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Crowdfunding- The Good, The Bad & The (really) Ugly Part II –The Bad

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By Shane Liddell is the CEO and chief Crowdfundologist at Smart Crowdfunding LLC,. Crowdfund Beat Guest post, 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! However, as with any new industry forging ahead and desperate for acceptance, the surrounding hype that comes with it often blurs reality, with any form of negativity simply  ‘brushed under the carpet’ so to speak. Naturally, those fully vested in the industry (including yours truly) have a lot on the line, as everyone charges ahead in full promotion mode. The…

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First Crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA

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By Alexandra Perry  Crowdfund Beat Guest post, On November 2, 2016, FINRA terminated the FINRA registration for UFP, LLC (“UFP”), making UFP the first crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA.   UFP ran an online funding portal, uFundingPortal.com, where it acted as an intermediary in debt and equity crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules.  FINRA’s investigation into UFP alleged that from May through September 2016, UFP violated various SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules and FINRA Funding Portal Rules. As a result of FINRA’s investigation, UFP pulled its website and submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (the “AWC”) in order to…

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

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  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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Fintech Fundings: 26 Companies Raise $270 Million

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The fintech sector attracted $266 million in new capital the second week of August. Half went to Finovate/FinDEVr alums including: $56 million to customer service specialist Interactions $52.5 million to alt-auto-title lender Finova Financial $17 million to Upguard for its cybersecurity technology $5.8 million went to Finovate alum Pindrop to further its phone-based fraud solutions $5 million to CUneXus to expand its consumer lending platform The number of deals totaled 26, slightly below the YTD average of 28 deals per week. The YTD total now stands at 895, about 400 more than last year’s 484. Total dollars raised YTD is $19.9 billion, nearly double the…

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Attorney Sanctioned by SEC for Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity

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By  Bret Daniel , Wealthforge.com, CrowdfundBeat Guest Post, The SEC crackdown on unregistered entities continues to grab headlines. Recently, we wrote about the importance of complying with the broker-dealer registration requirement under Section 15(a) by highlighting the latest violations by portfolio managers, online platforms, and individuals. We suggested that anyone that helps to facilitate a securities offering, even in the broadest sense, should consult a lawyer about the necessity of registering as a broker. The most recent SEC enforcement action, however, demonstrates that even lawyers can get tangled up in the wide net cast over unregistered broker-dealers. EB-5: Visa or Security? Mark Ivener was a…

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Death to the Accredited Investor Rules

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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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Commonwealth Capital Adds New Crowdfunding Chapter to Its Premier E-Book,

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CHICAGO, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Commonwealth Capital LLC, a pioneering provider of Corporate Finance Advisory and Regulation Crowdfunding services, announced today that it has updated its popular e-book with a new Chapter Two dedicated entirely to crowdfunding. The definition of the term “crowdfunding” has evolved in recent years. The term was originally used for donation-based crowdfunding only, but is now used to define capital-based crowdfunding — also known as Regulation Crowdfunding — under Title II (2) and then under Title III (3) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. The JOBS Act has significantly leveled the investment playing field, encouraging a growing…

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Managing The Risks Of Crowdfunding

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By Evan Bundschuh, RPLU  & CrowdFund Beat Guest Editor, For new ventures looking to raise capital or test their market/product, crowdfunding has proven to be the go-to solution with an ease and excitement that other methods of funding lack. With that excitement though comes challenges. As a fairly young platform with a legal landscape that has yet to develop, the risks of crowdfunding are often overlooked. While the risks may seem invisible, mistakes are inevitable, as are the lawsuits and damages that follow. The challenge is forecasting when and where the potential dangers/disasters will arise (before they do) in order to protect your business, its directors, and…

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iDisclose Partners With Republic on Its Title III Crowdfunding

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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

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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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FinLaw:  Who will buy your company’s stock?

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By Scott Andersen, CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor, Principal at finLawyer.com There is a maxim used by securities professionals that “stocks are sold, not bought.”  This maxim summarizes the view that for a securities offering to be successful, it needs a broker-dealer to solicit and recommend the offering to prospective investors. Now with the JOBS Act and companies selling securities directly to investors through general solicitation (advertising), the question is raised:  who will buy your company’s stock?  Moving away from a broker-dealer to reliance on advertising alone requires careful planning for an offering to be successful.  This is difficult for a company that has not raised capital before. …

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Communications and publicity by issuers prior to and during a “Regulation CF” offering

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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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HEADLINE NEWS

ForbesTitle III Crowdfunding For Real, Part IIForbesTitle III of the JOBS Act went into effect last year, and many entrepreneurs and small businesses are curious about if it works and how. I had the pleasure of interviewing several companies that have gone through “equity crowdfunding [...]

EntrepreneurThis Crowdfunding Category Will Blow Up in 2017, Says the CEO of ...EntrepreneurDavid Mandelbrot believes these kinds of products will be big on the crowdfunding platform this year. He also shares his tips for successful fundraising.and more » [...]

ABC OnlineCrowdfunding raises $50000 for new Australia Day campaign with girls in hijabsThe GuardianA picture of two girls wearing hijabs was taken at a 2016 Australia Day event in Docklands. The photograph was used in a 2017 Australia Day billboard which included rolling images of pe [...]

EntrepreneurCan Equity Crowdfunding Be Fixed?EntrepreneurWith the adoption last year of the Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) exemptions by the Securities and Exchange Commissionprivate companies can now raise capital from all 230 million American adults. Until now, businesses have bee [...]

Business InsiderLondon startup Pact Coffee moved out of its office after failing to raise a £1 million crowdfunding roundBusiness InsiderPact Coffee's move comes after the startup failed to hit a £1 million crowdfunding target last March. The Crowdcube campaign was terminated ear [...]

Phys.OrgCrowdfunding expands innovation financing to underserved regionsPhys.OrgThe study found that crowdfunding in a region, and in particular successful technology campaigns, appeared to cause an increase in venture capital funding in the region. This occurs as venture capitalists [...]

Funerals paid for by crowdfunding are on the riseBBC NewsCharles Wells, chief operations officer for JustGiving, said: "Thinking about the costs of a funeral is the last thing a grieving family wants to do but with the cost of funerals rising JustGiving has seen increasing number [...]

Crowdfund InsiderBeatStars & Play Impossible Set to Close Successful Equity ...Crowdfund InsiderBeatStars and Play Impossible are set to close their crowdfunding campaigns through Indiegogo and MicroVentures' equity crowdfunding platform. The two init.and more » [...]

Telegraph.co.ukWellesley to freeze crowdfunding campaign as it courts City investorsTelegraph.co.ukPeer-to-peer property lender Wellesley is suspending its crowd-funding efforts as it courts City investors to help fund its expansion. Wellesley is set to pause its campaign that asked s [...]

Road to VRVive Strap Accessory with Flip-up Visor and PSVR-style Comfort Passes Crowdfunding GoalRoad to VRSynergyWiz says they're wrapping up the design phase of the head-mount and have taken to Kickstarter to crowdfund the remaining development, charging $85 for each rEvolve he [...]

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