KrowdMentor is a strategic investment and advisory firm empowering blockchain investors, funds, startups and entrepreneurs to reach their liquidity goals.

We help founders design, launch and scale their blockchain ventures and we help investors find the right Initial Coin Offering (ICO) investments for their portfolios.

We are not just advisors, but we roll up our sleeves and implement the advise we provide. We work with blockchain technology startups to help them build their teams, design their digital assets, find product-market fit, connect them with investors and potential customers to help them scale and reach profitability.

We only want to work with entrepreneurs who are not afraid to fail, who are looking for advice and implementation and who are building ventures that disrupt industries.

We believe in the disruptive nature of decentralization and see the token/coin market as a trillion-dollar opportunity.


We provide the following services:

  • Pre-ICO Advisory Strategy
  • Code Audits
  • Disclosure & Content Preparation
  • Language Translations
  • Lead & Early Investor Engagement
  • Legal Analysis & Due Diligence
  • Platform & Protocol Selection
  • Smart Contracts & Widgets Design
  • Token/Coin Design
  • Whitepaper Analysis & Editing
  • ICO Campaign Management
  • Bounty Campaigns
  • Campaign Marketing
  • Community Building & Management
  • Escrow Services
  • PR & Communications
  • Social Media Management
  • Post-ICO Advisory Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Product/Platform Development
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Tokenholder Relations
  • Trading, Hedging & Market Making

As your official "Chief Exit Officer," we get involved with every aspect of your business. Our goal is to convert the initial interest in your Proof of Concept (PoC), white paper, investor pitch deck, and the actual product/service to real money in your account and all the way to an eventual exit to a strategic or a financial buyer.

The only question remaining is if YOU are ready to listen to us telling you what the crowd has told us that is best for your venture?

 

With a combined business experience of 40 years and a 20-year friendship, Brad and Mike enjoy working with entrepreneurs who are not afraid to fail, who are looking for advice and implementation, and who are building ventures that disrupt industries.

KrowdMentor was formed as a strategic investment and advisory firm to empower blockchain investors, funds, startups and entrepreneurs to reach their liquidity goals. As demand for our expertise increased, we recruited trusted friends to join our company and partake in the excitement unravelled by the rapid growth in the blockchain space. 

We convert the crowd's initial interest in your venture to real money in your wallets, but we don't stop when the round of financing is done. We are in all the way to an eventual exit to a strategic or financial buyer and all the way to sipping on margaritas together on our island in Fiji.

We are strategic advisors and wear the official "Chief Exit Officer" hat as our interest is aligned with the founding team throughout the ICO and all the way until there is a liquidity event for all major parties involved.

Below are the four main areas we excel at:

We support the founders with their fundraising efforts by providing feedback on token product concept, company protection (legal exposure minimization) and investment materials. We use a hybrid approach to funding by managing the entire Initial Coin Offering (ICO) process while at the same time raising capital off-line from sophisticated angel investors and/or crypto hedge funds that are part of the Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) which we founded. For the right opportunities, we also co-invest our own money as we have done dozens of times in the past.

We support the founders with their business development efforts by providing feedback on marketing collateral, making appropriate introductions to strategic partners and potential end clients and supporting negotiations throughout the entire process. 

We support the founders with their technical needs by coin, token and smart contract development, smart contract management systems, and by providing feedback on product performance, making appropriate introductions for further product improvement and expansion and supporting negotiations when needed.

 

We support the founders in their communication strategy by providing support with primary product review, white paper creation and review, design and development of the main landing page and step-by-step review/revision of all marketing collateral.

Mike Costache

CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER

Mike never liked being put in a box so he spent the last 20 years as an entrepreneur, investment banker, author, professor, speaker, angel investor and fundraiser for various charities.

Currently, Mike is the co-founder and Managing Partner at KrowdMentor, a strategic investment and advisory firm empowering blockchain startups, funds and entrepreneurs to reach their funding and liquidity goals. Mike is also the founder of the Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) and serves on the Advisory Board of Token-as-a-Service (TaaS), the first ever tokenized closed-end fund dedicated to investments in blockchain assets. More...

Brad Yasar

CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER

Brad is an entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and advisor who has started and bootstrapped several companies from inception to maturity over the past 20 years. Brad is currently the co-founder and Managing Partner of Krowd Mentor, a strategic crowdfunding advisory firm focusing on ICOs, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and token powered organizations.

As the co-founder for Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) with over $2 Billion dollars allocated to blockchain and cryptocurrency projects and has access to extensive dealflow and experience analyzing disruptive technologies. Brad has participated in dozens successful crowd sales, which have raised over $500 million from 10,000s of investors in 12 months More...

