Founding Team

The founding team developed the concept for Localstake so that they could support local businesses in a new way—by investing in them. With backgrounds in investment banking and investment management, the Localstake team understands the risks and complexities in making local businesses a viable investment opportunity for investors.

Localstake was founded around the following five core principles:

  1. All individuals should be able to invest in private businesses
  2. Investors should invest in what they know best—their community
  3. Collaborative research and decision making results in better informed investors
  4. The process for raising capital should be efficient and inexpensive
  5. Local investors can offer many valuable advantages to small businesses


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Ryan Flynn


Prior to founding Localstake, Ryan worked in investment banking at Periculum Capital Company, LLC. At Periculum, Ryan worked with management teams of small to middle market companies to assist them in raising growth capital and selling their business.

Ryan received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Psychology from Washington and Lee University.

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Brandon Smith


Prior to founding Localstake, Brandon was an investment analyst at J.P. Morgan in Private Banking. While there, he was responsible for investment analysis and risk monitoring for high net worth families, foundations, and business owners.

Brandon attended Indiana University where he graduated from the Kelley School of Business, majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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