NC Crowdfunding Investment Advisor to Address Raleigh Chamber on Regional Technology Innovation Policy

CARY, N.C. -- The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a half-day conference on January 20, 2015, titled Disruptive Technology and the Future of Business. Tom Vass, regional economist and investment advisor representative of Investment Management & Insurance Advisors, Inc., will be participating on a panel entitled, Disruptive Technology and the Future. The other panel participants are Mary-Ann Baldwin, an elected representative on the Raleigh City Council, and Dr. Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO, at N. C. State University. The conference will start at 8:30 am and is open to the public, at the MetLife Building in Cary.

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The goal of the conference is to discuss the structure and direction of economic policies that Raleigh and Wake County need to implement in order to adapt to a dynamically changing technology landscape.

"“I am honored to participate on this panel,"” said Vass, adding, "“The topic is so important to the economic future of Wake County, and to the entire state of North Carolina because of our region’s leadership role in promoting innovation that benefits the entire state. My contribution will focus on how new private capital market infrastructures support regional innovation, especially with regard to the brand new source of capital called accredited investor crowdfunding."

Vass said that he hopes to cover four points related to the relationship between capital markets, technology innovation and regional economic growth:

    How best to define technology, and how to know disruptive technology before it disrupts you.
    Should Raleigh and Wake County, and the RTP promote technology innovation if it disrupts status quo market relationships?
    Innovation Economics Requires A New Type of Regional Crowdfunded Capital Market Infrastructure.
    What should economic development professionals at the Chamber of Commerce and local governments do to promote regional innovation economic development?

About Thomas E. Vass: Vass is a native of Raleigh, and graduated from UNC-CH. He is a regional economist and investment advisor representative of Investment Management & Insurance Advisors, Inc., a North Carolina state-registered investment advisory firm. He is the President of The Private Capital Market, Inc., and has been providing investment advice to technology companies on raising capital since 1988. Call 919 975 4856.