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November 17 - 18 | Los Angeles, CA



“Thank you for the opportunity to speak once again at the Global Alternative Funding Forum. These are some of the most insightful and engaging conversations I have all year on matters of critical importance to small business and capital formation. Always an exciting event.”

R. Cromwell Coulson

President and CEO of OTC Markets Group Inc.

“Thanks! It was a productive day for me, from the sessions to the people I was able to (re-) connect with.”

Joe Platnick

Angel investor, Pasadena Angels.

“The Global Alternative Funding Forum has emerged as one of the must attend events each year. Dr Silchenko organizes a unique mix of sophisticated Angel investors, VCs, Impact Investors and FinTech disruptors.  I will be there every year without question.”

Dr Richard Swart

Chief Strategy Officer at NextGeneration Crowdfunding, Research Scholar at University of California, Berkeley.

“High quality of both (sides) – speakers and participants, makes a huge difference. I’ve met amazing people and even sold quite a few of my books!”

Josh Maher

‏Angel Investor and author of “Startup Wealth: How the Best Angel Investors Make Money in Startups.”

“Thanks again for including me in a great event.”

Dara Albright

President of Dara Albright Media, Co-founder of FinFair Conference & LendIt conference.

“I had a great time learning from the thought leaders in this exciting and developing opportunity for companies (whether emerging or established) to access the capital markets in a way that makes sense.”

Katherine Blair

Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

“Thanks again for putting together a wonderful, and thought provoking event. Looking forward to attending the next one.” 

Blake Coler-Dark

CIRO at FundersClub.com, Venture Capital online platform.

“Terrific conference Friday, with very accomplished participants. Thanks for including me.” 

Mona DeFrawi

Founder at InsideVenture (acquired, SecondMarket), Equidity and Radivation.

“Thank you very much! It was a very well organized event with high profile participants, and very interesting topics.” Carlos M. Moreno, Consul Adjunto/Deputy Consul of the Republic of Argentina.

Carlos M. Moreno

Consul Adjunto/Deputy Consul of the Republic of Argentina.

“Thanks for putting together this wonderful event!”

Celu Ramasamy

Managing Partner at Focus Investments, a leading blockchain investment group.

“We enjoyed the event very much! Thanks for all your effort in organizing.”

Amy Wan

Partner, CrowdfundingLawyers.net

“I had a great time and felt the speaker line up was impressive, interesting and engaged!”

Matthew Helderman

Founder and CEO at BondIt.


“One of the best post-JOBS Act conferences we’ve seen.  It included many who are active in the legislative process, knowledgeable practitioners and companies looking to raise capital.  I highly recommend it.”

Dave Weild

Founder of Weild & Co. Former Vice Chairman of Nasdaq “Father” of the JOBS Act

“I thought it was excellent in all respects. Congratulations.”

Arthur Lipper

World renowned financier, author, inventor, and philanthropist

"To keep it simple, the best most interesting, intelligent, and encompassing perspective on alt investment that I’ve attended."

Tony Quinones

Principal Seed Equity Capital Partners

“You put together a truly terrific full day of quality content on a professional, yet cordial and engaging level, which isn’t easy to accomplish especially with such a group of large eclectic speakers and attendees to ride herd over.  I’m very grateful to you for allowing me to participate on such a high quality event.”

Michael G. Homeier Esq.

Homeier & Law, P.C.

"I had a very good time at the Forum and found my time very well spent.  Not only was it educational for me to hear many of the speakers but I have already gotten a new client."

Brett Heimov

Founder of Envision Strategy

“WOW!  What an event… Great speakers, great attendance, great venue.  EVERY panel was absolutely top notch.    Congratulations on a GREAT job!  It was an awesome event.”

Dianne Gubin

Principal Capital InVentures, Inc.

"I much enjoyed (the forum). Well done for making such a valuable fintech event in Los Angeles!"

Rod Turner

Founder of Manhattan Street Capital & FundAthena.com, Reg A+ platform

“Thank you for a wonderful and informative event.”

Charles Perera


“Very successful conference… I found every single one of the panels very informative and very engaging. Congratulations.”

Kim Kaselionis

Founder of Breakaway Funding Creator of the Community Capital Marketplace

“Great conference. I got much more out of it than I was expecting."

Robert Grosshandle

Founder at iGive.com

“Really enjoyed (the forum). You did an outstanding job, great diversity of topics and speakers. Well done.”

