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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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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


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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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?


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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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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5 High-Risk High-Return Alternative Investment Options


By John Smith CrowdFundBeat Guest Post, Investing in modern alternative versions of stock can be a double-edged sword. It’s a very lucrative but highly risky way to make a difference in your life by getting huge returns on your investments. What you’re going to invest is entirely up to your personal tastes and gut-feelings; because these days, companies, businesses and initiatives come and go like the wind. The ones that remain on their feet have somehow managed to prove that the game works, so why not give it a shot at some of the best alternative investment options and see how it goes? Just make…

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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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Research Study: 7 Stats from 100,000 Crowdfunding Campaign

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By Amy Yeh Crowdfund Beat Guest post, If you’ve decided to start a crowdfunding campaign, it’s probably for an idea that you’ve been thinking about for awhile. You’re ready to take charge and turn your dream into a reality. Crowdfunding is an excellent option for anyone to fund what matters to them, whether it’s a band’s latest album, short film, hot new gadget, college tuition, medical expenses… the list goes on and on. We want every campaigner to be set up for success, so we took a look at the numbers and statistics behind 100,000 Indiegogo campaigns* to see what’s working and what’s not. Here…

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Reg A – Broker-Dealer Issues & Opportunitiese

Reg A – Broker-Dealer Issues & Opportunitiese

By Scott Purcell,  Fund America Founder & CEO, CrowdFundBeat Guest post Situation: Reg A presents issuers, broker-dealers and other industry professionals with a fantastic new tool for raising capital. Many others have already done an overview of the rules, so I’m just going to dive into a couple of specific items you need to be aware of. As FundAmerica is now servicing numerous live Reg A offerings, and our customers (broker-dealers and platforms) have another 65 offerings in process, we are in a unique position to be the first to get bloodied/educated as these deals start getting done. Issue: Form 211 If the shares are to…

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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 [...]

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 [...]

MottoYou'll Never Believe How Couples Are Paying for IVFMottoMore and more couples are turning to crowdfunding to fund costly in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, Bloomberg reports. The cost of IVF treatments, a popular choice for women struggling with infertility issues, ave [...]

WestwordProgressive-Rock Band Marillion Pioneered CrowdfundingWestwordThat was the beginning of crowdfunding for us — and for every band, really.” When it came time for the recording and release of the followup to the 1999 record, Kelly and the band realized that one of [...]

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 [...]

CoinTelegraphCrowdfunding vs. ICO: Experts Question Legitimacy and Guarantees ...CoinTelegraphThe simplistic idea behind crowdfunding a non-existent software or system has become a trend in the cryptocurrency industry, but most Bitcoin experts are highly ...and more » [...]

Crowdfund Expansion - Seedrs Moves Into Europe With EU Financial Services PassportForbes“We want break down national barriers and geographic barriers,” says Jeff Lyn, co-founder and CEO of UK crowdfunding platform, Seedrs. “Why limit investment to within fifty miles of your house?” On [...]

ForbesVenture Crowdfunding Revisited: An Update with NIN VenturesForbesI am about to head off to attend the Global Crowfunding Convention (GCC) 6 in Las Vegas. It will be my fourth time attending. The crowdfunding industry has grown from $16 billion in 2014 to $34 billion in 2015, and [...]

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 [...]

PC MagazineHow to Crowdfund Without Going Broke and Irking Your BackersPC MagazineTo say crowdfunding is on the rise would be an understatement. Crowdfunding—raising small amounts of money from a large number of people in order to launch a product, service, or project of some sort—is [...]

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