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“The Fix Crowdfunding Act”

BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, Crowdfund Beat Sr. contributing editor, The Evolving Crowdfunding Regulations: Now Presenting “The Fix Crowdfunding Act” On April 5, 2012 the JOBS Act was passed. On October 30, 2015 Title III: Equity Crowdfunding final rules were passed which marked all 7 Titles of the JOBS Act were approved. Recently, the ‘‘Fix Crowdfunding  Act’’ was  introduced to Congress to improve Regulation Crowdfunding.  FINRA and SEC has taken an approach of letting the crowdfunding industry cultivate the business model and the regulators will oversee and implement regulations on an as needed basis. The integration of technology within the private capital markets is…

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SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

By Mark Roderick Shareholder, Flaster/Greenberg P.C. CrowdFund Beat ‘s  Sr.Guest Editor. The SEC just provided guidance for Title III issuers in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations. You can read the CD&I’s themselves here. Before Filing Before filing Form C (the disclosure document used in Title III) and being listed on a Funding Portal, a Title III issuer may not take any action that would “condition the public mind or arouse public interest in the issuer or in its securities.” That means: No Demo Days No email blasts or social media posts about the offering No meetings with possible investors After Filing Once a Title III…

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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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New Media List Service for Crowdfunding Campaigns, Agencies and Platforms

Santa Monica, CA — (ReleaseWire) — 03/23/2016 –A new service that provides crowdfunders, agencies and platforms with fresh lists of media contacts in their niche has been launched by Krowdster last week. Krowdster, a Crowdfunding marketing platform, already provides a host of services to help Crowdfunders to achieve success with their projects, and their new Custom Media List Service will be an important new addition to Krowdster’s growing list of invaluable services. The first of its kind, leading Crowdfunding Marketing SaaS provider, Krowdster, has been designed to optimize and promote Crowdfunding campaigns. They analyze constantly updated statistical information to enable them to advise clients as…

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Key Lessons From Two Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

Key Lessons From Two Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

by Paul Niederer CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing Editor No doubt you’ve heard about crowdfunding. What you might not realize is that there are many forms of crowdfunding and each type is used in a myriad of ways. Rewards, Equity, Donation and Lending. However, they all have this in common. They gather supporters that are both near and dear to them so that these supporters broaden the campaign far and wide. The more traction that the near and dear create the more successful the campaign. Let’s look at the two types:           Reward: Basically pre-sales of products that need funding and supporters to be produced.…

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Holy Grail of Regulated Crowdfunding

By Oscar A Jofre Jr. President/CEO, Fintech, Regulated Crowdfunding, Capital Markets,  CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, Travelling around the world gives you great perspective on many things.  From the people, culture, food, and market, to how everyone has their own way of getting things done. I spent the tail end of 2015 in airports and on airplanes travelling around the world to speak at conferences, and it has fundamentally changed my perspective on many things. I had a system when I was travelling.  Each time that I was called on to speak in a new country, I’d begin by studying local securities regulations – how they work,…

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FINLAW:  Time to Apply to Become a FINRA Funding Portal

FINLAW:  Time to Apply to Become a FINRA Funding Portal

By Scott Andersen, CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor, Principal at finLawyer.com The SEC has approved FINRA Funding Portal Rules, and FINRA has issued on January 29, 2016 Regulatory Notice 16-06.  This regulatory notice outlines the process one needs to undertake to become a Title III Funding Portal member.  If you wish to participate in a Title III business, now is the time to file your Funding Portal New Member Application with FINRA. Funding Portals, unlike Title II Funding Platforms, have to be SEC registered FINRA members, and will be directly regulated by FINRA, similar to a broker-dealer.  Form Funding Portal (Form FP) is now available to interested parties…

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2016 Predictions for Equity Crowdfunding

2016 from Oscar Jofre, CEO of KoreConX, the recently launched free all-in-one solution that is disrupting the market by helping companies navigate the equity crowdfunding process and reduce risk. Equity Crowdfunding in 2016: One Year from Today   In 2015, we heard the first rumblings of the deafening thunder equity crowdfunding can become.  We waited, with bated breath, for the launch of Title III, and saw the first case of fraud in equity crowdfunding to close out the year.  It was a big and important year for the sector, and 2016 will be game changing.           Equity Crowdfunding vs. Regulated Crowdfunding…

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4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

By James Suh , Business Development at DarcMatter, CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, Coveted for their ability to perform in adverse market conditions, successful global macro hedge funds opportunistically invest in instruments whose prices fluctuate based on economic and political shifts. Accurately predicting market trends to exploit temporary price deviations, the most profitable of these funds generate considerable publicity due to their outsized returns and the volatile, often contrarian, nature of their bets. Below are some noteworthy examples of major macroeconomic trends and the funds that had the foresight, fortune, or both to preemptively identify and capitalize on these significant events.         1. Carlyle Group and…

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Where Are The Best Real Estate Technology Opportunities?

