This event is FREE to all chamber members and first-time guests! Enjoy business improvement and relationship development. The business primer event is generally offered once per month, the first Thursday, except for the months of the Symposium and Economic Forecast.
Crowdfunding: Your Next Big Idea
Presented by Zach Smith, CEO, Funded Today
Zach Smith is a serial entrepreneur, having never had a “real” job his entire life. He’s always starting, selling, running, and managing businesses. Zach loves helping others turn their dreams, ideas, and inspirations into successful companies. This passion led to his creation of Funded Today, LLC, the world’s most successful crowdfunding firm and largest provider of crowdfunding marketing services worldwide. In 2018, Smith’s company finished 27th on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies and #2 for fastest-growing privately-held companies in Utah and #3 in the “Advertising and Marketing” category. His company has raised over $225,000,000…and counting…for various crowdfunding campaigns in just the last 4 years! Funded Today holds the titles on Kickstarter for the following: Most Funded Clothing Company (Baubax Travel Jacket - #6 Most Funded Project of all time, $9.2 Million Raised), Most Funded Kitchen Gadget (Kuroi Hana) Most Funded Socks (SilverAir), Most Funded Travel Bag (GoBag), Most Funded App (Yoga Time), Most Funded Watch (LunoWear Watches), 2nd Most Funded Sunglasses (The Hughes Aviators) Most Funded Smart Luggage (Trunkster $1.3 Million Raised) and he holds Top 5 “Most Funded” titles in 20+ other categories as well. Chances are, if you’ve seen a successful campaign on Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, Zach Smith and Funded Today have been the driving factor behind its success!
Zach graduated Summa Cum Laude as the valedictorian from Weber State University’s Goddard School of Business and Economics with a business degree specializing in Accounting. Zach speaks fluent Mandarin. For two (2) years (2011 and 2014), under Zach’s leadership, Zach’s other companies received 3rd Place at the prestigious Utah Student 25 competition. Funded Today is on track to break into the Inc. 5000 for 2018 and is one of the fastest growing private companies in the country. Zach has been featured in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TechCrunch, Mashable, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. He is the Co-Author of the upcoming book "Funded" and he is also the Co-Founder of the upcoming event "CrowdCon,” the largest virtual crowdfunding training and education summit in the world. Zach Smith is newly married to the beautiful and talented opera singer, Courtney Bergen, and resides in the glorious city of Ogden, Utah. Zach is a curious soul-he never stops asking questions. He craves knowledge. Whenever he has spare time, he enjoys real estate investing, angel investing, private lending, playing competitive indoor soccer, basketball, weight lifting, reading business biographies and autobiographies, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, traveling the world, and working with young entrepreneurs and start-ups.