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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NPRAfter Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise ...NPRThe 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 woul [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

EntrepreneurWhy Some Small Business Owners Are Turning to Crowdfunding to Save Their CompanyEntrepreneurMany owners of beloved local businesses, especially in pricier cities, have been forced to swallow their pride and appeal to their customers in times of crisis -- a process streamli [...]

Times of IndiaPT Usha takes to crowdfunding to run schoolTimes of IndiaCHENNAI: Legendary athlete PT Usha, called 'Payyoli Express' by her fans, has taken to crowdfunding and raised Rs 20 lakh to train budding girl sprinters and runners at her school in the hope of turning t [...]

Crowdfund InsiderNew Investment Crowdfunding Platform Launches in North Carolina as Full Stack Platform Including Intrastate NC ...Crowdfund InsiderUnder NC PACES, or “North Carolina Providing Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs and Small business Act,” crowdfunding legislation, issue [...]

ChronicleLiveNo need for banks as North East businesses turn to crowdfundingChronicleLiveCrowdfunding has developed a reputation for helping weird and wonderful projects become a reality. But while creative projects have utilised crowdfunding for some time, more and more North East bu [...]

Crowdfunding For French CastlesNPRYou too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: What if I told you that for about $60, you cou [...]

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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