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The Best Industries for Regulation Crowdfunding


Sherwood Neiss, is a Principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors and a Partner at Crowd Capital Ventures. He is an expert at building successful businesses.

The State of Reg A Plus. What’s Next?


Blaine McLaughlin is the Chief Operating Officer of VIA Folio, an innovative IPO, private and alternative investment platform that makes it easy for online platforms, issuers, investors, brokers and advisors to engage with IPOs, private and alternative debt and equity offerings.

Regulations for Title III & “ICO’s”


Georgia P. Quinn is the CEO and co-founder of iDisclose, an adaptive web-based application that enables entrepreneurs to prepare customized institutional grade private placement

Crowdfunding Meets Blockchain ICO’s

Sara Hanks, co-founder, and CEO of CrowdCheck, is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the corporate and securities field.

Parallels between ICO’s and the early days of Equity Crowdfunding

Parallels between ICO’s and the early days of Equity Crowdfunding

By Paul Niederer,  Founder Raiseworth. (Here is a post from 2015 when I started pushing for Crowdfunding to be moved to the Blockchain) If I go back to 2008, in the very early days of Equity Crowdfunding, the ASSOB platform has already been operating for around four years. This meant there were plenty of learnings in place even before any other equity platforms had started. There are parallels here with ICO’s as in the early days many people that approached us to raise capital on ASSOB had not much more than an idea or a sketch on paper. We learnt as the years went by that the existing regulatory…

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Watch: New SEC Chairman Jay Clayton


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (10:00 AM) – Committee on Financial Services Hearing: “Examining the SEC’s Agenda, ICO’s Crowdfunding, Operations, and Budget”

REPORT: Crowdfunding meets Blockchain

        By Navroop Sahdev Centre for Blockchain Technologies, University College London, UK Centre d’Économie de l’Université Paris-Nord, France June 2017 Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. The Advent of Crowdfunding 3. Market design and Liquidity Considerations for CFE Trading on the Blockchain 3.1. Liquidity and Price Discovery 3.2. A game of Information 3.3. Asset Servicing and Voting 3.4. Market Making versus Tokenization 3.5. The impact of Transparent Holdings 4. Concluding remarks 5. Endnotes 6. References CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT  Abstract Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, promises to be nothing less than Internet 2.0. The financial services industry, in particular, is preparing for…

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Interact with FactRight’s Reg A+ Database

by Brandon Raatikka According to FactRight’s tracking, the SEC qualified 21 Reg A+ Tier 2 offerings in the second quarter of 2017, maintaining a brisk pace by the standards of Reg A+’s relatively short history. Approximately 45% of the 96 Tier 2 offerings qualified since late 2015 (not later withdrawn or used for merger purposes) have been qualified in just the first half of this year.   Three issuers made headlines in June 2017, when each listed common equity (that had been previously issued under Regulation A offerings) on a national securities exchange: Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO), Adomani, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADOM), and ShiftPixy, Inc. (Nasdaq: PIXY). In the wake…

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Is the Party Over? SEC Concludes Cryptocurrency Offering Required Registration

Is the Party Over? SEC Concludes Cryptocurrency Offering Required Registration

By Trudy-Anne McLeary, Associate, Corporate and Finance | Benjamin T. Brickner, Associate, Corporate and Finance In an investigative report and investor bulletin, the SEC concludes that offers and sales of cryptocurrency coins and tokens may be subject to federal securities laws. On July 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) released an investigative report with important implications for issuers and sponsors of initial coin offerings (ICOs) that raise funds for cryptocurrency ventures. The report, prompted by the recent proliferation of such activity, concluded that coins offered to purchasers in ICOs constitute securities regulated by the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934…

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SEC Issues Investigative Report Concluding DAO Tokens, a Digital Asset, Were Securities

Crowdfund Beat News Wire, SEC issued an investigative report stating, “tokens offered and sold by a ‘virtual’ organization known as ‘The DAO’ were securities and therefore subject to the federal securities laws.” U.S. Securities Laws May Apply to Offers, Sales, and Trading of Interests in Virtual Organizations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2017-131 Washington D.C., July 25, 2017— The Securities and Exchange Commission issued an investigative report today cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by “virtual” organizations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws. Such offers and sales, conducted by organizations using distributed ledger or blockchain technology, have been referred to, among other things,…

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Delaware Blockchain Initiative?

