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Ms Hedges is the founder of http://CrowdfundingCRM.com the industry’s first Marketing Automation CRM and Social media platform built for Crowdfunding and Crowd Financing. The company aims to fill the void between basic email software and complex and expensive marketing software. Along with an easy to use Crowdfunding Task & Action Plan™-A virtual placeholder,guide and calendar for you to create a step by step crowdfunding plan with timelines for launching and running a successful and compliant campaign.
As an industry expert, Ms Hedges has been interviewed or quoted in over 50 major publications and was selected to teach the first university-level course on securities-based crowdfunding in the nation at the University of Nevada Las Vegas ( UNLV).
Ms Hedges was also a Founding Board member of the CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) ?and CFPA. ?In 2012 Ms Hedges also launched Http://globalcrowdfundingday.com to help spread the word across the globe. Previously, Ms. Hedges was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy as well as the New York Times, the LA times and People magazine for her work with Oxfam America and the Hollywood Hunger Banquets.She was featured on ABC’s Home Show, and the Financial News Network produced a two-part series on Ms. Hedges for their show” American Entrepreneur”. She was invited to fill a cabinet seat on the Second Century Campaign board which raised over 16 million dollars to build the new Union Rescue Mission. She is the recipient of the Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for that work.
Prior to CrowdfundX, Darren spent ten years as a business development executive in the Oracle partner community, most recently as a regional vice president of sales with OSI Consulting, working directly with decision-makers at Fortune 500 companies on a range of software and services projects. He also served as co-founder and CEO of FilmBreak, a virtual film studio which offered comprehensive marketing, financing and distribution tools for filmmakers. Darren realized the concept and need for CrowdfundX while at the helm of FilmBreak and decided to pivot his team’s efforts to meet a groundswell of demand coming from clients.
Darren is a featured LinkedIn contributor and an active public speaker, having recently spoken as a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, USC Marshall School of Business, UC Irvine, the CSUN Entertainment Alumni Network and the ESGCI Business School in Paris, France. His insights have been featured in Forbes, the Los Angeles Business Journal, SoCalTech and others.