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2017 Real Estate Crowdfunding: Surveying the Landscape

        “Copyright” By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFund Beat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP The impact of crowdfunding on real estate finance and deal-making has been one of the hottest topics of the past year.[1]  With the advent of crowdfunding, real estate developers and investors have multiple pathways to finance their projects and even to plot their exits.  But in many ways the impact of crowdfunding has not yet arrived.  Crowdfunding for real estate is still in the early stages and may take several detours along the way to its final destination. What is Crowdfunding? The idea of “crowdfunding” has been…

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The Battle to Launch a Next-Generation Retirement Product & Control $14 Trillion in Investment Direction

By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, FinTechREVOLUTION.tv  , Dara Albright Media, In the Fall of 2016, I penned an article entitled, “Modernizing the Self-direct IRA – The Trillion Dollar FinTech Opportunity” – the first in a new series of articles that focuses on next-generation retirement planning. The piece underscored how FinTech will mend America’s flawed retirement system and foster the growth of “digital” investing. This initial report drew attention to the growing necessity for a low-cost, high speed, autonomous retirement solution that would meet the demands of today’s alternative micro-investor. Most significantly, the piece summarized the two distinct individual retirement account prototypes – the Brokerage IRA and the…

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Crowdfunding- The Good, The Bad & The (really) Ugly

By Shane Liddell is the CEO and chief Crowdfundologist at Smart Crowdfunding LLC,. Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Part 3 –The (really) Ugly Introduction In Part 1 I covered all of the good things that we have seen as crowdfunding continuously gathers momentum across the world. The future looks bright indeed! In Part 2 I wrote of changes within the industry, especially within rewards based crowdfunding – the competition which makes it so much harder for the small guys and the Indiegogo platform now giving preferential treatment to corporates, allowing them “…to pay for special placement on Indiegogo’s site, making them more discoverable than other campaigns”.…

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Crowdfunding expands innovation

Crowdfunding expands innovation

By Brett Israel, Media relations |berkeley.Edu Cowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, have opened a funding spigot to startups in regions that have suffered from a venture capital drought, a new UC Berkeley study shows. County-level distributions of Kickstarter campaigns and venture capital investments, and the ratio of the amount of Kickstarter to venture capital funding, 2009–2015. Increasing blue to red indicates a higher ratio of Kickstarter to venture capital funding. (Graphic by J. YOU/Science) Historically, funding for innovation has come from venture capitalists, which tend to fund entrepreneurs that often mirror the investors in terms of their educational, social and professional characteristics. Venture capital funding…

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If I Raise Money Using Crowdfunding, Will I Be Able To Raise More Money Later?

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. I have rarely attended a Crowdfunding conference where this question wasn’t asked. Maybe those of us in the industry haven’t done a good enough job answering it. Before getting into details, I’ll note that it is no longer a hypothetical question, as it was when the JOBS Act was signed into law in 2012. Today, many companies have indeed graduated from Crowdfunding to venture rounds, to angel rounds, to Regulation A offerings, and even to IPOs. But judging from the look on the faces of the audience, that answer never seems completely satisfying. Isn’t…

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Crowdfunding: Can It Work for Brick & Mortar?

By Cheryl Clements, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, Founder + CEO of PieShell – Crowdfunding for food + beverage, Having a store front or restaurant is expensive, especially when you’re just getting started. Between build-out and equipment costs, starting inventory, licenses, fees, and working capital, starting a brick and mortar business can easily add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s because of this that many people say that rewards-based crowdfunding isn’t a good option for brick and mortar businesses, but we beg to differ. Crowdfunding is a great option for restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and more (if it’s done in the right way and on…

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SEC Makes Intrastate Crowdfunding A Little Easier

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. The SEC just adopted rules that should make intrastate Crowdfunding easier, at least if State legislatures do their part. To understand how the new rules help and how they don’t, start with section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933, which has been, until now, the basis for all intrastate Crowdfunding laws. While section 5 of the Securities Act generally provides that all sales of securities must be registered with the SEC, section 3(a)(11) provides for an exemption for: Any security which is a part of an issue offered and sold only to persons…

