Homes: Lets Sponsor is a peer-to-peer fundraising platform for (charity/non-profit) groups to raise money while recognizing donors/sponsors online
Founder & CEO of KarmaKrowd – Intellectual Property Protection
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About KarmaKrowd – Intellectual Property Protection: KarmaKrowd is a platform that provides you the crowdfunding campaigns services plus Intellectual Property protection services
CEO of Videojuice
Joshua Black is CEO at Videojuice.
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About Videojuice: Videojuice is a social fundraising platform that helps its users crowdfund their favorite charity or personal causes.