An A+ Day for SEC Regulation A+ – A Victory in Court for Small Business!

By Samuel S. Guzik Founder, Guzik & Associates, Crowdfund BEat Guest Post. June 14, 2016 Today was an important day for small and emerging companies. On this day the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit dismissed the challenge by NASAA and others to set aside the SEC’s rulemaking under Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act). Regulation A, as modified by Title IV of the JOBS Act, was a critical step by both Congress and the SEC in making the public markets available to small and emerging businesses – at an affordable cost and without the burden and uncertainty of…

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Albright; Letter to Congressman McHenry in Support of “Fix Crowdfunding Act”

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"H.R. 4855 democratizes the investing landscape by giving even the tiniest of investors the ability to access alternative growth products and build diversified retirement portfolios. While researching a white paper highlighting the monumental impact of tax-deferred micro alternative investing, we uncovered a staggering correlation between America’s retirement system and its national wealth gap. It appears that America’s wealth disparity began to spike just as the IRA and 401k started replacing defined benefit plans. This was also the same timeframe that American investors were separated by financial stature and divided into two distinct classes: accredited and non-accredited. As depicted in the chart below, unless and until…

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4 Crowdfunding Tips for Women Entrepreneurs

By Rayanne Dany CrowdfundBeat Media Gust Post. When joining the entrepreneurial journey as a woman, you must be well aware of the fact that how difficult it is to make your mark as an entrepreneur in the male-dominated world of business. It is also a fact that most male funders are notoriously slow in investing in women-led startups.   Luckily, women don’t have to stick to the traditional ways of finding the funds for their business. There is Crowdfunding for them, and it is getting popular every passing year. Crowdfunding is a great way for women to pave their way into the business realm. There…

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JOBS Act Title III Crowdfunding – A Trap for the Unwary?

By Samuel Guzik, Corporate Securities Lawyer. Crowdfund Beat Gust Post. June 2, 2016- A few weeks ago I wrote an article discussing one of the potential pitfalls – and weaknesses – in the SEC’s new Regulation CF, which became effective May 16, 2016, which allows private companies to raise up to $1 million on an SEC registered internet portal.  Though equity crowdfunding was inspired by rewards based platforms, such as Kickstarter, the structure that emerged for equity crowdfunding, Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012, was quite different. In particular, due to intricate SEC rules and doctrines followed for decades, most often in registered…

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Crowdfunding: REG A+ Due Diligence!

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“The Fix Crowdfunding Act”

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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A CEO’s Perspective Crowdfunding with “REG CF Title III”

By Terry White is the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel company WOLACO. Crowdfund Beat Gust Post Since Title III of the Jobs Act just recently went into effect we decide to get a closer look at how CEOs actually view the new legislation in respect to their future financing needs. We had an opportunity for a Q&A with Terry White the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel companyWOLACO.  He was able to share with us the company’s history as well as their first crowdfunding experience with Kickstarter and his perspective on Title III. CT: What does WOLACO mean? TW: WOLACO is an acronym for Way of Life Athletic Co. I thought…

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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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Lending Club, Well that was unexpected.

By Bo Brustkern, CEO NSR Invest, Crowdfund Beat Gust Post, I certainly didn’t think I would be reading about Renaud Laplanche’s resignation as CEO of Lending Club while drinking my morning coffee last Monday. Since then, the news hasn’t gotten any better and emotions are… shall we say, running high? Here at NSR Invest we have fielded a large number of calls from anxious investors over the past several days, so in lieu of our traditional monthly newsletter I figure let’s just talk about Lending Club. But before I weigh in, I need you to keep a couple things in mind. First, this short missive can…

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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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SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

By Mark Roderick Shareholder, Flaster/Greenberg P.C. CrowdFund Beat ‘s  Sr.Guest Editor. The SEC just provided guidance for Title III issuers in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations. You can read the CD&I’s themselves here. Before Filing Before filing Form C (the disclosure document used in Title III) and being listed on a Funding Portal, a Title III issuer may not take any action that would “condition the public mind or arouse public interest in the issuer or in its securities.” That means: No Demo Days No email blasts or social media posts about the offering No meetings with possible investors After Filing Once a Title III…

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New CrowdFunding Rules are a Game Changer

By Joel Block CEO at Bullseye Capital MarketPlace Partners, LLC , CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, This was an historic week in the securities industry. Rules that have been in place for more than 80 years were smashed and replaced with new, modern rules that allow citizens from every walk of life to invest in start-up companies right on the Internet. In the past, private placements had to be kept private which effectively meant that you had to be a millionaire to get into a private placement and make any money. Nothing seems more un-American than having to be a millionaire to make money in the United States…

