Our Mission

The mission of CrowdfundNC.com is to provide education and services and to build the ecosystem in North Carolina to support investment crowdfunding of our startups and businesses.

About Mark Easley

Mark Easley is the publisher and editor of CrowdfundNC.com and has been an active advocate, advisor, and investor in the investment crowdfunding industry since 2012.

Mark Easley
Mark is a tech startup advisor and angel investor in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. He previously had a 25 year technology career in engineering, marketing, and sales in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley. In addition to his startup advisor activities, he has been on the executive board of a Raleigh/Durham area angel investor group. Mark was honored to receive the 2017 WRAL Techwire Award for 'Most Noteworthy Startup Investor'.

Mark was the leader of the NC PACES Act Team which was recently honored with the 2017 WRAL Techwire Editors Choice Award for their work in getting the NC PACES investment crowdfunding law passed.

Mark's LinkedIn page

Community Affiliations
  • Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Member
  • NC Regional Internet of Things Member
  • Startup advisor and mentor at local incubators and accelerators including HQ Raleigh, American Underground, The Frontier, and Groundwork Labs
  • Judge at startup competitions in the Triangle
  • Crowdfunding advocate

Endorsements from our crowdfunding and startup partners:

“Mark Easley has been a leader and advocate for the investment crowdfunding industry since it started with the passage of the Federal JOBS Act back in 2012. He led the effort to create and pass the North Carolina PACES Act investment crowdfunding exemption law, and is a nationally known expert and leader in the investment crowdfunding community. Mark has been an excellent advisor and mentor for us on our journey to build the world’s leading real estate project funding platform for everyday investors. If you need advice on generating funding for your business using investment crowdfunding, or on how and why to invest in these offerings, Mark is the person to know in North Carolina.”

Brian Dally, Founder and CEO, www.groundfloor.us, Atlanta, Georgia.  
For a good overview of Groundfloor, and Mark's comments about them, please see their Reg A+ Online Public Offering video.


"Mark Easley is a well known investor, mentor and advisor in North Carolina, and I was interested when he suggested a strategy for raising some of our funding using investment crowdfunding. With Mark’s guidance and support, we put together a very successful crowdfunding campaign on a leading crowdfunding platform in Texas, which very quickly exceeded our fundraising goals. The additional capital was a vital component of getting our technology integrated into 100’s of well known brands. Now Mark is building a similar investment crowd funding infrastructure in North Carolina, which will allow many other companies here in NC to have similar opportunities. Mark is the #1 person in NC that entrepreneurs should contact if they’re looking for advice about investment crowdfunding."

Jim Zidar, Co-founder & CEO of Stealz Inc


“Mark Easley has been a valued investor and advisor for our company as we have built Wedpics into the #1 photo and video sharing app for weddings. Mark recommended that I look at investment crowdfunding as part of our fundraising efforts, and he provided advice and guidance for us on a very quick and successful fundraise campaign on a leading crowdfunding platform. As a result, we gained a number of new and valuable investors, including Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank fame. Mark also led the effort here in North Carolina to create and pass the North Carolina PACES Act investment crowdfunding exemption law. I highly recommend Mark as an advisor to any North Carolina company that is considering using investment crowdfunding to raise money.”

Justin Miller, Co-Founder and CEO, https://wedpics.com/home , RaleighNorth Carolina  


“Mark Easley provided me with some excellent guidance on building my crowdfunding campaign and putting together an effective message that would appeal to investors. I highly recommend Mark if you need advice and guidance on your crowdfunding strategy and campaign.”
Micky McKeon, Co-Founder, MockOut, Inc., Durham, North Carolina


“I have worked with Mark Easley for several years as part of our startup and small business mentoring program at Entredot. He is an experienced, knowledgeable and insightful advisor and mentor, and I am quite excited about the possibilities for the new investment crowdfunding infrastructure he is building in North Carolina. This new way of financing startups and small businesses could revolutionize the way many of them put together their early stage financing. I highly recommend Mark as the person to work with in North Carolina if you are considering investment crowdfunding for your startup or small business.”

Bill Warner, Co-Founder, EntreDot , Research Triangle Park, North Carolina


“I was fortunate to have Mark Easley come on board as an investor and advisor to me and my team at https://freedom.to/. Mark always gives sound advice, and he knows more about investment crowdfunding than anybody else in North Carolina. If you are considering using investment crowdfunding, Mark is the man to know.”

Fred Stutzman, Founder and CEO,https://freedom.to/, Durham, North Carolina  


“Mark Easley has been a trusted investor and advisor to RocketBolt since we started. He is a very experienced startup investor, and he knows more about the investment crowdfunding space than anyone in North Carolina. If you need guidance about doing an investment crowdfunding round, Mark will be a big help."

Aaron Dinin, Co-Founder and CEO, RocketBolt.com, Durham, North Carolina