MORE ABOUT FOLLA CAPITAL
WHAT WE DO.
Folla Capital helps small businesses raise capital using one of the several programs authorized under the JOBS Act of 2012.
HOW WE GOT STARTED.
Our founders are entrepreneurs ourselves. We’ve gone down the path of having to raise money the traditional way. We know what it’s like to have to make weekly payroll and monthly rent payments.
Our core team started in North Carolina in 2018, facilitating the State’s Intrastate investment crowdfunding program called the NC PACES Act. Based on this experience, we began the process of expanding nationally to help any company, in any state, raise capital using investment crowdfunding programs.
WHAT WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT.
Veteran-owned businesses. One of our founders is an Army combat veteran and has been part of three startup founding management teams. We know first-hand how uniquely challenging it is to raise capital as a veteran.
Women & minority-led businesses. These businesses statistically come up short when it comes to getting funded by traditional sources. Our mission is to fix that.
Local businesses. Most businesses do not reside in Silicon Valley, Boston, or New York. They are located in your own community, owned by people you know, and employ your friends, family members, and neighbors. They deserve a shot at funding too.
Rural businesses. Small businesses in rural communities have an even stronger affinity with members of their own community They offer a unique opportunity to grow and prosper together. One of our founders was the Mayor of the City of Henderson, NC. He’s seen it first-hand.
Meet The Team
Chris Franklin, CPA
Chris serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Chris is also a Managing Member and Principal and holds Series 14 (Compliance Officer), Series 28 (Introducing Broker/Dealer Financial and Operations Principal), and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law) securities registrations. Chris has more than 20 years of public accounting and industry experience. He has extensive experience in the areas of financial management and analysis, cash flow management, budgeting, forecasting, and process analysis and improvement. Chris is also a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in taxation. Chris was the CFO of LogicBay, and before that, he was the CFO at Swarovski Optik, N. A. where he managed a staff of 14 finance, human resources, and IT professionals.
Donald C.Seifert, Jr.
Clem, Chief Executive Officer, also serves as a Managing Member and Principal and holds the Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 24 (General Securities Principal), Series 79 (Investment Banking Representative), and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law) securities registrations. He has over 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur and business manager. He previously was the founder and CEO of Cardinal Crowdfund Solutions, LLC, and Program Director for INVESTinNC. Clem has 16 years of security industry experience, including 14 years as a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Clem earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Clem understands the unique culture of small, rural communities, having served on the Henderson, North Carolina City Council for 14 years and as its Mayor for four years.
In addition to serving as the firm’s Chief Technology Officer, John is the Managing Principal and holds the Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 24 (General Securities Principal), Series 79 (Investment Banking Representative), and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law) securities registrations. John has over 19 years of experience leading teams that focus on using technology to improve corporate performance. John was the CEO of LogicBay and worked with leading companies to develop and implement strategies for scaling indirect sales channels using a combination of services and technology that LogicBay offered. As a startup entrepreneur himself, John knows what it's like to start up a company, raise capital, successfully exit and return capital to shareholders. John is also an Army veteran, former paratrooper, and co-founder of VETtoCEO, a non-profit that helps veterans explore entrepreneurship as a career path after their military service ends.