How Warm is the Water?

How Warm is the Water?

By Jason Paltrowitz Executive Vice President at OTC Markets Group, CrowdfundBeat Guest Post, At its core, raising capital is about building relationships. Companies seek investors who clearly understand their stories, want to help them achieve their objectives and believe in their investment potential. Thus, companies may want to view Testing the Waters (“TTW”) in a broader context than just “how much can I raise?” TTW can be a part of a company’s overall investor relations strategy. It’s the courtship before marriage. The ability to test the waters prior to and during an offering is a valuable feature of Reg. A+. Raising capital is often a daunting and costly endeavor, requiring preparation of robust financial statements…

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Real Estate Crowdfunding for Retirement

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Crowdfund Beat Media, Real estate is an important part of any well-diversified portfolio. Not only is it a good way to protect yourself against volatility in the stock market, it can also provide retirement income. One of the best things about investing in real estate is that you have so many different ways to do it. House-flipping is one option if you want to pocket big profits all at once. Becoming a landlord is another way to go if you’d rather be on the receiving end of monthly rental payments.   Real estate crowdfunding, is an alternative that’s gaining popularity. It’s estimated that the real…

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An Upcoming Opportunity for Private Companies to Explore Regulation A+ Financing Options

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By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate Though I regularly speak at national alternative finance events it has not been my custom or practice to independently publicize these events.  So today being Columbus Day, an historic event marking the voyage of Christopher Columbus toward new horizons, I thought this would be as good a day as any to break with tradition and call attention to my next speaking event – open to the public. On November 10, 2016, I will be joined by more than a dozen of some of the most prominent professionals in the new Regulation A+ financing space, representing…

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Busted!  SEC Targets Reg A+ Marijuana Company, Med-X, in Administrative Proceeding.


By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate The Regulation A+ industry was buzzing this week – not with excitement, but with a healthy dose of trepidation.  One of the first, high (no pun intended) profile Regulation A+ offerings, launched in November 2015, after a seemingly successful “Testing the Waters” campaign, was for a company called Med-X, a startup formed to participate in the newly burgeoning marijuana industry – the so called “Green Rush.” But this month’s headline for Med-X was a bit more sanguine, enough to counteract even the most potent dosage of THC:  “REGULATION A EXEMPTION OF MED-X, INC. TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.” …

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Worried About Fraud with your Self Directed IRA? SEC says, Ask a Financial Advisor

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By Kirk Chisholm Wealth Manager and Principal at Innovative Advisory Group (IAG), CrowdFund Beat Guest post, If you are worried about the risks of fraud when using a self-directed IRA, then do as the SEC recommends in their Fraud Alert, “Ask a professional”. In their September 2011 Investor Alert, Self-Directed IRAs and the risk of fraud , the SEC outlined typical fraud risks when using a self-directed IRA. The top three self directed IRA fraud risks that they focus on are: Misrepresentations regarding custodial responsibilities Exploitation of tax-deferred account characteristics Lack of information for alternative investments While these may be common fraud risks that the SEC sees…

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Regulation A Timeline


By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. “How long will it take?” That’s one of the two questions I’m asked most often about Regulation A. The answer is that if everything goes smoothly, it should take about 20 – 24 weeks from the day an issuer decides to raise money using Regulation A until it begins selling securities. Every company is different, of course, and lots of things can delay the process, but 20 – 24 weeks is a good rule of thumb. With this Regulation A Timeline, I hope to provide issuers and their advisors with a framework for conducting…

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Understanding the 1031 Exchange and How it Affects Investors

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By David Wieland, CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, The following is a guest post written by Realized Holdings, a valued WealthForge partner who helps investors reinvest their 1031 equity. With commercial real estate values at an all-time high, there’s been a lot of buzz about 1031 exchanges. Why all the excitement? For starters, investors can save 30% to 40% in taxes on the sale of their investment property by completing a 1031 exchange. While tax code may be boring, saving money is not. A 1031 exchange allows investors to defer payment of capital gains taxes when they sell properties by reinvesting or “exchanging” their equity into “like-kind” replacements.…

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SEC: Investment Adviser Boasted

SEC: Investment Adviser Boasted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016-161 SEC: Investment Adviser Boasted Phony Assets and Track Record, Stole From Client Washington D.C., Aug. 11, 2016 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a San Francisco man and his investment advisory firm accused of pretending to manage millions of dollars in assets and then stealing money from the first client who invested with them based on their misrepresentations. The SEC alleges that Nicholas M. Mitsakos and Matrix Capital Markets, which is a state-registered investment adviser in California, solicited investors in a purported hedge fund while falsely marketing themselves as experienced money managers with a highly successful…

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Intermediaries, Trust and Equity Crowdfunding

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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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Improving Legal Documents in Crowdfunding: Get Rid of the State Legends!