Julian Zegelman

GENERAL COUNSEL

Julian Zegelman is a rare breed of an American-Russian lawyer with 12 years under his belt representing blockchain ventures, ICOs, venture capital funds, non-profit organizations, and individuals in a range of matters, including capital raising, labor and employment lawsuits, corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, licensing, negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as products liability, employment, consumer, and civil rights class actions.

Currently, Julian serves on the Advisory Board of KrowdMentor, a strategic investment and advisory firm empowering blockchain investors, funds, startups and entrepreneurs to reach their goals. More...

David Brill

GENERAL COUNSEL

David Brill’s intellectual curiosity has driven his 20-year journey in law, strategy and corporate finance. He was enamored with technology at a young age and early in his legal career at Thomson Reuters, he negotiated large strategic deals with some of the best known technology and financial services companies in the world. David closed and executed FinTech deals before FinTech was on the map. 

Currently, David is in private practice and also serves as General Counsel of KrowdMentor, Governing Dynamics Investments and Co-Founder of Celsius Network  David is the former chair of the Corporate and Securities Committee of More ...

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Dan Cearnau

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Dan is an experienced tech entrepreneur, cryptocurrency enthusiast and a blockchain developer implementing smart-contracts applications on Ethereum for numerous ventures raising capital through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). More...

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Ioana Frincu

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Ioana has found the perfect balance in life by combining her vocation of creating comprehensive software with her avocation of addressing the world’s humanitarian needs. Her expertise is token design and white paper creation. More...

Frank Frausto

CHIEF DIGITAL MARKETING OFFICER

Frank Frausto is a Google veteran of over 14 years and has experienced first-hand the evolution of the world’s most recognizable startup from a private valuation of $18 billion in 2003 to today’s market capitalization of $640 billion.

Currently, Frank serves on the Advisory Board of Krowd Mentor, a strategic investment and advisory firm empowering blockchain investors, funds, startups and entrepreneurs to reach their goals.

Frank started at Google as Account Manager back in 2003 when he was part of Google's first inside sales organization. As a founding member of the New Business Sales team, More...

BRIAN WEAVER

DIGITAL PAYMENTS GURU

Brian has 17 years of high-tech experience at HP and Intuit where his main focus has been to identify new sales growth opportunities, as market needs demand new technologies.

With a proven track record specializing in cross-functional team leadership and technology transformations, Brian leveraged his unique blend of business acumen and tech know-how to lead diverse teams and deliver awesome end-to-end customer experiences.

Currently, Brian serves as the Digital Payments Guru for KrowdMentor, a strategic investment and advisory firm empowering blockchain investors, funds, startups and entrepreneurs to reach their goals.  More...

Adrian Cazan

CHIEF SOLUTIONS OFFICER

Adrian is an entrepreneur with 15 years of technical expertise across multiple industries in both Europe and the United States.

Currently, Adrian is the Chief Solutions Officer at KrowdMentor, a strategic investment and advisory firm empowering blockchain investors, funds, startups and entrepreneurs to reach their liquidity goals.

In 2015, Adrian co-founded TimeWare Solutions, a Los Angeles-based home and office automation company, and became an authroized dealer of Crestron, the world's leading manufacturer of advanced media, control and home and office automation systems. More...

Robert Preoteasa

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Robert is a tenacious entrepreneur immersed in the decentralization movement that blockchain technology has swept ashore over the past few years.

Currently, Robert is a Senior Associate at KrowdMentor, a strategic investment and advisory firm empowering blockchain investors, funds, startups and entrepreneurs to reach their liquidity goals.

Since October 2016, Robert is also the Executive Director of d10e, the leading conference on decentralization, blockchain and ICOs.

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Juliet Annerino

CONTENT STRATEGIST

Juliet Annerino is an editorial and copywriter, playwright, international chanteuse, and composer. She writes content for KrowdMentor, editorial for the Libertarian Institute and the Center for a Stateless Society, and copy for antiwar.com. She also researches and proofreads for the Reason Foundation.

She considers herself a continuing student and practitioner of psychology, philosophy, public relations, finance, and disruptive technology. 

You may know her as the woman who disrupted empty walls everywhere with her notorious "PinUps for Ron Paul Calendar”,   More...

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Adina Bold

MARKETING EXECUTIVE

Adina is currently an Event Executive at d10e, the leading conference on decentralization, blockchain and ICOs. Since 2014, d10e’s editions were hosted in Amsterdam, Bucharest, Kyiv, San Francisco, Singapore, Tel Aviv and Warsaw. More...

Mara Schmid

MARKETING STRATEGIST

Mara Schmid is a writer, editor, and content strategist with a background in technology and marketing. She has worked for Apple, Disney, and smaller companies in sectors from real estate to finance to fashion. She specializes in wrangling words, cats, and occasionally cats in human form, via project management.

