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Crowdfunding Curriculum

INTRODUCTION Four years after Congress passed the JOBS Act, requiring the relaxing of certain rules on raising funds, equity crowdfunding for non-accredited investors finally arrived May 16. According to The National Law Review, here are some of the most important facts to know:1 Non-public US companies may raise funds on the Internet from accredited and non-accredited investors alike. Crowdfunding must be conducted through SEC approved fundraising portals that are managed by registered broker-dealers (i.e., not a company’s own website). The amount raised cannot exceed $1,000,000 in a 12 month period. Individual investors with annual income under $100,000 are limited to investing the greater of $2,000…

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Communications and publicity by issuers prior to and during a “Regulation CF” offering

By Sara Hanks , CrowdFundBeat  Sr.contributing Guest Editor  CEO/Founder, CrowdCheck, Inc. The idea behind crowdfunding is that the crowd — family, friends and fans of a small or startup company, even if they are not rich or experienced investors — can now invest in that company’s securities. For a traditionally risk-averse area of law, that’s a pretty revolutionary concept! In order to make this leap, Congress wanted to ensure that all potential investors had access to the same information. The solution that Congress came up in the JOBS Act with was that there had to be one centralized place that an investor could access that information —…

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Albright; Letter to Congressman McHenry in Support of “Fix Crowdfunding Act”

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"H.R. 4855 democratizes the investing landscape by giving even the tiniest of investors the ability to access alternative growth products and build diversified retirement portfolios. While researching a white paper highlighting the monumental impact of tax-deferred micro alternative investing, we uncovered a staggering correlation between America’s retirement system and its national wealth gap. It appears that America’s wealth disparity began to spike just as the IRA and 401k started replacing defined benefit plans. This was also the same timeframe that American investors were separated by financial stature and divided into two distinct classes: accredited and non-accredited. As depicted in the chart below, unless and until…

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JOBS Act Title III Crowdfunding – A Trap for the Unwary?

By Samuel Guzik, Corporate Securities Lawyer. Crowdfund Beat Gust Post. June 2, 2016- A few weeks ago I wrote an article discussing one of the potential pitfalls – and weaknesses – in the SEC’s new Regulation CF, which became effective May 16, 2016, which allows private companies to raise up to $1 million on an SEC registered internet portal.  Though equity crowdfunding was inspired by rewards based platforms, such as Kickstarter, the structure that emerged for equity crowdfunding, Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012, was quite different. In particular, due to intricate SEC rules and doctrines followed for decades, most often in registered…

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CrowdfundBeat to Host Crowdfunding USA Conference at Washington D.C.’s National Press Club

May 3, 2016 @ 8:22 am By Samantha Hurst – CF Insider On Monday, CrowdfundBeat will be hosting the annual Crowdfunding USA Conference at Washington D.C.’s National Press Club on May 5th-6th. The event will bring together thought-leaders, practitioners, and pundits, discussing some of the new chapters in the Crowdfunding playbook, such as Regulation A+ and the implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act, namely crowdfund investing for non-accredited investors. The conference will also host an impressive group of speakers and panelists, to assess, debate, and prognosticate the elements of the market and its practices. The roster of speakers are: David Rose: Founder of…

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Statement at Open Meeting on Regulation Crowdfunding and on Securities Act Rules 147 and 504

Chair Mary Jo White Oct. 30, 2015 Good morning.  This is an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on October 30, 2015, under the Government in the Sunshine Act. Today, the Commission will consider two staff recommendations for rules intended to increase companies’ access to capital within a strong framework of investor protections.  The first is a recommendation to adopt congressionally mandated rules under the JOBS Act that would permit startups and small businesses to raise capital by offering and selling securities through crowdfunding, the last of our significant rulemakings under the JOBS Act. The second is a recommendation to propose changes…

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[document] SEC DERA reports on the US private placement market

CrowdFundBeat Data Center. See more report at https://crowdfundbeat.com/2014/08/01/crowdfunding-beat-is-1-source-for-data-analytics-research-reports/ The DERA report released concurrently today reports on the US private placement market.  Canada, Cayman Islands and Israel (in that order) account for the majority of the 20% of $1.3 trillion raised under Regulation D by foreign issuers in 2014.  There are also lots of other gems in the report well worth the time to read. SEC DERA Report on US Private Placement Market 2009 to 2014 Oct 2015 (1)

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SEC Open Meeting Oct. 30, 2015

Regulation Crowdfunding SEC Open Meeting Oct. 30, 2015 Action The Securities and Exchange Commission will consider whether to adopt final rules that would allow the offer and sale of securities through crowdfunding. The recommended rules would give small businesses an additional avenue to raise capital and provide investors with important protections. If adopted, this would complete the Commission’s major rulemaking mandated under the JOBS Act. Highlights of the Recommended Final Rules The recommended rules would, among other things, enable individuals to purchase securities in crowdfunding offerings subject to certain limits, require companies to disclose certain information about their business and securities offering, and create a…

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Stanford experts: Key strategies can boost donations at crowdfunding sites

Stanford experts: Key strategies can boost donations at crowdfunding sites

BY TOM ABATE – Stanford computer scientists have shown how crowdfunding websites can use data science to boost cash value of donations. Their research confirms, among other findings, the importance of a timely thank you. It’s common courtesy to say thanks when receiving a gift, and common sense to think that givers might be generous again if they felt good about their prior gift. Now Stanford computer scientists have shown how crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and DonorsChoose.org can use data science to apply these folk wisdoms systematically, and on a large scale, to greatly boost the cash value of donations. In a paper for the…

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HEADLINE NEWS

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 [...]

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 [...]

DVS Gaming (registration) (blog)Crowdfunding: How Does it Help Indie Developers?DVS Gaming (registration) (blog)2012 is when crowdfunding really blew up, prior to 2012 the average amount of money devs would receive could range from 10k-100k. By today's standards, that's stil [...]

The MemoCrowdfunding has become a 'monster' argues its greatest criticThe MemoBrown has become a thorn in the side of this blossoming industry, even more so as it's clear his blog is now even read by regulators at the Financial Conduct Authority. The Memo sat down with [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Australian Brews NewsBrewery crowdfunding effective overall: PozibleAustralian Brews NewsEquity crowdfunding by breweries overseas has been effective overall, despite some high profile failures, according to Pozible. The largest reward-based crowdfunding platform in the Asia Pacific, [...]

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 [...]

Crowdfund InsiderIsraeli Crowdfunding Platform ExitValley Self Crowdfunds, Plans UK ExpansionCrowdfund InsiderThe digital platform to book parking anywhere raised $2 million – a portion of that, $270,000, reportedly came from ExitValley. To date the self-crowdfunding offer has raised [...]

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