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HR 3784 – SEC Office of Small Business Advocate – Is Now the Law of the Land

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By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate On December 16, 2016, President Barack Obama Signed into Law HR 3784 – SEC Office of Small Business Advocate, creating an independent Office of Small Business Advocate at the SEC, reporting directly to the full Commission and Congress. This legislation was first introduced into Congress in October 2015, where it was originally co-sponsored by former House Representative John Carney (D-Del) (now Governor-Elect of the State of Delaware) and Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wisc) and was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives in 2016. It was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2016,…

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

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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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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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Albright; Letter to Congressman McHenry in Support of “Fix Crowdfunding Act”

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"H.R. 4855 democratizes the investing landscape by giving even the tiniest of investors the ability to access alternative growth products and build diversified retirement portfolios. While researching a white paper highlighting the monumental impact of tax-deferred micro alternative investing, we uncovered a staggering correlation between America’s retirement system and its national wealth gap. It appears that America’s wealth disparity began to spike just as the IRA and 401k started replacing defined benefit plans. This was also the same timeframe that American investors were separated by financial stature and divided into two distinct classes: accredited and non-accredited. As depicted in the chart below, unless and until…

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A CEO’s Perspective Crowdfunding with “REG CF Title III”

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By Terry White is the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel company WOLACO. Crowdfund Beat Gust Post Since Title III of the Jobs Act just recently went into effect we decide to get a closer look at how CEOs actually view the new legislation in respect to their future financing needs. We had an opportunity for a Q&A with Terry White the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel companyWOLACO.  He was able to share with us the company’s history as well as their first crowdfunding experience with Kickstarter and his perspective on Title III. CT: What does WOLACO mean? TW: WOLACO is an acronym for Way of Life Athletic Co. I thought…

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

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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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New CrowdFunding Rules are a Game Changer

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By Joel Block CEO at Bullseye Capital MarketPlace Partners, LLC , CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, This was an historic week in the securities industry. Rules that have been in place for more than 80 years were smashed and replaced with new, modern rules that allow citizens from every walk of life to invest in start-up companies right on the Internet. In the past, private placements had to be kept private which effectively meant that you had to be a millionaire to get into a private placement and make any money. Nothing seems more un-American than having to be a millionaire to make money in the United States…

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Trouble In Paradise: Lending Club And Prosper

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By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. Lending Club and Prosper are going through a rough patch. Renaud Laplanche, the CEO and founder of Lending Club, just resigned amid allegations of financial irregularities, while Prosper recently laid off more than a quarter of its employees. But those are only the ripples on the pond’s surface. What’s going on underneath is that Wall Street is losing faith in the business model – that is, losing faith in the quality of the loans made on the Lending Club and Prosper platforms. Not long ago, Wall Street financial institutions couldn’t get enough of Lending Club and…

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Just another day…..

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  By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFund Beat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli Quite the events in the marketplace finance sector over the last week.   Originally icons, now fallen stars, Lending Club (LC), OnDeck Capital (ONDK) and Prosper (PSPR) are exhibiting possible growing pains or even further symptoms of a more serious condition, namely questionable business models. It seemed only yesterday that firms such as Goldman Sachs and execs like Jamie Dimon expressed anxiety about the challenges to the conventional banking business that these new models would bring on.  Deal and profit erosion was the concern as these nascent yet compelling platforms were accomplishing what the banking industry couldn’t,…

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Why VCs Do Not Like Equity Crowdfunding

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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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Blue Sky, Regulators, Crowdfunding and “The Crowd”

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By Paul Niederer Founder Raiseworth, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, What the crowdfunding industry has taught us worldwide is that “the crowd” will “out” a bad actor long before any of the regulators do. Regulators came out of the USA “blue sky” laws written state by state between 1911 and 1931. In these times there was no internet, little communication from town to town, regulators used broad laws to catch bad actors when they needed to, and when they found them. They may have got “tip offs” but as can be seen in this article the regulator often chooses their target.           It was…

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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 [...]

Crowdfund InsiderIllinois Crowdfunding Starting Strong in 2017 - Crowdfund InsiderCrowdfund InsiderWhile it took longer than expected to get here, Crowdfunding for Illinois businesses is now officially up and running and its full steam ahead. To mark the.and more » [...]

Crain's Cleveland Business (blog)Cleveland Whiskey founder raises a glass to the crowdfunding processCrain's Cleveland Business (blog)Tom Lix, the founder and chairman of Cleveland Whiskey LLC, is part of a Forbes roundtable that looks at how the introduction of so-called [...]

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 » [...]

Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)Will Equity Crowdfunding Accelerate Impact Investing in 2017?Triple Pundit (registration) (blog)This past May, a new world of possibilities opened up for social entrepreneurs around the country. The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) approved [...]

Science DailyCrowdfunding expands innovation financing to underserved regionsScience Daily"But crowdfunding has opened up funding to everyone else." The article was published in a recent edition of the journal Science. For the study, researchers analyzed data from 2009 to 20 [...]

Crowdfund InsiderReal Estate Crowdfunding Marketplace, Sharestates, Hits $275 Million in Loan VolumeYahoo Finance18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharestates, a real estate investment marketplace, has originated $275 million in loans since the platform launched in 2015, making it one of the l [...]

EntrepreneurCan Equity Crowdfunding Be Fixed? - EntrepreneurEntrepreneurWith the adoption last year of the Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) exemptions by the Securities and Exchange Commissionprivate companies can now raise ...and more » [...]

KFDXWhat the Tech: Downfalls of Crowdfunding WebsitesKFDXSupporters of an IndieGoGo project learned this week the company they invested in, has closed shop. Its page on IndieGoGo says it is now under review by the IndieGoGo company. Developers of "The Lily Drone" promised an [...]

The News InternationalSingaporean strangers save Pakistani boy's life via crowdfundingThe News InternationalSINGAPORE: A group of strangers pooled together the funding required for a 10-year-old Pakistani boy's treatment, who has registered a strong recovery after almost suc [...]

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