Traditional funding sources can be expensive, difficult or sometimes impossible to access, or just not a great fit for many start-ups and small businesses needs. Instead, we believe that people who share similar interests can be the best source for the knowledge, energy, encouragement, tools and of course capital that many entrepreneurs need to succeed.
Now your friends, your family, other acquaintances, even stranger across the globe can help fund your business legally. We’re making it easy for ordinary people to contribute financially (invest) in businesses seeking investment in exchange of equity (ownership) = CROWDFUDING. Our platform not only allows entrepreneurs to get funding for new ideas, but also obtain funding to expand existing companies into larger enterprises.
Maurice Lopes is an expert in building successful businesses. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of EarlyShares.com. Under Mr. Lopes’ leadership, the organization came to the attention of the Start Up America Partnership, which made EarlyShares.com the featured company on their website on April 5, 2012, the same day President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law.
In the mid-90’s, Mr. Lopes developed and formed GICC (Global Interconnect Communications Corp), a company that supplied network services to major U.S. telecommunications carriers such as Sprint, MCI and Frontier Communications. In 1998/1999, he was recruited by the Ministry of Communications to consult on the liberalization of the telecommunications monopoly existent in Peru. Due in no small part to his efforts, deregulation was implemented by 2000 and, along with such carriers as Twlw2000/SouthBell (BellSouth), FirstCom (later AT&T), and the incumbent Telefonica, Mr. Lopes’ new endeavor, Netfax Instatel S.A., was awarded one of the five international long distance operations licenses created under the new legislation.
In 2003, he became co-owner of HotBrick, an internet security operation providing superior firewall routers bridging the gap between usability and network security specifically for the small business owner. The company secured over 500 dealers worldwide in less than three years, with manufacturing in China and operations in Europe, Asia, Brazil and the U.S. Under Mr. Lopes’ guidance, HotBrick became a global company employing more than 100 people.
Mr. Lopes is on the board of directors for the National Crowdfunding Association (NLCFA.ORG). NLCFA was instituted to support, educate and protect the American Crowdfunding market. The Association endeavors to “police” the crowdfunding community in an effort to ensure investor protections are in place and both accredited and unaccredited investors have an equitable opportunity to participate in the creation and/or growth of a viable business entity.
Direct experience with Telecom / Data-Com, Real Estate, Food-Service Logistics, and Tech Start-Ups.
Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Financial Services industry
August 2011 – Present (10 months) Miami
EarlySahres.com provides entrepreneurs and investors a new way to transact. Entrepreneurs can raise money by tapping into a 'crowd' of like-minded people investing small amounts in exchange for a stake in the new venture / business, and maybe some small token or product (rewards or perks).
March 2012 – Present (3 months) Dallas/Fort Worth Area
The Director of Membership is a member of the Board of Directors; shall be chairman of the Membership Committee, and shall have additional duties as the President of the association.
Is responsible for promoting membership; shall issue Bylaws to new members, shall work closely with the National CrowdFunding Association (NCFA); and shall keep an up-to-date list of Association members.
The mission of the National Crowdfunding Association is to support, educate, and protect the American crowdfunding industry.
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Food Production industry
January 2009 – April 2012 (3 years 4 months) Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
1st Kiddie Catering, LLC (DBA: Kiddie Catering), provides over 10,000 bulk and individually packaged meals per day to daycares, pre-K schools, private and public schools K-12 in Florida. Kiddie Catering is approved for catering several programs: CCFP (Child Care Food Program), NSLP (National School Lunch program), and NBP (National Breakfast Program), SSFP (Summer Food Service Program) as well as emergency relief catering for Federal and State government.
Maurice has 2 recommendations (1 co-worker, 1 client) including: