Improving Legal Documents in Crowdfunding: Get Rid of the State Legends!


By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. I see lots of offering documents like this, with pages of state “legends.” The good news is that in Crowdfunding offerings – Title II (Rule 506(c)), Title III (Regulation Crowdfunding), and Title IV (Regulation A) – you can and should get rid of them.               The legal case is pretty simple: Before 1996, states were allowed to regulate private offerings. Every state allowed exemptions, but these exemptions often required legends, differing from state to state. The National Securities Market Improvement Act of 1996 added section 18 to the Securities…

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“REG CF” An Analysis of the First 50 Crowdfunding Offerings


By Marc A. Leaf, Robert T. Esposito, and Abigail Luhn, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is now accepting Form C filings from private companies seeking to sell securities through registered crowdfunding portals. We have been following the nascent crowdfunding space closely and will continue to monitor the adoption of crowdfunding as a new method of financing private companies. In this alert, we will analyze offerings conducted through crowdfunding portals, offer tips for those thinking of entering the space, and provide a summary of the SEC’s final rules and forms for equity crowdfunding (“Regulation Crowdfunding”). The Drinker Biddle Crowdfunding Report, an open data set providing…

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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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Five Ways that Brexit Will Complicate Cross-Border M&A


By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP  Last week’s referendum in the UK and the decision for Great Britain to exit the European Union has caused turmoil in financial markets.  For M&A practitioners, however, the impact is only just beginning.  Here are five key ways in which Brexit will complicate cross-border M&A: 1. Deal Terms Will Need to Contemplate the Potential for Additional Exits If you thought the UK exit was tumultuous, just imagine the complications that might result if the Netherlands, France or another EU stalwart held a referendum that allowed its voters to possibly leave the EU.  M&A…

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“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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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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BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, This blog is a part of a 3 blog series. Click here to read Part 1: The apples and oranges of Crowdfunding – Reward/ Donation Crowdfunding is not investing. PART 2: THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: MOST STARTUPS FAIL The Risk Vs Reward tradeoff in the PIPR Market Startups can fail for many different reasons and most do!  Within the Final Regulation Crowdfunding Rules, the SEC comments about theSurvival Rates for Startups and Small Businesses Startups and small businesses that lack tangible assets or business experience needed to obtain conventional financing might turn to securities-based crowdfunding in reliance…

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Due Diligence: a Two-Way Street Every Startup Should Know About

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By Maria Jones | Partnership Manager @ investors angel  Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor,             Due Diligence is a complex and highly responsible process, and is one of the most important stages during fundraising and investment. Experienced investors already know which professionals to employ and what things to pay attention to in a potential object of investment – and we have already given them some advice in an earlier article. Meanwhile, some of the younger and less experienced entrepreneurs usually expect their due diligence with a sense of anxiety, perceiving it as something inevitable and unpleasant. Well, let’s talk about it, dispel…

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FwdForce Releases First Challenge-Oriented Crowdfunding Platform


CrowdFund Beat News Wire, Closed beta of new platform that supports only challenges that gain a critical mass and introduces the element of competition available to limited individuals BOSTON — April 7, 2016 — FwdForce today announced the closed beta release of its crowdfunding platform for crowd-powered open challenges. As the first challenge-oriented crowdfunding platform, FwdForce flips the traditional model of crowdfunding by supporting only challenges that gain a critical mass and introducing the element of competition into the model. The closed beta will be available for a limited time to a select number of individuals and companies seeking to get involved. “Current crowdfunding platforms…

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IRA Services Launches P2P Lending’s First Cloud-based API Driven Retirement Investment Solution


CrowdFund Beat News Wire,           San Carlos, CA — (April 6, 2016) – IRA Services, the leading provider in custodial trust solutions for non-exchange traded investing, is pleased to announce that it will be unveiling the ISCP™, the first and only real-time cloud-based API driven retirement investment solution for the P2P industry, at LendIt 2016, the world’s largest conference connecting the global online lending community taking place on April 11-12 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The ISCP ™ allows real-time access to over $12 trillion dollars of capital for the P2P industry by providing platform investors with the ability to effortlessly fund…

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The rise in crowd-investing


By Adi Gaskell , CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor Editor, Crowdfunding has been expanding at quite a pace in recent years, but whilst I suspect most of you are familiar with the likes of Kickstarter, there is a slightly more serious form of the art growing in popularity. Since President Obama passed the JOBS Act in 2012 there has been a steady growth in crowd-investment platforms.  Whereas Kickstarter et al might reward backers with a freebie or some other gift associated with the project, with crowd-investing platforms, the return is more akin to that associated with traditional investments. I’ve written previously about investment platforms for real estate in…

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Defining an Accredited Investor

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By Chris Rohde Wealthforge,  Crowdfund Beat Guest post,  In the world of private placements under Regulation D, there are many questions that must be asked in the process of conducting a successful offering. However, one question rises above the rest: “Is the investor an accredited investor?” Answer yes, and the investor may enter the offering. Answer no, and the investor is likely sent packing. So, what is an “accredited investor” exactly? Under Regulation D, there are several categories of accredited investors. While all of these are laid out in the rule, in particular 17 C.F.R. 230.501, most individuals who invest in a Regulation D offering accredit via…

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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 » [...]

The Jewish Press » » Funny Jewish Women's Crowdfunding Video ...The Jewish PressThe Women's Performance Community of Jerusalem and OU Israel are creating harmony among the women of Greater Jerusalem through the creation of a ...and more » [...]

BdailyAndy Murray has invested in UK startups WeSwap and Perkbox through the Seedrs crowdfunding platformBusiness InsiderTennis star Andy Murray has backed two more early stage UK tech companies on crowdfunding platform Seedrs, bringing his startup portfolio up to 17 companies. The wo [...]

Corporate Counsel (registration)FTC Hears From Company Leaders as Crowdfunding Grows ...Corporate Counsel (registration)"You're going to see people developing an expertise and really move on from this initial stage of everyone kind of exploring crowdfunding in a more general [...]

Singularity HubHow Crowdfunding Has Changed the Startup Game - Singularity HUBSingularity HubThe development of innovative technology — from virtual reality headsets to space exploration to solar-powered roadways — is no longer the province of ...and more » [...]

KNWACrowdfunding Sends NWA Family to Wrigley - Story | NWAHomepageKNWAThis World Series matchup features the two franchises with the longest world series title drought, a combined 176 years without a championship.and more » [...]

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 [...]

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