Mara excels at living in the intersection of dichotomies. A bookworm and theater aficionado, she can regularly be found skydiving, practicing yoga, hiking, snowboarding, and riding her motorcycle.  
 

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Bianca Dinescu

MARKETING EXECUTIVE

Bianca generate ideas, insights and content as Marketing and Event Executive at d10e, the leading conference on decentralization, blockchain and ICOs. Since 2014, d10e’s editions were hosted in Amsterdam, Bucharest, Kyiv, San Francisco, Singapore, Tel Aviv and Warsaw. More...

Sagar Parikh, Esq.

GENERAL COUNSEL

Sagar Parikh is not your regular attorney who bills by the hour or by the project. Sagar thinks outside the box and works only with entrepreneurs and business owners where his creative legal solutions save them a lot more money than what they pay for his services.  More...

 

Money is a by-product of our combined success.

  • While we are razor sharp focused on the financial outcome, we care equally about our relationship with you and your employees, the legacy of your business and the journey along the way.

  • We approach what we do with open minds, curiosity and a desire for excellence and dive into your business to make a difference.

TNT (Today Not Tomorrow) is our motto.

  • We give your project our full attention.  We listen, we strategize and become aligned with your goals until we achieve the most ideal outcome.

  • We act quickly at every stage of the process, and we work relentlessly until the job is done.

  • We are fully focused on the ICOs, blockchain ecosystem and making your offering successful.

The only thing that is constant is change.

  • We can start as early as initial branding of a project and growth hack our way to the masses together establishing your company in its market place.

  • We can architect crowdfunding campaigns to provide operational and startup capital for you so you can continue to run your business.

  • We can act as a partner to growth stage companies and through a hybrid approach assist in the later stages of funding need.

  • We can also facilitate an exit for your business at the most favorable terms, so you move on to the next chapter of your life.

Only coachable entrepreneurs achieve greatness.

  • We provide executive leadership by assuming interim executive roles when needed to serve the needs of your company.

  • We provide board leadership. As soon as we are engaged, we assume active roles on your Advisory Board in order to best support your management team.

  • We also have a large network of advisors who can offer strategic relationships and practical advice as needed.

Fair > perfect.

  • We always prefer to create a fair situation for all parties involved rather than trying to make it the perfect deal and maximize one side.

  • We look for practical solutions to known issues and try to anticipate unknown ones so we can address them before they become visible.
 

Blockchain Ventures


Angel & Venture Capital Ventures


 

Mike Costache


"Mike delivers! He is ambitious and drives the results."

Tiberius Vadan
Principal, KPMG
(NYC)


"Mike has been one of the most influential people in my life since I was 18 when he became my mentor. That was 15 years ago. The work that Mike has done for some many startup founders is truly amazing. I’m glad to call him a great friend and now to also be his client where I can finally start remunerating him for his invaluable advice and connections he has always provided me on a friendship basis."

David Fernandez
President, DFNDR Armor
(Los Angeles)


"Back in 2010, while I was VP of Sales at uberVu (acquired by HootSuite in 2011), Mike joined our Advisory Board and within a month he had a full grasp of our business and had opened no less than 50 doors for potential clients directly with the CEO of each company. All this while talking with VCs to raise capital as we were running low on the $1 million we had raised by that time from Eden Ventures from London. Mike clearly proved that he can pick up a new business venture, understand the underlying vectors that move an industry and apply his business acumen and network to produce results. I'd always work with Mike in the future and would trust his ability to lead any project. I ended up moving to Silicon Valley at his recommendation and shortly thereafter my startup was accepted to YCombinator. We’ve since raised $2.7 million from Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, Green Visor Capital, Digital Garage, Initialized Capital."

Razvan Roman
Co-founder & President, Two Tap
(Silicon Valley)


"Mike is a real "go getter", a person who delivers and makes things happen. I recommend working with Mike on any project. He has great contacts and is able to translate them into business!"

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Len Judes
Partner, Stelios Americanos & Co.
(Israel & Cyprus)


"When I think "deal maker" I think Mike Costache. To say that he is resourceful would be an understatement. I've known Mike for a number of years and he continuously surprises me with the imagination of creating international deals by leveraging his vast network and untapped resources. His mind works 10 times faster than that of a regular business person."

