As hobbyDB’s second crowdfunding initiative kicks off, the team is excited to welcome Bruce Pascal as the round’s lead investor. With more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience, Pascal is best known in the business community as a real estate veteran who has handled some of the most complex and largest lease transactions in the nation’s capital. He is currently the Executive Managing Director at Cushman and Wakefield, the 3rd largest real estate company in the world with revenues of US$8.8 billion last year.
Pascal’s award list is impressive and includes the “Broker of the Year” and “Leasing Transaction of the Year” in 2009 and “Top Leasing Award” in 2010 by CREBA. Additionally, he received the “Brendan McCarthy Memorial Award” in 2014, considered to be the industry’s top award.
“We’re so excited to welcome Bruce to the team,” said hobbyDB Founder Christian Braun. “His combined business expertise as well as his love for collecting makes him the perfect match for this role.”
Pascal is best known in the collecting community for curating the rarest Hot Wheels collection in the world. Among other accolades, he also wrote the go-to book on prototypes with Mike Zarnock and is an inductee in the Model Car Hall of Fame.
Bruce with his Collection (we think it looks like the office of the HW CEO in 1972)
Here’s a little more why Bruce decided to invest –
“I am always interested in pursuing projects that help collectors and elevate the hobby. HobbyDB is an integral part of that equation. By working to catalog so many items and variations of known collectibles, the most comprehensive database for collectors has been created. The site grows daily and the knowledge shared is unparalleled.
The ability to show your items and share with other collectors at one central location on the web your favorite items is just one feature. Perhaps you can find that one items you have been searching for years, and then connect and acquire it. We all know that feeling collectors have when their passion is ignited.
It is more rewarding for a collector to not only accumulate items but also to garner knowledge, and hobbyDB provides that source. Today you are one click away from learning more about your hobby from one source than anything like it in the past. Whether is it a PEZ dispenser, Hot Wheel or an Action Figure, one site has all the tools needed to collect and learn in the modern era.
The opportunity to explore, share and celebrate your passions is the lead goal of hobbyDB, and the tremendous efforts so far collecting information for collectors or dealers exists now.
As collections grow having a place to electronically catalog your items is just one tool offered. And having the opportunity to purchase or sell items all one one site is an added bonus. HobbyDB, the most extraordinary place to collect and learn.
One becomes part of a community larger than your local shows, or national, so large it is international and over 500,000 people are part of it. Be part of this exciting journey and become an owner and participant!
By investing you have the opportunity to be part of the dream of the founders, a project so ambitious many thought it couldn’t be done. But they have created an amazing place to do so much with your hobby. Collect and invest in what maybe the best resource for your passion.
I am investing because I believe in the product and the people behind it.”
Built by collectors for collectors (and now owned by collectors), hobbyDB is the ultimate home for collectors and fans worldwide. With a powerful and detailed database of collectibles super-powered with a price guide, collectors can explore any fandom, track their collection, and use the secure marketplace to safely buy and sell. With the help of 2,463 volunteers, the database has grown to include more than 500,000 collectibles that range from popular collectible brands such as Funko, Hard Rock Cafe and Hot Wheels.
Since the beginning, hobbyDB always wanted to give the community the opportunity to own a part of the project. So when crowdfunding became possible, they decided that it was the right step to take for the collecting community. And now there are 652 collectors who own a piece of hobbyDB.
As lead investor in the second crowdfunding round, Pascal has decided to invest in hobbyDB on the same terms as those offered on Wefunder. His role will be to direct the voting power of all investors in this round. To learn more about the role and responsibilities of a lead investor, visit Wefunder’s FAQ here.
If you are interested in learning more about hobbyDB, visit their Wefunder profile here.