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Mary Jo White remarks on SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

SEC Chair Mary Jo White May 18, 2016 Good morning.  Thank you, Sara and Steve.  And thank you all for being here today.  I want to respect the full agenda you have, and so will be brief in my remarks. My overall perspective on our mission in the important spaces you occupy is that small and emerging companies are critical drivers of innovation and our economy and our rules should provide them a range of options for raising capital, understanding their diversity of business models and capital needs, while ensuring that investors can have the confidence in the market that comes with strong protections. As…

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A New Era begins for Equity Crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act

By Sydney Armani, CrowdFund Beat CEO & Publisher On May 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) crowdfunding rules under Title III of the JOBS Act go into effect, allowing early stage and growth companies, which may be unable or unwilling to raise capital from institutional or private investors, to gain access to another source of capital. “Title III of the JOBS Act was originally meant to be a game changer for growth companies, adding another way businesses could raise capital in today’s marketplace,” said Alex Castelli, partner and leader of the National Liquidity and Capital Formation Advisory Group at CohnReznick, a top accounting, tax,…

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CrowdEngine First to Offer Regulation CF Crowdfunding Software

Crowdfund Beat News Wire,  Washington, D.C. – May 16, 2016 – CrowdEngine to demo it’s Compliance Engine™ features for the new Regulation Crowdfunding rules today at the Capital Washington D.C. for Members of the House, Senators, and 300 other well respected guests.  CrowdEngine’s compliance automation solution and white-label crowdfunding software allows entrepreneurs to launch funding portals in a fraction of the time than building from scratch to achieve lower costs, and better investor experiences. “We are proud to be the first to offer a solution for funding portals to offer securities under the new Regulation Crowdfunding rules.   Our secure, cloud-based compliance automation platform is trusted…

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iDisclose Teams up With New Regulation Crowdfunding Funding Portals

The Solution Eases the Burden and Helps Entrepreneurs Create and File Their Own Form C Securities Disclosure With the SEC, Which Is Mandated Under the Agency’s New Crowdfunding Rules               NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – May 13, 2016) – iDisclose, announced today that several of the leading new Title III Crowdfunding funding portals at various stages in the SEC and FINRA approval process will be using iDisclose either on an exclusive basis or as a tool they can offer to assist issuers on their portals. Funding portals committed to compliance are choosing iDisclose as a low cost high quality legal…

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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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Is this the End of Marketplace Lending?

By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding Beat Sr.Guest Editor, Co-founder of the LendIt conference& the FinFair Conference, Monday’s news that Renaud Laplanche was stepping down as Lending Club’s CEO sent shockwaves throughout the industry – particularly coming hard on the heels of industry layoffs and disappointing earnings announcements. Since Monday morning, the alarmists have been out in full force, nonsensically declaring the end of marketplace finance and FinTech in general. But what some may consider the end, I view as a new beginning. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach Cynics, I have a newsflash for you. When the automobile industry…

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Will Equity Crowdfunding Overtake Angel and VC?

BY Alex Topchishvili, Director of Marketing at Wemultiply, a 9.8 Group Company, CrowdFund Beat Guest post, In 2010, AngelList began to use the internet to disrupt the traditional early stage funding model, allowing individual angel investors to engage directly with early stage companies, access their ideas and plans, perform diligence, and individually fund, or pool capital in support of early stage deals – democratizing the investment process for accredited investor participants.  In line with this and other developments, angel networks, empowered by the Internet and an ability to share information, began to expand their reach, at the same time as VC’s began to look for…

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REPORT: Opportunities and challenges in online marketplace lending

  By John M. Pachkowski, J.D. The Treasury Department has released a white paper regarding its review of the online marketplace lending industry that commenced with the Treasury Department’s Request for Information in the summer of 2015. The white paper entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending,” provides an overview of the evolving market landscape, reviews stakeholder opinions, and provides policy recommendations. The white paper also acknowledges the benefits and risks associated with online marketplace lending, and highlights certain best practices applicable both to established and emerging market participants. It should be noted that the white paper explicitly stated that “this document is not an…

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Just another day…..

