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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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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Trouble In Paradise: Lending Club And Prosper


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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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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Guide to Investment Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act


by Geri Stengel Less than 1% of all companies in the United States finance their operations through venture capital. For the other 99%, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and many state regulators are loosening the rules and regulations regarding raising money from accredited investors and the general public. An Introduction to the JOBS Act Congress approved the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act with tremendous bipartisan support on April 23, 2012. The act provides a framework for public solicitation and advertising of a company’s securities offering via equity crowdfunding platforms. Over the following three and half years, the SEC began to put into place…

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What “Solicit” Means Under Title III


By Mark Roderick , CrowdFund Beat   Sr. Guest  Contributor, @CrowdfundAttny. Before the JOBS Act came along, listing a security on a public website would itselfhave been treated as an act of “solicitation.” That’s the odd thing: Title III portals aren’t allowed to “solicit,” yet in the traditional sense of the term that’s the most important thing Congress created them to do.         The fact is that Congress was ambivalent when it created Title III portals. They are allowed to list offerings of securities, but are not allowed to do other things often associated with the sale of securities, including holding investor funds or offering investment advice. They…

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2016 Who’s Who of CrowdFunding Industry Professionals

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Meet the speakers  at 2016  CrowdFunding  Conference  THE YEAR OF EQUITY CROWDFUNDING   Not in the list? Register for 2016  Don’t miss out! For sponsorship opportunity contact:  or call 1 888 580 6610 Name Last Name Comapany/Title Contact Jay Abraham Business Growth Strategist Dara Albright  Dara Albright Media @tothestoics Kendall Almerico Crowdfunding and JOBS Act Expert @FundhubBiz Antonio Arias CEO and Co-Founder Healthy Crowdfunder Corp -@alamidas – @healthvcfunder Sydney Armani  CEO &Publisher of CrowdFundBeat Media Nav Athwal Realtyshares.Com Douglas Atkin Guggenheim Partners Brent  Brague VP of Sales CrowdEngine , White Label Crowdfunding Joseph Barisonzi Leader Community Turnkey Crowdfunding Chance Barnett CEO Crowdfunder Jeffrey A. Bekiares Spark…

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SEC Proposed Changes to Rule 147 and Rule 504 33-9973 [document]

SEC Proposed Changes to Rule 147 and Rule 504 33-9973 [document]

CrowdfundBeat Data Center , The SEC today also proposed amendments to Rule 147 and Rule 504.  The changes would facilitate intrastate crowdfunding and regional crowdfunding efforts. Rule 504 is also available to non-US resident companies that comply with the rule requirements.   SEC Proposed Changes to Rule 147 and Rule 504 33-9973

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A Watershed Moment?  Just maybe …

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By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli               For a country that has espoused entrepreneurialism, we may be on the verge of a new economic order of sorts with the formal institution of Title III of the JOBS Act. After a three year wait, it appears that a more democratic version of crowdfund investing may just be upon us. No longer will participation in privately held company securities’ offerings be restricted to those“with means”, but will shortly be opened to the masses. Fundamentally, this is only natural and sensical, as both our economy’s output and much of the wealth created has emanated from private…

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Using Regulation A+ as Platform for Staging Strategic Exits

Using Regulation A+ as Platform for Staging Strategic Exits

By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP    As part of the Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”) Congress mandated that the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) amend its rules for exempt transactions under Regulation A so that certain qualifying issuers would be able to issue up to $50 million in securities under Regulation A in a 12 month period. From its name, Congress and many industry participants thought that this change to Regulation A would make it easier for start-ups to raise funds. Now that the SEC has issued its new rules under Regulation…

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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 » [...]

San Antonio CurrentSan Antonio Cat Cafe Launched 20K Crowdfunding CampaignSan Antonio CurrentAs Austin's Blue Cat Cafe turned one (and dealt with some gnarly vandalization), San Antonio's Cat Cafe launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to help open its doors. Casey Steuar [...]

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 [...]

How Crowdfunding Has Changed the Startup GameSingularity HubCrowdfunding has become a multi-billion-dollar industry, funneling millions of dollars into thousands of projects. Technology in particular is one of the leading categories on popular fundraising platforms like Kickstarter an [...]

The RecorderFTC Hears From Company Leaders as Crowdfunding GrowsThe RecorderSACRAMENTO — The future of crowdfunding is one of specialization, with an ever-increasing number of firms finding niches in equity, nonprofit and even creative projects silos, industry leaders told a Federal T [...]

Crowdfunding in commercial real estateJournal Record (subscription)jdavidchapman In 1997, a British rock band funded a reunion tour through online donations from its fans. This may have been the first example of a concept now known as crowdfunding. The crowdfunding industry has quickl [...]

Crowdfund InsiderWhen It Comes to Retail Crowdfunding, SAFEty FirstCrowdfund InsiderOn September 22nd, Crowdfund Insider published a post summarizing the arguments presented in our new essay entitled “Crowdfunding and the Not-So-Safe SAFE“ (forthcoming in Virginia Law Review Online). [...]

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