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Victoria Silchenko
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Victoria Silchenko is an economist turned entrepreneur who devotes much of her time to helping other entrepreneurs succeed. She is one of the leading alternative funding exerts in the nation; in 2013 she was invited to the White House as a crowdfunding champion and to the Leadership Summit organized by the United Nation.

Victoria Silchenko is the founder & CEO of Metropole Capital Group which she launched in 2004 in Los Angeles, CA to provide capital formation advisory to start-ups and emerging ventures through the U.S. and Russia/Europe.

She is the creator and producer of the Metropole Global Forum – an annual Alternative Funding Forum in Los Angels which is a full day event in November and is an unprecedented and exclusive gathering of world class entrepreneurs and investors from the United States and all over the globe.

Victoria is the chair of Global LAVA group, and LAVA Board Member of Directors - Los Angeles Venture Association ( is the oldest LA area non-profit that supports entrepreneurship and innovations.

Dr.Silchenko created and taught an Entrepreneurial Finance course for MBA program at California Lutheran University.

Dr. Silchenko is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and financing & growth strategies for early stage companies at numerous seminars and international conferences including the Association of Corporate Growth (United States), LAVA (United States), Horasis: The Global Visions Community (Luxemburg) and other events.

Victoria formerly held an analytical position at the Milken Institute, a leading Southern California economic “think - tank” managed by Michael Milken. Previously, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher directly with Dr. Arthur Laffer, former economic advisor to President Reagan, at Laffer Investments, an economic research and consulting firm.

Entries by Victoria Silchenko

Pot Investments Versus Angel Investments: It is Time to Worry, Ladies and Gentlemen.

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 2:53 PM

The devil is in the data. How else do you explain the fact that $23.3 billion was invested in the marijuana penny stock market last year -- almost as much as the $24.1 billion total of angel investments over the same period.

The popularity of marijuana...

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IPO for All or How to Create Your Own Currency

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 3:22 AM

Okay, let me state upfront that I am completely biased when it comes to running a compelling business: for I believe if you happen to live in the 21st century, your company's stock should be worth money, and you should be able to turn around and sell it.

In other...

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So You Think You Can Go Public? (Re)Meet the OTC

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 12:50 AM

"Our goals are to become a home for companies raising capital through the JOBS Act, to keep building up US and global securities and to build a diverse community of broker-dealers - and to do so by using technology and transparency." That was one of the insights that Cromwell Coulson,...

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Fifty Shades of White: Raising Equity from the Public by Start-ups

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 10:16 PM

Curious? I don't blame you - especially if you are an entrepreneur or an indie-producer in search of capital and have been patiently waiting for the JOBS act rules to come to life.

In a rather surprising recent move, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chaired by...

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Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:36 PM

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting.

Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market - something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

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How to Raise Capital But Preserve Your Equity: Royalty Based Crowdfunding (Interview With Arthur Lipper)

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 5:08 AM

While some might think that royalty based crowdfunding is a new sheriff in town, the truth is that selling a portion of a future sale (royalty) in return for an investment has been quite popular for many years in the pharmaceutical and oil & gas industries, as well as among...

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How to Fund Your Startup -- With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 8:43 PM

"Every one of my books had killed me a little more," - this profound and highly personal quote by American author Norman Mailer has become one of my favorites since I started writing about startups funding. For with each new article, the more I would dig deep into research, the...

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The King's Speech Writer David Seidler Speaks About Crowdfunding

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 4:06 AM

The Oscar-winning writer of The King's Speech David Seidler is an extraordinary human and a great friend I am fortunate to have in my life. When I asked him to open our NextGen Entrepreneurship and Global Crowdfunding Forum last week here in Los Angeles, he asked...

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Who Let the Dog Out: On New Crowdfunding Rules and Why It Is Time for Us to Wise Up

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 9:10 AM

If equity crowdfunding had the same alert system color code as Homeland Security, it would have jumped from green to orange on October 23rd, 2013.

For that was the date on which the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally issued their delayed by 15 months proposal (Title III...

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Equity Crowdfunding and Advertising: Be Careful What You Wish For

(13) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:46 AM

It is official -- on July 10th, 2013 the Security and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) lifted the ban for private offering advertising. This means that once the rule goes into effect (60 days after publication in the Federal Register -- so we are talking about mid September), startups along...

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In Crowd We Trust: My Trip to the White House 'Champions of Change' Ceremony for Crowdfunding Pioneers

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:28 PM

I have to confess, I've never believed in the camping by the White House -- trying to make the proverbial "Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle" as my personal (perhaps idealistic) motto. Ultimately, just like many other entrepreneurs frustrated with a broken financial system that somehow got detached...

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Equity Crowdfunding: Next Generation of Angel Investors Is Not Sorry to Disrupt

(16) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 7:40 AM

Nikola Tesla wrote once, "The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine." I can see this being quoted by any supporter of equity based crowdfunding (or crowdinvesting) -- an innovative online tool that would give you a legitimate right to own a stake in a...

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Shift Happens: Social Impact of Crowdfunding and Why You Matter

(10) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 9:07 AM

When I arrived to Palo Alto on the eve of April 3rd to attend the Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference on the following day, I found myself in a group of some of the most prominent leaders in the crowdfunding community, such as Ruth Hedges (creator of

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On Creativeness and Why Crowdfunding Will Surpass the VC industry

(13) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 9:08 AM

For the first time in a digital and human history, a film funded by the people (a.k.a. crowd) has won an Oscar. Inocente had the help of 294 backers who donated over $52K in total via Kickstarter, the leading crowdfunding platform which utilizes contribution (donation) model. The beautifully done story...

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Conscience Is In, Greed Is Out and Crowdfunding Is On

(10) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 3:40 PM

When I opened our monthly Global LAVA group meeting last Friday, I couldn't help but pronounce it out loud: "If anyone would like to know what the market trends are, check out our LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) meetings and see how packed the room is!"...

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Crowdfunding Is Not an F-word

(18) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 9:22 AM

What is the five-letter word sure to strike fear into the hearts of investors everywhere? Fraud.

But what I can't understand is why this particular f-word keeps being associated with equity crowdfunding. Sure, the involvement of large crowds statistically does increase the probability of a fraud in any industry. The...

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Born to Run: How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Shaping the U.S. Economy

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Immigrants make up just 8.7 percent of the U.S. population but I was rather surprised to find out that so many of us -- 28 percent according to the Kauffman Foundation -- are entrepreneurs.

A recent National Venture Capital Association study reveals some truly astonishing findings on the...

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Why Crowdfunding Is The Next Big Thing: Let's Talk Numbers

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Stephen Hawking once said: "I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space." Bold statement. But as I've been working on organizing the upcoming Next Generation and Global CrowdFunding Forum which is set to be on November 16th here in...

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'I Went to See the VC and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt'

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 11:53 AM

Is it just me or does everyone want to be a Venture Capitalist these days? I've been re-reading my latest LinkedIn "cold call" note that looked incredibly similar to a few dozen others I've received over the past few months:

"Hi Victoria -- I am seeking investors...

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Entrepreneurs of the World, Unite

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 9:35 AM

It was a wake-up call for me -- not that I was sleeping. In fact, it is three a.m. as I write this and I've just finished sending out emails as part of pitching and promoting an event that I am organizing here in Los Angeles -- the Global Entrepreneurial...

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