Melanie Plageman

Melanie Plageman

Duke University graduate and crowdfunding activist
Nairobi, Kenya

Résumé Highlights

Designing online financial trading platform
September 2010-July 2012
As a co-founder of crowdfunding startup Motaavi, I co-developed a trading platform for illiquid financial instruments based on a novel auction design.
Lobbying for crowdfunding
November 2011-March 2011
I contributed directly to the crowdfunding provisions of the JOBS Act--writing position papers, meeting with Congressional staffers, and making partnerships with other organizations lobbying on the bill.
Internet censorship circumvention specialist
February 2011-June 2011
I and my best friend were some of the first to provide proxies to the Tunisian IP block during the Arab Spring. This inspired me to start researching and experimenting with various Internet censorship circumvention tools.
CTO of university television station
September 2007-May 2010
Oversaw technical operations of television studio with over $3,000,000 in production assets and pioneered its transition to hybrid network broadcasting/online streaming model

Why Upstart

I plan to use it to provide me personal financial runway while I build the Bomba platform and sign the first artists.