Monthly Archives: March 2016

The rise in crowd-investing

By Adi Gaskell , CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor Editor, Crowdfunding has been expanding at quite a pace in recent years, but whilst I suspect most of you are familiar with the likes of Kickstarter, there is a slightly more serious form of the art growing in popularity. Since President Obama passed the JOBS Act in 2012 there has been a steady growth in crowd-investment platforms.  Whereas Kickstarter et al might reward backers with a freebie or some other gift associated with the project, with crowd-investing platforms, the return is more akin to that associated with traditional investments. I’ve written previously about investment platforms for real estate in…

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Secondary trading of securities – risks & exemptions

 By Scott Purcell CEO FundAmerica Technologies, LLC The good news is that under Reg A (and 506b&c), securities offerings by an issuer are exempt from state blue-sky registration. This is fantastic as it means that each one of the 51 “mini-SEC’s” don’t have to get involved prior to starting your fundraise. Sure, the “sale” of those securities may be subject to state dealer registration, especially for serial issuers or anyone using general solicitation aspects of Reg A or 506(c), but that’s different than having to fully qualify the offering via Blue Sky review. The bad news is that secondary sales (in other words, when an…

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Equity Crowdfunding’s First (But Not Last) Unicorn

By Eric Hal Schwartz dcinno.streetwise.co/ Self-driving cars are a still-evolving technology that has yet to take a final or ubiquitous form. It’s fitting then, that it’s a startup devoted to that technology has become the first equity-crowdfunded unicorn with General Motors purchasing Cruise Automation for more than $1 billion in cash and stock according to a report in Fortune. It could prove to be the kind of validation that the technology, and the method by which it raised its first funding rounds, needs in order to accelerate. The SEC’s new rules for equity crowdfunding that kicked in earlier this year have spawned a lot of excitement. Offering millions more people the chance to invest…

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Crowdfunding Law & Order

REPORT: Crowdfunding is expanding and maturing in Europe

By Ronald Kleverlaan, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, “The Current state of Crowdfunding“, the newly published report byCrowdfundingHub, the European Expertise Centre for Alternative & Community Finance, shows that in 2015 the crowdfunding industry in Europe has continued to grow and mature. The report brought together 27 national experts across Europe, and examined regulations, size of the industry, as well as the stance of government and the banking industry. It covers Peer-2-Peer businesses and consumers lending, donations, rewards and equity models and provides delineated insights on the current state of the industry by using the ‘Alternative Finance Maturity Index’ based on 15 key research areas. In almost…

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Regulation A+: Legal Considerations & Policy Recommendations

By Robin Sosnow Law Office of Robin Sosnow PLLC., Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Exactly one year ago today the SEC voted to adopt the proposed rules implementing Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”). Title IV effectively amended Regulation A and created the framework for the new Regulation A, which is known in the crowdfunding industry as “Reg A+.” Reg A+ provides an exemption from having to file reports with the SEC for US and Canadian issuers seeking to raise up to $50M in a 12-month period. The rules create a two-tiered approach, where Tier I issuers can raise up to…

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Donald Trump & Rule 506(d) bad actor

Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted bad actor disqualification provisions for Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, to implement Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The disqualification and related disclosure provisions appear as paragraphs (d) and (e) of Rule 506 of Regulation D.           As a result of Rule 506(d) bad actor disqualification, an offering is disqualified from relying on Rule 506(b) and 506(c) of Regulation D if the issuer or any other person covered by…

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Crowdfunding for Your Startup?

