Howard Leonhardt: Fundraising & Bootstrapping Success.
Howard Leonhardt, Life Sciences Entrepreneur, spoke to the SCV Startup Community late into the night about crowdfunding, bootstrapping, and more. She shared great stories on past mistakes, successes, as well where he’s focused for the future.
Howard Leonhardt Bio: Howard Leonhardt is an inventor and serial entrepreneur. He has 21 U.S. patents for products for treating cardiovascular disease. His TALENT stent graft developed in the early 1990′s holds a leading world market share for repairing aortic aneurysms without surgery. His inventions have treated over 200,000 patients in 60 countries. In early 1999 Leonhardt founded Bioheart, Inc. www.bioheartinc.com a leader in applying adult muscle stem cells to treat heart failure. Leonhardt holds a Diploma in International Trade from Anoka Technical College. He attended the University of Minnesota and Anoka Ramsey College. He holds an honorary Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Northern California and is an honorary alumnus of the University of Florida and Florida International University. He is co-leader of Startup California and Founder and Chairman of The California Stock Xchange (Cal-X) the first conscious capitalism stock exchange and DPO listing service – www.calstockexchange.com – working through multiple partnerships. Cal-X units include Cal-X Crowdfund Connect , The Cal-X Funders Club and the CalXelerator and Cal-Stars Business Accelerators . His Leonhardt Ventures angels network has raised and put to work over $145 million in 28 companies to date, most of them founded by Leonhardt. Leonhardt serves as state spokesperson in California for the JOBS ACT and Crowdfunding for Startup California and has given over 40 speeches on the subject. He has signed a contract to co-host the upcoming CNBC TV Series CrowdFund.
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Photos from the Night
Cal X Stock Exchange – Socially Conscious Capitalism
Howard’s Slide Presentation
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“This was a very helpful meeting. Zach was open to questions and anyone who asked something, received an answer from either him or the group. Can’t complain there. The podcast Zach mentioned was also interesting. And having Voldi there was great too, since he had recently done a very interesting Kickstarter and was open to sharing as well. As usual having a lot of people there provided a lot of insight from the cross-talk of information and experience.”
Chris, RoR guy
“I was hoping the presenter would really dive into the “how to” of crowd funding but all he did was read off a bunch bullet points really fast.”
“It was a really helpful overview on the topic and was a good starting point to figure out what to do next. The discussion afterwards with Q&A was also very helpful. It was a good event.”