Monthly Archives: March 2015

5 Ways Patch of Land Protects Their Investors’ Best Interest

5 Ways Patch of Land Protects Their Investors’ Best Interest

Opinion: Author: Marco Rivera, Despite the tremendous growth of marketplace lending, one of the major challenges remains the ability for crowdfunding portals to gain the trust of potential investors.  Patch of Land has established itself as a trustworthy leader in the real estate debt space by placing an increased emphasis on complete transparency as well as state of the art technology, strong due diligence, and thorough underwriting. In fact, Patch of Land believes in the quality of their offerings so much that they prefund their loans and take on 100% of the risk up front.  These core values are some of the ways Patch of Land is able…

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“A” is For Approved: SEC Finalizes Regulation A+, the Small Offering Exemption

“A” is For Approved: SEC Finalizes Regulation A+, the Small Offering Exemption

Author: Brian Korn CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor. Partner at Manatt, Phelpd& Phillips Capital Markets bkorn@manatt.com Securities lawyers had a “first time in forever” moment on March 25, when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to approve landmark reforms to its Regulation A, the so-called (and until now little-used) “small offering exemption.” “Regulation A+,” as it has come to be widely known, ushers in a new type of quasi-public offering that breaks the classic dichotomy of registered public offering or private placement. Regulation A+ is a novel opportunity for small businesses, including peer-to-peer lending platforms, to raise capital from both accredited and non-accredited investors without becoming fully registered public…

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Watch: Is TITLE III is Dead or Alive ? Dr. Richard Swart Keynote Speech

REPORT: GLOBAL CROWDFUNDING MARKET TO REACH $34.4B IN 2015

REPORT: GLOBAL CROWDFUNDING MARKET TO REACH $34.4B IN 2015

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, Crowdfunding Market Grows 167% in 2014: Crowdfunding Platforms Raise $16.2 Billion, Finds Research Firm Massolution® Report Forecasts Total Global Crowdfunding to Reach $34.4 Billion in 2015, with North America Remaining the Largest Market and Asia, Outpacing Europe in 2014, in Second Place. LOS ANGELES, California – March 31, 2015 – Crowdfunding is accelerating at an unprecedented rate and impacting government policy, informing enterprise innovation, and changing the role of financial institutions around the world. Today, massolution®, a research firm specializing in the crowdsourcing and crowdfunding industries, released its annual 2015CF – Crowdfunding Industry Report. After collecting data on 1,250 active crowdfunding platforms…

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Reg A+ is here!!! But is it Crowdfunding?

Reg A+ is here!!! But is it Crowdfunding?

By Jonathan Frutkin, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor,  CEO of Cricca Funding, LLC. There has been a potentially game-changing development in the world of crowdfunding. The SEC, while unable for a host of reasons to approve rules governing Title III of the JOBS Act (which permits true crowdfunding), did approve the final rules for Title IV. When the SEC trotted out the proposed rules, all the interest groups – including state securities administrators – came out in full force. I am happy to report that the crowdfunding community won the day, in no small part to relentlessly educating the SEC staff that championed this change. There is…

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What’s Next Big Deal on Real Estate CrowdFunding, SV Conference 2015

P2P Lending and Big Data : Banking on the Non-Banks

By Saurabh Sharma, Indus Insights, CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, Banking on the Non-Banks Online and Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, the practice of money lending that circumvents traditional banks, is enjoying explosive growth and popularity with no signs of abatement in the early part of the year. Companies established in the marketplace are facilitating billions of dollars of loans. One of the first industry entrants and the largest player in the market, Lending Club, raised $900 million in last year’s largest technology public offering and is now engaged in a joint venture with Google. With this IPO, Lending Club now has a market capitalization of $7.4B, which is…

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JD.com Launches Equity Crowdfunding Platform in China

JD.com Launches Equity Crowdfunding Platform in China

CrowdfundBeat News Wire, BEIJING, March 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — JD.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:JD), China’s leading online direct sales company, today announced it has launched a series of initiatives to help finance, develop and promote the creation of start-ups in China. The new JD Equity Crowdfunding platform, which builds upon JD.com’s success in the area of Internet finance, is expected to be China’s largest equity crowdfunding platform upon its launch today. JD Equity Crowdfunding, which expands the range of offerings from JD Crowdfunding, will leverage JD.com’s nationwide brand and reputation for authenticity in the e-commerce space to give China’s entrepreneurs access to a broad set of potential…

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REG A + New Rules Provide Investors With More Investment Choices

