Monthly Archives: May 2015

IMN Real Estate Crowdfuding Forum, September 16-17, Santa Monica, CA

IMN Real Estate Crowdfuding Forum, September 16-17, Santa Monica, CA

CrowdFundBeat News Wire,  IMN is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Crowdfunding For Real Estate Forum, September 16-17, at the Fairmont, Santa Monica, CA. Following reports that real estate crowdfunding is set to jump to $2.5 Billion in 2015, IMN’s conference is your platform to learn more and capitalize on this exciting investing model.                 With over 400 participants attending our inaugural Crowdfunding Forum, including 275+ Owners/Developers and RIAs/Financial Advisors, we are pleased to return to California this year with brand new content featuring Owners and Developers speaking to other Owners and Developers as well as the excitement…

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Real Estate Crowdfunding: Lofty Fees, Lofty Promises

By Harmel Rayat CrowdFunding Beat guest contributor, Owning real estate always has been, and always will be, the foundation of building significant, long-term wealth. You can invest in everything from vacant land, to developed properties and REITs to “value-add” assets, which require a lot of work, time and experience. Or, for investors with limited time, knowledge and resources, an attractive option is private limited partnerships, which essentially pool money from investors to make investments. One of the hottest new ways to do this is through crowdfunding ventures, such as Fundrise, a Washington, D.C.-based start-up that lets investors participate in neighborhood development projects. Its first widely…

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CrowdFunding USA : Accredited Investor definition – Upgraded legislation – Title III


The Future of Alternative Finance The 2nd Annual CrowdFunding USA Forum, National Press club Washington DC.

While America Slept: Our Lost Billions from Crowdfunding and FinTech Innovation

Richard Swart, PhD Global Crowdfunding & Alternative Finance Researcher | Strategic Advisor | Author | The recent lawsuit by the Massachusetts Secretary of State Galvin attempting to subvert the expressed will of Congress, and the well designed and deliberate rules allowing firms to raise money under Title IV of the JOBS Act is the latest in a series of tragic mistakes by our regulators and consumer protection advocates. While America dithers, the rest of the world is rapidly innovating and developing profitable and safe financing vehicles helping fuel business growth and innovation. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao recently spoke at Tsinghua University and announced that the…

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Real Estate Investing Crowdfunding Insights

Real Estate Investing Crowdfunding Insights

When to Use Self-Directed IRAs for Real Estate Investing by Scott Lichtman For the past year, I’ve been working with a leading online real estate investing platform,iFunding. It’s exciting to see how technology and legal innovations are changing the way real estate is financed through online marketplaces and crowdfunding. Here, I’m extending my thoughts delivered in iFunding’s blog to cover the individual real estate investor’s perspective, which is the focus of my own LLC, Heartland Real Estate. Today, we look at self-directed IRAs,which allow investors to place tax-sheltered retirement funds into specific property investments, as well as other alternative assets like gold, private loans and LLCs.…

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US Intrastate Crowdfunding Regulations Report

US Intrastate Crowdfunding Regulations Report

By Crowd Valley The report makes an overview of all the existing intrastate legal frameworks allowing online investing in the US and summarizes their main points. Crowd Valley hopes that this publication can help reducing information asymmetry and be useful to all those approaching the US digital investing market for the first time or that are simply curious to understand how different states regulated the sector. https://db.tt/GDQ7LtpE.   the report on US Intrastate Crowdfunding Regulations: https://db.tt/GDQ7LtpE. www.crowdvalley.com.

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REPORT: Crowdfunded companies keeping a bigger slice

REPORT: Crowdfunded companies keeping a bigger slice

By Joe Gardiner In our latest report we investigate the correlation that’s begun to emerge between crowdfunding companies and the amounts of equity they’re parting with. Using Beauhurst deep data, we’ve unearthed some revealing statistics that tie up with the anecdotal evidence we’ve been hearing too. Whilst some of the data we’ve looked at suggests this trend could be down to the plethora of sub-£100k raises on crowdfunding platforms, companies are attracted to crowdfunding because they’re able to dictate their own valuation. This, however, presents an ethical mine-field. With company valuations arbitrary, it’s great that fast-growth start-ups are achieving deserved value. But with valuations easily…

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China Equity CrowdFunding Review

China Equity CrowdFunding Review

By Conor Roche Director of BOP China and Co-Founder of Fieldwork, with additional research by Chen XU Director of Operations of BOP China Equity crowdfunding is at a very nascent stage of development in China. Unlike in the UK and the US, there is no specific policy regarding the use of the internet as a means of selling equity in a private business to the public. There are strict rules regarding ‘illegal fund-raising’ online. However these rules are primarily focused on peer-to-peer loans and exist to stop fraudulent lenders. Yet to date, in mainland China there are no equity crowdfunding platforms. Although limited forms do…

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Crowdfunding space moves into its pubescence years

By Steve Cinelli ,  CrowdFundBeat Sr. Editor, As the crowdfunding space moves into its pubescence years, not quite a babe, yet not quite mature,  there seems to be increasing activity in its apparent novelty.   I muster the word “apparent” as I envisage an industry calling itself new and novel and disruptive, yet its fundamental premise is one of finance engagement.  True, the accelerated aggregation of capital to support aspiring artistic endeavors through online means has been inspirational.  Allowing artists a shot, while availing patrons here and far to participate.. more the better.   In the world of corporate and real estate finance,  the move to…

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Memorial Day : Take Action to Help Military Families

        CrowdFundBeat Special Edition, As Americans, we unite on Memorial Day to remember our fallen heroes, but on this day we also resolve to support our service members and their families. They serve for us – now we will serve for them. There are many things we can do to support our active-duty troops, veterans and their families. They all face the challenges of military service: from multiple deployments that separate family members, to recovering from the wounds of war. Ideas and useful links are provided throughout this section to help you provide much needed assistance and support. Send your personal thanks…

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How to Raise Capital But Preserve Your Equity: Royalty Based Crowdfunding

Written by Victoria Silchenko, PhD While some might think that royalty based crowdfunding is a new sheriff in town, the truth is that selling a portion of a future sale (royalty) in return for an investment has been quite popular for many years in the pharmaceutical and oil & gas industries, as well as among artists, writers, movie makers and those who were pitching Friends and Family, aka non-accredited investors. The main benefit for the investor is that he earns his regular income from gross revenues (not profits) as soon as the sale occurs and for the entrepreneur is that he is not giving up his equity…

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The Fuzzy Front End of Small and Medium Enterprise Funding: Linking B to B Lending To Reg A Equity Crowdfunding

The Fuzzy Front End of Small and Medium Enterprise Funding: Linking B to B Lending To Reg A Equity Crowdfunding

By Thomas E. Vass, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor and President, The Private Capital Market, Inc. “There appears to be a decided shift in focus by the SEC Chair and the Commission to addressing the needs of SME’s,” noted Samuel Guzik, in his March 11, 2015 article in CrowdFund Insider. “Not only has the SEC’s SME Advisory Committee come out of hibernation after 15 months of inactivity, but there are strong indicators   that these issues are becoming a priority.” One possible explanation for the recent interest in SME’s by the SEC may have to do with the growing recognition that small businesses are not getting…

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Boing BoingGawker alumni are crowdfunding to outbid Peter Thiel for control of ...Boing BoingGawker was bankrupted by Peter Thiel, who secretly backed Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against the network of news, entertainment and gossip sites in an act of petty revenge. Now, Gawker's a [...]

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