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Leaders of the Crowd

The Conversations

Researching the origins of the JOBS Act for his book, Leaders of the Crowd, Dr. Adam Gower conducted a series of conversations with the people who lobbied for and wrote the laws that became the Act.

What he discovered was that at no time had anyone thought that the real estate industry was a relevant constituency.

Perplexed by this disconnect between what had been intended and what had happened, he talked to those who had been the very first real estate people to utilize the JOBS Act.

These pioneers, all moving on parallel tracks, seeded the biggest, most transformational change to the real estate industry in history.

In this exclusive series of interviews, you can now listen to the actual conversations conducted by Dr. Adam Gower with the people who created the laws and those who connected the dots to real estate.

It weaves a thread through the labyrinthine processes of government, chronicling how the Act was conceived, formed, and ultimately signed into law, and it reveals how the visionaries who have revolutionized real estate capital formation embarked on their missions to change their industry forever.

These conversations are the subject of the highly acclaimed book Leaders of the Crowd, published by Palgrave Macmillan.


Your Instructor


Dr. Adam Gower
Dr. Adam Gower

Adam Gower is a bilingual, 30-year veteran in real estate, banking, and finance who earned a Ph.D. in banking history, focusing on institutional risk mitigation. He has held senior management positions at some of the largest companies and institutions in the world and is recognized as an industry thought leader on the impact of crowd funding on real estate. During the 1990’s he was President and CEO of a division of Universal Studios developing their real estate portfolio throughout the Asia Pacific Region. After the financial crisis of 2008 had taken hold, Dr. Gower advised major regional banks and the world's largest private equity fund on their asset disposition strategies, assisting them to divest of large portfolios of real estate collateralized loans, and personally transacting in excess of $1.5 billion in real estate of all types.

Dr. Gower lives and works in California where he advises developers on how to raise capital online and teaches the only fully accredited course in the country that focuses on real estate syndication investment via crowdfunding; a transformational Fintech solution to real estate finance. His first book Jacob Schiff and the Art of Risk, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) examines how investment banks mitigated risk in the early 20th Century and his work linking regulatory changes of today with practices described in this book are considered by many as being groundbreaking.

His second book, Leaders of the Crowd, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) is based on his internationally syndicated podcast series, The Real Estate Crowdfunding Show. Dr. Gower is the founder of GowerCrowd, the real estate syndication industry's leading resource for news, training, and online courses focused on educating a new generation of High Net Worth individuals and families, accredited and non-accredited investors alike, in how to prudently invest in real estate for yield, while prioritizing principal preservation.

Dr. Gower is a highly sought after expert providing real estate developers with the tools they need to raise capital online. Visit GowerCrowd.com for free resources and more information.


Class Curriculum


  1 Introduction - Read by the Author
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  2 Inception
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  3 The Letter
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  4 Advocate
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  5 Senate Lead Staffer
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  6 Investor Protections
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  7 The White House
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  8 Rich Uncles
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  9 Fundrise
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  10 RealtyShares
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  11 Investor
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  12 RealtyMogul
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  13 Patch of Land
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  14 Small Change
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  15 Sign Off
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