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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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Evaluating Crowdfunding’s Potential for Investing Platforms


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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Crowdfunding: REG A+ Due Diligence!

What’s Seed Equity CrowdFunding, known as “REG CF Title III”?


By Rod Turner  founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, Crowdfund Beat  Guest Editor, The SEC’s new Title III Equity CrowdFunding rules went into effect May 16th. These new rules expand Equity CrowdFunding to allow investors at all wealth levels to invest in startup companies. In June 2015, the SEC also enabled groundbreaking new rules called Regulation A+ which allow anyone to invest in startups and more established companies that need to raise up to $50 million. The capital raising landscape is making its biggest shift in decades. We now have an online fund raising continuum that extends from startups raising seed capital of as…

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CrowdEngine First to Offer Regulation CF Crowdfunding Software


Crowdfund Beat News Wire,  Washington, D.C. – May 16, 2016 – CrowdEngine to demo it’s Compliance Engine™ features for the new Regulation Crowdfunding rules today at the Capital Washington D.C. for Members of the House, Senators, and 300 other well respected guests.  CrowdEngine’s compliance automation solution and white-label crowdfunding software allows entrepreneurs to launch funding portals in a fraction of the time than building from scratch to achieve lower costs, and better investor experiences. “We are proud to be the first to offer a solution for funding portals to offer securities under the new Regulation Crowdfunding rules.   Our secure, cloud-based compliance automation platform is trusted…

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REPORT: Opportunities and challenges in online marketplace lending

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  By John M. Pachkowski, J.D. The Treasury Department has released a white paper regarding its review of the online marketplace lending industry that commenced with the Treasury Department’s Request for Information in the summer of 2015. The white paper entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending,” provides an overview of the evolving market landscape, reviews stakeholder opinions, and provides policy recommendations. The white paper also acknowledges the benefits and risks associated with online marketplace lending, and highlights certain best practices applicable both to established and emerging market participants. It should be noted that the white paper explicitly stated that “this document is not an…

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Why VCs Do Not Like Equity Crowdfunding


By Howard Marks Executive Chairman and co-founder at StartEngine Crowdfunding CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, In April 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and announced that Americans will now have access to the capital they need from ordinary investors. Yet the media received the declaration quietly — meaning most U.S. citizens remained blissfully unaware of this revolutionary new regulation. The venture capital industry is probably one of the most vital sources of risk capital for our economy. It has produced the industry giants that command worldwide success: Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. Without VC, most of those businesses would have never existed. Moreover, VCs have significantly contributed to our country’s technological success. Most people…

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Crowdfunding: No Demo Days For Title III Issuers

No Demo Days

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney  with Flaster/Greenberg PC. Crowdfunding is a marketing business. But when it comes to marketing an offering of securities by a Title III issuer, things get complicated. That’s why this is three times longer than any blog post should be. Why It Matters Section 5(c) of the Securities Act provides that an issuer may not make an “offer” of securities unless a full-blown registration statement is in effect, of the kind you would prepare for a public offering.         There are lots of exceptions to the general rule and Title III is one of them:…

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Marketplace Lenders Next on The CFPB Chopping Block

Marketplace Lenders Next on The  CFPB Chopping Block

The CFPB’s actions are likely the first steps in identifying consumer issues with marketplace lenders. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) is flexing its muscles once again, and this time the target is marketplace lenders. In a surprising move, the CFPB announced on March 7 that it would be accepting complaints on consumer loans from online marketplace lenders. The Bureau also released a consumer bulletinto provide an overview of marketplace lending and things for consumers to consider before taking out a loan.           Consumer Complaint Database The consumer complaint database will allow for consumers to make complaints against marketplace…

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The Seduction of a “New Asset Class” is Killing “Unaccredited Investor” Equity Crowdfunding

The Seduction of a “New Asset Class” is Killing “Unaccredited Investor” Equity Crowdfunding

by Paul Niederer CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing Editor While in Thailand on holiday I noticed that having your own stall, stand, shop or business is often the difference between survival and poverty. There are hundreds of thousands of businesses like this. Imagine if you had a business that was valuable to the village and you wanted to raise funds by getting a some village folk to invest. Equity Crowdfunding. Imagine your disappointment if you were told your business is part of a potential “new asset class” and as such  you may pay up to $80k to enable a few mates to invest in their business! Sounds incredulous but it happens every day. As…

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Equity Crowdfunding But Whose Crowd Is It?


by Paul Niederer CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing Editor, This article with an Equity crowdfunding headline got me thinking. First equity crowdfunding deal in Australia for 2016 raises more than $675,000 To an entity getting funded to the tune of $675,000 is a great achievement. For a platform to facilitate this is also a great achievement. Well done! However the phrase “With three days still remaining, it has raised $675,000 from 15 wholesale investors” shouldn’t be the substance for a headline like “First equity crowdfunding deal in Australia for 2016 raises more than $675,000”. Even before the words equity crowdfunding evolved an entity could always receive $675,000 from 15…

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Alternative Finance and Crowdfunding

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By Hector Botero  CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing  Editor, President & CEO at iCrowdNewswire, LLC Who will own Alternative Finance and Crowdfunding – you or JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America? It is a great time in alternative finance, crowdfunding and Fintech having reached the point where innovative ideas become reality and really take off. There is off course evidence these concepts have already “taken off” with a vibrant growing industry reaching + – $30 billion in 2015 having started with $2 billion in 2012. And in fact these are great numbers and an argument for a phenomenon that has matured and grown in popularity, a…

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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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