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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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Five Ways that Brexit Will Complicate Cross-Border M&A

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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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What “Solicit” Means Under Title III

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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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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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Why Investors Are Better Off Investing in Funds vs. Direct Investments

Why Investors Are Better Off Investing in Funds vs. Direct Investments

Sang H. Lee CEO at DarcMatter, CrowdfundBeat  Sr. contributing guest editor, In the world of alternative investments, there has been a recent surge in popularity for direct deals or direct investments into specific companies. Frictions around manager fees and alleged lackluster performance have left investors considering the overall benefits of investing directly into private companies to augment their portfolio of alternative investments. However, direct investing poses unique challenges and risks for investors which can be easily overlooked.             Deal Sourcing In order to properly assess the viability and investment worthiness of any investment, it’s important to have some type of benchmark and sustainable flow that…

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China Is Poised to See Explosive Growth in Crowdfunding

China Is Poised to See Explosive Growth in Crowdfunding

Hector Botero  CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing  Editor, President & CEO at iCrowdNewswire, LLC The World Bank released a report on crowdfunding’s potential in the developing world. According to the Information for Development Program, China is one nation that is ready for some explosive growth in this emerging area of alternative financing. It will be interesting to see how China responds to the demand for crowdfunded innovation. How is China’s Economy Transitioning to Take Advantage of New Investment Vehicles? If you still think of China as a communist country, then you are not up with the latest developments taking place within the country. In fact, you have missed…

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Singapore Crowdfunding Startup CoAssets lists on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX)

Singapore Crowdfunding Startup CoAssets lists on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX)

CrowdFundBeat News,  SINGAPORE, 8 July 2015 – Homegrown crowdfunding platform CoAssets has listed on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX), Australia’s second largest stock exchange. The company, the first in Southeast Asia to provide crowdfunding for real estate projects, will trade on the NSX under the symbol “CAX”. CoAssets will also broaden its offerings to include peer-to-peer (P2P) lending for businesses outside of the real estate industry. Businesses looking for short-term trade financing of more than S$100,000, can now look to CoAssets’ online platform for crowdfunding within a maximum period of one year. Mr Getty Goh, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoAssets said,…

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CrowdFund Beat 2014 : Person of the Year – OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved

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CrowdFunding Beat Media. By Desk editors  ourcrowd sponsor promo code Register for   ourcrowd  3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference on March 5th-6th. 2014 will be remembered as when “Crowdfunding” became a formal entry into the lexicons of financial services and social media.   A beacon of the “sharing economy”, crowd finance has evolved from meager online intermediation of a wishful funding for the a starving artist, to now an industry that has yielded two multi-billion dollar public offerings with more to come.   Certainly, the industry is gaining steam in various genres of finance – be it perquisite, corporate or real estate – and we expect 2014 to witness nearly $5 billion of…

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The Truth About Crowdfunding for Science?

The Truth About Crowdfunding for Science?

CrowdFunding Beat Media , By Julie Cohen, UCSB Public Affairs and Communications, USCB researchers use #SciFund Challenge to determine key factors in successful Internet fundraising for scientific research efforts.   Everything you know about crowdfunding is wrong, at least according to researchers at UC Santa Barbara. And that, they add, is good news for scientists. Crowdfunding is the practice of financing a project or venture through contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. “There’s this myth about how crowdfunding is supposed to work,” said Jarrett Byrnes, a former postdoctoral associate at UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). “The myth is…

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Sony Crowdfunding to Test the Market for FES Watch

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CrowdFunding Beat News Wire, The wearables market heats up with every company trying something, anything to attach their electronics to your body, it’s tough to know what will actually resonate with consumers. It’s so difficult that electronics giant Sony developed a watch then put it on a crowdfunding site to see if anyone was interested. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony has a project called Fashion Entertainments that develops electronic paper fashion devices. The first device it created was a watch that changes the band’s appearance and face when you move it. It looks intriguing. http://youtu.be/omvve2pVPH0 But the real news is that Sony, under…

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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 [...]

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 » [...]

The AdvocateCan Equity Crowdfunding Be Fixed?The AdvocateWith the adoption last year of the Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) exemptions by the Securities and Exchange Commissionprivate companies can now raise capital from all 230 million American adults. Until now, businesses have bee [...]

Funerals paid for by crowdfunding are on the riseBBC NewsCharles Wells, chief operations officer for JustGiving, said: "Thinking about the costs of a funeral is the last thing a grieving family wants to do but with the cost of funerals rising JustGiving has seen increasing number [...]

Phys.OrgCrowdfunding expands innovation financing to underserved regionsPhys.OrgThe study found that crowdfunding in a region, and in particular successful technology campaigns, appeared to cause an increase in venture capital funding in the region. This occurs as venture capitalists [...]

Crowdfund InsiderBeatStars & Play Impossible Set to Close Successful Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns on IndiegogoCrowdfund Insiderindiegogo-equity-crowdfunding BeatStars and Play Impossible are set to close their crowdfunding campaigns through Indiegogo and MicroVentures' equit [...]

Telegraph.co.ukWellesley to freeze crowdfunding campaign as it courts City investorsTelegraph.co.ukPeer-to-peer property lender Wellesley is suspending its crowd-funding efforts as it courts City investors to help fund its expansion. Wellesley is set to pause its campaign that asked s [...]

Business Insider UKLondon startup Pact Coffee moved out of its office after failing to raise a £1 million crowdfunding roundBusiness Insider UKPact Coffee's move comes after the startup failed to hit a £1 million crowdfunding target last March. The Crowdcube campaign was terminat [...]

SBC NewsPeople Power – Crowdfunding in igamingSBC NewsWhen asked what advice he'd give a company considering going down this route, Rose told SBC: “A company looking to launch should firstly make sure crowdfunding is really the best option for them. Do you really need to raise mo [...]

BCN Biotech Aromics Nears 100K€ Crowdfunding on Capital CellCrowdfund InsiderSince launching its crowdfunding campaign on Capital Cell, Aromics has raised just over 95,020€ toward its 300,000€ goal for 6.19% equity offered. Cofounded by CEO Dr. Carme Plasencia, CFO and Chairman of the [...]

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