Tag Archives: David Drake


Fashion and Bitcoins – Will Matthew Mellon II shape the future of the online currency?

By David Drake   In late 2014 we observed a truly unique phenomenon – the rise of bitcoins. It seems as if overnight the Chamber of Digital Commerce (CDC) skyrocketed its influence in the world of monetary assets. Matthew Taylor Mellon II was chosen to be the executive chairman of the committee and is expected to shape the future of […]

Why the New Regulation A+ Rules Will Rock the Crowdfunding World

By David Drake The US crowdfunding industry hit a major milestone on March 25 this year as the SEC passed into law Reg A+ under Title IV of the JOBS Act after years of prolonged deliberation and advocating by stakeholders.   Industry experts, entrepreneurs and investors have eagerly anticipated for the passing into law of this regulation to facilitate the […]

Niederhoffer brings Placido Domingo to a 1200 person sold out Opera Gala in Honor of the late Maestro Julius Rudel

By David Drake [New York City, March 9th, 2015] Every one of the Rose Theater’s 1100 seats was filled for a opera concert produced by NYCO Renaissance, an effort to revive the defunct New York City Opera, for a two-hour concert and later a gala dinner celebrating the life of the opera’s late Maestro Julius Rudel. My entrepreneurial endeavors to build […]

Money Laundering Proof Your Company: AML Check

“The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimate that global money laundering constitutes about to 3 to 5 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. In nominal terms that’s a staggering $2.17 and $3.61 trillion dollars in a year.” By David Drake Money laundering is the act of attempting to conceal proceeds from illegal activity thereby making them […]

Leviathan of Nano Metal Powders and 3D & 4D Printing

By David Drake     He looked at me with his penetrating gaze, through his gold rimmed glasses, as he removed his cigar from his mouth, puffed the smoke into the air, and said with a hybrid, English accent,  ‘One of the rare privileges we have in Canada is the ability to smoke a good Havana, legally.’   Kamran M. Khozan […]

4D Printing: How to Disrupt the Disruptive 3D Printing Technology

By David Drake   Even before people can fully comprehend the impact of  3D printing technology, 4D printing is poised to further revolutionize this disruptive technology. 3D printing did not only disrupt the printing industry but several other industries as well,  inclusive of the manufacturing and construction sectors. Now in its embryonic stage, 4D printing is a dimension above and […]

Private Equity: Real Returns, Real Risks

Private equity has quickly become a global industry.  In the past three decades, private equity has accounted for $2.6 trillion in total assets from all sectors and almost all regions of the world.   Private equity’s growth in both size and returns has attracted the interest of many new players, including family offices that represent high net worth individuals and […]

Going into Crowdfunding? Discover 3 Success Stories that Dared to Say No to the Banks

Going into Crowdfunding? Discover 3 Success Stories that Dared to Say No to the Banks   By David Drake     Crowdfunding works like a cockfight where you raise your bet and anybody from the crowd takes the challenge.  The only difference is that in a cockfight it is a 50:50 win-loss probability.  In crowdfunding,  risk is spread into different […]

Crowdfunding Our Natural Resources: A Way to Ethical Mining? #crowdfundmining

By David Drake   Natural resources, which include  minerals, metals, oil or gas, occupy a central role in our everyday life. Minerals are essential to our economic development. The minerals, particularly the metals, have specific properties such as high strength, durability, conductor of heat and electricity and aesthetic appeal that endear them to the  industries, and us.   Figure 1, […]

On The Rise: The Next Moguls like Donald Trump will come from the Crowd – but they will not be Crowdfunding

By David Drake   Direct Public Offering, also known as Regulation A+, is poised to significantly bring down the cost of raising capital for businesses in the US when it becomes legal. And when it does, it could overshadow even its more popular regulatory sibling under the JOBS Act – Crowdfunding.   Such incidences like paying up to $250,000 in […]