Following his studies in sociology, business and entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Korstiaan became involved in several high-growth internationally oriented start-ups. Having previously worked as Global Marketing Manager for the Dutch software company Mendix, in 2011 Korstiaan founded one of the world’s first equity crowdfunding platforms, known as Symbid.
In December 2013, Korstiaan oversaw the successful release of this company to the U.S. via OTC Markets [SBID] at which point Symbid became the first publicly listed crowdfunding platform worldwide. As of June 2014, Symbid has successfully funded 52 entrepreneurs and their start-ups for a total amount of approximately $6,000,000. Symbid’s long-term goal is the democratization of the investment process.
Furthermore, Korstiaan is personally involved in several initiatives aimed at improving the investment eligibility of SMEs on a national and international scale. In addition to masterminding the Credit Passport, launched in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2014, Korstiaan is directly involved as an investor and advisor in the online valuation software vendor Equidam. A frequent speaker at conferences and corporate events, Korstiaan is internationally recognized as an authority in the fields of online finance and crowdfunding.”