Kathleen Minogue is a U.S. based crowdfunding educator, advocate and speaker. After running her own successful crowdfunding campaign in 2012, she founded Crowdfund Better to guide entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits, and creatives on using crowdfunding strategically to attain their financial, marketing, and business goals. A thought leader in crowdfunding, Kathleen is particularly focused on utilizing crowdfunding to encourage entrepreneurship and economic development in underserved communities, especially for women, minority, and rural entrepreneurs. She advocates for the use of crowdfunding to create a path to bankability for small businesses who have been turned down by lenders, and has contributed to local and international access to capital initiatives including the PwC Women Unbound crowdfunding report and the PLUM LA Initiative launched by the Milken Institute and SBA.
Kathleen is a dynamic speaker and writer who uses her skills as a former teacher and financial professional to run highly interactive workshops that address the needs of novice crowdfunders as well as experienced veterans, and has worked alongside project creators coaching highly successful campaigns on major, niche, and self-hosted platforms. Kathleen has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on ForbesBooks Radio, contributed to industry publications Crowdfund Insider and Locavesting, and has spoken at venues including the SBA, Milken Institute, Director’s Guild of America, Association for Women’s Business Centers, Impact Hub, Pepperdine University, Global Crowdfunding Convention and Crowdfunding Deep Impact UK.
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 Farmer’s Markets or whipping up a batch of pancakes with her daughter.
Her company, Crowdfund Better, provides education, assessment, and training for crowdfunding campaign creators, and crowdfunding professional development for small business advisors.