By Gabi Barragan crack the crowd .com Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor, Every single day a plethora of startups kick off crowdfunding campaigns with big dreams of reaching their targets and scoring a big win for innovation. From entrepreneurs to artists, people have an idea they believe can make money, fill a gap in the market—and change the world, too.   So what could possibly go wrong? Simply put, few startups hit their campaign targets, and among those, some won’t even make a dime. These campaigns fail because their creators start off with the wrong question. Rather than ask: “How can crowdfunding work for me?” the question should really be: “How does crowdfunding actually…

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Why 2016 is the Year of Equity Crowdfunding

By Adrian Bishop, Editor at opp.today, Crowdfunding Guest post, United States equity crowdfunding could double the capital raised this year to generate up to $4billion and 2016 will be the Year of Equity Crowdfunding, industry experts predict. The growth and potential of the sector has been discussed at the 4th Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding event, particularly in light of the latest revision of the JOBS Act. The whole debate can be seen on the CrowdFundBeat website. In fact, 2016 has been dubbed the’ Year of an Equity Gold Rush’, with new methodologies being introduced, including the Title III of the JOBS Act and the maturation of peer-to-peer…

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Crowdfunding Data & Outlook

5 Reasons to be Optimistic About Regulation A+

By Gary Emmanuel Securities attorney, CrowdFund Beat  Contributing Guest, Ok I admit it. I was a Regulation A+ skeptic. When the JOBS Act first came out in 2012, predictions that the JOBS Act makeover of Regulation A would be a game changer seemed wishful thinking. While the JOBS Act increased tenfold the annual dollar amount that can be raised under Regulation A, Congress delegated to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the authority to shape the contours of Regulation A through SEC regulation, leaving at the time many open questions. Fast forward almost four years since the enactment of the JOBS Act and one year since the publication…

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Guide to Investment Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act

by Geri Stengel Less than 1% of all companies in the United States finance their operations through venture capital. For the other 99%, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and many state regulators are loosening the rules and regulations regarding raising money from accredited investors and the general public. An Introduction to the JOBS Act Congress approved the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act with tremendous bipartisan support on April 23, 2012. The act provides a framework for public solicitation and advertising of a company’s securities offering via equity crowdfunding platforms. Over the following three and half years, the SEC began to put into place…

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HEADLINE NEWS

FortuneUncensored Social Network Gab Raises $1 Million in Crowdfunding CampaignFortuneA crowdfunding campaign for Gab, a Twitter-like social network that touts its commitment to freedom of speech, surpassed $1 million yesterday. The company claims it is politically neutral and committ [...]

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 [...]

Baltimore SunHarford still opposes crowdfunding sites for school donationsBaltimore SunRaising money through online crowdfunding sites is an ideal way for teachers to find the funds to purchase classroom materials and should be restored, the head of the Harford County teachers' u [...]

FortuneDreamHost Sets Up Crowdfunding Page to Aid Trump Government FightFortuneThe Los Angeles-based web host DreamHost, which is fighting the Department of Justice over its attempt to seize records of visitors to an anti-Donald Trump website, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to a [...]

DualShockersBounty Battle Rolls out the White Carpet with Successful Crowdfunding CampaignDualShockersWhen we last checked in with the indie-obsessed fighting game, Bounty Battle, it was halfway through its $30,000 crowdfunding goal. Now with 3 days left to go, it's surpassed thi [...]

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 [...]

GeekZing Smart Light Passes Crowdfunding Goal With Flying Colors ...GeekAt age 31, I still prefer to keep a light on in the hallway, illuminating my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. (God forbid I step on the creeping cat—or ...and more » [...]

Business.comYou Oversold Your Crowdfunding Campaign – Now What?Business.comIf you've oversold, there's no way to go back in time and prevent it. Your next step should be to streamline what you can control. Crowdfunding can be an unpredictable, exciting experience. But reachi [...]

LITTLE GUIDANCE FROM IRS ON TAXING CROWDFUNDING CONTRIBUTIONSBloomberg BNAWhether it's a musician raising money to produce an album, an inventor with a great idea, or a family in distress that needs help, crowdfunding through platforms such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter has become [...]

ForbesWhat Works In Equity Crowdfunding -- Insights From ResearchForbesAs we have recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of the signing of the JOBS Act into law, it is a good time to take stock of the effect that the legislature had on equity crowdfunding in the United States. It [...]

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