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SEC Adopts Final Expanded Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules

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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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SEC REGULATORY ALERT: COMMISSION POISED TO ADOPT EXPANDED INTRASTATE CROWDFUNDING RULES

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By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that it will be meeting on October 26, 2016 to consider and adopt amendments to Rule 147, the safe harbor for the issuance of securities pursuant to the so called intrastate exemption.  Rule 147 has been problematic for issuers in the past, as it restricts offers and sales of securities solely to residents within a state’s borders. SEC informal written Staff interpretations issued in 2014 took the position that open internet solicitation by an issuer would preclude the use of this exemption for local businesses, even if sales…

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NASAA and Members of Congress Come Together on the Need for the SEC to Expand Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules

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By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate It is rare that I am able to find agreement with the publicly stated positions of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Equally rare – members of Congress who are traditionally strong advocates for “smart” regulatory reform of capital formation by SME’s to find themselves on the same page as NASAA.  However, there appears to be a growing, even overwhelming, consensus that the SEC’s proposed rules to modify current federal restrictions on the intrastate sale of securities – are on the one hand a step in the right direction.  But on the other hand,…

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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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IS THE SEC’S ACCREDITED INVESTOR DEFINITION UN – CONSTITUTIONAL?

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By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate Many have railed against what can be argued is the irrationality of protecting non-accredited investors from themselves, i.e. the accredited investor definition.   The definition was crafted by the SEC back in the early 1980’s as the centerpiece of what has been the most utilized method for companies to raise capital in an offering not registered with the SEC, Regulation D. In simple terms, if a company wishes to raise capital without registering its offering with the SEC, it can utilize the Regulation D “safe harbor” created by the SEC to sell securities to both accredited…

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Attorney Sanctioned by SEC for Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity

Attorney Sanctioned by SEC for Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity

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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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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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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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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Evaluating Crowdfunding’s Potential for Investing Platforms

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By Rachael Everly @RachaelEverly Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, Crowdfunding is now being viewed as a financial innovation for entrepreneurial projects or other investment prospects. The true success stories can be examined from the Silicon Valley projects as many entrepreneurs made their start-up plans into successful businesses. The initiative created focus for entrepreneurs and the tech ecosystems which ignited the drive for innovation and sustainability. There are a number of factors which lead to Crowdfunding such as lack of mobile/web infrastructure, high cost for the implementation of high end technology, developmental costs and restrictive financial regulations. For most students who become entrepreneurs after graduation, it is more challenging…

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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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Telegraph.co.ukThe biggest crowdfunding failuresTelegraph.co.ukThe popularity of equity crowdfunding has exploded in the UK, with platforms such as Crowdcube and Seedrs having raised hundreds of millions from investors wanting to buy a slice of an early stage business. But such invest [...]

VentureBeatHow crowdfunding will transform inner citiesVentureBeatIt's been only six months since Regulation Crowdfunding was legalized, and it's already proving to be highly successful funding source for new businesses. 50 percent of companies that have closed on their fina [...]

Israel's Insulog launches crowdfunding campaign for smart insulin ...FierceBiotechInsulog launched a crowdfunding campaign for a connected insulin tracker for diabetics who use insulin pens.and more » [...]

ForbesThree Tips For Chinese Startups Launching In The U.S. Market Via CrowdfundingForbesEntering international markets has always been challenging, but some Asia-based companies have a found a surprising new strategy: crowdfunding. Three of the largest crowdfunding campaigns this sum [...]

Crowdfunding: A Welcome Resource For ResearchersUtah Public RadioCrowdfunding is a term you have probably heard recently. The idea is to solicit a large number of small to medium donations in order to fund some kind of project or product development, and there are many online platform [...]

wwlp.comMaking sure you're giving to trustworthy crowdfunding effortswwlp.comKNOXVILLE (WATE) – There are more than a thousand GoFundMe and other crowdfunding sites to help people who lost everything in the Gatlinburg wildfires. How do you know you're giving to someone who r [...]

SprudgeRaw Material Are Crowdfunding A Coffee Mill In ColombiaSprudgeThis is not a call-out, it's just a fact, and I include myself among the accused. If you live in a city and like going to coffee bars, chances are you spend more time thinking about what's happening inside [...]

ForbesHow Asia Is Adopting Crowdfunding From The WestForbesEntrepreneurs of the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform make a demonstration with a picture of football player Luis Figo during the Web Summit at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon on November 8, 2016. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Get [...]

The IndependentThe Supreme Court Brexit case only happened because of crowdfunding – and you won't have heard of the people ...The IndependentWhen you volunteer in a legal aid clinic, you see how many people aren't able to access justice because of a lack of funds. Crowdfund [...]

Cosmopolitan.com4 Women Who Prove You Don't Need to Be Rich To Start Your Own BusinessCosmopolitan.com“It's a ton of work, but the wonderful and challenging part of crowdfunding is that there's no barrier to entry,” she says. “It's open to everyone.” Brown views he [...]

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