Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fintech: A policymaker’s Perspective

Fintech Wave of the Future?

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, BROTHERS PATRICK AND JOHN COLLISON CHALLENGE THE FINANCIAL STATUS QUO WITH THEIR PAYMENTS START-UP STRIPE –  “60 MINUTES” Patrick and John Collison are among a vanguard of entrepreneurs trying to make the movement of money online as easy as sending photos or videos. The young founders of Stripe, a $5 billion payments startup, appear in a Lesley Stahl report on the burgeoning industry known as “Fintech,” which is challenging traditional financial institutions. Stahl’s report will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, May 1 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. “In a world where people can send a Facebook message or…upload an…

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Why VCs Do Not Like Equity Crowdfunding

By Howard Marks Executive Chairman and co-founder at StartEngine Crowdfunding CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, In April 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and announced that Americans will now have access to the capital they need from ordinary investors. Yet the media received the declaration quietly — meaning most U.S. citizens remained blissfully unaware of this revolutionary new regulation. The venture capital industry is probably one of the most vital sources of risk capital for our economy. It has produced the industry giants that command worldwide success: Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. Without VC, most of those businesses would have never existed. Moreover, VCs have significantly contributed to our country’s technological success. Most people…

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Can retail investors compete with hedge funds in p2p ?

George Popescu Founder and Editor in Chief (Lending Times), Partner ( LunaCap Ventures), Board of Advisors (Gatecoin, AltOptions) CrowdfundBeat Guest post LendingRobot is claiming that it is difficult for retail investors or even high net worth individuals to manage so many micro-loans and to simultaneously compete with hedge funds looking to scoop the best loans under microseconds. Peer-to-peer lending was designed to provide a platform to the investors and borrowers to lend and borrow money without the intrusion of a financial intermediary. Investors need LendingRobot’s algorithms to compete with Hedge Fund algorithms to get the best returns out of these sites. LendingRobot was co-founded by Emmanuel Marot and…

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Crowdfunding: No Demo Days For Title III Issuers

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney  with Flaster/Greenberg PC. Crowdfunding is a marketing business. But when it comes to marketing an offering of securities by a Title III issuer, things get complicated. That’s why this is three times longer than any blog post should be. Why It Matters Section 5(c) of the Securities Act provides that an issuer may not make an “offer” of securities unless a full-blown registration statement is in effect, of the kind you would prepare for a public offering.         There are lots of exceptions to the general rule and Title III is one of them:…

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Marketing for Crowdfunding

By Ashleigh Everston  CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor, Influencer Marketing for Crowdfunding: An Equation for Success! Crowdfunding is the first step towards successful entrepreneurship. Without having the right financiers in your pocket, you cannot make your dream startup a reality. You may say that the financers are your primary target audience to position your startup venture. To promote a potential business idea, you needa support system of people who can promote your brand to the right audience, and who can do this better than influencers. Influencers are industry experts who give their insights into best practices and trending topicsof a particular area of field. These are the people who…

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Equity Crowdfunding: Is It For You?

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By Rick Pendykoski, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, Equity crowdfunding is a huge trend in the startup market, helping a number of companies launch their goods and services without heavy investment of their own. While it’s widely considered one of the coolest ways to see ideas come to fruition, equity crowdfunding may not be the best option for every investor. What is Equity Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is the practice of raising funds for a venture or project through the collective efforts of a large number of individual investors, largely through online crowdfunding platforms. Equity crowdfunding, also known as invest crowdfunding or crowdinvesting, is an online process where…

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THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: MOST STARTUPS FAIL

BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, This blog is a part of a 3 blog series. Click here to read Part 1: The apples and oranges of Crowdfunding – Reward/ Donation Crowdfunding is not investing. PART 2: THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: MOST STARTUPS FAIL The Risk Vs Reward tradeoff in the PIPR Market Startups can fail for many different reasons and most do!  Within the Final Regulation Crowdfunding Rules, the SEC comments about theSurvival Rates for Startups and Small Businesses Startups and small businesses that lack tangible assets or business experience needed to obtain conventional financing might turn to securities-based crowdfunding in reliance…

