CrowdSource Founders Help Bring Pipeline to Saint Louis

By: Brittany Corners | Published: October 13, 2014

Pipeline_2014CrowdSource’s co-founders, Stephanie Leffler and Ryan Noble, are pleased to be one of the four founding entrepreneurs responsible for bringing Pipeline, an entrepreneurial fellowship, to the Saint Louis region. Pipeline, a 501c nonprofit, is an exclusive entrepreneurial community that brings together leaders from high-growth companies in the region.

Founded in 2006, Pipeline has since grown into an elite community with nearly 100 entrepreneurial members representing the Midwest region, including all of Kansas, Nebraska, the KC Metropolitan area and, now, Saint Louis. Members of Pipeline are known for their ability to create jobs for, invest in, and mentor the next generation of business leaders in their respective communities.

Leffler and Noble have an expansive track record of successful entrepreneurship. In 2000, they began building MonsterCommerce, a leading e-commerce platform for small and medium-sized businesses. By 2006, the company had grown to support more than 8,000 e-commerce clients and was sold to Network Solutions. The following year, the duo left to found CrowdSource.

As Founders of Pipeline in Saint Louis, Leffler and Noble support the vision and spirit of Pipeline through financial resources and intellectual partnership. In addition to Leffler and Noble of CrowdSource, other initial Founders responsible for bringing Pipeline to the Saint Louis region include David Karandish of Answers, Washington University in Saint Louis and integrated communication firm Elasticity.

As an added region, Saint Louis will also have the distinction of hosting one of Pipeline’s quarterly modules, a gathering of entrepreneurial leaders and experts who network together to tackle and support business challenges, funnel business opportunities and fuel business growth.

“There is a clear entrepreneurial wave sweeping Saint Louis,” said Stephanie Leffler, co-founder and CEO of CrowdSource. “Ryan and I are excited to bring Pipeline to Saint Louis to provide the “next step” opportunity for entrepreneurs who have already leveraged the great programs for startups here – and are now looking for expanded support as they face the complexities of high growth.”

Those who are looking for additional entrepreneurial support through the fellowship or to be added to the list of Founders can apply in the coming weeks. The deadline for consideration is on October 21, 2014. Information regarding application requirements and upcoming events, visit

Learn more about the entrepreneurial drive and successes of Leffler and Noble.


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