I have previously written about how FanVestor is capitalizing on recent changes to the SEC rules around investing to democratize the way people improve their financial outlook, while connecting with the entertainment and sports figures they love. In this post I will expand upon that to discuss the way in FanVestor is using those changes to transform the legacy investment banking model.

Historically, issuer onboarding, or the way banks and other financial institutions bring in new business, has involved three phases. The first phase is all about building relationships with a select group of issuers by “wining and dining them” (a practice that is both time-consuming and very costly, and carries no guarantees), and the determination of structural finance products that will fit their needs (i.e. …

In my recent posts, I’ve discussed how FanVestor has teamed up with iHeartMedia to help with Covid-19 relief, and create even more incredible experiences for fans to deepen their relationship with sports and entertainment celebrities. This post focuses on changes in securities regulations and tech innovation that created tremendous opportunities for forward-thinking organizations. I will share some insights on how FanVestor is applying innovation and a data-driven mindset to capitalize on this new economic situation.

The idea of fans funding their favorite celebrities is not new — there are many examples of fans supporting athletes, musicians, entertainers and celebrities. Some of these examples are contributions and others are investments. …

In my previous posts I wrote about how FanVestor is leveling the playing field for investors in the entertainment and sports arenas and the differences between FanVestor and other forms of investment such as traditional capital markets and crowdfunding platforms. Now, it is with great excitement that I share with you news of the collaboration between FanVestor and one of America’s most important media companies, iHeartMedia.

FanVestor and iHeartMedia focus on the joy of entertainment and sports and make these worlds accessible to the masses. Each does so in its own unique way — iHeart by providing a personalized listening experience to 276 million listeners across 848 radio stations, and FanVestor by making investment in top musicians and sport figures possible for everyone, regardless of net worth. …

In my last post, I discussed innovations and disruptions in business and introduced you to FanVestor, the first of its kind all-in data-driven ecosystem that is revolutionizing investment through and e with regard to entertainment and sports. FanVestor’s mission is to democratize investing so everyone, regardless of their bank balance, can become an “owner/investor” in individual celebrities and teams about which they feel passionate. What follows is an in-depth look at how FanVestor compares with other types of investing such as traditional capital markets and how it is innovating the crowdfunding industry.

Historically, investing has been a privilege reserved for high net worth and high-earning individuals and institutions. For the most part, this investing is also focused solely on investors’ financial goals, with no consideration of their other possible motives for investing. In recent years that has begun to change, as the uptick in investment in mission-driven companies has demonstrated that consumers have a desire to invest in enterprises that are aligned with their own values and interests. Unlike profit-driven companies that later add a philanthropic foundation as an afterthought, entrepreneurs are now building businesses that are conceived around a mission to do good in the world, and investors, particularly millennials, are investing with their conscience. But even with this socially responsible view of business, the investment paradigm continues to ignore millions of potential investors, who don’t fit the criteria for the concept of investing in the traditional capital markets. Even if these consumers have the means to do so, they may not be knowledgeable about investing in the stock market and perhaps even have a fear or distrust this arena. Some of these consumers have only been exposed to the 401K or IRA retirement investment plans and think of anything else as too risky. Whatever the case, for companies such as FanVestor there is a tremendous opportunities to democratize investing and innovate on both crowdfunding and entertainment and sports finance. …

Having served as CFO and a C-level executive for a number of companies that went and/or were public, I have spent most of my professional life managing complex financial and operational transactions. Often challenging and always exciting, these transactions taught me a number of lessons, some of which I have written about in articles on why companies go public, the role of high frequency spectrum and fixed wireless technologies in 5G networks, and my personal favorite, the correlation between a game of chess and business negotiations. The most important lesson, however, is to constantly be focused on the next great innovation on the horizon. …

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There’s been a lot written about IPOs lately, so I figured I’d take a step back and cover some of the drivers of company valuation and why companies “go public”. The reality is, as an investor, a successful investment in a private company usually results in returns much higher than a similar investment in a public company could offer. This is mainly due to the higher growth that private companies usually experience as they gain a public foothold in their respective industry. …

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Previously, I published a piece on how are important for 5G. This week, let’s look at a couple of other distinguishing technological enablers of 5G — the use of high-frequency spectrum and fixed wireless. Both of these technologies will work hand-in-hand to provide high-speed internet to the home and on the go, replacing existing technologies like cell towers and cable connections with faster and more advanced options.

High Frequency Spectrum

Also known as millimeter waves, or extremely high frequency bandwidth (EHF), this previously underused territory of the radio continuum offers significant benefits for 5G transmission that aren’t available at lower frequencies. …

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The 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us, and it will be driven by technologies like 5G wireless. The potential impact of ubiquitous 5G to revolutionize the global economy should not be underestimated. Undergirding the new wireless infrastructure will be a whole ecosystem of small cell antennas, broadly distributed, densely populated, and creatively interspersed where people live and work. Small cells are crucial for providing the coverage, capacity, and network performance that will make 5G so revolutionary.

We have all seen how macrocells (aka, cell towers) have aided in the development of 4G/LTE technology. Base stations that support the current mobile network can handle both voice and data signaling covering wide geographical areas. But while coverage may be a great benefit of macrocells, they will struggle to meet the high usage demands of growing networks. Microcells (aka, small cells), on the other hand, work together in densely populated areas to provide capacity far beyond the limits of macrocells. …

Digital Distractions from Daily Life

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As 5G heats up, it promises significant benefits to an array of entertainment services, from movies to gaming to live sporting events. The both real and projected use cases for 5G entertainment will increase rapidly, as new technologies, applications, and user experiences are stacked onto lightning-fast data capabilities.

A 2018 report by Intel, based on a study by the research firm Ovum, gives us the projected numbers and a description of the potential impact of 5G on entertainment:

How technology will improve the customer experience

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Is brick-and-mortar dead? This has been the perennial fear as online retail began to take hold and flourish. Indeed, according to the US Department of Commerce, e-commerce is growing at a significantly faster clip than brick-and-mortar, 16% vs. 2% from 2016–2017. That said, digital is still a minority (13%) of total retail sales.

But positioning this evolution as a battle between brick-and-mortar and online is shortsighted. The advent of 5G promises to revolutionize and revitalize the entire retail sector in ways we are just starting to imagine. …


Michael Golomb

Hands-on company builder; Founder & Entrepreneur with 3 exits, who enjoys scaling companies 24x7x365; Blockchain Pioneer. Founder and CEO at FanVestor /#Fvestor

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