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Peter Thiel on Future of Fintech

Blue Sky, Regulators, Crowdfunding and “The Crowd”

Blue Sky, Regulators, Crowdfunding and “The Crowd”

By Paul Niederer Founder Raiseworth, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, What the crowdfunding industry has taught us worldwide is that “the crowd” will “out” a bad actor long before any of the regulators do. Regulators came out of the USA “blue sky” laws written state by state between 1911 and 1931. In these times there was no internet, little communication from town to town, regulators used broad laws to catch bad actors when they needed to, and when they found them. They may have got “tip offs” but as can be seen in this article the regulator often chooses their target.           It was…

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How Reg A+ enables raising up to $50 mil from the general public

How Reg A+ enables raising up to $50 mil from the general public

Given that only a few marketplace lenders accept money from retail investors, Regulation A+ may be a viable option to help these platforms diversify their funding sources away from institutional capital. One of the overarching themes at LendIt 2016 last week was the current liquidity and funding challenges in the capital markets and platforms’ difficulty in raising new venture capital. It was apparent to many industry participants that there is a need to diversify sources of funding. I had the pleasure at LendIt to sit down and discuss Regulation A+, a new capital raising option for startups and emerging growth companies, with Jason Gilbert, a…

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THE APPLES AND ORANGES OF CROWDFUNDING

        BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, On May 16, 2016, Equity (Investment) Crowdfunding will be available in the United States meaning anyone can invest into a private company that is listed on a FINRA member funding portal. Investing is no joke and should be approached cautiously. There are no guarantees; Investors bear the risk of losing their entire investment. If you are a loyal reader of my blogs, you know I keep harping on the importance of investors to thoroughly conduct due diligence and review all disclosures prior to making an investment. Issuers must not only release…

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HEADLINE NEWS

The VergeDonald Trump's terrible crowdfunding site was a microcosm of his political careerThe VergeAnd from the beginning, the site had Trump's populist edge. Zanker boasted that “the reign of Kickstarter's Brooklyn hipsters is over,” referring to Kickstarter's New [...]

Social media, crowdfunding skirmishes encapsulate Endy debateThe Herald JournalAfter that, a campaign with the same goals and the same organizer appeared on a separate crowdfunding site, FundRazr.com. This campaign also drew negative attention on social media, and after a few hours th [...]

FortuneCrowdfunding: Women Better at Raising Money Than Men Are ...FortuneA new study has found that women are generally better than men at crowdfunding.Women are better at crowdfunding than men, shows study | The ...The Independentall 3 news articles » [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding's Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated - Creators Ship, Especially In ChinaForbesBased on recent media reports, it looks like crowdfunding is now in the "disillusionment" phase of the famous Gartner hype cycle, after peaking a few years back. I will arg [...]

Wired.co.ukAfter budget cuts, museums are crowdfunding to preserve historyWired.co.ukIn 2015, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. launched its very first crowdfunding campaign to 'Reboot the Suit'. The idea was to raise much-need funds to conser [...]

How Women Trounce Men When Raising Seed Crowdfunding CapitalForbesMale entrepreneurs may account for the majority of business owners raising finance on crowdfunding platforms in the UK, but their female counterparts are far more likely to get the support they seek, new research shows. [...]

ReutersStudy says women are better at crowdfunding - ReutersReutersWomen around the world are less likely than men to tap the crowd online for money to fund their businesses and projects, but when they do they are likely to.and more » [...]

YourStory.comA crowdfunding portal ensuring total authenticity of cases, MeHelp lets you donate confidentlyYourStory.comIn March this year, Samiya Hafeez, a 22-year-old woman from Hyderabad, was arrested for running a fake crowdfunding campaign through which she collected almost Rs 22 [...]

Yahoo SportsCan crowdfunding save women's college hockey? - Yahoo SportsYahoo SportsNorth Dakota cut its women's hockey program in March, in one of the saddest and most stunning decisions to rock the sport at the collegiate level. “When you ...and more » [...]

MashableAtaribox crowdfunding plan is a giant, flapping red flagMashable"To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign," the note — translated from French — reads. It may not have been uttered by a PR mouthpiece [...]

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