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, Washington D.C., March 25, 2015 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted final rules to facilitate smaller companies’ access to capital.  The new rules provide investors with more investment choices.   The new rules update and expand Regulation A, an existing exemption from registration for smaller issuers of securities.  The rules are mandated by Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.   The updated exemption will enable smaller companies to offer and sell up to $50 million of securities in a 12-month period, subject to eligibility, disclosure and reporting requirements.   “These new rules provide an effective, workable path…

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Crowd Caucus Show: The Next Step in Regulation A+ Interview with Brian Korn

Meet Brian Korn and other CF thought leaders at 2nd Annual CrowdFunding USA Forum on May 7th & 8th, 2015 National Press Club, Washington DC

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The Next Step in Crowdfunding: Regulation A+

Written by, Richard Weintraub The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), on March 25, 2015, issued the anticipated regulations for Regulation A+ (“Reg. A+”). Reg. A+ provides issuers of securities an alternative method of registering securities with the SEC. It is less costly and time consuming than filing an S-1 registration statement. An issuer may now register up to $50 million of free trading securities and offer the securities to the public. Up to $15 million of those securities may be registered by shareholders of the issuer. One of the key components of Reg. A+ is that it preempts the states from regulating in the area.…

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REGULATION A+ IS HERE

REGULATION A+ IS HERE

By Mark Roderick, Flaster/Greenberg P.C. @CrowdfundAttny.  Crowdfunding Beat Sr. Guest Editor Well, that didn’t take long. It’s been a mere 457 days since the SEC proposed regulations under Title IV of the JOBS Act, aka Regulation A+, and a mere 1,070 days since the JOBS Act was signed into law. Yet the SEC approved final regulations today, with just a few tweaks from the proposed rules. Regulation A+ will go into effect in roughly 60 days. The most important provisions of the proposed regulations survived intact: companies will be allowed to raise up to $50 million – from anyone, not just accredited investors – without approval from state regulators. You…

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HEADLINE NEWS

ForbesHow One Startup Raised 10 Times Its Original Crowdfunding GoalForbesRunning a successful crowdfunding campaign isn't easy. The odds are heavily stacked against you, as very few end up succeeding. "Statistically, up to 89% of campaigns fail. Kickstarter has the highest [...]

ForbesThe Ultimate Pre-Launch Crowdfunding ChecklistForbesCrowdfunding is not limited to the platform where you launch your campaign. Instead, it has become a valuable way to transform your idea into a mainstream business. In order to head in that direction, you must execute a number [...]

Eater LondonFat Macy's Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Open Restaurant in PeckhamEater LondonFat Macy's — a food social enterprise which aims to train young Londoners living in temporary housing — have launched a crowdfunding campaign. Their aim is to raise £55,141 to fund a [...]

Realnoe vremyaEveryone pools: Elvira Nabiullina to look closer at crowdfundingRealnoe vremyaThe Central Bank has seriously started fighting against crowdfunding platforms. The regulator told the gradual imposition of control of the sector won't begin earlier than in 2018. But mar [...]

Devon LiveCrowdfunding campaign launched to save adopted Romanian puppy who needs £8000 for vital surgery to save its lifeDevon LiveSam has started a crowd-funding campaign to try to help meet the £8000 cost of the surgery. It's a tall order, but every little helps. Sam had been [...]

U.S. News & World ReportNo Cash for Hate, Say Mainstream Crowdfunding FirmsU.S. News & World ReportThe block on mainstream crowdfunding is just the latest blow to far-right activists operating online. In the last 24 hours, neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer had its domain regi [...]

The AustralianIgniteme heats up crowdfundingThe Australian“The only other comparable film that raised money through crowdfunding would be Crocodile Dundee, but not all funding came from the crowd.” Mr Morello said the idea behind the platform was relatively simple — giving new and bud [...]

UKTN8 simple steps for a successful equity crowdfunding campaignUKTNTom Horbye, senior campaign development associate at Seedrs, shares his top tips for a successful equity crowdfunding campaign. Here are eight easy-to-follow tips to help you devise and launch a successful equity crow [...]

LivemintFinding the right balance on crowdfundingLivemintSecurities market regulator Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has been trying to get a handle on digital platform-based crowdfunding since at least 2014, when it issued a cautiously positive consultation paper. It fl [...]

Crain's Cleveland Business'Smaller' gifts can go long way for Clinic's crowdfunding platformCrain's Cleveland BusinessFor an institution accustomed to securing multimillion-dollar donations, Cleveland Clinic's latest fundraising effort has some relatively [...]

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