Monthly Archives: September 2014

SEC to consider change to definition of Accredited Investor

By MacDonald Weiss PLLC, At its next meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee of the SEC, to be held on October 9, 2014, the Commission’s agenda includes a discussion of recommendations regarding amendments to the definition of “accredited investor.” The low-hanging fruit would be to simply increase the income and net worth tests for individuals, currently set at individual net worth, or joint net worth with that person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million, excluding the value of the person’s primary residence; or annual individual income in excess of $200,000 ($300,000 with a spouse), in each of the two most recent years, with a reasonable expectation…

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A Model State Crowdfunding Law

A Model State Crowdfunding Law

By MARK RODERICK, Crowdfunding Beat Guest Editor, I was asked recently to draft a Crowdfunding statute for Texas, to augment the proposals made by the Texas State Securities Board. Having done that, I have turned my Texas statute into a model law that could be used by any state, including the handful that have already adopted Crowdfunding in one form or another. The model law is a PDF here. I drafted the model statute with these goals: To balance the interests of investors, entrepreneurs, and state securities regulators; To reflect the lessons I’ve learned over more than 30 years in the capital formation business; To capture the current best…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Real Estate Companies on Fundrise Have More Than $54B in Assets Under Management

INFOGRAPHIC: Real Estate Companies on Fundrise Have More Than $54B in Assets Under Management

By Benjamin Miller, Co-Founder at Fundrise and Popularise, One of the major benefits of real estate crowdfunding is its ability to connect investors with the best real estate operators from around the country — at a scale not possible using traditional, offline approaches. The Fundrise platform has developers in more than 40 states and all top 10 major metro markets—all of whom are actively raising capital and looking to bring new investors into their networks. We took a look at the major stats on each of the 373 sponsors on our platform and what we found was astounding—more than $54B assets under management and over…

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Crowdfunding and taxes [ Video ]

By Mark Gruba, CPA Matt Bryant discussed the multi-billion dollar trend of crowdfunding and its tax implications Monday on News 8 at Sunrise. Bryant is the Controller at PharmaSmart International and the President-elect of the Rochester Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs. Watch more Videos on CrowdFunding.tv Bryant said crowdfunding, the process of raising money for creative projects or charity via the internet, raised $1.5 billion worldwide in 2013. It can bring large amounts of people together to raise money for a cause, whether that be a business, project, charity or medical need. Crowdfunding has been used to fund movies, CDs, video…

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Wealth Migrate, Global Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, Wealth Migrate is a global, self-service, crowd sourced property solution, which takes advantage of local property markets, through best of breed partners and collective buying power. The investment process optimized through our Global IT Platform, providing transparency and efficiency to sophisticated investors into world’s hottest property markets! Wealth Migrates crowdfunding revenue model differs from a fund dramatically, where we only earn and profit from an investment AFTER the investor achieves his hurdle rate or preferred return. Only direct costs/expenses related to the real estate investment are charged to the SPV. Wealth Migrate does not charge fees for a profit to the SPV…

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Crowdfunding Campaign to Address Critical Respiratory Mask Need in Children

CrowdFunding News Wire, EXPORT, Pa., Oct. 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – Circadiance has announced that it will seek crowdfunding support for the development of pediatric face masks. Circadiance has developed a line of soft cloth face masks for adult non-invasive ventilation which are widely viewed as the most comfortable masks available and sees an opportunity to address an unmet need using similar soft cloth technology in infants and young children. Non-invasive ventilation requires the use of a face mask, as opposed to invasive ventilation in which the ventilator is connected to the patient via a tube down the throat. Clinician feedback consistently…

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Crowdfund Banking and Lending Summit,Oct 16, 2014 – Oct 17, 2014 Grand Hyatt, San Francisco

Crowdfund Banking and Lending Summit,Oct 16, 2014 – Oct 17, 2014 Grand Hyatt, San Francisco

Oct 15, 2014 – Oct 17, 2014 Grand Hyatt San Francisco CFGE: Crowdfund Banking and Lending Summit, presented by Coastal Shows, is a two-day comprehensive deep dive into new opportunities in finance and peer-to-peer crowdfunding. Designed to be the premier networking and educational event for new financial opportunities in 2014, the CFGE: Crowdfund Banking and Lending Summit in San Francisco will delve through the complex layers of this rapidly expanding market and cover every aspect of the revolution. General solicitation and crowdfunding are changing the way deals are done and the way companies are funded in today’s markets. Attend CFGE: Crowdfund Banking and Lending Summit…

