About Us2018-07-16T10:28:51+00:00

Crowditz is the source for crowdfunding news and deals.  Crowditz was founded to provide investors with one location to identify and learn about deals on the Reg CF Platforms. Believing that crowdfunding will be the next significant capital market, Crowditz will lead the way in providing content and tools to select and manage cross platform investments.

The Team

Alan Phillips, CEO – Alan is a serial entrepreneur, active angel and crowdfunding investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com.  Alan has a rich publishing background. At Ziff-Davis Publishing, Alan was EVP of ZDNet where he helped build and sell the technology publishing powerhouse. Alan can be reached at alan@crowditz.com


Howard Schneider, CTO – Howie is an entrepreneur focused on technology, development, data management and operations. Prior to co-founding Crowditz, Howie was CTO and co-founder at Generate Inc., where he developed and implemented the technology to create real-time news and event monitoring, comprehensive intelligence on millions of companies and executives, and relationship capital management. Generate was purchased by Dow Jones in 2008. Other prior companies include Howie has co-founded or held senior technology positions are Digital Jolt, Bedrock Business Media, VideoMinex, Bright Tiger Technologies and ZDNet. Howie can be reached at howie@crowditz.com


Jon Finegold, Chairman – Jon is a Boston-based entrepreneur and marketing thought leader who has worked with dozens of start-ups, launching several award-winning products and services including OpenAir, where.com, Thinking Screen Media and Scratch Wireless. Jon has a background in math and computer science, still occasionally writes bad code as a hobby, and always takes a data-driven approach to marketing and audience development. Jon earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Allegheny College and a Masters from the MIT Sloan School. When Jon isn’t entrepreneuring, he is busy being a dad and occasionally windsurfing and kitesurfing. Jon can be reached at jon@crowditz.com

Kacey Schneider, Marketing Director – Kacey spent seven years as a secondary school educator on both the East and West coasts. Additionally, Kacey lived and worked in Central America for three years, where she was the English editor for a local newspaper and wrote a weekly “Green Awareness” column for the publication. Kacey’s first start-up experience was with Generate Inc., where she performed competitive analysis research to assist the sales team. At Crowditz, Kacey manages the writing, selection, and production of company profiles.

John Aland, Contributing Editor and CPA – John is an Accounting PhD candidate at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. His research interests include crowdfunding, disclosure, and debt contracting. Prior to Michigan, he worked as an auditor at KPMG in Philadelphia for seven years, leaving the firm as an audit manager. John has a BS in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. He can be reached at alandj@umich.edu.