David Drake is the founder and Chairman of LDJ Capital in New York City and has been involved in technology media and telecom (TMT), realty, mineral & energy, clean tech and impact investments for over 20 years. Mr. Drake is also the founder of The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series covering the Private Company Marketplace and a founding board member of the Crowd Funding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA).
Mr. Drake’s proclivity toward energy, efficiency and impact investments interleaves directly with the TMT investment strategies, family office clients of LDJ Capital, and the Private Company Marketplace.
His network extends across all continents and allows access to financing in the Private Company Marketplace from hedge funds, high net-worth investors, Sovereign Wealth Funds, private equity firms, family offices to institutional pension funds to fund of funds. LDJ Capital HQ is in New York, with partner offices in Zurich, Stockholm, London, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.
Mr. Drake is a founding platinum and an Executive Committee board member at the Crowd Funding Professional Association (myCFPA.org) - a national and global trade association. He is a founding board member of the CFIRA, the leadership group heading up US crowd funding for equity developments. The nascent crowd funding phenomena is the largest new financial instrument SMEs and start ups have ever seen. Mr. Drake was involved lobbying Senators and Congressmen for The JOBS Act which Obama signed into law April 5, 2012. The Securities and Exchange Commission is now working with CFIRA.org to identify best practices in the Crowd Funding industry.
For charity, Mr. Drake hosted the Harvard Club and Boston Symphony performances at his home and sat on the advisory board of Best Buddies Charity for autistic kids.
He has an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University where he was awarded the Wallenberg Scholarship for academic merit.
Industry Expertise (3)
Public Relations and Communications
Areas of Expertise (3)
Fund of Funds
American University - Kogod School of Business: BSBA, International Marketing and Chemistry 1994
George Washington University - School of Business: MBA and MA, Finance, International Law, Economics 1996
- Crowd Funding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates "CFIRA" CrowdFunding Professional Association "CFPA"
David Weild, Former Vice Chair of NASDAQ | The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series
“David Drake has run exceptional events covering subjects – especially CrowdFunding – which built momentum behind its inclusion in the JOBS Act. His events help create the community of interest to share ideas and inform legislators. I will continue to support The Soho Loft events here and overseas.” David Weild former Vice Chairman of Nasdaq 2012
Sample Talks (1)
Crowd Funding for SMEs & Entrepreneurs and franchises.
Four pillars of donation, reward, debt & equity crowd funding strategies and SEC / Finra regulations on developments
- Workshop Leader
- Corporate Training