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Vann Alexandra Daly

Founder, Vann Alexandra

Vann Alexandra Daly is a Miami-born, New York-based crowdfunding producer who gives life to art she believes in. Alex was recently named the crowdsourceress for her expertise in crowdfunding. Over the course of a year, Alex has raised millions of dollars for clients including Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmakers and Neil Young. She has served on panels at distinguished film festivals and universities and consults Knight Foundation art grantees. In addition to her crowdfunding successes, Alex is a producer for the feature length documentary Cocaine Prison, which has received support from the Macarthur Foundation, Cannes Film Festival’s Fonds Sud Cinema, Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca Latin America Fund, Bertha BritDoc Journalism Award, and more. Her other films have been selected by the world’s most prestigious festivals including Sundance and Tribeca.


What Good Idea is Good Enough?

We second-guess ourselves all the time. It’s part of being human. Is this a good idea? Will I regret it later? People frequently approach me with anxieties like these when it comes to crowdfunding. Their next, big question is always, Do you think my idea will be successful?  

Who Decides How History Gets Recorded?

“Never doubt that a small groupof thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead After tragic events, as most recently evident in […]

When Did Sales Become Unsexy?

Sleazy, ugly, and gross are all words that come to mind when the word sales comes up. The question is, why do we shy away from a process that is […]

How Does An Idea Go Viral?

Before hashtags and newsfeeds and even pens, paper and the press, the spread of ideas traces back to the cultural art of storytelling. This deep-seated tradition of sharing knowledge and […]

The Vast Power and Knowledge of the Crowd

Human beings have incredible pattern-recognition abilities, which drive us to make meaningful connections across a vast array of information. Through its free exchange of information and capacity to reach a […]

The Psychology Behind Why We Give

You may be wondering how one person has raised almost $50,000 to make potato salad. Americans are now donating more than ever before. Recent studies have shown that we’re more […]

Collaborating Communities

Crowdfunding has been a tool used to introduce new inventions and prototypes. Tech products specifically have benefitted by presenting a seemingly genius, fail-proof idea and crafting an all-or-nothing message: support […]

Investors vs. Backers: Crowdfunding for Equity

Compared to many of the humble origins affiliated with campaigns on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the newly launched crowdfunding platform Investable.vc seems almost too “suit and tie” for the internet. As an accredited […]

How to Be a Mindful Communicator Online

Understanding how to digitally communicate is an undeniably essential tool. There’s no opting out. So much of how we connect today, in our business and personal lives, even our dating, […]

The Client Connection

An extremely valuable part of my work is my clients. In the crowdfunding space clients are essential because I jump from campaign to campaign to campaign, which means multiple clients […]

Crowdfunding Breeds Innovation

One of the reasons I find it so exciting to work in the crowdfunding space is because I get to witness crowdfunding actually shift and shape our economy. I often […]

Why You Need the Crowd

What’s so special about crowdfunding is that it’s not just a one way exchange. It’s democratic; it’s collaborative. Crowdfunding allows for an open dialogue between the project creators and their backers. […]

Crowdfunding Tip #1: The Campaign Video

The universal question around what I do is (not surprisingly): What does it take to make a successful crowdfunding campaign? The question comes up at panels; during dinner parties; within […]

Crowdfunding Cities

I went to Detroit this past weekend to speak to the Knight Foundation’s art grantees. Knight is a non-profit that is concentrated on “transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media […]

Is the Celeb Endorsement Gold?

In my debut column last week, I discussed how the financing landscape is radically changing through crowdfunding. Naturally, everyone is catching onto this phenomenon, including celebrities. But now that Zach […]