Meet the Crowdahouse Team August 27th, 2015Crowdahouse
Gary CorbenCEO - Co-Founder
Gary has been a residential property investor since 2006 acquiring and managing his own private portfolio.
Gary has a background in entrepreneurial ventures in the music industry, in web-based businesses, and in property investment and trading, the common thread being taking innovative approaches to defunct and out-moded business models.
In 1994 Gary joined UK startup Cerberus Sound & Vision, launching the world’s first digital music download service along with the world’s first functional online credit card payment system. In 2001, after two years at BSkyB heading online product development, Gary formed Whatmusic – an online record label specialising in restoring back catalogue for the music collectors market. In the first two years the company reissued over 80 titles and helped restore careers of dozens of ‘forgotten’ artists.
In 2006, Gary decided to apply his online experience to the residential real estate market in the UK, including developing creative strategies to acquire properties without the need for bank finance and selling these properties to buyers at a premium.
Since the credit crisis began, Gary has been at the forefront of non-bank funded property investment. In mid 2011, Gary joined forces with Peter Lane to form the Corlan Group to further explore the non-bank funded property market and to develop an asset backed crowdfunding solution, ultimately leading to the foundation of Crowdahouse.com.
Peter LaneCFO - Co-founder
A former Economic Adviser to HM Treasury, co-founder Peter spent over 13 years with Royal Dutch Shell, including as CEO in the Eastern Caribbean and a Director of Shell Oil UK. In 1994 he joined Lloyd’s of London as a Director, and was a key figure in the successful Reconstruction & Renewal programme that restored Lloyd’s.
Following the rescue programme, he was appointed Managing Director, North America, with the mission to re-establish Lloyd’s position in this key market. He has been also a CEO of an insurance company. He is Executive Chairman of Strathearn Capital, and its subsidiary Strathearn Insurance, and has been involved in a number of start-ups.
He is also an independent non-executive Director of KazMunaiGas, the state oil company of Kazakhstan. He has a B.Sc.Econ. (Hons) from LSE, a MA (Economics) from Essex University and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Peter is authorised by the FCA.
Helen Yuet Ling PangCOO
Helen Yuet Ling Pang worked in media regulation for over 11 years as a Film Examiner at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), protecting consumers, in particular children, from harmful content. Her responsibilities included classifying films and DVDs, in accordance with the BBFC’s Guidelines, internal policies and UK laws, as well as writing policy documents on specific classification areas and BBFC processes.
Helen is also an experienced property investor in the UK residential market. She has an extensive background of working in start-ups, being among the first employees at both JumpCut, a New York dotcom startup in pioneering live streaming technology and Illumina Digital.
At the ripe old age of 14, Helen was already dabbling in crowdfunding. She wanted to buy a jumper and raised the money very quickly by asking each of her school friends to crowdfund it with £1 or £2.
Before joining the BBFC, Helen was a TV producer and director, making programmes about early internet technology between 1994 to 2001. She is also a well known food blogger, with one of her food blogs being shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers New Media award in 2009, and is knowledgeable about all aspects of social media.
Helen has a BSc Econ (Hons) in International Relations and MSc in International Relations from LSE.
Louise has a long background in all aspects of property administration, from finance to lettings and sales with deep experience of real world situations affecting both property investors/landlords and tenants.
Louise brings invaluable experience to the administration of Crowdahouse.com and its Members.
Guilherme BollmannIT & Tech Consultant
Guilherme originally worked with Gary Corben as an intern in the 1990s working on digital music delivery platforms. Since then he has been an entrepreneur pioneering technology driven sales and distribution of physical products to convenience stores across Brazil. Guilherme is currently working on degrees in software engineering and hardware technology specialising in networks and databases. He is a consultant to Crowdahouse and in charge of developing software solutions to enhance the platform.