Community >> Danae Ringelmann
Sector: Technology / Finance
Known as: Founder of crowdfunding
Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2007 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, Danae leads Indiegogo's industry development efforts, while steering the company’s employee culture and values initiatives.
Danae was listed as a Young Global Leader in 2016 by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40, as well as SF Business Times' 40 under 40 in 2014. ELLE Magazine named Danae to its Woman in Tech Power List in 2014; while Fast Company included her in its Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology in 2011. Awards include Watermark's "Woman Who's Made Her Mark" in 2014, and AWNY's No Apologies" Changemaker award in 2013. Danae frequently speaks at conferences around the world, including Web Summit, The Next Web, TEDx, SXSW and CeBIT. Danae also testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on
“Financing America's Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital” in June 2013.
Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment companies including Pixar, Lions Gate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan's Investment Bank and Private Bank. In the wake of 9/11, Danae co-produced a concert reading of Incident at Vichy, an Arthur Miller play addressing the politically charged topic of racial profiling.
Danae was a CFA charterholder between 2007 and 2015. She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and she graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower.