Monthly Archives: March 2016

The rise in crowd-investing


By Adi Gaskell , CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor Editor, Crowdfunding has been expanding at quite a pace in recent years, but whilst I suspect most of you are familiar with the likes of Kickstarter, there is a slightly more serious form of the art growing in popularity. Since President Obama passed the JOBS Act in 2012 there has been a steady growth in crowd-investment platforms.  Whereas Kickstarter et al might reward backers with a freebie or some other gift associated with the project, with crowd-investing platforms, the return is more akin to that associated with traditional investments. I’ve written previously about investment platforms for real estate in…

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Secondary trading of securities – risks & exemptions


 By Scott Purcell CEO FundAmerica Technologies, LLC The good news is that under Reg A (and 506b&c), securities offerings by an issuer are exempt from state blue-sky registration. This is fantastic as it means that each one of the 51 “mini-SEC’s” don’t have to get involved prior to starting your fundraise. Sure, the “sale” of those securities may be subject to state dealer registration, especially for serial issuers or anyone using general solicitation aspects of Reg A or 506(c), but that’s different than having to fully qualify the offering via Blue Sky review. The bad news is that secondary sales (in other words, when an…

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Equity Crowdfunding’s First (But Not Last) Unicorn

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By Eric Hal Schwartz Self-driving cars are a still-evolving technology that has yet to take a final or ubiquitous form. It’s fitting then, that it’s a startup devoted to that technology has become the first equity-crowdfunded unicorn with General Motors purchasing Cruise Automation for more than $1 billion in cash and stock according to a report in Fortune. It could prove to be the kind of validation that the technology, and the method by which it raised its first funding rounds, needs in order to accelerate. The SEC’s new rules for equity crowdfunding that kicked in earlier this year have spawned a lot of excitement. Offering millions more people the chance to invest…

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Crowdfunding Law & Order

REPORT: Crowdfunding is expanding and maturing in Europe


By Ronald Kleverlaan, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, “The Current state of Crowdfunding“, the newly published report byCrowdfundingHub, the European Expertise Centre for Alternative & Community Finance, shows that in 2015 the crowdfunding industry in Europe has continued to grow and mature. The report brought together 27 national experts across Europe, and examined regulations, size of the industry, as well as the stance of government and the banking industry. It covers Peer-2-Peer businesses and consumers lending, donations, rewards and equity models and provides delineated insights on the current state of the industry by using the ‘Alternative Finance Maturity Index’ based on 15 key research areas. In almost…

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Regulation A+: Legal Considerations & Policy Recommendations


By Robin Sosnow Law Office of Robin Sosnow PLLC., Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Exactly one year ago today the SEC voted to adopt the proposed rules implementing Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”). Title IV effectively amended Regulation A and created the framework for the new Regulation A, which is known in the crowdfunding industry as “Reg A+.” Reg A+ provides an exemption from having to file reports with the SEC for US and Canadian issuers seeking to raise up to $50M in a 12-month period. The rules create a two-tiered approach, where Tier I issuers can raise up to…

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Donald Trump & Rule 506(d) bad actor


Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted bad actor disqualification provisions for Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, to implement Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The disqualification and related disclosure provisions appear as paragraphs (d) and (e) of Rule 506 of Regulation D.           As a result of Rule 506(d) bad actor disqualification, an offering is disqualified from relying on Rule 506(b) and 506(c) of Regulation D if the issuer or any other person covered by…

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Crowdfunding for Your Startup?

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By Gabi Barragan crack the crowd .com Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor, Every single day a plethora of startups kick off crowdfunding campaigns with big dreams of reaching their targets and scoring a big win for innovation. From entrepreneurs to artists, people have an idea they believe can make money, fill a gap in the market—and change the world, too.   So what could possibly go wrong? Simply put, few startups hit their campaign targets, and among those, some won’t even make a dime. These campaigns fail because their creators start off with the wrong question. Rather than ask: “How can crowdfunding work for me?” the question should really be: “How does crowdfunding actually…

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Why 2016 is the Year of Equity Crowdfunding