Adrian Amariei
Founder & CEO, soceanIc
(Germany)


"Mike has an invaluable gift for recognizing opportunities and capitalizing on those opportunities in the right way and in a timely fashion. The fact that he seems to know pretty much everyone seems to also come in handy"

Philip J.P. Asquith
Co-founder, Green Gorilla & Ojai Olive Oil
(Los Angeles)


"Having known Mike since he was a college student at Pepperdine University, back in 1997, I can tell you that he was as motivated to succeed then as he is now, 16 years later. I consider Mike my greatest mentee who took the principles of "Think and Grow Rich" and surrounded himself with the most amazing mentors. He "successfully failed" to the top and eventually figured a way to reach out to world luminaries such as Warren Buffet, Donald Trump and Larry Ellison, and made money with them while representing their companies (NetJets, Miss Universe and NetSuite, respectively) in South East Europe where they had no representation at that time. When I started raising money from GWIN, Mike brought me the first $100,000. We ended up raising $24 million in multiple rounds prior to selling the company. To return the favor (12 years later) I was Mike's first investor in one of his social ventures, GeniusGiver. I would bet money on any project he is involved in. Mike has a great heart for the world and is always ready to share his business and social connections with those he trusts."

Wayne Allyn Root
Capitalist Evangelist, Author of 10 books, 2008 Libertarian Party VP Nominee
(Raised $24 million for GWIN)


"I’ve known Mike since 2002 when he offered to help with the organization I founded, Blue Heron Foundation. Shortly thereafter he took on the function of VP of Fundraising & Strategy (for the next 14 years) on a pro bono basis. From the very beginning, Mike shared our vision for helping orphaned and abandoned Romanian children, and over the years he played a vital role in developing the infrastructure of the foundation and raising money for the cause ($1.8 million so far). Mike also helped increase the organization’s visibility and funding by organizing large fundraisers. He demonstrated a great deal of generosity, intelligence, perseverance, business savvy, honesty and work stamina that one rarely comes across. I am very proud to be Mike’s friend and am for ever grateful for the priceless contributions he brought to the organization and ultimately to the disadvantaged kids we help."

Stefania Magidson
Founder & President, Blue Heron Foundation
(Los Angeles & Romania)


"In 2003 (when Mike was just 25 years old) I was serving as the Chair of the Business Division and I invited Mike to teach a class. Mike immediately created a 4-page syllabus and even came up with a catchy name (Success 101). He donated the salary back to the school and arranged for a major CEOs to come to speak each week to enlighten the students and to offer them internships. By the second semester, students had to apply to his course, as the demand was so high to participate in his class. Mike always showed great enthusiasm for any project in which he was involved. He is probably the best networker I have ever known."

L. Keith Whitney
Associate Professor of Business Law & Finance, Pepperdine University
(Los Angeles)

Brad Yasar


"Brad has been an invaluable member of our team, for both overall strategy and development of our product and technology."

David Mandel
Co-founder & Chairman, Change My Path
(San Francisco)


"Brad Yasar is knowledgeable about the crowdfunding space and the marketing efforts needed for a successful campaign. He takes pride in quality of work and his excellent work ethic results in very good outcomes. We worked with him on the XY - The Findables Company Reg A+ campaign, and so far, so good."

Arie Trouw
CEO & Founder, Ength Degree
(San Diego)


"I first started working with Brad when my company, Rayton Solar, was launching a Regulation A+ crowdfunding campaign. His team got us set up with a marketing plan and strategy that showed us results we were looking for. Brad was very professional and knowledgeable about marketing this specific kind of campaign. With his help, we were able to achieve over one million dollars in reservations within the first 2 weeks of our campaign launch. I highly vouch for and recommend him for his knowledge and experience in the field."

Andrew Yakub
CEO, Rayton Solar
(Los Angeles)


"Brad is one of the most experienced individuals that I have ever worked with when it comes to creating brand awareness and running online marketing campaigns. He has an incredible ability to know which networks are providing the best ROI at that time that result in the best reach for the client. I would recommend him for anyone looking to run the most effective marketing campaigns using the most up-to-date online tools."

Adrian James
Founder, Stockwire Research Group
(Austin)


"Brad is a colleague and a great asset. He is well versed in various industries and organization structures. His in-depth knowledge as an entrepreneur complements his skill set well."

Dennis Maliani, MBA-IT, PMP, CSM, ITIL
Sr. Technology & Business Consultant
(Los Angeles)


"Brad displays a great aptitude in understanding what the clients’ needs are. He is proactive, pays close attention and meets all requests. As an entrepreneur, he naturally rises to the occasion when presented with something he is passionate about."

Robert James
President, Robert James Clinic
(Los Angeles)


"Brad is an amazing organizer and really brings his skills into real world use so that any company he is working with can see quantifiable results on the bottom line. This is something that no other partner has been able to do for us, but his team, and specifically himself saved us thousands. Thanks Brad for your professionalism. Looking forward to continuing to work together."

Adam Melton
CEO, Green Packaging Asia
(China)

 

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