Donald Trumped By CrowdIt

CrowdIt CEO Jason Graf, an applicant to the 2006 'The Apprentice' television show, beats Donald Trump to the crowdfunding market

21 May, 2013, 13:37 ET from CrowdIt

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CrowdIt (, the crowdfunding site for the "New American Dream," today announced an ironical twist in the crowdfunding world.

If you follow the crowdfunding industry, you might have seen how acclaimed real estate mogul and crowdfunding newbie, Donald Trump, threw his hat in the ring for a new and exciting venture – to provide monetary support through "FundAnything," (, a new crowdfunding site that aims to do just that – "fund anything."

Now rewind to 2006 – a young entrepreneur by the name of Jason Graf tried out to be a participant in one of Trump's many successful endeavors, a TV show series aptly called "The Apprentice." Unfortunately, Graf was turned away, but like any visionary he still had a burning desire to follow his dreams and trust his intuition.

"Being an entrepreneur means creatively defining your own destiny and it's my desire to succeed that motivated me to get involved in The Apprentice," explains Graf. "Being rejected by the show only perpetuated my hunger for new business opportunities, which eventually led to launching a crowdfunding platform earlier this year."

Fast forward to today - if you're following Mr. Trump's latest endeavor, you probably came across an interesting article last week on that touts ways for new crowdfunding platforms to gain attention in the public eye: (

It just so happens that the once overlooked apprentice hopeful, Jason Graf, has caught the eye of the industry – securing prominence in the story in "IndieWire" and establishing his company, CrowdIt, in a very respectable vein.

"While Trump's support of such an emerging industry is exciting, it's great to see that my colleagues and I beat him to market and now get to compete alongside the celebrity mogul," said Graf.

CrowdIt aims to usher in the next generation crowdfunding site, as the company is providing an opportunity for people to tap the collective power of the crowd far beyond just the prospect of funding. The company is building a community of dreamers, believers and suits to facilitate the success of small business endeavors through peer-review, business networking, team collaboration and mentoring.

CrowdIt's CEO, while humbled by his past failure, is more driven than ever to be a leader in the crowdfunding industry and in society. He hopes to inspire others to embark upon their own journey on the path to success and sees crowdfunding as an easy way to incentivize people of all backgrounds to take that first step.

"One day, I'm going to be looking back on all of this and smile," Graf said. "As for my new competitor in the crowdfunding industry, I have but one question: Who's the apprentice now?"

About CrowdIt
Based in America's heartland of Springfield, MO, CrowdIt ( is the crowdfunding site for believers of the New American Dream. Its crowdfunding site goes beyond just funding great ideas, but focuses on supporting success through peer and expert advisory support, business networking and sharing of best practices and knowledge. CrowdIt's belief is that crowdfunding will help drive the next wave in innovation and economic expansion, and underpins its mission to support small business growth. A start-up, CrowdIt is privately held and backed by venture capital firm Baron VC. For more information, please visit (

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