  By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFund Beat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli Quite the events in the marketplace finance sector over the last week.   Originally icons, now fallen stars, Lending Club (LC), OnDeck Capital (ONDK) and Prosper (PSPR) are exhibiting possible growing pains or even further symptoms of a more serious condition, namely questionable business models. It seemed only yesterday that firms such as Goldman Sachs and execs like Jamie Dimon expressed anxiety about the challenges to the conventional banking business that these new models would bring on.  Deal and profit erosion was the concern as these nascent yet compelling platforms were accomplishing what the banking industry couldn’t,…

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The Private and Public Capital Market Disclosure World

The Private and Public Capital Market Disclosure World

BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, This blog is a part of a 3 blog series. Click here to read Part 1: The apples and oranges of Crowdfunding – Reward/ Donation Crowdfunding is not investing and Part 2: The inconvenient truth: Most Startups Fail – the Risk Vs Reward trade-off in the PIPR Market PART 3: THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC CAPITAL MARKET DISCLOSURE WORLD Transparency is efficient The JOBS Act of 2012 amended securities regulation which have been in place since  1934 is shifting the dynamics of the private capital markets. Private companies can advertise their securities offerings to a bigger and even global market of potential investors because of the removal…

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The Democracy of Capital

By Howard Marks Executive Chairman and co-founder at StartEngine Crowdfunding CrowdFund Beat Guest Post A Revolution for the 99 Percent In 1929, ordinary investors got a taste of how capital markets can go wrong. Many small investors lost all of their capital, businesses shut down, and the United States entered into its worst economic collapse in its history. Unless something was done to prevent another disaster, our democratic institutions were at great risk. Enter the Securities Exchange Commission under President Roosevelt. Its mission is to protect investors from taking more risk than they can afford. The SEC was created under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which essentially regulated…

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Daft or Deft – Trump the National Debt

By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli Can the political narrative get any stranger, and in many ways, even incredulous?   First off, the country is undergoing an election season wherein the two front runners are disdained by the majority of Americans.  One (the Dem) purports to have experience, but seriously, she merely has had “exposure”:  yes, a nice (planned) resume, but has she actually accomplished anything as a statesperson or legislator?  Ask about “her” treaties or “her” laws or initiatives that have translated into real progress or meaning, domestically or abroad. Seems to be a goose-egg. But give her credit for marketing…  Then the other…

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Understanding Securities Law to Start Your Business?

Understanding Securities Law to Start Your Business?

By Samuel E. Whitley,  Whitley LLP Attorneys at Law. CrowdFund Beat Guest post, The following is a guest post written by Samuel E. Whitley, a valued WealthForge partner and managing partner at Whitley LLP Attorneys at Law. YES. Or you need to hire someone who does. While some small businesses may not deal with public or private offerings, many companies do. Often a company will want to raise capital through a public offering, or via the Internet (crowdfunding) for instance. Because of this, all business owners should have a working knowledge of securities law.       What are Securities? Essentially, a “security” is defined as…

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Crowdfunding USA: National Press Club

PRESS RELEASE 5th of May 2016 WASHINGTON DC – Celebrating its third year, CrowdfundBeat Media is hosting the much acclaimed DC Crowdfunding Conference at the Capitol’s National Press Club on 5-6 May 2016.   With an industry still in development, the Conference will bring together thought-leaders, practitioners, and pundits, discussing some of the new chapters in the Crowdfunding playbook, such as Regulation A+ and the implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act, namely crowdfund investing for non-accredited investors.   Crowdfunding, or more generally described as Marketplace Finance, has seen exponential growth in many areas, such as Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Consumer credit, Small-to-Medium Enterprise (SME) lending, and now…

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Reg A+ Offering : 8 Tips to Funding Success

By Rod Turner  founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, Crowdfundbeat Guest Editor, The doors to Reg A+ are now open, with approximately 100 filings, 29 qualified by the SEC, to seek an average $23 million goal. The aggregate capital being sought is now $1.5 billion. The first company to complete a Reg A+ offering, Elio Motors, raised $16.9 millionfrom 6,600 investors at a pre-money valuation of $300 million, and is now listed on the OTCQX.               If you’re considering raising funds with Reg A+, check out the following tips:  1. Don’t Underestimate The Importance of Consumer Appeal. In…

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CrowdfundBeat to Host Crowdfunding USA Conference at Washington D.C.’s National Press Club

May 3, 2016 @ 8:22 am By Samantha Hurst – CF Insider On Monday, CrowdfundBeat will be hosting the annual Crowdfunding USA Conference at Washington D.C.’s National Press Club on May 5th-6th. The event will bring together thought-leaders, practitioners, and pundits, discussing some of the new chapters in the Crowdfunding playbook, such as Regulation A+ and the implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act, namely crowdfund investing for non-accredited investors. The conference will also host an impressive group of speakers and panelists, to assess, debate, and prognosticate the elements of the market and its practices. The roster of speakers are: David Rose: Founder of…

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Fintech: A policymaker’s Perspective

Fintech Wave of the Future?

