Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fintech: A policymaker’s Perspective

Fintech Wave of the Future?

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, BROTHERS PATRICK AND JOHN COLLISON CHALLENGE THE FINANCIAL STATUS QUO WITH THEIR PAYMENTS START-UP STRIPE –  “60 MINUTES” Patrick and John Collison are among a vanguard of entrepreneurs trying to make the movement of money online as easy as sending photos or videos. The young founders of Stripe, a $5 billion payments startup, appear in a Lesley Stahl report on the burgeoning industry known as “Fintech,” which is challenging traditional financial institutions. Stahl’s report will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, May 1 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. “In a world where people can send a Facebook message or…upload an…

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Why VCs Do Not Like Equity Crowdfunding

By Howard Marks Executive Chairman and co-founder at StartEngine Crowdfunding CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, In April 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and announced that Americans will now have access to the capital they need from ordinary investors. Yet the media received the declaration quietly — meaning most U.S. citizens remained blissfully unaware of this revolutionary new regulation. The venture capital industry is probably one of the most vital sources of risk capital for our economy. It has produced the industry giants that command worldwide success: Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. Without VC, most of those businesses would have never existed. Moreover, VCs have significantly contributed to our country’s technological success. Most people…

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Can retail investors compete with hedge funds in p2p ?

George Popescu Founder and Editor in Chief (Lending Times), Partner ( LunaCap Ventures), Board of Advisors (Gatecoin, AltOptions) CrowdfundBeat Guest post LendingRobot is claiming that it is difficult for retail investors or even high net worth individuals to manage so many micro-loans and to simultaneously compete with hedge funds looking to scoop the best loans under microseconds. Peer-to-peer lending was designed to provide a platform to the investors and borrowers to lend and borrow money without the intrusion of a financial intermediary. Investors need LendingRobot’s algorithms to compete with Hedge Fund algorithms to get the best returns out of these sites. LendingRobot was co-founded by Emmanuel Marot and…

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Crowdfunding: No Demo Days For Title III Issuers

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney  with Flaster/Greenberg PC. Crowdfunding is a marketing business. But when it comes to marketing an offering of securities by a Title III issuer, things get complicated. That’s why this is three times longer than any blog post should be. Why It Matters Section 5(c) of the Securities Act provides that an issuer may not make an “offer” of securities unless a full-blown registration statement is in effect, of the kind you would prepare for a public offering.         There are lots of exceptions to the general rule and Title III is one of them:…

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Marketing for Crowdfunding

By Ashleigh Everston  CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor, Influencer Marketing for Crowdfunding: An Equation for Success! Crowdfunding is the first step towards successful entrepreneurship. Without having the right financiers in your pocket, you cannot make your dream startup a reality. You may say that the financers are your primary target audience to position your startup venture. To promote a potential business idea, you needa support system of people who can promote your brand to the right audience, and who can do this better than influencers. Influencers are industry experts who give their insights into best practices and trending topicsof a particular area of field. These are the people who…

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Equity Crowdfunding: Is It For You?

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By Rick Pendykoski, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, Equity crowdfunding is a huge trend in the startup market, helping a number of companies launch their goods and services without heavy investment of their own. While it’s widely considered one of the coolest ways to see ideas come to fruition, equity crowdfunding may not be the best option for every investor. What is Equity Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is the practice of raising funds for a venture or project through the collective efforts of a large number of individual investors, largely through online crowdfunding platforms. Equity crowdfunding, also known as invest crowdfunding or crowdinvesting, is an online process where…

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THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: MOST STARTUPS FAIL

BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, This blog is a part of a 3 blog series. Click here to read Part 1: The apples and oranges of Crowdfunding – Reward/ Donation Crowdfunding is not investing. PART 2: THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: MOST STARTUPS FAIL The Risk Vs Reward tradeoff in the PIPR Market Startups can fail for many different reasons and most do!  Within the Final Regulation Crowdfunding Rules, the SEC comments about theSurvival Rates for Startups and Small Businesses Startups and small businesses that lack tangible assets or business experience needed to obtain conventional financing might turn to securities-based crowdfunding in reliance…

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Peter Thiel on Future of Fintech

