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Karl Dakin is an expert in early stage capital.

After receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration with majors in accounting and finance and a juris doctor degree from Washburn University, Mr. Dakin settled in Denver which he now calls his home.

First as an attorney, then as a business principal, Mr. Dakin has been raising capital for 37 years.  He has raised tens of millions of dollars for different ventures. 

In 1983, he published his first technical paper on the capital industry, Financing High Technology Ventures, in a presentation at the Securities and Exchange Commission Government Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation.  His studies and writings continued with:

·         Alternative Sources of Capital Funding, National Association of Entrepreneurs Conference, 1986

·         Structuring Transfer Deals to Attract Investment, Proceedings of the Technology Transfer Society Conference, 1994

·         Why Venture Capital Won’t Work, Proceedings of the Technology Transfer Society Conference, 1997

·         Triple Bottom Line Investing, Colorado Environmental Business Alliance, 2005

·         Financing Startup Businesses, Product Development Management Association, 2006

·         Investment Scoring Systems, Colorado Company Magazine, 2006

·         How Much Money do I Ask For?, Colorado Company Magazine, 2007

·         Online Fundraising, Denver Fundraising Summit, 2009

·         The Capital Café, Revenue North, 2013 and Mile Hi Alliance Capital Conference, 2013

Mr. Dakin authored his first book, Technology Transfer: Financing and Commercializing the High Tech Product or Service, from Research to Roll Out, Probus Publishing, 1991.  He later published the book Introduction to Investing in Startups, 2011, which is currently sold through Amazon Kindle.

Early in his career, Mr. Dakin began speaking and teaching on a variety of topics regarding entrepreneurship, technology management and the law.  This work included the development of educational programs.  In 1983, he began teaching as an adjunct professor at University of Denver Graduate School of Information Management.  This was followed by instruction at Metropolitan State College, University of Denver University College, University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Phoenix.

Beginning in 2006, Mr. Dakin started teaching workshops on seed capital funding.  He also published a blog on the topic.  As these efforts were expanding, the Great Recession began, challenging classical approaches to raising capital.  Mr. Dakin began exploring alternative approaches to raising capital.

Mr. Dakin developed a new approach to raising capital from people that care: Stakeholder Capital.  A workshop on Stakeholder Capital was presented at the Blue Oceans Challenge at Colorado State University and at the DaVinci Institute earlier this year.  An article entitled The Capital Café: Embracing Alternative Forms and Sources of Capital was published within the peer reviewed Journal on Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship by Bentham Science earlier this year.

Mr. Dakin continues to speak and teach on capital topics.  He is a coach on early stage capital within the Venture Accelerator program at Colorado State University and is a member of the faculty team within the Bio-Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center.

Mr. Dakin is a co-founder and a Director of the Colorado Community Capital PBC, a public nonpartisan action forum to improve the capital ecosystem in Colorado.

Mr. Dakin is a co-founder and President of Invest Local LLC, an investment crowdfunding platform to enable investing through the Colorado Crowdfunding Act and Limited Offerings.