Kim Kovacs

Managing Director, Golden Seeds SoCa

“Really enjoyed (the forum). You did an outstanding job, great diversity of topics and speakers. Well done.”

Kim Kovacs

Managing Director, Golden Seeds SoCa

“I wanted to thank you very much. Great event."

Niko DeCesare

Account Executive @ MBC Strategic

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate. Congratulations and best wishes for continued growth!"

Amir Blachman

Managing Director Space Angels Network

“Thank you so much for having me at the event, and it was magnificent. I made some wonderful connections.”

Dan Nainan

Comedian/Angel Investor/Computer Geek

“The event was fantastic! I know you put a lot of work into it, and it showed! I especially enjoyed the caliber of people you brought into the event – there was one fantastic conversation after another ALL DAY!”

Kara Kennedy

FounderClearTrust, LLC

“I’m glad the Forum was such a success. Once again, congratulations on doing a great job organizing it!”

Jim Brandt

Angel Investor, Tech Coast Angels

“Thank you for the opportunity and allowing us to connect with one another and people in the audience. Was great fun!”

Ben Levy

Co-Founder @ BootstrapLabs

“It was a wonderful and an educational event. Thanks again."

Tolga Onuk

Founder & CEO Thunderbolt

“I really enjoyed the forum. It informed our LLC of the changing face of business funding, especially with the advent of the JOBS Act.”

John Davis

John Davis CFO California Traders

“Thank you for a great a event.”

Danielle Blackwell

Director of Sales & Marketing Equities.com

"I thought you put on a great event.  Thank you for including me."

David Dobkin

President of Investment Banking ASMX Capital

"The conference was very well done, was indeed excellent with a complete roster of interesting speakers."

Alan Stone

Founder Wall Street Research

"I loved it! I was beyond honored to be in the same presence with some of the most amazing people in the industry.  It was incredible to gain greater perspective on where alternative funding is going.  I really think that it provides an opportunity that wasn’t available before, to really help people realize their dreams."

Stephen Hargett



“I found the conference constructive and made several meaningful contacts as result of attending.  The panel approach, as an audience encouraging technique, works in terms of exposing a lot of people to meeting attendees."

Arthur Lipper

World renowned financier, author, inventor (creator of Lipper Index and stock index futures), and philanthropist

“Congratulations on your event – amazing quality, very important and interesting info and great speakers.”

Bill Black

Founder & Host at ExitCoachRadio.com

“I enjoyed (the Forum). It is extremely difficult to put many different types of interest in the same space. But people like you and the effort you put in make it happens. Keep up the good work.”

David Khorram

Director & CKO at Crowdfundingplanning.com

“I’m interested in the equity crowdfunding space, including both the business and legal implications, and I think the panels were very informative on that issue in particular. I really did enjoy the event overall. Great job!”

Shahrokh Sheik

Partner, Kramer Holcomb Sheik LLP

“I had a great time. Congratulations, you produced an excellent event.  Loved finding out about bitcoin.   Fascinating.  Thank you so much.”

Michael Berk

BAYWATCH Creator and Producer

“Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the Forum. You did a fantastic job getting a bunch of very interesting people in the room and I love the one day format. Keep up the great work!"

Josef Holm

Founder & CEO of TubeStart

“Metropole Capital’s Alternative Funding Forum provided an array of perspectives from experts across various fields of finance and funding alternatives with big picture and concrete information to help navigate the brave new world of seeking capital. As the world of capital shifts, forums like these are needed to provide for open discussions and to build a community of talented, successful investors and entrepreneurs to network and cross-pollinate new domains as the landscape continues to change.”

Pilar Stella

Managing Partner and Founder, Alchemy P4; Forbes contributor

“The conference was great. These things are a ton of work and you did a great job. Thanks for including me.”

Jon Funk

Venture Capitalist, Founding Partner of Ocean Road Partners

“I enjoyed the forum and was happy to be part of it!”

Reeve Collins

Co-founder & CEO at Tether

“I wanted to thank you for having me as a speaker at your forum. It was a great experience.”

Vincent Bradley

CEO & Co-Founder at FlashFunders

“I wanted to thank you for having me as a speaker at your forum. It was a great experience.”

Vincent Bradley

CEO & Co-Founder at FlashFunders

“Thank you for having me. I think the content was excellent and (the Forum) was really well done!!”

Kati Suominen, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO, TradeUp Capital Fund

“Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to participate (at the Forum). Everyone was so nice and interesting and I found it very worthwhile.”

