You’re the boss
Your photo should be on this page, because you’re in the corner office of Stratifund. (Okay, not literally. You can telecommute.)
Stratifund came alive in response to demand for an independent, unbiased, centralized source of information about equity crowdfunding deals. Translation: You needed us. So we showed up.
Our leadership team is made up of the best minds in the industry. We’re not just saying that. Our advisors literally wrote the book on equity crowdfunding and are asked to speak about it all over the world. Our executives come from diverse business backgrounds, but they share a Midas touch.
Why are you the boss? Because we work for you. And isn’t it the job of every employee to make the boss look good? We’re here to serve up education, research, and ratings so you can make informed decisions about investment deals.
Stratifund’s experience, brains, time, blood, sweat, and tears = Your advantage.
CEO and Co-Founder
Marc Snover brings extensive experience in business valuation and due diligence research in investment banking and corporate development. He also worked as a research analyst covering both the buy side and sell side of transactions, and his background includes financial securities regulation as a broker/dealer auditor.
Marc holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business as well as an Economics and Finance degree from Southern Methodist University.
Jeff Julkowki has founded, operated ,and successfully exited multiple businesses, most recently Chamilia, a consumer jewelry business acquired by Swarovski in 2013 where he was named a Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® in 2011. Jeff spent seven years on Wall Street as an equity analyst researching investments at Morgan Stanley and Salomon SmithBarney/Citigroup.
Jeff holds an MBA and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served for three years with the United States Army.
CFO and Co-Founder
Jeff Yurecko is an experienced CFO of early stage businesses. Prior to co-founding Stratifund, Jeff spent 8 years as a management consultant advising private equity and corporate clients with merger and acquisition due diligence, including cross-border transactions, restructuring initiatives, and contract negotiation support. Jeff is also an alumni of a “Big 4” accounting firm where he spent several years as a financial statement auditor.
Jeff holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin and is a CPA in the state of Minnesota.
Jason Grey is a sought-after technology expert with more than two decades of web and mobile experience. He can also claim nearly 30 years of coding experience, since he started when he was eight. Jason is prized as a project leader, consultant, and mentor who has worked with many Fortune 100 companies.
Jason has mastered technologies from Java to .NET, nodejs to PHP, Azure, AWS, Hadoop, MSSQL, MongoDB and Redis, and is well versed in all major web, CMS, CRM, and cloud technologies.
Directors & Advisors
Co-Founder and Board Chair
Dean Banks is a co-founder and advisor at Stratifund, and an executive at Google X. His previous roles include CEO of Vergent Bioscience, VP at Highland Capital Partners, and also held the position of Vice President of Product Excellence at Tornier, becoming SVP of Business Development and Strategic Marketing after Tornier acquired OrthoHelix Surgical Designs. He has extensive experience with early and growth-stage medical technology and healthcare industry investments. Dean has also served in executive, strategic planning, business development, consulting and sales roles at Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Connective Orthopaedics, Cytyc (acquired by Hologic), and Ethicon Endo-Surgery (a Johnson and Johnson Company).
Dean holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Miami University. He also served for five years with the United States Marine Corps.
Sherwood Neiss is co-author of the JOBS Act Crowdfunding Framework signed into law by President Obama in 2012. He also authored the definitive book on crowdfunding. He is a founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) and is a three-time Inc. 500 winner. He is a leading global authority on crowdfunding and serves as a motivational speaker and go-to expert on the subject. Sherwood has testified in front of the U.S. Congress, presented at South by Southwest, World Economic Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Forum, and Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Sherwood holds an Advanced Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as an MBA and MIM in International Finance, and a BA in Political Science.
Jason Best is co-founder and principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA). He co-authored the crowdfund investing framework used in the JOBS Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in 2012. He also co-authored the definitive book on crowdfunding. He is a contributor to TechCrunch and Venture Beat and has appeared in Fast Company, Bloomberg Markets and on CNN. Forbes.com ranked Jason as one of the 10 most influential people in crowdfunding.
Jason holds an MBA in International Management and a BS in Business Management. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s ‘Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.’