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Smallknot is the best way to fund and connect with the small businesses that make your neighborhood, your neighborhood.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Internet / Web Services
  • Location New York City, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded September 2011
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

A TechStars NYC 2012 Company. Smallknot is a community crowdfunding platform for small businesses that provides growth capital and engagement by harnessing local and social networks. On Smallknot, anyone can invest in their favorite local businesses and get repaid at a premium in goods, services, and perks. Our platform also unlocks small business loans provided by lending partners through our unique community-sourced collateral arrangement.


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    Jay Lee
    Founder and CEO

    Previously a finance and securities lawyer at Davis Polk and community AIDS activist / researcher in Bangalore, India. Harvard Law School '08. Duke '04.

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    Ben Rossen
    Co-Founder and COO

    Oversees operations, marketing and community. Previously a financial litigator at Cravath, Swaine and Moore. Harvard Law '08. Brandeis.

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    Jason Punzalan
    Co-Founder and CTO

    Previously the Director of Technology at Hot Studio. Software developer with 15 years of experience at startups and agencies.


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    Bo Yaghmaie - Cooley LLP

Previous Investors

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    TechStars NYC 2012