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Leveling the Playing Field

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Pialy Aditya
Chief Strategic Officer at Republic

Pialy Aditya is an innovation-driven growth executive and angel investor with experience in scaling multi-billion dollar corporations and early stage startups. Before joining Republic, Pialy led ShopYourWay (SYW) Digital, the multi-billion dollar social commerce loyalty program. SYW leverages big data and machine learning from transactional data and social engagement data to personalize offers and digital shopping experiences for its tens of millions of SYW loyalty members. Pialy is a pioneer in the fashion tech space, launching Mintbox in 2009. Mintbox attracted millions of members with private micro-targeted credit card linked sale experiences. Clients included world leading brands and retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, TopShop, Sephora, Kiehl's, Starbucks, and AllSaints, among others. Pialy is an advisor and investor in startups focused on social commerce, blockchain and big data. Pialy holds a BS from NYU's Stern School of Business and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Course Description:

In 2016, the SEC enacted JOBS Act regulations, which finally allowed regular people without millions of dollars in the bank to become angel investors. These regulations also allow founders to raise capital while giving their users or customers the chance to own a piece of the startups they believe in. Pialy will give an overview on how these new laws (and the platforms that leverage them) are a way for retail investors to access venture capital as an asset class and for founders to grow their companies.

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to:


  • Become startup angel investors with as little as $50

  • Raise capital for their startup or business using a Regulation Crowdfunding investment platform

  • Get their community of women, minorities, immigrants, or LGBTQ+ people invested in startups or raising capital for their business