Danae is a founder and the finance chief of IndieGoGo, an online social marketplace connecting filmmakers with fans to make independent film happen. IndieGoGo provides filmmakers the tools for project funding, recruiting, and promotion, while enabling the audience to discover and connect directly with the filmmakers they support.
Danae started IndieGoGo to help independent filmmakers overcome their fundraising challenges, bringing “Filmocracy” to the people. Danae often speaks at conferences and in classrooms on Film 2.0. Recent speaking engagements include Los Angeles Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, International Documentary Association, California Lawyers for the Arts, IFP Filmmaker Labs, and various university film programs.
Danae brings entertainment industry and film finance expertise. Prior to founding IndieGoGo, Danae was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered entertainment and video game companies including Pixar, Lions Gate, Disney, and Electronic Arts. She also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan’s Investment Bank and Private Bank. In the wake of 9/11, Danae co-produced a concert reading of Incident at Vichy, an Arthur Miller play addressing the politically charged topic of racial profiling.
Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She also received a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar and co-captain of the Varsity Rowing Team.