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Violet Society members Lucille Zhao, Michelle Galemmo, Samanee Mahbub and  Amanda Crosby Rickman (left to right) help themselves to the meal during a dinner hosted for the organization at the office of the equity crowdfunding platform Wefunder  in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Wefunder lobbied congress to legalize equity crowdfunding, allowing privately held companies to raise investment from everyday people, so-called unaccredited investors. Regulation Crowdfunding began on May 16, 2016.  The company regular hosts dinner parties for members of the tech community at their office, which also serves as the home of a few employees. The Violet Society, described as a {quote}startup sisterhood,{quote} is a 12-week part-time summer program for young women in the tech industry who want to build startups. CONTACTS: Nick Tomatello Wefunder CEOnick@wefunder.com508-308-7226Shriya Nevatia Violet Society founderSneva831@gmail.com518-338-8505Michelle Galemmomgalemmo@gmail.com267-625-6141Samanee Mahbubsamaneezm@gmail.com401-286-0663Lucille ZhaoLucille.zhao@gmail.com312-866-7366Amanda Crosby Rickmanacrosbyrickman@gmail.com510-359-2397

Violet Society members Lucille Zhao, Michelle Galemmo, Samanee Mahbub and Amanda Crosby Rickman (left to right) help themselves to the meal during a dinner hosted for the organization at the office of the equity crowdfunding platform Wefunder in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

Wefunder lobbied congress to legalize equity crowdfunding, allowing privately held companies to raise investment from everyday people, so-called unaccredited investors. Regulation Crowdfunding began on May 16, 2016.

The company regular hosts dinner parties for members of the tech community at their office, which also serves as the home of a few employees. The Violet Society, described as a "startup sisterhood," is a 12-week part-time summer program for young women in the tech industry who want to build startups.

CONTACTS:

Nick Tomatello

Wefunder CEO

nick@wefunder.com

508-308-7226

Shriya Nevatia

Violet Society founder

Sneva831@gmail.com

518-338-8505

Michelle Galemmo

mgalemmo@gmail.com

267-625-6141

Samanee Mahbub

samaneezm@gmail.com

401-286-0663

Lucille Zhao

Lucille.zhao@gmail.com

312-866-7366

Amanda Crosby Rickman

acrosbyrickman@gmail.com

510-359-2397