Krista Tuomi is a professor in the International Economic Policy program at the School of International Service, American University. After teaching for many years in her home country, South Africa, she is enjoying the highs and lows of teaching economics and politics in DC. Currently she “imparts wisdom” to students on topics such as economic policy, crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, investment, and financial policy. She has worked for many years as a policy analyst in the areas of innovation and investment. Recently her focus has been on best practice in the start-up investment climate, particularly on policy related to angel investing, crowdfunding and seed financing. She also conducts workshops on all forms of financing, both for small business and non-profits. In particular, she is regular workshop presenter for SCORE, the Small Business Administration’s volunteer branch. Her passion for the field of innovation and entrepreneurship extends into her other pro-bono work as well. Apart from working with SCORE, she is involved with the Angel Capital Association, the Veteran's Small Business Challenge Competition, and Syracuse's Institute for Veterans and Military Families. She also publishes widely in the field of innovation financing, with recent papers and blogs focusing on the costs of software development, and best practice in entrepreneur eco-systems.