Journalist & Author
New York Times & other publications
Journalist, author, editor & thought leader w/ interests from business to food. Trend spotter. Leading thinker/speaker in local investing, community capital, fintech & new economy issues. Named a "Top 30 Crowdfunding Thought Leader." Change Agent in Residence, Pinchot, 2014. Latest venture: investibule.co, opening the door to community-based investing. Published in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, MoJo, Conscious Co., B the Change, Edible Manhattan & more. My book, Locavesting (Wiley 2011) about the grassroots local investing movement grew from a piece I wrote in the NYT Magazine's 2008 'Year in Ideas' issue. Joseph Stiglitz calls it "an inspiring look at what local businesses can achieve." SmallKnot founder Jay Lee: “If Michael Pollan changed the way you think about food, let Amy Cortese change the way you think about finance.” Covered by MSNBC, WNYC, Fast Co, Reuters, Salon & more Speaking/keynotes: TEDx Maui; National Main Streets Conf.; ComCap, CFPA annual forum & more Editorial services: clients have included Agenda, Ogilvy, American Express, Center for Talent Innovation & more Work experience: Dept. Editor at BusinessWeek covering big tech stories from Microsoft antitrust suit to rise of dot-coms. Founding news editor AOL Real Estate. VP of Content, Wit Capital. Select stories: p2p lending market: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/business/loans-that-avoid-banks-maybe-not.html DPOs: A Town Creates Its Own Department Store http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/business/a-town-in-new-york-creates-its-own-department-store.html?pagewanted=all Op-ed: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/opinion/a-proposal-to-allow-small-private-companies-to-get-investors-online.html Specialties: Ace reporter, writer, editor, content shaper. Crowdfunding & community capital expert. Also access to capital, inclusion, impinv, socent, new economy. Currently working on a new venture: investibule.co.