Family business literature has not paid much attention to digital finance. With few exceptions, family businesses have received limited attention from entrepreneurial finance studies focusing on fintech and digital finance. In this webinar, I will document that family businesses are active in digital finance markets, and prominent in equity crowdfunding platforms. I will also compare these markets with traditional forms of public equity, such as Initial Public Offerings, highlighting the similarities and differences.
Silvio Vismara is Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Corporate Finance at the University of Bergamo (Italy). He is Research Fellow at Indiana University (USA) and adjunct professor at the University of Augsburg (Germany). He has held prior visiting appointments at Ghent University (Belgium), Manchester Business School (UK), Cass Business School (UK), University of Florida (USA), and University of La Laguna (Spain). Silvio is Editor of Small Business Economics, Co-Founder and executive Editor of the Review of Corporate Finance, Associate Editor of the Financial Review, of the Journal of Technology Transfer, of the Management Review Quarterly, and editorial board member of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Venture Capital and Journal of Industrial and Business Economics. He serves as guest editor of special issues for the British Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Small Business Economics, Journal of Technology Transfer, Journal of International Financial Management & Accounting, Review of Corporate Finance, Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, and Eurasian Business Review. His research interests are in entrepreneurial finance and focus mainly on IPOs, equity crowdfunding and ICOs. His research has been published in journals including the Academy of Management Journal, British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Corporate Finance, Research Policy. The research activity has benefited from his experience as a scientific consultant for the Italian Stock Exchange, as a member of the board of directors of the University of Bergamo, as well as a founder of its first academic spin-off company (Universoft). His research has been covered in media outlets around the world, including The Economist and The Financial Times.