Testimonials 2012


Great job of assembling the top people in L.A.’s tech scene, and they provided some really thoughtful and insightful commentary. Congrats.

– Charlie Crumpley, Editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal


It was a smash! The attendees were all high quality and the panels very informative. Well done.

– Mark R Ross, Managing Director, Diamond Capital Advisers


I must congratulate (organizer) for this great success, despite it being the first edition. The audience was invited to participate with questions and comments making the flow of the event very pleasant and dynamic. I attend plenty of conferences and events both in California and internationally, mostly on entrepreneurship and investing, and I can tell this particular one, has been among the best ones I went to in recent years.

– Bianca Dellepiane, President, Bridges to Italy


Kudos on a great first year conference! Very nicely done. Keep up the great work!

– Devon Blaine, President and Founder, The Blaine Group, Inc.


Thank you for inviting me to participate in the conference. It was a great event.

– Victor Parker, District Director, Los Angeles, U.S. Small Business Administration


Thank you for the exceptional Forum! I believe that the energy that was flowing through the event will transpire into many positive interactions amongst all the participants involved!

– Vince Megaro, Founder, Methes Energies Canada Inc.


I was glad to participate and from all people I spoke to they were very happy with the day.

-Larry Namer, CEO & Co-founder, Metan Development Group; Co-founder, E! Entertainment


It was a real and enjoyable honor to be a sponsor / partner of this inaugural event. Though I was overseas on business at the time, I’ve managed to view the panel discussion via video and there really was some exceptional dialogue among some smart and passionate people from a variety of sectors … quite dynamic, makes for a great event. I look forward to supporting and speaking at the 2013 Forum. Nicely done!

– Colin Mangham, CEO & Founder, Daily Brand Group


I enjoyed meeting many new people – and learned a lot!

– Jennifer Post, Founder, Post Law Group, PC


Thank you so much for letting me participate!

– David Carter, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Amplify, angel investor


Congratulations on your first Forum –excellent event and you should be proud!

– Keith Block, Manager, Marcum LLP


Congratulations on a great event. Many thanks for inviting us to be a part of it.

– Julia Son, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (LA)


I really, really liked the Forum. I think it was extremely informative and the quality of speakers was amazing. Congratulations!

– Fernanda Baserga-Rudd, Consulate General & Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic, Investment Office


I enjoyed the event and believe (there was) a terrific collections of speakers and panels!

-Greg Cohn, SVP/Regional Team Lead, Wells Fargo Greater Los Angeles Technology & Venture Banking
(Forum Sponsor)


I thought that the program was really good. The panelists were excellent and covered a wide variety of perspectives. I think the networking happy hour at the end was a great idea as well.

-Don Crawford, Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP


Not only was the Next Generation Entrepreneurship & Global Crowdfunding Forum useful for stellar networking. As an entrepreneur with a crowdfunding portal, it helped inform my decision-making on regulatory issues that are rarely discussed in front of such a knowledgeable crowd.

– S. Ryan Meyer, Founder & CEO, AlumniFunder.com


I greatly enjoyed attending the event. Many panelists spoke from their own extensive experience as entrepreneurs and I really appreciated the quality of the contacts I made through the networking breaks and am looking forward to following up on some really engaging conversations.

– Vincent Kapur, Founder, Pioneer PV Solutions


I thought the Forum was great. I was very happy with the program and I made some good contacts. Thanks!”

– David Sperling, Founder of YouVeGotFunds


It was a very enjoyable experience. I was able to get a handle on what exactly crowd funding has to offer and how it works. Also I was able to make some interesting contacts for funding my film ventures. I would certainly attend the next Forum.”

– Frank E. Johnson, Producer


I really enjoyed the event – it was an eye opener for me. Thank you!”

– Dina Vukmanovic, KPMG LLP, Manager


You did a wonderful job with the Forum – congratulations!! I made some great contacts and the speakers were top-notch. Everything you need to know was covered and I left the conference with a ton of new information. Well done!”

– Linhard Stepf, President of FrankfurtRhineMain Corp,


Heartiest congratulations on putting together such a well-attended and interesting Forum. We were pleased to have been a part of it.

– Ed Sauve, Senior Advisor for Global Services, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)


The entrepreneurship opportunities and crowdfunding strategies presented and discussed at the Metropole Global Forum gave me hope and ideas for returning to secure and profitable investments.

– Jay Wertz, Editor at Paramount Pictures, Independent Investor


Nice job with the event. We need a lot more of these for LA!

– Hale Boggs, Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips


I enjoyed the event and believe you put together a terrific collection of speakers and panels!

– Greg Cohn, SVP/Regional Team Lead, Wells Fargo Technology & Venture Banking