About the Team

“If you are fortunate enough to meet, hear or hire Kathleen
my advice is to listen intently – you will learn a lot you’ll not find anywhere else.”

Barry E James, Founder, The Crowdfunding Center & TheCrowdDataCenter

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The Crowdfund Better Team

Kathleen Minogue
Founder & CEO

About Kathleen…

Kathleen Minogue is a crowdfunding educator, speaker and advocate. After running her own successful crowdfunding campaign in 2012, she founded Crowdfund Better to guide entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits, and creatives how to use crowdfunding strategically to attain their financial, marketing and business goals, and has coached highly successful campaigns on major, niche, and self-hosted platforms. A thought leader in crowdfunding, Kathleen is focused on utilizing crowdfunding to encourage entrepreneurship, economic development and job creation in local communities, especially for women, minority and rural entrepreneurs. She advocates for crowdfunding education for small business advisors and the use of crowdfunding to create a path to bankability for entrepreneurs declined by lenders. She has also contributed to local and international access to capital initiatives including the PwC Women Unbound report and the Milken Institute/SBA PLUM initiative.

Kathleen is a dynamic speaker who uses her skills as a former teacher and financial professional to run highly interactive workshops that address the needs of both novice and experienced crowdfunders, and the advisors who support them. Kathleen has been invited to speak at venues including General Assembly, Impact Hub, Pepperdine University, UC Riverside, the Director’s Guild of America, Educate CA Funder’s Forum, Operation Hope, City of Inglewood, ChicoStart, The Local Crowd, LA Business Source, CAMEO, SCORE, SBA, Crowd Invest Summit, Crowdfunding Deep Impact UK & Global Crowdfunding Convention. She also acts as Industry Advisor to white-label university and nonprofit crowdfunding platform Community Funded and is a contributor to the online industry publication Crowdfund Insider.

Prior to Crowdfund Better, Kathleen spent time at JPMorgan where she helped build relationships with leading technology venture capitalists and worked as a consultant for an LA-based crowdfunding start-up. When not working with clients, Kathleen can be found wandering LA Farmer’s Markets or whipping up a batch of gluten-free pancakes with her daughter.

Scott Madsen
Director of Relationships & Marketing

About Scott…

As the vocal, yet behind-the-scenes partner, Scott is the communications core of Crowdfund Better. With a background of over twenty years in customer service and  expertise in small business, startup and grassroots marketing, he’s the first point of contact for both clients and colleagues, and the key to simplifying complex marketing strategy down to the nuts and bolts for our clients. He is also proudly committed to the #HeForShe gender equality initiative.

Growing up in Northern California (the real NorCal – three hours north of San Francisco), he served two consecutive years in AmeriCorps NCCC, which opened his eyes to the power of community and how government can both potentially assist and hinder communities of all kinds. From there he wound his way through three degrees – International Relations, Spanish and Latin American Studies – including living abroad in Mexico & Spain for nearly two years. Scott brings his worldview to every encounter, helping bridge the divide with an eye on Spanish speaking communities, which are often overlooked by the crowdfunding industry in the U.S.

When he’s not glued to his computer, Scott can be found having a beer with friends or working in the garden. (He finds his zen helping things grow.)

¡Yo hablo español!

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