Jason W. Best co-authored the crowdfund-investing framework used in the JOBS Act to legalize securities-based crowdfunding in the U.S.A. He has twice provided US Congressional testimony on early-stage finance and attended the White House Rose Garden ceremony for President Obama to sign it into law, on April 5, 2012. As a co-founder of Crowd Capital Advisors (CCA), Jason works with professional investors, government officials and multi-lateral organizations including the World Bank to create successful investing, policy and educational strategies in early stage finance. CCA has worked on early stage finance advisory projects in over 25 countries.
The US State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program selected CCA as a Key Partner and has sent CCA on 12 State Department Missions for entrepreneurship and crowdfunding. Jason co-founded the University of California, Berkeley Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial Finance and also currently serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Forbes.com ranked Jason as one of the 10 most influential people in crowdfunding. He co-authored the World Bank’s groundbreaking research “Crowdfunding’s Potential in the Developing World” and is also co-author of “Crowdfund Investing for Dummies”, published by Wiley. Jason is a co-founder of CFIRA (Crowdfunding Regulatory Intermediary Advocates) the U.S. industry association working with the SEC and FINRA on regulatory issues.
Speaking engagements include: The White House, South by Southwest (2013, 2014), TEDx, The Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, The World Bank Global Technology Innovation Forum in South Africa, MIT Pan-Arab Business Forum, The Aspen Institute/Fortune Tech Brainstorm, UC Berkeley Global Academic Symposium on Crowdfunding and The World Economic Forum Global Shapers Rome Hub.
In June 2013, Entrepreneur Magazine featured CCA in their Innovator’s Series and Jason has appeared on CNN, CNBC, BBC, PBS and CCTV America. Other media includes: Fast Company, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Politico, Wall Street Journal, McKinsey Voices, TechCrunch and VentureBeat.
Jason has been a member of the executive leadership teams of three Web-based software companies in San Francisco, CA where he has lived and worked for 15 years. The most recent firm, Kinnser Software, was twice named, by Inc Magazine, as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the United States. He earned his master’s degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the top international MBA program in the world.