Crowdfunder Dom Einhorn Talks Tech and Investing at the One Spark Fest

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Jacksonville Harbor is a fitting backdrop for an interview with Dom Einhorn at the One Spark Festival. For a "buy-sider" of crowd funding, Einhorn's ship has truly come in as he has a team of six working the event.

Einhorn's company, Born2Invest, is a crowdfunding platform. And with more than 600 "creators" (attendees who present their projects at the event) strutting their stuff in Jacksonville, Einhorn has a vast array of potential clients.

Einhorn is bringing a different model to crowdfunding, befitting his unique background. With citizenship in three countries (the U.S., Germany and France), Einhorn operates Born2Invest from offices in Berlin, Manila and Jackson, Wyo. His goal is to "delineate who we are not, more than anything. Crowdfunding platforms now have a business model of high volume and low quality. For Born2Invest, it will be low volume and high quality."

For that, Born2Invest will focus on publicly traded companies. "With Born2Invest, publicly traded companies will offer transparency and products that are already on the market," Winhorn said. "There are far too many instances of crowd-funded entities now not delivering results."

Einhorn already has a stable of publicly traded companies lined up as clients. It officially begins operations on May 1.

Previous business development clients of Einhorn's include Amazon (AMZN), Priceline.com (PCLN), Charles Schwab (SCHW), and Dell, among others. Einhorn is particularly bullish about what lies ahead at the One Spark Festival in mid-September 2014 in Berlin, his old stomping grounds.

"Berlin is the tech capital of Europe," Einhorn advises. "The whole ecosystem there is dedicated to entrepreneurs succeeding. There is low rent along with an advanced infrastructure. My home country of France produces aspiring intellectuals while Germany trains engineers of all specialties. France is driven by the elites as Germany is driven by the high tech leaders."

Einhorn graduated from France's version of West Point. He served as an infantry Lieutenant for three years in the French Army. His grandparents fought in the French resistance against the Nazi occupiers in World War II. That rare breed, a French techie, he came to the United States in 1994, lured by "unlimited access to the Internet for only $20 a month, which was impossible in France as it was controlled by the state-controlled phone monopoly."

Einhorn foresees unlimited potential for the marriage of crowdfunding and the One Spark Festival.

The September event in Berlin will be the first outside of the U.S. Only in its second year, attendance at One Spark in Jacksonville is expected to total around 200,000 when it wraps up on April 13.

In 2013, 120,000 made it to Jacksonville for the event. There is no doubt that the Berlin festival will not be the last, especially with multicultural financiers like Einhorn willing to travel thousands of miles to do business with hundreds of One Spark "creators."

At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

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