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SEC Adopts Final Expanded Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules

By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate Today the SEC unanimously adopted amendments to Rule 147 and Rule 504, and adopted a new Rule 147A, intended to modernize and facilitate local offerings by companies in their home state.  The final rules are much improved from the proposed rules issued in October 2015, in response to virtually unanimous views of rule commentors. The only fly in the ointment is that most states will need to update their legislation in order to be able to take advantage on the new, relaxed rules allowing broad internet solicitation. However, sales are still limited to investors in…

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Reg A Success Stories

Reg A Success Stories

At Dealflow’s Crowdfunding Conference in NYC last week one of the speakers (a good friend of mine) said that only 2 Reg A+ offerings thus far have closed (been successful), one in real estate (Fundrise) and one in automotive (Elio Motors, a FundAmerica/StartEngine/Hambrecht/Jumpstart customer). That’s incorrect. FundAmerica has, thus far, been a technology and compliance service provider to 11 Reg A+ offerings. Of those, 3 have “failed”, meaning they did not reach their minimums and investors were refunded from escrow. Of the other 8, 6 have met their minimums (and started receiving disbursements from escrow even as they continue to raise capital) and 2 are…

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Alternative Finance in Europe grew to €5.4 billion

By Ronald Kleverlaan,  Crowdfunding Beat Guest post, Crowdfunding strategy, CrowdfundingHub, advisor European Commission, co-founder European Crowdfunding Network The European online alternative finance market grew 92% to €5.4 billion in 2015, according to the second annual survey by theCambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, in partnership withCrowdfundingHub, KPMG and supported by CME Group Foundation.   Total amount of funding between 2013-2015 Sustaining Momentum The report released today, entitled “Sustaining Momentum”, had the support of 17 major European industry associations and research partners, and was based on data from 367 crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other alternative finance intermediaries from 32 European countries – capturing an estimated 90 per…

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Intermediaries, Trust and Equity Crowdfunding

By Paul Niederer CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing Editor Intermediary-controlled trust has been the main game in selling shares and equity since the 1930’s. That is why regulators have latched onto intermediaries, and their existing regimes to regulate the emergence of crowdfunding. However intermediary-less trust is on its way. A truism that is getting stronger and stronger is that “the crowd will catch a bad actor long before the regulator will”. The persistent focus on intermediaries by regulators means that they have not empowered the assistance the crowd can give in keeping equity crowdfunding participants honest. If blockchains become the new way to evidence trusted equity crowdfunding transactions we…

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Understanding Reg CF: Discussing financial results

Understanding Reg CF: Discussing financial results

By Sara Hanks , CrowdFundBeat  Sr.contributing Guest Editor  CEO/Founder, CrowdCheck, Inc. As we have previously discussed, the Regulation CF disclosure requirement for thefinancial condition of the issuer has the potential to get inexperienced companies in trouble. It is in this section of the disclosure that optimistic entrepreneurs may provide misleading information by not providing the full details of performance measurements, or by not including information on the assumptions underlying any financial projections. Such statements may be misleading in their own right, or may omit information necessary to make the provided information not misleading – also known as securities fraud(link is external) (see paragraph (c)). As we have…

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PR Newswire (press release)Vodi's Crowdfunding Round Reaches More Than $60000 Raised in One WeekPR Newswire (press release)DULUTH, Ga., April 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Vodi, the powerful new mobile messaging platform, opened its initial round of crowdfunding via the WeFunder platf [...]

Android Authority (blog)Crowdfunding project of the week: Spark turns your phone into a DSLR camera remoteAndroid Authority (blog)The 'Crowdfunding project of the week' has become a tradition here at Android Authority. This article series is where we highlight some of the ho [...]

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 [...]

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