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2017 State of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Platforms Expand Financing to Regions That Suffer From Venture Capital Drought

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By Anum Yoon, Crowdfund Beat Media Guest post, Venture capitalists tend to back entrepreneurial firms that reflect their own ideas and match their social and educational experiences. This type of financing has resulted in a concentrated amount of funds for business endeavors in specific locales. Venture capitalists are typically wealthy investors, investment banks and other financial institutions with similar interests. Silicon Valley and Boston benefit greatly from venture capitalism, while struggling entrepreneurial startups across the country are suffering from a venture capital drought. However, the industry is changing with the expansion of crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, helping to level the playing field. A recent…

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New to Crowdfunding? Here’s What to Expect.

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40Billion.com, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post. With the popularity and success of crowdfunding as a new way to fund new projects, it’s easy for other aspiring entrepreneurs to believe that sites like Kickstarter are their golden ticket to launching a business. But the reality is, crowdfunding isn’t always as simple as it seems. Whether you’re looking to raise a small amount of startup cash or acquire a larger sum through equity crowdfunding, there are a few challenges you might face during the process that you may not have expected. Choosing the right platform The first step is to choose the right platform. Not all of them…

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

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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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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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Crowdfunding Curriculum

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INTRODUCTION Four years after Congress passed the JOBS Act, requiring the relaxing of certain rules on raising funds, equity crowdfunding for non-accredited investors finally arrived May 16. According to The National Law Review, here are some of the most important facts to know:1 Non-public US companies may raise funds on the Internet from accredited and non-accredited investors alike. Crowdfunding must be conducted through SEC approved fundraising portals that are managed by registered broker-dealers (i.e., not a company’s own website). The amount raised cannot exceed $1,000,000 in a 12 month period. Individual investors with annual income under $100,000 are limited to investing the greater of $2,000…

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The Equity Crowdfunding Paradox

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By Jorge Sanchez III Partner, Nouvantage.com, Crowdfund Beat Guest Contributor, Crowdfunding is a broad classification used to categorize a variety of modern digital funding activities aimed at engaging wide networks of people. In this article I will refer to the equity crowdfunding of venture capital. Investing is a risk-taking endeavor where return on investment is the premium harvested by investors for allocating funds to a venture executing a business plan and confronting the risk of failure and loss of capital. The uncertainty of the outcome that the business pursues gives rise to the primary barrier to investment, information asymmetry. Investment decisions are information driven and based…

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Crowdfunding with Self Directed IRA?

“The Fix Crowdfunding Act”

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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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REPORT: Is Marketplace lending A temporary phenomenon?

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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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HEADLINE NEWS

ForbesPaying For College: CrowdfundingForbesCrowdfunding, which has often been used to raise funds for start-up businesses and charities, is now being used by students to pay for college. Going directly to your friends and the public to ask for contributions to help pay for college is [...]

GizmodoCrowdfunding Is the Only Way Americans Know How to Mourn After Engineer Is Killed by TerroristGizmodoOne of Kuchibhotla's friends, Kavipriya Muthuramalingam, did what has become all too common in the wake of American gun violence: He launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campai [...]

Entrepreneur3 Industries Being Disrupted by Crowdfunding - EntrepreneurEntrepreneurCrowdfunding is rearranging the way that entrepreneurs finance their creative endeavors, whether they're artists or engineers.and more » [...]

Hiroyuki Yamaga Of Gainax Openly Explains The Truth Behind CrowdfundingForbesIn a fascinating interview with both Hiroyuki Yamaga and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto of Gainax, they talk about the anime studio's future but also openly explain the unfortunate reality surrounding crowdfunding. [...]

PolygonPillars of Eternity 2 is the biggest crowdfunding success since 2015PolygonPillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is now the most-funded video game on any crowdfunding platform since 2015. Obsidian Entertainment's crowdfunding campaign for Pillars of Eternity 2 wrapped up today w [...]

WTVD-TVCrowdfunding income could be susceptible to income taxesWTVD-TVCrowdfunding or crowd sourcing has exploded in popularity with the launch of websites like GoFundMe. Now, people are learning that money could come back to haunt receivers come tax time. One Florida couple found tha [...]

NME.comPaul Weller crowdfunding to expand clothing label - NMENME.comEx-Jam frontman Paul Weller looks to raise £400000 to expand his mod-inspired clothing label in exchange for shares in the business.Setting sums: Paul Weller looks to crowdfund his clothing collection ...The Guardian [...]

CBS LocalDonors Beware! More Scammers Are Targeting Crowdfunding Sites ...CBS LocalAt least three accounts have been set up on GoFundMe under Boyer's name. It is not clear if they are scams.and more » [...]

Forbes4 Real Estate Crowdfunding Trends You Should Be WatchingForbesAccording to Massolution's crowdfunding report, money raised by individuals, budding brands and even established companies through crowdfunding platforms exceeded $34.4 Billion in 2015. Analysts even predict that [...]

Crowdfunding startup connects consumers and ranchers so people ...QuartzThe sharing economy already allows people unfettered access to cars, apartments, and pets. Why not add grass-fed beef cattle to the list? That's exactly what ...Raising the steaks: crowdfunding beef | GulfNew [...]

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