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REPORT: Equity Crowdfunding – Risks and liabilities as the industry matures


  BY Ronald Kleverlaan Crowdfunding strategy, CrowdfundingHub, advisor European Commission, co-founder European Crowdfunding Network Within the rapidly-expanding alternative finance industry, equity crowdfunding is emerging as a popular method of growth finance. Equity crowdfunding is a mechanism by which a broad group of investors can fund start-up companies and small businesses in return for equity. In collaboration with UK insurance company AIG, the researchers of CrowdfundingHub worked together with leading European experts from SyndicateRoom, Seedrs, AIG, CrowdCube, Invesdor, Twintangibles and Legal Alternative to create a state-of-the-art overview of the Equity Crowdfunding industry. Summary of report Introduction: The rise and rise of equity crowdfunding Overview of the growth…

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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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iDisclose Partners With Republic on Its Title III Crowdfunding


Crowdfund Beat News, iDisclose Provides Republic Users With a Low Cost Legal Solution to Comply With Title III Crowdfunding Regulations NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – July 18, 2016) – iDisclose announced today that it is proud to be a part of Republic’s Title III crowdfunding launch. The AngelList spinoff and funding portal officially launched today with iDisclose as its exclusive Form C service provider. Each Republic issuer is provided with access to the iDisclose application to prepare their Form C at a fraction of the time and cost of using a traditional lawyer or law firm. Using a series of adaptive questions, similar to TurboTax TM,…

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A Reflection of Online Money Lending


By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFund Beat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli Some many months back, in fact prior to their listings, I wrote a piece questioning the lofty valuations of the marketplace lending platforms (LC and ONDK) as they entered the public markets.  The basic thesis was recognizing the fundamental business these platforms engaged, i.e., money lending, and how others in the same space, albeit not as “technology positioned”, delivered the same product and/or service, and I thus intimated that the newbies should be valued with similar metrics to the incumbent financial institutions. In observing the platforms’ performances over the last year, as well as evolving market conditions,…

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REPORT: Is Marketplace lending A temporary phenomenon?


Crowdfund Beat Data Center: Deloitte Report MPLs are online platforms that enable investors to lend to retail and commercial borrowers. Unlike banks, MPLs do not take deposits or lend themselves; as such they do not take any risk onto their balance sheets. They make money from fees and commissions received from borrowers and lenders. The rise of Marketplace lending has urged many commentators to highlight the potential disruption that such new business models may bring to traditional banking. Our research presents a different opinion and instead concludes that MPLs do not currently have the competitive advantage needed to threaten this traditional banking model. However, while…

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Trouble In Paradise: Lending Club And Prosper


By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. Lending Club and Prosper are going through a rough patch. Renaud Laplanche, the CEO and founder of Lending Club, just resigned amid allegations of financial irregularities, while Prosper recently laid off more than a quarter of its employees. But those are only the ripples on the pond’s surface. What’s going on underneath is that Wall Street is losing faith in the business model – that is, losing faith in the quality of the loans made on the Lending Club and Prosper platforms. Not long ago, Wall Street financial institutions couldn’t get enough of Lending Club and…

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Reg A+ Offering : 8 Tips to Funding Success

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By Rod Turner  founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, Crowdfundbeat Guest Editor, The doors to Reg A+ are now open, with approximately 100 filings, 29 qualified by the SEC, to seek an average $23 million goal. The aggregate capital being sought is now $1.5 billion. The first company to complete a Reg A+ offering, Elio Motors, raised $16.9 millionfrom 6,600 investors at a pre-money valuation of $300 million, and is now listed on the OTCQX.               If you’re considering raising funds with Reg A+, check out the following tips:  1. Don’t Underestimate The Importance of Consumer Appeal. In…

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Regulation A+ 61 companies Filed

Regulation A+  61 companies Filed

By Rod Turner founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor, Regulation A+ 61 companies Filed with the SEC, 12 Qualified by the SEC, average 23 million goal. In June 2015 Title IV of the JOBS Act opened the door for main street (non accredited) investors worldwide to invest in private companies having headquarters in the USA or Canada. Regulation A+ funding offers cost effective capital rasing for mid stage companies and mature startups, and provides investors convenient access to company offerings at their issue price. Latest numbers below: 61 companies have applied to the SEC to be Qualified for a Reg…

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5 Tips When Meeting With An Investment Bank


          Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, If you are meeting with an Investment Bank then your company has the need to raise capital from outside investors to fuel its growth. An Investment Bank is the intermediary between your company and investors through a capital raise process.  Having an Investment Bank handle your capital raise allows for an independent party to structure a viable transaction that is fair and balanced for the you, the Issuer, and Investors.           Investment Bankers are knowledgeable and experienced in outlining the necessary supporting due diligence, analyzing the…

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$250m credit facility announced by Patch of Land

$250m credit facility announced by Patch of Land

By George Popescu, CrowdFundBeat Guest post, Patch of Land (, a marketplace lender for real-estate, announced today the signing of a $250m lending facility from an undisclosed credit fund. Patch of Land was founded in October 2013 and offers real-estate secured short-term loans in a true peer-to-peer model. The company has funded about 200 projects to date. Since founding the company has collected more than $20M in principal and interest payments without any defaults. The average blended rate of return to investors is about 12%. Selection bias ? This large capital facility of sophisticated money validate’s Patch Of Land’s model. It will also allow for…

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9 Ways the New SEC Crowdfunding Rules Will Affect Your Business

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By Scott Gerber,@scottgerber, The new SEC crowdfunding rules could be a game-changer for your business, but there’s a lot work to be done on your end before you can reap the benefits. Nine entrepreneurs from YEC did their research on the new SEC crowdfunding rules. From accessing more captial to utilizing new forms of marketing, here’s how they plan to leverage the rules for their business once they take effect in May. Read through this list if you’re having trouble making sense of the new regulations. Related Article: Does Crowdfunding for Startups Actually Work? 1. Increased Brand Loyalty The new crowdfunding rules will tap directly into…

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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 » [...]

San Antonio CurrentSan Antonio Cat Cafe Launched 20K Crowdfunding CampaignSan Antonio CurrentAs Austin's Blue Cat Cafe turned one (and dealt with some gnarly vandalization), San Antonio's Cat Cafe launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to help open its doors. Casey Steuar [...]

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 [...]

How Crowdfunding Has Changed the Startup GameSingularity HubCrowdfunding has become a multi-billion-dollar industry, funneling millions of dollars into thousands of projects. Technology in particular is one of the leading categories on popular fundraising platforms like Kickstarter an [...]

The RecorderFTC Hears From Company Leaders as Crowdfunding GrowsThe RecorderSACRAMENTO — The future of crowdfunding is one of specialization, with an ever-increasing number of firms finding niches in equity, nonprofit and even creative projects silos, industry leaders told a Federal T [...]

Crowdfunding in commercial real estateJournal Record (subscription)jdavidchapman In 1997, a British rock band funded a reunion tour through online donations from its fans. This may have been the first example of a concept now known as crowdfunding. The crowdfunding industry has quickl [...]

Crowdfund InsiderWhen It Comes to Retail Crowdfunding, SAFEty FirstCrowdfund InsiderOn September 22nd, Crowdfund Insider published a post summarizing the arguments presented in our new essay entitled “Crowdfunding and the Not-So-Safe SAFE“ (forthcoming in Virginia Law Review Online). [...]

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