Jed Cohen

The crowdfunding phenomenon has taken the arts and tech world by storm. Thousands of people are raising millions of dollars by pre-selling products and by offering services or experiences in exchange for contributions. With the passage of the JOBS Act, crowdfunding is poised to disrupt the angel and venture communities. Learn how to leverage your crowd to fund your business.

Jed Cohen is a founder and the chief operating officer of, one of the world’s largest and most successful crowdfunding platforms. He regularly speaks at events across the nation, educating people on the fundamentals of running a successful crowdfunding campaign. In May 2012, Jed co-authored a white paper titled “Regulation of Crowdfunding: Building on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act,” which has received acclaim from both the SEC and FINRA.

Jed’s professional career began at age 8, when he took to the stage as an actor and singer. During his 20-year career as a performer, Jed toured both nationally and internationally as a boy soprano, made his Broadway debut at age 15 in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden, and is featured as Rod McCalister in the hit movies Home Alone and Home Alone II: Lost in New York.

Jed is a graduate of Harvard University, where he earned his degree in astronomy and astrophysics. He completed original research identifying optical counterparts to gamma-ray bursts and mapping NGC4258 in neutral-hydrogen. He lives in New York City with his wife, Kate, son, Zeke, and little dog, Sophie.