Jakob Carstens is a veteran of the Alternative Finance industry in Germany. He was Head of Marketing at the first generation equity crowdfunding platform Seedmatch. He joined Funding Circle Germany in 2014, where he has held various executive positions in marketing and strategy. As Head of Marketing, he is instrumental in growing Funding Circle’s customer base in Germany. Jakob has a degree in Business Administrations and is the author of a book titled "Startup Crowdfunding and Crowdinvesting: A Guide for Founders", published by Springer-Gabler.
The once nascent industry is splitting between those alternative lenders competing with banks and those partnering with them. The sector is no longer just a disruptor, but an important part of the financial ecosystem.