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, BROTHERS PATRICK AND JOHN COLLISON CHALLENGE THE FINANCIAL STATUS QUO WITH THEIR PAYMENTS START-UP STRIPE –  “60 MINUTES” Patrick and John Collison are among a vanguard of entrepreneurs trying to make the movement of money online as easy as sending photos or videos. The young founders of Stripe, a $5 billion payments startup, appear in a Lesley Stahl report on the burgeoning industry known as “Fintech,” which is challenging traditional financial institutions. Stahl’s report will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, May 1 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. “In a world where people can send a Facebook message or…upload an…

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Why VCs Do Not Like Equity Crowdfunding

By Howard Marks Executive Chairman and co-founder at StartEngine Crowdfunding CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, In April 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and announced that Americans will now have access to the capital they need from ordinary investors. Yet the media received the declaration quietly — meaning most U.S. citizens remained blissfully unaware of this revolutionary new regulation. The venture capital industry is probably one of the most vital sources of risk capital for our economy. It has produced the industry giants that command worldwide success: Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. Without VC, most of those businesses would have never existed. Moreover, VCs have significantly contributed to our country’s technological success. Most people…

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Can retail investors compete with hedge funds in p2p ?

George Popescu Founder and Editor in Chief (Lending Times), Partner ( LunaCap Ventures), Board of Advisors (Gatecoin, AltOptions) CrowdfundBeat Guest post LendingRobot is claiming that it is difficult for retail investors or even high net worth individuals to manage so many micro-loans and to simultaneously compete with hedge funds looking to scoop the best loans under microseconds. Peer-to-peer lending was designed to provide a platform to the investors and borrowers to lend and borrow money without the intrusion of a financial intermediary. Investors need LendingRobot’s algorithms to compete with Hedge Fund algorithms to get the best returns out of these sites. LendingRobot was co-founded by Emmanuel Marot and…

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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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TIMECrowdfunding Campaign Raises $40000 for Homeless Man who Helped Manchester Terror Attack VictimsTIMEA series of crowdfunding campaigns have raised more than £31,000 ($40,000) in support of a homeless man who said he rushed to the aid of people wounded in Monday night's suicid [...]

seattlepi.comCrowdfunding campaign hopes to save Belltown grunge meccaseattlepi.comLess than a week after the death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, another piece of Seattle's rock history is in danger of being lost. 2316 2nd Avenue, the building housing blacksmith shop Bla [...]

Hollywood ReporterAdam Carolla Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for 'No Safe Spaces' MovieHollywood ReporterComedian and podcaster Adam Carolla and radio host Dennis Prager have been filming their movie about political correctness at universities for several months, but now th [...]

QuartzDonating to my older sister's friend: Crowdfunding is paying for urgent healthcare in ChinaQuartzHolding her six-year-old son, Deng Na's looks into the camera, her face both tired and determined. The picture accompanying the online crowdfunding call for her son Chen Ju [...]

New York MagazineFacebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding to EveryoneNew York MagazineDepending on your perspective, the rise in popularity of crowdfunding is either a fantastic new way that the internet lets strangers help each other out, or emblematic of the decay of institutional safeguards [...]

Business InsiderA crowdfunding campaign to support the families of Manchester attack victims has raised £750000 in a single dayBusiness InsiderA crowdfunding campaign to raise money to provide support for the families of those injured and killed in the Manchester terrorist attack has [...]

KTALTexas lawmaker starts crowdfunding campaign for school lunchesKTALAUSTIN, TX - A Texas state lawmaker is looking for donations to pay off debt Texas students rack up in school cafeterias. Partnered with Feeding Texas, Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, launched a statewide crowd fundi [...]

Marketplace.orgCrowdfunding has created a whole new consulting industryMarketplace.orgWhen crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo first got their start, the idea was that all an entrepreneur needed was a cell-phone camera and a dream.and more » [...]

CurbedNew real estate crowdfunding site focuses on community developmentCurbedCrowdfunding has existed for years, and other firms, such as FundRise and Realty Mogul, have focused on property development, but the Small Change model offers a new spin for the real estate space. For years [...]

The Australian Financial ReviewPrivate companies face public conundrum under new crowdfunding rulesThe Australian Financial ReviewThe Federal Budget extended crowdfunding opportunities to private companies, but a closer look at the amended legislation reveals they may still be forced [...]

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