By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. I see lots of offering documents like this, with pages of state “legends.” The good news is that in Crowdfunding offerings – Title II (Rule 506(c)), Title III (Regulation Crowdfunding), and Title IV (Regulation A) – you can and should get rid of them.               The legal case is pretty simple: Before 1996, states were allowed to regulate private offerings. Every state allowed exemptions, but these exemptions often required legends, differing from state to state. The National Securities Market Improvement Act of 1996 added section 18 to the Securities…

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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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Death to the Accredited Investor Rules


By Jorge Newbery,  CrowdFundBeat contributing Guest Editor,  Founder and Chief Executive Officer of American Homeowner Preservation LLC The American Dream is dying. Social mobility in America has all but perished for the majority of Americans. With an extraordinary concentration of wealth amongst the richest, working-class Americans are often shut out of opportunities that could allow them to rise. Investments enable citizens to bolster their incomes and plan their financial futures. But, while rules and regulations prohibit most Americans from participating in higher yielding ventures, our society’s wealth gap will continue to widen. The inequality of investment possibilities can be largely attributed to the Security and Exchange…

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MarketWatchWhy a crowdfunding site is giving out $10000 scholarshipsMarketWatchCrowdfunding site GoFundMe announced Thursday that it will award $10,000 to 10 students with pages on their site that fundraise for education. The award is part of a contest the site held throughout Septemb [...]

BloombergCouples Desperate For Children Turn to Crowdfunding FertilityBloombergCrowdfunding has become a popular mechanism for many couples who can't afford the high costs of IVF, or adoption and surrogacy. “It's not an easy thing to share publicly,” says Crystal Barrett, 33 [...]

Crowdfund InsiderBrief: GoFundMe Presents $100000 in College Scholarships to 10 StudentsCrowdfund InsiderTo qualify for the scholarships, each student had to create a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe, shared stories about the obstacles they had overcome in pursuing their education, h [...]

Huffington PostReal Estate Crowdfunding's Pathway of ChangeHuffington Post“Crowdfunding is just the Internet,” stated Attorney Mark Roderick as he opened last month's RealCap Chicago. RealCap is an annual conference that joins crowdfunding leaders and innovators to propel th [...]

Smart From The Start: 3 Ways To Properly Establish Your Business When CrowdfundingCBS LocalConsequently, burgeoning entrepreneurs have turned to crowdfunding platforms to get the seed money they need to get business ideas off the ground. However, seeing as 98 percent of crowdfunding p [...]

Crowdfund InsiderTitle III Crowdfunding Might Not Be What Many ExpectedCrowdfund InsiderI have been immersed in the equity crowdfunding industry since late 2015 and have tried to collect as many different perspectives on the industry from as many experts as possible. And while it is h [...]

The RegisterHardware ain't hard, money is: Crowdfunding, bootstraps and startupsThe RegisterHmm, I think we call this bootstrapping in IT, or in our case crowdfunding. Raise enough money to get the first shippable product and ship it. (I did once work on a "big" defence [...]

Crowdfund InsiderSEC Schedules Open Meeting on Rules 147 & 504 Impacting Intrastate CrowdfundingCrowdfund InsiderMary Jo White October 30 2015 The SEC has scheduled a meeting to consider proposed amendments related to Rules 147 and 504 – securities regulations that impact intrasta [...]

ExtremeTechNew crowdfunding project promises an ATX motherboard for IBM's Power8ExtremeTechWe don't cover many crowdfunding projects at ExtremeTech, because most of the pitches we get are frankly terrible. While we can't make any promises about any crowdfunding project [...]

CoinTelegraphCrowdfunding vs. ICO: Experts Question Legitimacy and Guarantees of Initial Coin OfferingsCoinTelegraphOne major difference exists between traditional crowdfunding methods and ICO, and that is market value. When a product is introduced on crowdfunding platforms like Indie [...]

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