Maura Kawai

USFCS, U.S. Department of Commerce

“Thank you. I’d be happy to participate in any future events like this.”

Ian Truitne

Entrepreneur and Producer

“Enjoyed your event very much!”

Mike Panesis

Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship

“I was honored being on the stage with iconic guys. I met a few people I quite liked, because they do what I don’t, and approach things differently. Thank you for inviting me!”

Huston Huddleston

CEO & Founder, Hollywood Science Fiction Museum and New Starship Foundation

“You did a phenomenal job with the conference!”

Jon Nash

Serial entrepreneur

“Great event. Thanks!”

Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler

Dean School of Management, California Lutheran University


“I am truly excited to participate in this year event. I look forward to collaborating with peers at this game-changing inflection point in our industry."

Jeff McCarthy

Managing Director at Lending Club

“I learned so much at the Forum… and met many new experts to add to my small business resources. So many good speakers!”

Vivian Shimoyama

Regional Executive Director at Southern California Region Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

“It is a truly rare gathering where you meet remarkable entrepreneurs and investors that communicate together on a respectful and an equally sophisticated level. I left the Forum empowered by fresh knowledge and outstanding contacts realizing that this one day only event helped me to re-shape my own business ideas and saved me months of networking.”

Steve Newman

Founder at Official Merchandise.com and Rock.com

“Thank you for a fabulous event. I learned a lot. I loved the format you used. I loved everything about it! What a wonderful group of people.”

Michelle K Cameron


“The Forum was terrific, congratulations.”

Donald Haber

Executive Director & COO at British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Los Angeles

“The Forum taught filtered, authoritative new ideas and insights in a short day than I could have gathered in weeks of reading news clips. A great value!”

Richard Koffler

CEO, Greenwings Biomedical, Angel Investor at Tech Coast Angels

“(The Forum) changed my life by inspiring me to become a successful entrepreneur and crowd funder. I’d recommend this event to anyone with ambition"

Sandro Monetti

BBC Broadcaster, TV host, Author, Film Director & Performer

“This was my second year at the Forum. The infectious energy pervaded the venue, the content and the networking. It was global AND local at the same time, the panels were intimate enough to allow personal interaction with the audience and among the panelists. I will be back next year.”

Gunjan Bagla

Founder at Amritt Inc. (Forum Participant & Moderator)

“I have made some valuable new connections and enjoyed the conference very much.”

Josef Holm

Founder & CEO at Tubestart.com and Crowdfunding.biz

“You put on a terrific show – informative, interesting, meaningful.”

Charlie Crumpley

Editor at the Los Angeles Business Journal

“I really enjoyed (the event), learned a lot and made some amazing connections. It was money well spent and I don’t often feel that way after conferences.”

Mary Cimiluca

Executive Producer at Noetic Films, Inc.

“Congratulations!  You have done such a wonderful job in putting together the program especially with the number of speakers and attendees involved.  Everything went very well and we were able to pick up a few useful contacts. Many thanks for having us."

Betty Young

Hong Kong Trade Development Council (LA)

“The Forum was fabulous!  Very informative, and also important was the underlying tone of support and enthusiasm. Congratulations on pulling everything together so successfully!”

Jill Marti

President at Video Tattoo

“It was really great. So much energy and passion! Bravo!”

Jennifer Post

Founder of Post Law Group

“Thanks so much. Absolutely worthwhile forum. Much above my expectations.”

Thomas Baker, Ph.D.

“With the new SEC rules this event is very timely.”

Brian Deagon

Investment Business Daily

“Amazing event! So happy you put this up.”

Ash Kumra

Entrepreneur, Author and Public Speaker.

“I’ve been to a lot of conferences but I really thought you did an excellent job in terms of content, timing and value."

Marc Guren

Managing Partner at Acuity Capital

“It was a great conference.”

Michael Feinstein

Partner, Marcum LLP

“It was a good event, productive and enjoyable. Everyone was learning. Thanks, love to do it again."

David Raiklen

Producer, Composer, Crowdfunder


“Great job of assembling the top people in L.A.’s tech scene, and they provided some really thoughtful and insightful commentary. Congrats."

Charlie Crumpley

Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal

“It was a smash! The attendees were all high quality and the panels very informative. Well done.”

