My name is Nav Athwal. I am a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, frequent Forbes contributor and the CEO of a VC-backed real estate crowdfunding platform, RealtyShares. In a past life, I was a lawyer. I led some of the largest mixed-use, commercial and renewable energy real estate projects in California. As an entrepreneur, I've done everything from growing a team to fundraising to failing miserably where I thought I would succeed!


Recent posts by this Author

Four Data Driven Ways to Become a Better Angel Investor

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Angel investing has always been a high risk, high reward proposition. In exchange for a percentage of the company, or convertible debt, an angel investor accepts the risks that come with their investment. These risks include the company going under, or their investment being diluted by future investment rounds. In view of these challenges,…

Crowdfunding for Real Estate and Why it’s a Game-Changer

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With the passage of the JOBS Act in late 2012, crowdfunding has caught fire and is being used to raise money for everything from startups to small businesses. In fact, by the end of 2014, crowdfunding, which includes debt, equity, rewards, and donation -based…

3 Reasons Real Estate is Ready for Disruption

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Over the last decade or so, technological innovation has reshaped the norm in a number of industries. Banking, digital entertainment, travel, even the way we hail a cab–one by one, they’ve all undergone dramatic transformations thanks to tech-savvy entrepreneurs with a knack for upsetting…

With Title III of the JOBS Act Live, Crowdfunding is Changing


The concept of crowdfunding has been around for centuries. Originally called syndication, the “creator” or entrepreneur had to personally find investors to finance the project. When marketplaces like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo jumped on the scene, crowdfunding changed overnight. Jack Dorsey, Accel and other huge technology…