HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, January 29, 2014 – sageCrowd announced today the closing of its founders' round of financing at $850,000. Backers were Ogden Pond Group, Atlantic Canada's First Angel Network, and various angel investors.


SageCrowd is an online collaborative learning platform that delivers an easier way for fans of authors in professional development to reach their goals.

“We wanted to create an easier, more effective way for people to pursue personal and professional development. We believe collaborative learning is a better way,” says Sean Sears, sageCrowd co-founder and Chair. “We are delighted to work with the professionals at First Angel Network, Atlantic Canada’s largest angel network, and we thank them for their support.”

sageCrowd works with best-selling authors to help their fans deepen the adoption of the skills and concepts they teach. Already-announced channels on its network include:

  • Marshall Goldsmith – the world’s #1 leadership expert and author of 34 books, including New York Times best-sellers What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Mojo
  • Gloria Feldt – co-founder of Take The Lead, professor, and author of several books, including No Excuses: 9 Ways Woman Can Change the Way We Think About Power 
  • Jim Smith Jr.– author of several books, including Masters of Success (co-written with Ken Blanchard and Jack Canfield)
  • Justin Gittelman – sageCrowd's 1st Emerging Author (Whole Mind Thinking) and expert performance coach

“Collaborative learning is the only effective way to scale teaching the works of great authors to large audiences, and enables their fans to achieve real change in their lives as a result," says Sears.

“We've known Sean for years, and respect his business success,” said Brian Lowe, co-founder of First Angel Network. “sageCrowd has a convincing argument that collaborative learning can scale professional development and their list of authors already committed is strong evidence they're on the right path.”

About sageCrowd
sageCrowd is an online collaborative learning platform focused on personal and professional development. The platform is based on the principles of social learning and the current neuroscience of memory and skill development. It provides a completely unique learning experience designed to make learning new ideas and skills fast, easy and entertaining. sageCrowd works with best-selling authors – each of them gets their own channel on sageCrowd’s network.

About Ogden Pond
Ogden Pond Group is both a merchant bank and an incubator. It takes great ideas, often pre-product, and develops strong product-brand architectures and compelling business models. Its previous successes include abridean (sold to nCipher), Cycor Communication (sold to Hook-up Communication), Intraspec Networking (sold to Keltic Technologies), Play-on-Words Publishing (sold to its management), and Rem Forest Products (sold to Prima Hardwoods).

About First Angel Networks
The First Angel Network Association (FAN) is a not-for-profit organization formed to bridge the capital gap for companies with extraordinary potential in Atlantic Canada. Created by angel investors for angel investors, FAN provides entrepreneurs and investors with a confidential, disciplined, high-quality private equity investment experience. FAN also delivers education and networking opportunities in the areas of investment readiness, angel investing and commercialization.

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