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Crowdfunding- The Good, The Bad & The (really) Ugly

By Shane Liddell is the CEO and chief Crowdfundologist at Smart Crowdfunding LLC,. Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Part 3 –The (really) Ugly Introduction In Part 1 I covered all of the good things that we have seen as crowdfunding continuously gathers momentum across the world. The future looks bright indeed! In Part 2 I wrote of changes within the industry, especially within rewards based crowdfunding – the competition which makes it so much harder for the small guys and the Indiegogo platform now giving preferential treatment to corporates, allowing them “…to pay for special placement on Indiegogo’s site, making them more discoverable than other campaigns”.…

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Managing The Risks Of Crowdfunding

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 Curriculum

INTRODUCTION Four years after Congress passed the JOBS Act, requiring the relaxing of certain rules on raising funds, equity crowdfunding for non-accredited investors finally arrived May 16. According to The National Law Review, here are some of the most important facts to know:1 Non-public US companies may raise funds on the Internet from accredited and non-accredited investors alike. Crowdfunding must be conducted through SEC approved fundraising portals that are managed by registered broker-dealers (i.e., not a company’s own website). The amount raised cannot exceed $1,000,000 in a 12 month period. Individual investors with annual income under $100,000 are limited to investing the greater of $2,000…

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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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Crowdfunding: No Demo Days For Title III Issuers

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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THE APPLES AND ORANGES OF CROWDFUNDING

        BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, On May 16, 2016, Equity (Investment) Crowdfunding will be available in the United States meaning anyone can invest into a private company that is listed on a FINRA member funding portal. Investing is no joke and should be approached cautiously. There are no guarantees; Investors bear the risk of losing their entire investment. If you are a loyal reader of my blogs, you know I keep harping on the importance of investors to thoroughly conduct due diligence and review all disclosures prior to making an investment. Issuers must not only release…

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Happy 3rd Anniversary CrowdFundBeat 2016 is “The Year of Equity CrowdFunding”

By Sydney Armani CEO & Publisher of CrowdFund Beat Media Group. Happy New Year!  “2016 The Year of Equity CrowdFunding”  It has been an active three years since we introduced CrowdFundBeat, as the voice of the crowdfunding industry.  In recognizing, the development of this nascent and disruptive methodology, we find it increasingly important to be a comprehensive beacon of news, opinion, and trends, as its impact is already being felt within the world on entrepreneurial endeavor and financial services.  We are in the early innings of this game, as we observe that the “crowd”, originally defined as natural persons, is now characterized by institutional investor…

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Data Services are Key to Equity Crowdfunding Growth

Data Services are Key to Equity Crowdfunding Growth

By Hector Botero  CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing  Editor, President & CEO at iCrowdNewswire, LLC This is Part 6 of a 6 part series on why Crowdfunding platforms are the new stock exchanges and why they will need to learn from exchanges like NASDAQ, NYSE and LSE to self-regulate and provide a wide range of ancillary services that help campaigns succeed and at the same time, create revenues for the platforms.  Thanks to the JOBS Act of 2012, investing in startups is changing in big ways. Two years ago today, Title II of the Jobs Act went into effect, allowing early stage startups the legal authorization they needed…

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4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

By James Suh , Business Development at DarcMatter, CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, Coveted for their ability to perform in adverse market conditions, successful global macro hedge funds opportunistically invest in instruments whose prices fluctuate based on economic and political shifts. Accurately predicting market trends to exploit temporary price deviations, the most profitable of these funds generate considerable publicity due to their outsized returns and the volatile, often contrarian, nature of their bets. Below are some noteworthy examples of major macroeconomic trends and the funds that had the foresight, fortune, or both to preemptively identify and capitalize on these significant events.         1. Carlyle Group and…

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Preparing for an A+ grade: the need for a clean audit

By Sara Hanks , CrowdFundBeat  Sr.contributing Guest Editor  CEO/Founder, CrowdCheck, Inc. Pretty much everyone knows by now that audited financial statements are required for offerings under Tier 2 of Regulation A. While the SEC doesn’t require audited financials (or any kind of review by outside accountants) for Tier 1, some states do require audited financials in Tier 1 offerings. But do you know what the audit letter is supposed to look like? That is important. Without getting too much into the weeds, the SEC requires that audit reports meet the requirements of Regulation S-X. And that means those audit reports must be “clean.” There can’t be any…

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Tax Implications of Crowdfunded Equity

Tax Implications of Crowdfunded Equity

SULLIVAN & WORCESTER TAX CLIENT ADVISORY With the passage of the JOBS Act and lifting the ban on general solicitation and general advertising by the Securities and Exchange Commission, webbased funding platforms now allow a company to raise equity from large numbers of investors, subject to certain restrictions, including, among others, shareholder thresholds, without the often prohibitive costs of a traditional IPO.   This newfound freedom is sure to excite many an entrepreneur and sponsor, both well-established and those at the beginning of their journey. That is, of course, until that old certainty— taxes—puts a sobering pall on all the fun. An entrepreneur or sponsor…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Equity Crowdfunding: What Kinds of Businesses Are Being Funded?Motley FoolThe Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act -- aka, the JOBS Act -- went into effect last year, opening up the equity crowdfunding industry. In this clip from Industry Focus: Tech, Motley Fool tech analyst Dylan Lew [...]

Forbes7 Ways To Generate PR For Your Crowdfunding CampaignForbesAs a contributor to Forbes and the owner of a PR firm, I've seen thousands of pitches from companies using crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. These founders are generally in a state of desperation [...]

Forbes4 Dirty Little Secrets Of Crowdfunding And Why You Should Still Do ItForbesI wasn't prepared for what would happen when I jumped into the murky crowdfunding waters. Before you end up splashed with cold water like I was, here are ...and more » [...]

Equity Crowdfunding and Venture Capital, More Friends than Foes ...Motley FoolIndiegogo's founder shares his thoughts on the trends shaping equity crowdfunding.and more » [...]

EntrepreneurHow to Launch a Successful Crowdfunding ProjectEntrepreneurThis is exactly what Andrew Thomas did. Thomas is the co-founder of Skybell, an interactive video doorbell for your smart home. Thomas went right into the heart of entrepreneurship when he became one of the top 10 [...]

Five garden crowdfunding projects to back this springThe Guardian (blog)Five garden crowdfunding projects to back this spring. From giving women at Yarl's Wood a place to garden, to transforming a Glasgow community's soft drinks habit, these projects are all seeking funds to [...]

Myrtle Beach Sun NewsThree Grand Strand area projects and their leaders who have tried crowdfundingMyrtle Beach Sun NewsKickstarter is just one player on the field of online crowdfunding platforms. Other companies with quirky names like Indiegogo, Fundable, GoFundMe, Patreon and many [...]

What Does the Future Hold for Equity Crowdfunding? -- The Motley ...Motley FoolThe equity crowdfunding market has just started to take off after last year's implementation of the JOBS Act. Here's what two pioneers in the space see in store for ...and more » [...]

RTCrowdfunding for police officer murdered in London attack exceeds early targetRTA crowdfunding initiative to raise money for family of the police officer killed during the London terrorist attack has received a massive amount of donations. TrendsUK Parliament terrorist attack. The a [...]

ChipInTop 6 Crowdfunding Trends for 2017ChipInThat influence was felt in the crowdfunding world as well through the many voice-controlled smart home systems and other devices that made waves. With voice user interfaces positioned as the next big thing in technology in the same vein as [...]

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