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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”


"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 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 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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ForbesHow Crowdfunding Can Supercharge Your Campaign In 2016ForbesThey say that there are about 7.45 billion people living in this world right now. Imagine that if you could get each of these seven-and-a-half billion people to contribute one cent to your project, well, you know what I [...]

ForbesHow Crowdfunding Can Supercharge Your Campaign In 2016ForbesCrowdfunding has helped a lot of businesses recently. Want to join the queue? Here's how to raise funds for your projects.and more » [...]

The Jewish Press » » Funny Jewish Women's Crowdfunding Video ...The Jewish PressThe Women's Performance Community of Jerusalem and OU Israel are creating harmony among the women of Greater Jerusalem through the creation of a ...and more » [...]

BdailyAndy Murray has invested in UK startups WeSwap and Perkbox through the Seedrs crowdfunding platformBusiness InsiderTennis star Andy Murray has backed two more early stage UK tech companies on crowdfunding platform Seedrs, bringing his startup portfolio up to 17 companies. The wo [...]

Corporate Counsel (registration)FTC Hears From Company Leaders as Crowdfunding Grows ...Corporate Counsel (registration)"You're going to see people developing an expertise and really move on from this initial stage of everyone kind of exploring crowdfunding in a more general [...]

Singularity HubHow Crowdfunding Has Changed the Startup Game - Singularity HUBSingularity HubThe development of innovative technology — from virtual reality headsets to space exploration to solar-powered roadways — is no longer the province of ...and more » [...]

KNWACrowdfunding Sends NWA Family to Wrigley - Story | NWAHomepageKNWAThis World Series matchup features the two franchises with the longest world series title drought, a combined 176 years without a championship.and more » [...]

BillboardCrowdfunding for His Life: How GoFundMe Helped Save a Punk Legend's LifeBillboardSo on the advice of a close friend, Julian -- like an increasing number of aging musicians without a lucrative record contract -- turned to crowdfunding, launching a campaign on the No. 1 pl [...]

Minneapolis Star TribuneSEC releases new, relaxed rules on investment crowdfundingMinneapolis Star TribuneNew rules announced this week will make it easier for small companies to raise capital from small-time investors, another step forward for Minnesota's fledgling investment cr [...]

The GuardianCrowdfunding: the new buzzword for academics needing research moneyThe GuardianArchaeologist Dr David Petts, from Durham University, has also used crowdfunding, raising almost £25,000 to fund a project on Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast. The dig, in June, led to [...]

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