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Michael Gebert    

Driven by innovation, seed investor and entrepreneur covering CrowdSourcing, CrowdInnovation and Crowdfunding.

Head of the Board of the CrowdSourcing Association and member of the European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum at European Commission.

Michael holds a PhD researching CrowdSourcing and Risk Management.

Michael calls himself a innovation-driven entrepreneur and believer. His current focus to understand the risks and chances of crowd-based phenomenas, like CrowdSourcing, CrowdInnovation and CrowdFunding. His aim is to manage the impact of disruption to existing businesses caused by these topics for SMEs and established industry players. Michael is founding board member of the CrowdSourcing Association and the German CrowdFunding Network. He serves as adviser for the EU Commission in the CrowdFunding Stakeholder Group in Brussels and a nominated member of the TAB Begleitkreis „Future of Work“ for the German Parliament.

After his studies of economics in Munich, Michael startet his career at LTX in Boston. Two years later he returned to Germany to be an early employee of Compuserve. 1995 he founded his first company Global Login, to consult banks to manage and understand the challenges of the digital transformation. After a successful trade-sale of his first Start-Up he founded AdMaster Networks, a european digital advertising powerhouse and sold the entity to be part of a joint entity named ArboMedia, going public at the Neuen Markt 2001. Michael was 2002 one of the early experts to understand the implication of wireless broadband ( WLAN ) for the digital transformation and served as VP for ComFone in Berne, a joint venture of Swisscom and Vodafone to established WLAN as part of a serviced integrated product portfolio for tear one mobile operators around the world. In that time he founded and established the Wireless Broad Awards - a bi-annual award show in Dubai and London - that should later be integrated into the WBA Allliance, the world´s largest alliance of WLAN operators.


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Speech Topics

CrowdSourcing - Chances and Risks - Szenarios for the future of work

CrowdFunding - a regulatory update - EU vs the world - best practice scenario for political decision makers

CrowdInvesting - Real Estate for real people - how the Crowd revolutionzes real estate developments

Civic Action - Crowd-based Innovation and Funding models for the cities of the next generation Y

Crowd Wisdom - how stupid can one be to rely on the knowledge of many - collective ways to universal knowledge

Data Sexuals - how sharing is the definition of the new qualified self - oversharing and the effects on data integrity

Banking without the Banks - why the collective self-understanding of banking will change inevitable


Crowdfunding-Studie 2013/2014: Analyse, Perspektiven und Erfolgsfaktoren innovativer Unternehmens- und Projektfinanzierungen


Crowd Dialog Europe lauched - initiated by Michael Geert

On September 8th, 2016, Crowd Dialog Europe gathers the European Crowd experts from all 28 EU member states in Graz, Austria After premiering the event series last year in the Finnish capital Helsinki, the Who's Who of European crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, and crowdinnovation-scene will meet in the capital of Styria. More than 300 representatives from business, academia and politics will discuss and challenge the most current findings and changes in the industry. The event will be held under the motto "United Knowledge - beyond limits".

Participants from all 28 European members countries will meet on September 8th in Graz, Austria for the second international event of the Crowd Dialog Europe series. Delegates and Participants will gain insight into the phenomenon of swarm-based innovation processes, alternative financing scenarios and future of work models for practical insights to potential new business fields as well as an international context on trends and its relation to praxis.

Future of Work - Crowd Sourcing

Leading representatives, selected country patrons and well established experts from more all European countries will critically discuss new models of employment and future forms of cooperative innovation and financing. Driven by agile global competition and the demand for more flexible and open structures, companies are increasingly challenged to keep pace with the constantly changing requirements of working-time-models that attract young professionals.

Alternative Financing - Crowd Funding

Designated industry experts, such as Austria´s country patron Reinhard Willfort will take the participants on a journey into the world of finance clusters, and show how to use a crowd related model to finance ideas and innovation. Today and in the near future more flexible financing solutions will be needed to raise equity or outside capital. At the same time those solutions will offer the chance of possible higher interest rates versus conventional forms of investment. Crowd Dialog Europe will challenge the speakers and experts to illuminate the opportunities and risks, and put them into a national and European regulatory context.

Agile Development - Crowd Innovation

Innovation is the engine of every economy and industry section and will continue to change the world more quickly and profoundly then ever before. Experts from all over Europe will analyze current trends for more "innovationship“ and critically reflect the intersections to artificial intelligence vs human innovation potentials. Carefully selected business-to-business cases endeavor to give detailed insights on the effects of the Crowd Innovation methodology to the involved stake-holders.

Initiator Dr. Michael Gebert, who has established the Crowd Dialog Munich as the leading german speaking industry event over the years, has won numerous reputable partners for the second Crowd Dialog Europe edition. Among others, the EU-Commission, the county of Styria, the City of Graz and the WKO Steiermark as leading trade association are actively engaged as Top Partners for this years CrowdDialog Europe.

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