In this episode, I had the great pleasure of having David Weild – widely known as the “father” of the JOBS Act – as my special guest on today’s episode.
David Weild IV, co-founder chairman, and CEO is a stock market expert best known for his position as Vice Chairman of NASDAQ. He is currently the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Weild & Co. He is a noted expert on capital markets and capital formation who has testified before the U.S. Congress at the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, the SEC, and in front of the 34-member nations and the European Commission for the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). And as I mentioned, he is regarded by many as the Father of the JOBS Act for studies that he co-authored that were the first to identify and characterize the long-term structural decline in the IPO and listed company markets. He headed the equity capital markets and corporate finance at a top-ten underwriter of IPOs and follow-on equity offerings. During his career, he has participated in managing more than 1,000 public equity offering transactions.
David was named one of twenty Visionaries and one of ten StartUp Entrepreneurs in The World’s Most Influential People in Market Structure, a book by Patrick L. Young.
He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business and a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University and also studied on exchange at The Sorbonne, Ecole des Haute Etudes Commerciales, and The Stockholm School of Economics. David is the former Treasurer of The Bond Club of New York.