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Crowdfunding Curriculum

INTRODUCTION Four years after Congress passed the JOBS Act, requiring the relaxing of certain rules on raising funds, equity crowdfunding for non-accredited investors finally arrived May 16. According to The National Law Review, here are some of the most important facts to know:1 Non-public US companies may raise funds on the Internet from accredited and non-accredited investors alike. Crowdfunding must be conducted through SEC approved fundraising portals that are managed by registered broker-dealers (i.e., not a company’s own website). The amount raised cannot exceed $1,000,000 in a 12 month period. Individual investors with annual income under $100,000 are limited to investing the greater of $2,000…

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Communications and publicity by issuers prior to and during a “Regulation CF” offering

By Sara Hanks , CrowdFundBeat  Sr.contributing Guest Editor  CEO/Founder, CrowdCheck, Inc. The idea behind crowdfunding is that the crowd — family, friends and fans of a small or startup company, even if they are not rich or experienced investors — can now invest in that company’s securities. For a traditionally risk-averse area of law, that’s a pretty revolutionary concept! In order to make this leap, Congress wanted to ensure that all potential investors had access to the same information. The solution that Congress came up in the JOBS Act with was that there had to be one centralized place that an investor could access that information —…

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Albright; Letter to Congressman McHenry in Support of “Fix Crowdfunding Act”

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"H.R. 4855 democratizes the investing landscape by giving even the tiniest of investors the ability to access alternative growth products and build diversified retirement portfolios. While researching a white paper highlighting the monumental impact of tax-deferred micro alternative investing, we uncovered a staggering correlation between America’s retirement system and its national wealth gap. It appears that America’s wealth disparity began to spike just as the IRA and 401k started replacing defined benefit plans. This was also the same timeframe that American investors were separated by financial stature and divided into two distinct classes: accredited and non-accredited. As depicted in the chart below, unless and until…

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JOBS Act Title III Crowdfunding – A Trap for the Unwary?

By Samuel Guzik, Corporate Securities Lawyer. Crowdfund Beat Gust Post. June 2, 2016- A few weeks ago I wrote an article discussing one of the potential pitfalls – and weaknesses – in the SEC’s new Regulation CF, which became effective May 16, 2016, which allows private companies to raise up to $1 million on an SEC registered internet portal.  Though equity crowdfunding was inspired by rewards based platforms, such as Kickstarter, the structure that emerged for equity crowdfunding, Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012, was quite different. In particular, due to intricate SEC rules and doctrines followed for decades, most often in registered…

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CrowdfundBeat to Host Crowdfunding USA Conference at Washington D.C.’s National Press Club

May 3, 2016 @ 8:22 am By Samantha Hurst – CF Insider On Monday, CrowdfundBeat will be hosting the annual Crowdfunding USA Conference at Washington D.C.’s National Press Club on May 5th-6th. The event will bring together thought-leaders, practitioners, and pundits, discussing some of the new chapters in the Crowdfunding playbook, such as Regulation A+ and the implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act, namely crowdfund investing for non-accredited investors. The conference will also host an impressive group of speakers and panelists, to assess, debate, and prognosticate the elements of the market and its practices. The roster of speakers are: David Rose: Founder of…

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Statement at Open Meeting on Regulation Crowdfunding and on Securities Act Rules 147 and 504

Chair Mary Jo White Oct. 30, 2015 Good morning.  This is an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on October 30, 2015, under the Government in the Sunshine Act. Today, the Commission will consider two staff recommendations for rules intended to increase companies’ access to capital within a strong framework of investor protections.  The first is a recommendation to adopt congressionally mandated rules under the JOBS Act that would permit startups and small businesses to raise capital by offering and selling securities through crowdfunding, the last of our significant rulemakings under the JOBS Act. The second is a recommendation to propose changes…

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[document] SEC DERA reports on the US private placement market

CrowdFundBeat Data Center. See more report at http://crowdfundbeat.com/2014/08/01/crowdfunding-beat-is-1-source-for-data-analytics-research-reports/ The DERA report released concurrently today reports on the US private placement market.  Canada, Cayman Islands and Israel (in that order) account for the majority of the 20% of $1.3 trillion raised under Regulation D by foreign issuers in 2014.  There are also lots of other gems in the report well worth the time to read. SEC DERA Report on US Private Placement Market 2009 to 2014 Oct 2015 (1)

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SEC Open Meeting Oct. 30, 2015

Regulation Crowdfunding SEC Open Meeting Oct. 30, 2015 Action The Securities and Exchange Commission will consider whether to adopt final rules that would allow the offer and sale of securities through crowdfunding. The recommended rules would give small businesses an additional avenue to raise capital and provide investors with important protections. If adopted, this would complete the Commission’s major rulemaking mandated under the JOBS Act. Highlights of the Recommended Final Rules The recommended rules would, among other things, enable individuals to purchase securities in crowdfunding offerings subject to certain limits, require companies to disclose certain information about their business and securities offering, and create a…

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Stanford experts: Key strategies can boost donations at crowdfunding sites

Stanford experts: Key strategies can boost donations at crowdfunding sites

BY TOM ABATE – Stanford computer scientists have shown how crowdfunding websites can use data science to boost cash value of donations. Their research confirms, among other findings, the importance of a timely thank you. It’s common courtesy to say thanks when receiving a gift, and common sense to think that givers might be generous again if they felt good about their prior gift. Now Stanford computer scientists have shown how crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and DonorsChoose.org can use data science to apply these folk wisdoms systematically, and on a large scale, to greatly boost the cash value of donations. In a paper for the…

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HEADLINE NEWS

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 » [...]

Mountain XpressFaces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives | Mountain XpressMountain XpressEach week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a ...and more » [...]

Forbes7 Ways To Generate PR For Your Crowdfunding CampaignForbesAs a contributor to Forbes, I've seen thousands of pitches from companies using crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The senders are generally in a state of desperation, frantically trying to get me [...]

Equity Crowdfunding: What Kinds of Businesses Are Being Funded ...Motley FoolEquity crowdfunding has taken off since the passing of the JOBS Act, with businesses and investors of all types taking advantage of the new opportunity.and more » [...]

The Star OnlineCrowdfunding: Crowded with failuresThe Star OnlineHigh profile: Pebble was one of the major successes on Kickstarter with each model of the smartwatch launched on the crowdfunding platform exceeding its funding goals. Unfortunately, that couldn't save the company a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fraud concerns prompt JustGiving to verify victim crowd-fundingBBC NewsFor the first time, the company has taken direct control of a crowd-funding page, which any individual can set up. Concerns were raised over a fund for the family of Aysha Frade, after a person who set up the page [...]

Eater SeattleBlack and Tan Hall Making Final Push to Open With Crowdfunding ...Eater SeattleBlack and Tan Hall, an upcoming music venue/restaurant project in Hillman City that aims to unite the diverse neighborhood, is nearly open. The owners are ...and more » [...]

The SunArsenal fan plots sensational crowdfunding campaign to BUY the ...The SunGooner looking to raise funds of £904m in order for the club's supporters to take over the running.and more » [...]

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