Amy Cortese

Areas of expertise: crowdfunding, alternative finance, social entrepreneurship, new economy, and financial innovation as applied to underserved communities 

Amy Cortese is a nationally recognized journalist, author, speaker and expert in alternative finance and local/new economy issues, and the founder of two startups that build on her expertise.

Amy began her career covering high-tech from posts in Boston, New York and San Francisco, where she chronicled the fast-paced industry and its key players. As an editor at Business Week, she wrote and edited many pivotal cover stories and features covering the rise of the Web and the explosive innovation and entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. She was a senior vice president & director of content at Wit Capital, a groundbreaking online investment banking startup, before returning to journalism as a freelance writer. She has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and other publications, exploring cutting edge topics in business, finance, food and society.

Her book, Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing And How To Profit From It (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), remains one of the pioneering works on local investing and has helped to catalyze the community capital movement. Building on that momentum, Amy launched, a media and educational platform that seeks to fill a critical knowledge gap in the emerging crowdfunding and community capital fields. Her latest venture is, a “Kayak for community investing” that aggregates investment offerings across multiple platforms and funding types, from Kiva to JOBS Act-based crowdfunding. She is also a founding member of the National Coalition for Community Capital and has served on the boards of Slow Money New York and Hatch Innovation.

Amy has been named a “Top 30 Crowdfunding Thought Leader” and was present at the historic April 2012 Rose Garden signing of the JOBS Act by President Obama. Based in Brooklyn, NY, she is a sought after speaker and advisor, and has given talks from Maui to Seoul, South Korea.