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IMPROVING LEGAL DOCUMENTS IN CROWDFUNDING

IMPROVING LEGAL DOCUMENTS IN CROWDFUNDING

By Mark Roderick,Crowdfunding Beat, Guest Contributor, Internal rate of return, a financial concept, is not always used correctly in Crowdfunding documents. The internal rate of return, often referred to as IRR, calculates the total rate of return of an investment, expressed as a percentage. Suppose you invested $100 in a bond that paid $5 at the end of each year for four years and were redeemed at the end of the fifth year for $105. Not surprisingly, that investment has an IRR of 5%. Suppose you try to calculate IRR at the end of the fourth year? You tell Microsoft Excel that you paid $100…

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Crowdfunding or Private Equity – Which Way Do I Go? October 8th NYC

When: October 8th, 2014 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM Where: Purpose | 115 Fifth Avenue 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003       Panelists:   Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss – Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors. Woodie is an expert at building successful businesses. As a 3-time INC500 winner whose company won E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Woodie understands the keys to entrepreneurial success from concept to company to sale. As a co-founding member of Startup Exemption, Woodie co-authored the Crowdfunding Framework used in the JOBS Act that was signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012. Within Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), Woodie works with…

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Crowdfunding A Patent-Free Drug For Treating Cancer

CrowdFunding Beat,  News Wire Here on Techdirt we’ve been pretty scathing about the way that Big Pharma develops drugs — often poorly — and then uses patent monopolies to keep prices so high that only rich Westerners can afford them. Of course, it’s easy to complain about the flaws of the current approach, but are there any alternatives? We’ve already covered one — using prizes – and now Carl Levinson points us to another potentially powerful approach: crowdsourcing. It’s already been adopted by ‘Project Marilyn’ to develop a patent-free anti-cancer drug: The campaign will fund a xenograft experiment, which is the next step in developing…

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Fuji TV and Sega Networks, Goopa shifts gears to game-focused crowdfunding

Fuji TV and Sega Networks, Goopa shifts gears to game-focused crowdfunding

Earlier this week, Tokyo-based startup Goopa announced that it received an undisclosed amount of funding from Japanese television network Fuji TV and Sega’s mobile gaming-focused division Sega Networks. Until recently, Goopa was best known for Anipipo, a service that allows users to crowdfund independent anime from up-and-coming artists. The service was even backed by Hayao Miyazaki apprentice Kenji Itoso. The new investment, however, signals a shift away from Anipipo and toward Crowdrive – a crowdfunding platform for indie games that is scheduled to launch later this month. Tech in Asia sat down with Goopa CEO Hiroaki Taira to learn more about the changes taking place…

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NPRAfter Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise FeesNPRThe popular crowdfunding service Patreon has backed off plans to change its payment structure, after widespread, vocal and passionate opposition from creators and their fans. Last week, the site announced it wou [...]

CoinDeskKickstarter ICO? Don't Count On It Says Crowdfunding Leader ...CoinDeskThe company most widely associated with crowdfunding, Brooklyn-based Kickstarter, has no plans to get into the initial coin offering (ICO) business. Coming in response to the news yesterday that compet [...]

TechCrunchHow hate speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online ...TechCrunchIf you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you're probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech. Fortunately there's Ha [...]

Bitcoin News (press release)Crowdfunding Giant Indiegogo Joins the ICO BandwagonBitcoin News (press release)Crowdfunding Giant Indiegogo Joins the ICO Bandwagon Indiegogo is a popular crowdfunding platform headquartered in San Francisco that was founded in 2008 by Eric Schell, Slava R [...]

HuffPostIs Crowdfunding Really a Good Idea for Innovation?HuffPostHere's a head-scratcher for you: according to new research, if you refer to your product or idea as both “novel” and “useful” in your crowdfunding campaign, your funding will be lower than it would if you just decl [...]

Coindesk (press release) (blog)Crowdfunding Giant Indiegogo Opens to ICOs - CoinDeskCoindesk (press release) (blog)The startup revealed today that, through an existing partnership with MicroVentures, it will begin offering services to projects seek to use the blockchain funding model. [...]

FortuneWant to Hold Your Own ICO? Indiegogo Can Help You With ThatFortuneCrowdfunding sites like Kickstarter (kickstarter, +0.00%) and Indiegogo raised start-up cash for a generation of online entrepreneurs, but one increasingly visible method of internet-sourced financing seemed to h [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding Do's And Dont's From iFundWomen's Karen CahnForbesDuring our conversation, she was transparent in sharing that her first software company, VProud, failed because she “did everything backwards” and spent too much time trying to perfect the product. “Pe [...]

TechCrunchFormer Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.comTechCrunchWhile Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month [...]

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