Our Company

Our Vision

Funding Wonder will fundamentally change the relationship between businesses and the communities they serve. Banks have traditionally acted as intermediaries, collecting money from depositors and deciding when and where to lend it out.

The Funding Wonder Marketplace bypasses the middlemen by directly connecting investors and small businesses to help each achieve their financial goals.

What is Funding Wonder?

FUNDING WONDER is an online Social Lending Community. It connects established small businesses looking for loans with investors seeking an asset class that returns principal and interest through monthly payments. 99% of all businesses are categorized as small businesses with under 500 employees. They are the lifeblood of the US economy and the greatest source of jobs. Yet they often don’t have access to capital because traditional lenders have shied away from small business loans. Investors, in turn, are looking for alternatives to low interest bank rates and volatile public markets. Funding Wonder brings together businesses looking for capital with investors seeking returns in an easy to use marketplace.


The people behind Funding Wonder

Funding Wonder’s co-founders, Michael Mildenberger, Alan McGlade and Giovanni Soleti bring a wealth of expertise to the company. Together, they have decades of experience in the areas of finance, Internet business ventures and technology.

Leadership

Michael Mildenberger

CEO & Co-Founder

Michael is co-founder and CEO of Funding Wonder. He has more than 20+ years of executive leadership and entrepreneurial success in the technology sector. Before founding Funding Wonder, Michael was founder and Managing Partner of the Americas division of Corporate Finance Partners, an international mergers and acquisition firm. Under his leadership, the company executed more than 25 M&A transactions with more than $2bn in total transaction volume. Prior to this, Michael was co-founder and CEO of two companies, AeonWare, an e-commerce software firm, and Wireless Fire, which focused on the growing field of mobile entertainment. Before spending six years building his own companies, Michael functioned as an independent consultant to Daimler-Benz Interservices, which handled asset management for the automobile manufacturer.

Alan McGlade

COO & Co-Founder

Alan is co-founder and COO of Funding Wonder. He previously served as Managing Director of Digital Entertainment Ventures, LLC, a venture fund focused on high growth, early stage companies and serves on the Boards of Human Demand, a mobile advertising company, and Sonic Notify, a location-based communications platform. Alan has over two decades of experience in taking companies from early conceptual stage to significant market player. He was the CEO of MediaNet, a company that powered media delivery for AOL, Yahoo, HMV, Virgin, Samsung, Tesco, MTV, Microsoft and Google, among others. He worked at MTV Networks after selling them the interactive music video channel, Video Jukebox Network (The Box), where he served as CEO for five years.

Giovanni Soleti

CFO & Co-Founder

Giovanni is COO and co-founder at Funding Wonder. He is a successful entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in corporate finance and SMBs. Prior to Funding Wonder, Giovanni joined Corporate Finance Partners as Managing Partner of the Americas division, where he was instrumental in closing many international M&A transactions. Prior to this, Giovanni was the General Manager of SIEI America Inc., a Charlotte, NC-based SMB in the automotive industry. Giovanni managed the successful turn-around of the firm. Giovanni started his career as an entrepreneur right after college with a multimedia company, followed by a software development/ ecommerce company in Germany and Italy. He also co-founded a wireless entertainment company in the US in 2002.

Dmitry Grinberg

CTO

Dmitry is CTO of Funding Wonder. He is a software architect with over 20 years’ experience in software development, strategy, project management and IT consulting. As the founder of software development company Dynamo Development Inc., Dmitry has worked with Fortune 100 companies including Citibank, Bankers Trust, Mac Donald’s and Deutsche Bank as well as smaller tech enterprises.  Dmitry has successfully managed multiple software projects from conception to production delivering secure, scalable systems and building teams to continue development of these products.

The Advisory Board

Trevor Healy

Trevor served as the Chief Executive Officer of Amobee, Inc. from July 14, 2011 to May 30, 2014. Mr. Healy served as the Chief Executive Officer of Amobee Group Digital L!fe at Singapore Telecommunications Limited until May 30, 2014. He served as Chief Innovation Officer of Telefonica Europe PLC. Mr. Healy was the driving force in growing the Silicon Valley start-up into a global multi-million dollar communications company, which was acquired by Telefonica Europe. Mr. Healy served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Innovation Office of JAJAH Europe at JAJAH, Inc. since January 18, 2011. Mr. Healy served as Chief Executive Officer of JAJAH, Inc., since March 27, 2007. He co-founded CeINX. Mr. Healy served as Vice President and General Manager of PayPal Inc., a division of eBay Inc. and also served as its Vice President of Sales, General Manager to an Internet eCommerce business. He served as Vice President at VeriSign Inc., where he served as the General Manager of the Electronic Commerce group.

Jeff Baeth

Jeff was chief financial officer of JAJAH Inc. (acquired by Telefónica S.A.), overseeing finance and administration, investor relations, legal, and human resources. Prior to JAJAH, he was senior vice president at VeriSign Inc., where as a member of the Office of Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) he managed VeriSign’s global financial and performance management operations. Jeff played a critical role in the growth of VeriSign from a small venture-backed start-up to a global corporation, helping to set financial and business strategy and to lead financing rounds, two successful IPOs, and a $500m bond raise. He was also part of the VeriSign M&A team that conducted the acquisition of Jamster, Network Solutions, and m-Cube, among others. Prior to joining VeriSign, Jeff worked for Adobe Systems Inc. and KLA-Tencor in both finance and accounting capacities. Before that, he was a senior auditor at KPMG, where he assisted in business planning and consulting, ran client audits and financial reporting services, and provided litigation support.

Small businesses are the engine of our economy. Help us grow by joining Funding Wonder's lending community today.