Blue Sky, Regulators, Crowdfunding and “The Crowd”

Blue Sky, Regulators, Crowdfunding and “The Crowd”

By Paul Niederer Founder Raiseworth, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, What the crowdfunding industry has taught us worldwide is that “the crowd” will “out” a bad actor long before any of the regulators do. Regulators came out of the USA “blue sky” laws written state by state between 1911 and 1931. In these times there was no internet, little communication from town to town, regulators used broad laws to catch bad actors when they needed to, and when they found them. They may have got “tip offs” but as can be seen in this article the regulator often chooses their target.           It was…

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How Reg A+ enables raising up to $50 mil from the general public

How Reg A+ enables raising up to $50 mil from the general public

Given that only a few marketplace lenders accept money from retail investors, Regulation A+ may be a viable option to help these platforms diversify their funding sources away from institutional capital. One of the overarching themes at LendIt 2016 last week was the current liquidity and funding challenges in the capital markets and platforms’ difficulty in raising new venture capital. It was apparent to many industry participants that there is a need to diversify sources of funding. I had the pleasure at LendIt to sit down and discuss Regulation A+, a new capital raising option for startups and emerging growth companies, with Jason Gilbert, a…

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THE APPLES AND ORANGES OF CROWDFUNDING

        BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, On May 16, 2016, Equity (Investment) Crowdfunding will be available in the United States meaning anyone can invest into a private company that is listed on a FINRA member funding portal. Investing is no joke and should be approached cautiously. There are no guarantees; Investors bear the risk of losing their entire investment. If you are a loyal reader of my blogs, you know I keep harping on the importance of investors to thoroughly conduct due diligence and review all disclosures prior to making an investment. Issuers must not only release…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Equity Crowdfunding: What Kinds of Businesses Are Being Funded?Motley FoolThe Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act -- aka, the JOBS Act -- went into effect last year, opening up the equity crowdfunding industry. In this clip from Industry Focus: Tech, Motley Fool tech analyst Dylan Lew [...]

Forbes7 Ways To Generate PR For Your Crowdfunding CampaignForbesAs a contributor to Forbes and the owner of a PR firm, I've seen thousands of pitches from companies using crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. These founders are generally in a state of desperation [...]

Forbes4 Dirty Little Secrets Of Crowdfunding And Why You Should Still Do ItForbesI wasn't prepared for what would happen when I jumped into the murky crowdfunding waters. Before you end up splashed with cold water like I was, here are ...and more » [...]

Equity Crowdfunding and Venture Capital, More Friends than Foes ...Motley FoolIndiegogo's founder shares his thoughts on the trends shaping equity crowdfunding.and more » [...]

EntrepreneurHow to Launch a Successful Crowdfunding ProjectEntrepreneurThis is exactly what Andrew Thomas did. Thomas is the co-founder of Skybell, an interactive video doorbell for your smart home. Thomas went right into the heart of entrepreneurship when he became one of the top 10 [...]

Five garden crowdfunding projects to back this springThe Guardian (blog)Five garden crowdfunding projects to back this spring. From giving women at Yarl's Wood a place to garden, to transforming a Glasgow community's soft drinks habit, these projects are all seeking funds to [...]

Myrtle Beach Sun NewsThree Grand Strand area projects and their leaders who have tried crowdfundingMyrtle Beach Sun NewsKickstarter is just one player on the field of online crowdfunding platforms. Other companies with quirky names like Indiegogo, Fundable, GoFundMe, Patreon and many [...]

What Does the Future Hold for Equity Crowdfunding? -- The Motley ...Motley FoolThe equity crowdfunding market has just started to take off after last year's implementation of the JOBS Act. Here's what two pioneers in the space see in store for ...and more » [...]

RTCrowdfunding for police officer murdered in London attack exceeds early targetRTA crowdfunding initiative to raise money for family of the police officer killed during the London terrorist attack has received a massive amount of donations. TrendsUK Parliament terrorist attack. The a [...]

ChipInTop 6 Crowdfunding Trends for 2017ChipInThat influence was felt in the crowdfunding world as well through the many voice-controlled smart home systems and other devices that made waves. With voice user interfaces positioned as the next big thing in technology in the same vein as [...]

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