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By Adrian Bishop, Editor at, Crowdfunding Guest post, United States equity crowdfunding could double the capital raised this year to generate up to $4billion and 2016 will be the Year of Equity Crowdfunding, industry experts predict. The growth and potential of the sector has been discussed at the 4th Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding event, particularly in light of the latest revision of the JOBS Act. The whole debate can be seen on the CrowdFundBeat website. In fact, 2016 has been dubbed the’ Year of an Equity Gold Rush’, with new methodologies being introduced, including the Title III of the JOBS Act and the maturation of peer-to-peer…

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Crowdfunding Data & Outlook

5 Reasons to be Optimistic About Regulation A+


By Gary Emmanuel Securities attorney, CrowdFund Beat  Contributing Guest, Ok I admit it. I was a Regulation A+ skeptic. When the JOBS Act first came out in 2012, predictions that the JOBS Act makeover of Regulation A would be a game changer seemed wishful thinking. While the JOBS Act increased tenfold the annual dollar amount that can be raised under Regulation A, Congress delegated to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the authority to shape the contours of Regulation A through SEC regulation, leaving at the time many open questions. Fast forward almost four years since the enactment of the JOBS Act and one year since the publication…

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Guide to Investment Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act


by Geri Stengel Less than 1% of all companies in the United States finance their operations through venture capital. For the other 99%, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and many state regulators are loosening the rules and regulations regarding raising money from accredited investors and the general public. An Introduction to the JOBS Act Congress approved the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act with tremendous bipartisan support on April 23, 2012. The act provides a framework for public solicitation and advertising of a company’s securities offering via equity crowdfunding platforms. Over the following three and half years, the SEC began to put into place…

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MarketWatchWhy a crowdfunding site is giving out $10000 scholarshipsMarketWatchCrowdfunding site GoFundMe announced Thursday that it will award $10,000 to 10 students with pages on their site that fundraise for education. The award is part of a contest the site held throughout Septemb [...]

BloombergCouples Desperate For Children Turn to Crowdfunding FertilityBloombergCrowdfunding has become a popular mechanism for many couples who can't afford the high costs of IVF, or adoption and surrogacy. “It's not an easy thing to share publicly,” says Crystal Barrett, 33 [...]

Crowdfund InsiderBrief: GoFundMe Presents $100000 in College Scholarships to 10 StudentsCrowdfund InsiderTo qualify for the scholarships, each student had to create a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe, shared stories about the obstacles they had overcome in pursuing their education, h [...]

Huffington PostReal Estate Crowdfunding's Pathway of ChangeHuffington Post“Crowdfunding is just the Internet,” stated Attorney Mark Roderick as he opened last month's RealCap Chicago. RealCap is an annual conference that joins crowdfunding leaders and innovators to propel th [...]

Smart From The Start: 3 Ways To Properly Establish Your Business When CrowdfundingCBS LocalConsequently, burgeoning entrepreneurs have turned to crowdfunding platforms to get the seed money they need to get business ideas off the ground. However, seeing as 98 percent of crowdfunding p [...]

Crowdfund InsiderTitle III Crowdfunding Might Not Be What Many ExpectedCrowdfund InsiderI have been immersed in the equity crowdfunding industry since late 2015 and have tried to collect as many different perspectives on the industry from as many experts as possible. And while it is h [...]

The RegisterHardware ain't hard, money is: Crowdfunding, bootstraps and startupsThe RegisterHmm, I think we call this bootstrapping in IT, or in our case crowdfunding. Raise enough money to get the first shippable product and ship it. (I did once work on a "big" defence [...]

Crowdfund InsiderSEC Schedules Open Meeting on Rules 147 & 504 Impacting Intrastate CrowdfundingCrowdfund InsiderMary Jo White October 30 2015 The SEC has scheduled a meeting to consider proposed amendments related to Rules 147 and 504 – securities regulations that impact intrasta [...]

ExtremeTechNew crowdfunding project promises an ATX motherboard for IBM's Power8ExtremeTechWe don't cover many crowdfunding projects at ExtremeTech, because most of the pitches we get are frankly terrible. While we can't make any promises about any crowdfunding project [...]

CoinTelegraphCrowdfunding vs. ICO: Experts Question Legitimacy and Guarantees of Initial Coin OfferingsCoinTelegraphOne major difference exists between traditional crowdfunding methods and ICO, and that is market value. When a product is introduced on crowdfunding platforms like Indie [...]

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