Our Mission is to Connect Businesses and Individuals to Build Vibrant Communities

By using the latest crowdfunding laws and technology, NextSeed is creating new opportunities for businesses and everyday investors to grow together.

Through NextSeed, small businesses have access to a source of debt financing that is all around them. Crowdfunding on NextSeed helps a business bring on investors from the community who can become customers, raving fans and loyal advocates of the business.

Anyone in the US, regardless of income or net worth, can now begin investing in restaurants, bars, fitness studios and other local businesses. Investments start as low as $100, giving everyday people a real opportunity to start building a portfolio of local investments.

NextSeed was the first SEC-registered Funding Portal under the JOBS Act and closed the first ever Regulation Crowdfunding offering in July 2016.

Who We Are

We're a team of entrepreneurs with backgrounds in business, finance, law, marketing and technology. We're here to empower business owners and everyday people to invest in one another.

  • Youngro Lee

    Co-Founder, CEO

    Prior to starting NextSeed, practiced for eight years as corporate lawyer specializing in private fund formation and investments in the U.S., Europe and Asia at Cleary Gottlieb, Kirkland & Ellis and Weil Gotshal. Passionate about community development and building awesome places. Received a BS from Cornell University and a JD and LLM in International and Comparative Law from Cornell Law School.

  • Abe Chu

    Co-Founder, CMO

    After co‐founding an early stage Silicon Valley start‐up, spent five years leading technology marketing and sales teams for global electronics brands and retailers at Samsung Telecommunications America and Premium Retail. Highly experienced in marketing strategy and product marketing. Received a BA from Rice University and MBA from the Jones School of Business at Rice University.

  • Bob Dunton

    Co-Founder, CTO

    Worked for nearly four years as a Mechanical Engineer with GE Global Research, and after that six years as Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Tully Rinckey PLLC, a national law firm with ten U.S. offices. Very proficient in data security and complex engineering and IT systems. Graduated with a BS from Union College and holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

  • Tae Mi Lee


    Previously worked for Cheniere Energy, an industry leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG)‐related businesses. As Director of Strategy, Finance & Analysis, structured and raised approximately $40 billion in corporate and project financing. Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received an MBA from University of Houston’s Bauer School of Business.

  • Alan Lee

    VP, Engineering

    Career includes stints as a Senior Tech Lead and Architect as a Department of Defense contractor and CTO of a global telemedicine company. Has designed, developed and launched products for several start‐ups. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Computer Science and MS in Information Systems.

  • Vivian Kim

    Director, Operations

    Former Attorney and Legal Consultant in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, specializing in general corporate and regulatory practices as well as EB‐5 related investment immigration projects. Graduate of New York University and USC Gould School of Law.

  • Don Singer

    Director, Business Development

    Possesses over 20 years of experience in B2B sales, sales management and general management in the payment processing industry. Holds a BBA in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Houston.

  • Jeff Kaplan

    Principal, Texas

    A lifelong Houstonian and serial entrepreneur, was on the founding team of a variety of hospitality and retail ventures including New Living, Axelrad, Beaver’s Ice House and HTX Made. Has worked with multiple city governments, corporations and non-profits to develop and enhance the small business ecosystem in Houston. Graduate of Southwestern University.

  • John Lowe

    Principal, Texas

    A Dallas native, John spent five years as a Product Manager for a nation-wide mutual fund wholesaler, where he worked on five funds with distinct strategies. Prior to that he was a teacher and a coach in Dallas. He earned a BA in History from Williams College and a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University.

  • Rani Ramchandani

    Operations Associate

    Joined NextSeed after working as a Supply Chain Coordinator for the Mid‐Continent Business Unit at ConocoPhillips. Negotiated multi‐million‐dollar supplier contracts and oversaw inventories for Oklahoma and north Texas drilling operations. Holds a B.B.A. in Supply Chain Management from the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business.

  • Luis Perez

    Visual Designer

    Previously designed responsive websites and print collateral for a variety of legal, medical and financial clients at a local boutique marketing firm. While in school, interned at top Houston branding firm Judson Design as well as Rice University. Graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Communications.

  • Alex Cox‐Cuzzi

    Operations Associate

    Possesses over ten years of experiences in rapid‐growth environments at early‐stage companies in the hospitality, consumer products and finance industries. Highly experienced at scaling companies through solving operational problems. Graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Communications.

  • Mikaela Giani

    Business Development Representative

    Former Marketing Director for top national investment advisory firm with $2bn+ in assets under management. Developed marketing and sales strategies for over 150 financial advisors and their clients nationwide. Graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in International Political Economy.

  • Josephine Tran

    Digital Marketing & Community Coordinator

    Digital marketing & community development specialist with a background in client development for investment & development firms in real estate and technology. Received a BS from Conrad N. Hilton College at University of Houston and a Corporate Entrepreneurship Certificate from Bauer College of Business at University of Houston.