Crowdfund Beat News Wire, Delaware Blockchain Initiative: Transforming the Foundational Infrastructure of Corporate Finance or much of American corporate finance is Delaware corporate law. Later this year, a small change to Delaware corporate law, if enacted, could facilitate a major simplification of the plumbing of the financial system built on top of that foundation. The change is part of the Delaware Blockchain Initiative (DBI), which then-Governor Jack Markell introduced in May 2016. The initiative will allow for the application of distributed ledger technology to many of the private sector’s most basic and critical legal documents, which companies currently file with the Delaware Division of Corporations.…

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Happy Birthday Regulation CF (shame about the compliance failures)

Happy Birthday Regulation CF (shame about the compliance failures)

BY SARA HANKS , CrowdFundBeat  Sr.contributing Guest Editor  CEO/Founder,Crowd check.Inc. So, one year ago today, Regulation CF went into effect. Small companies can make offerings up to $1 million (recently increased to $1.07 million) and roughly 325 companies have made Reg CF offerings so far. Roughly 80 companies have filed Form C-U to notify the SEC of the conclusion of their offering (they can also use Form C-U to report progress of the deal, so the raw numbers need refining). Another 50 or so companies have taken advantage of the fact that the SEC tells us that multiple closings are permitted once a company reaches its…

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ForbesSix Tips To Boost Your Next Crowdfunding CampaignForbesBefore we were able to do our first project as a nonprofit, we had this pesky problem of actually having the funds to do the work. We knew we needed a fundraiser, and we knew we needed to get creative since we had no money t [...]

BloombergOnline Real Estate Platforms Bring Crowdfunding to the Wealthy ...BloombergReal estate fund managers Michael Episcope and David Scherer had Georgia on their minds—specifically, Atlanta. The city, part of the third-largest-gaining metro area in the U.S. last year, according to [...]

Christian Science MonitorCrowdfunding helps Britain's homeless transition to stable housing and workChristian Science MonitorA coffee, a sandwich, money?" "I want homeless people who have passions and ambitions and talents to have some of the same opportunities that I h [...]

Irish TimesSurfer brothers catch crowdfunding waveIrish TimesTwo surfing brothers from Portrush who set up Northern Ireland's first surfboard company have caught a wave of new investment from a popular crowdfunding platform and raised more than £405,000 (€462,500) in just one wee [...]

Reuters'I feel lucky every day': crowdfunding Britain's homeless into work ...ReutersBy Lee MannionLONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a decade spent waking up on the street, in police cells or in hospital due to drinking, Joe - who is now 37 - knew he had to ch [...]

Crowdfund InsiderNext Generation UK Rental Platform Movebubble Nears Halfway Crowdfunding Goal on SeedrsCrowdfund Insider“Movebubble distinguishes itself from the competition by having a fanatic focus on putting the renters' needs first. To the best of our knowledge, we're t [...]

National Real Estate InvestorRich Turn to Crowdfunding for Properties From Offices to HotelsNational Real Estate Investor(Bloomberg Markets)—Real estate fund managers Michael Episcope and David Scherer had Georgia on their minds—specifically, Atlanta. The city, part of the third-large [...]

ForbesNeed To Fund Your Health Idea? How About Crowdfunding?ForbesGot an idea that you think will change the face of health or public health? Don't know where to go to get funding to launch the idea? Worried that you won't be able to convince one person or one organization t [...]

MinnPostWith Take 12, crowdfunding meets maternity leaveMinnPostIn March 2016, Margi Scott found herself in a scary situation. About seven months into her third pregnancy, she learned that she was suffering from liver failure and underwent an emergency C-section. Her twins were delive [...]

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