Mark R Ross

Managing Director, Diamond Capital Advisers

“I must congratulate (organizer) for this great success, despite it being the first edition. The audience was invited to participate with questions and comments making the flow of the event very pleasant and dynamic. I attend plenty of conferences and events both in California and internationally, mostly on entrepreneurship and investing, and I can tell this particular one, has been among the best ones I went to in recent years.”

Bianca Dellepiane

President, Bridges to Italy

“Kudos on a great first year conference! Very nicely done. Keep up the great work!”

Devon Blaine

President and Founder, The Blaine Group, Inc.

“Thank you for inviting me to participate in the conference. It was a great event.”


Victor Parker

District Director, Los Angeles, U.S. Small Business Administration

“Thank you for the exceptional Forum! I believe that the energy that was flowing through the event will transpire into many positive interactions amongst all the participants involved!”

Vince Megaro

Founder, Methes Energies Canada Inc.

“I was glad to participate and from all people I spoke to they were very happy with the day.”

Larry Namer

CEO & Co-founder, Metan Development Group; Co-founder, E! Entertainment

“It was a real and enjoyable honor to be a sponsor / partner of this inaugural event. Though I was overseas on business at the time, I’ve managed to view the panel discussion via video and there really was some exceptional dialogue among some smart and passionate people from a variety of sectors … quite dynamic, makes for a great event. I look forward to supporting and speaking at the 2013 Forum. Nicely done!”

Colin Mangham

CEO & Founder, Daily Brand Group

“I enjoyed meeting many new people – and learned a lot!”

Jennifer Post

Founder, Post Law Group, PC

“Thank you so much for letting me participate!”

David Carter

Serial Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Amplify, angel investor

“Congratulations on your first Forum –excellent event and you should be proud!”

Keith Block

Manager, Marcum LLP

“Congratulations on a great event. Many thanks for inviting us to be a part of it.”

Julia Son

Hong Kong Trade Development Council (LA)

“I really, really liked the Forum. I think it was extremely informative and the quality of speakers was amazing. Congratulations!”

Fernanda Baserga-Rudd

Consulate General & Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic, Investment Office

“I enjoyed the event and believe (there was) a terrific collection of speakers and panels!”

Greg Cohn

SVP/Regional Team Lead, Wells Fargo Greater Los Angeles Technology & Venture Banking (Forum Sponsor)

“I thought that the program was really good. The panelists were excellent and covered a wide variety of perspectives. I think the networking happy hour at the end was a great idea as well.”

Don Crawford

Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP

“Not only was the Next Generation Entrepreneurship & Global Crowdfunding Forum useful for stellar networking. As an entrepreneur with a crowdfunding portal, it helped inform my decision-making on regulatory issues that are rarely discussed in front of such a knowledgeable crowd.”

S. Ryan Meyer

Founder & CEO, AlumniFunder.com

“I greatly enjoyed attending the event. Many panelists spoke from their own extensive experience as entrepreneurs and I really appreciated the quality of the contacts I made through the networking breaks and am looking forward to following up on some really engaging conversations.”

Vincent Kapur

Founder, Pioneer PV Solutions

“I thought the Forum was great. I was very happy with the program and I made some good contacts. Thanks!”

David Sperling

Founder of YouVeGotFunds

“It was a very enjoyable experience. I was able to get a handle on what exactly crowd funding has to offer and how it works. Also I was able to make some interesting contacts for funding my film ventures. I would certainly attend the next Forum.”

Frank E. Johnson


“I really enjoyed the event – it was an eye opener for me. Thank you!”

Dina Vukmanovic

KPMG LLP, Manager

“You did a wonderful job with the Forum – congratulations!! I made some great contacts and the speakers were top-notch. Everything you need to know was covered and I left the conference with a ton of new information. Well done!”

Linhard Stepf

President of FrankfurtRhineMain Corp.

“Heartiest congratulations on putting together such a well-attended and interesting Forum. We were pleased to have been a part of it.”

Ed Sauve

Senior Advisor for Global Services, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)

“The entrepreneurship opportunities and crowdfunding strategies presented and discussed at the Metropole Global Forum gave me hope and ideas for returning to secure and profitable investments.”

Jay Wertz

Editor at Paramount Pictures, Independent Investor

”Nice job with the event. We need a lot more of these for LA!”

Hale Boggs

Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

“I enjoyed the event and believe you put together a terrific collection of speakers and panels!”

Greg Cohn

SVP/Regional Team Lead Wells Fargo Technology & Venture Banking


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