Where Are The Best Real Estate Technology Opportunities?

By Nav Athwal, Founder & CEO at RealtyShares , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Contributor. In a world that’s bombarded with technological innovations on a daily basis, real estate is one industry that’s primed for a major overhaul. There have been rumblings of disruption over the last few years and for the most part, tech advances have been focused on the residential side of the market. Companies like Zillow and Redfin, for example, have brought home-buying and selling into the digital age by revamping the way listings are viewed. FinTech start-up Lenda has changed the landscape of mortgage refinancing by moving the process completely online. While these changes have certainly had a far-reaching…

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Paul Niederer: Crowdfunding’s Next Frontier

Presidential Politics, Crowdfunding, and Siamese Cash

Presidential Politics, Crowdfunding, and Siamese Cash

By Bill Matson, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributor, MBA, CFA, CPA (Retired), CFP The presidential race has game-changing implications for the future of crowdfunding in general, as well as for the democratization of individuals’ access to financing via crowdfunding. In particular, Senator Marco Rubio’s presence in the race is likely to generate significant media attention for his promotion of income share agreements (ISAs) as a means of alleviating the current student loan crisis. Though ISA legislation sponsored by Rubio was entitled the “Investing in Student Success Act of 2014,” its enactment would result in virtually anyone being able to offer shares in their future personal income (i.e human capital)…

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BBB Tip of the Week: Giving to crowdfunding sitesThe Spokesman-ReviewThere is a good chance if you are on social media or have an email account that you have been sent a link to a crowdfunding site to support an individual or organization. GoFundMe.com, YouCaring.com, Kickstarter.com [...]

messenger-inquirerLaw change could boost state crowdfunding lawsmessenger-inquirerVideoscore owner Darryl Ingram decided to seek Wisconsin investors through a process called state crowdfunding, a relatively new and underused tool available to small businesses. What he didn't real [...]

NanalyzeSelf Crowdfunding and the Failure of PlastcNanalyzeDeath is a sad thing when if befalls the people around us, and there are 5 stages of grief that people go through when they are mourning the loss of a loved one. There is now a 6th stage of grief that seems to have appeared la [...]

Madison.comLaw change could boost little-used state crowdfunding lawsMadison.comDarryl Ingram of Racine founded a consulting business, Videoscore, that helps high school athletes connect with college teams. He hopes relaxed federal rules for state crowdfunding makes it easier for entr [...]

PR Newswire (press release)Vodi's Crowdfunding Round Reaches More Than $60,000 Raised in ...PR Newswire (press release)The next-generation mobile messaging app eclipses its first fundraising milestone with more than 70 investors on the WeFunder platform.and more » [...]

Daily MailCrowdfunding for 'off-road wheelchair' for Luke WoodDaily MailA student left in a wheelchair and unable to communicate after a horrific car crash is trying to crowdfund £15,000 to buy a 'life-changing' wheelchair that will let him leave his rural home whe [...]

Black EnterpriseWomen Are Crowdfunding Their Maternity Leave in DrovesBlack EnterpriseWith only three states (California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) mandating paid family leave, expecting parents are turning to crowdsourcing platforms to fund maternity and paternity leave after the [...]

Mitchell Chapman: Crowdfunding proves to be no panaceaBerkshire Eagle (subscription)PITTSFIELD — Since the establishment of crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Patreon, individuals and teams on the internet have been able to subvert traditional means of publishing an [...]

NewsOK.comVideo: Crowdfunding campaign launched on behalf of Jimmy LaFave, who has rare terminal cancerNewsOK.comRed dirt music pioneer Jimmy LaFave, who came of age in Stillwater and went on to become an Austin, Texas, music icon, has been diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cance [...]

MetroMP crowdfunding election campaign raises thousandsMetroJess Phillips, who represents Birmingham Yardley, asked people 'to 'give as little or as much as you can' to help her retain her seat in June's general election. She claimed that elections in her constitue [...]

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