Amy Cortese, Founder & Editor is the brainchild of Amy Cortese, an award-winning journalist, author and speaker whose recent work centers on the intersection of crowdfinance and community. Amy was an editor at Business Week overseeing the magazine’s software and Internet coverage in the 1990s, and a vice president at Wit Capital, an online investment bank, during the ill-fated dot-com boom. As an independent journalist, she’s been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and other publications. Her book, Locavesting, The Revolution In Local Investing And How To Profit From It, published in 2011, chronicles the local investing movement and explores how a small shift in investment away from multinationals towards locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous economic and social benefits for individuals, their communities and the country.

She created to continue the conversation started by her book and to investigate the unfolding financial and economic transformation.

Amy has been named one of the Top 30 Crowdfunding Thought Leaders, and has given talks from Seoul, South Korea to TEDx Maui. She was a 2014 Change Agent in Residence at the Bainbridge Island Graduate Institute, the nation’s first sustainable MBA program.


Robert McCanless, Managing Editor

Robert spent many years funding, working with and running small businesses. He was also the founder and publisher of an alternative monthly paper about horticulture. A self-taught techie, he wears many hats and keeps the trains running on time.