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2017 Crowdfunding Persons of the Year

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  Each year, Crowdfund Beat Media Group assesses the landscape of the crowdfunding industry to identify thought leaders and individuals significantly impacting the evolution of digital finance.   To culminate this search, the Group selects a Crowdfunding Person of the Year, whom it believes has made an indelible mark to advance adoption and growth of the crowdfunding effort.  With Title III of the JOBS ACT, effectively Regulation CF, went live past May, we have identified two individuals that have been working tirelessly and successfully in making crowdfunding a reality, and feel honored to recognize them as 2017 Crowdfunding Persons of the Year. Jason Best and Sherwood…

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How 2016 Reshaped Financial Services for Generations to Come

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By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding BeatGuest Editor, FinTechREVOLUTION.tv  , Dara Albright Media, The year began with the renaissance of the retail investor and it ended with a massive crowdfinance conference which centered – for the first time – around the actual crowd (“retail”) investor.2016 will be etched in time as one of the most unpredictable and metamorphic years in our planet’s history. While every fragment of civilization will feel the effects of 2016, the year will leave an indelible imprint on financial services, global political landscapes and mass media for generations to come. In between was the successful completion of the Elio Motors Reg A+ offering, the first phase of investment product ingenuity through…

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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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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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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?

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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”?

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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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5 High-Risk High-Return Alternative Investment Options

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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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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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