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The Democracy of Capital

By Howard Marks Executive Chairman and co-founder at StartEngine Crowdfunding CrowdFund Beat Guest Post A Revolution for the 99 Percent In 1929, ordinary investors got a taste of how capital markets can go wrong. Many small investors lost all of their capital, businesses shut down, and the United States entered into its worst economic collapse in its history. Unless something was done to prevent another disaster, our democratic institutions were at great risk. Enter the Securities Exchange Commission under President Roosevelt. Its mission is to protect investors from taking more risk than they can afford. The SEC was created under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which essentially regulated…

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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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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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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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Investment Red Flag Alert – Failure to Launch

Investment Red Flag Alert – Failure to Launch

by Dara Albright, CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, Co-founder of the FinFair Conference,Recognized speaker, writer & influencer on topics relating to market structure, New Issues, FinTech, P2P & crowdfinance You see it all of the time. A starry-eyed CEO is out on the capital raising trail luring investors with hopeful promises. Prospective investors are assured that their money will fund the next world changing innovation. They receive well thought out financial forecasts and pitch decks dressed up with hockey stick charts. Of course, every assertion, every number and every eye candy chart hinges on one key element – the product launch. Anyone who has ever brought a new product…

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Crowdfunding & Investment Banking

Crowdfunding & Investment Banking

by Shomari D. Hearn, CFP®, EA, CrowdfundBeat Guest post, As the holiday season approaches, it seems inevitable: Our social media feeds will begin to fill with appeals to support our friends – or friends of friends – in their latest projects on Kickstarter or GoFundMe. Crowdsourcing has gone from something of a curiosity to a well-established tool for a variety of entrepreneurs and artists, from board game designers to online video creators to organizers of charitable causes. I recently contributed to a Kickstarter campaign, launched by a college professor at my alma mater, for the creation of a card game about social science experiments and…

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NEW BOOK: Will crowdfunding have any impact on corporate venture capital?

        By Kevin Berg Grell, PhD. Co-editor/author of “Crowdfunding: The corporate era” , CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, Corporate crowdfunding With contributions from 11 industry insiders, my co-editors/authors and I recently published “Crowdfunding: The corporate era,” which provides an early snapshot and analysis of how online financing and in particular crowdfunding has large enterprises. In one of the case studies, we explored how Sony has integrated typical rewards-based crowdfunding for market validation. Product ideas coming out of the company’s seed acceleration program were tested via crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo before prototyping. This procedure is integral to the company’s ambition to de-risk product…

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Meet the HK CrowdFunders

By: Timeout. hk, Got an idea? Need some cash to get it off the ground? Maybe crowdfunding is for you. It’s been popular for years in the States but more people are now trying their hand at crowdfunding projects in Hong Kong. Anna Cummins meets four of them There’s power in numbers.The global crowdfunding industry was worth more than US$5billion last year and that sum is projected to rise to over US$90billion in the next decade. Crowdfunding is a simple concept whereby supporters chip in to help get a new project off the ground, with the promise of incentives. Projects around the world that have…

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Crowdfunding Business

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire,  A colorful ecosystem is evolving around the investment crowdfunding industry. Companies are developing products and services to alleviate nearly every conceivable pain point of the system’s stakeholders, including businesses (supply), platforms (infrastructure) and investors (demand). In some cases products are being designed from the bottom-up to solve new and unique challenges crowdinvesting markets present. Take Asurvest, for example: it’s structuring an insurance product to cover crowdfunded securities. Insurance products have long existed in other industries but Asurevest is the first, to my knowledge, to go after early-stage private securities. Another great example is CrowdCheck, a company building out a holistic portfolio of products…

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CrowdFunding Site, Lists, Data, Analytics, Research, Statistics, Reports, Infographic

   CrowdFund Beat International Media Group  CFB USA CFB UK CFB Canada CFB Germany CFB Italy CFB France CFB Holland Weekly Pro CrowdFunding USA Silicon Valley CrowdFunding CrowdFunding.tv Video Library CFB Film   TOP 100 CrowdFunding Platforms Who’s Who of CrowdFunding Professionals Top 10 Real Estate CrowdFunding Top Ranking CrowdFunding Website TOP 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms Funding Rounds for Platforms Crowdfunding Platform Rates & Policy  A Brief History of CrowdFunding Crowdfunding Cheat Sheet Top 1% of Angel Investors Top 100 CrowdFunding Campaigns chart Top 100 Kickstarter projects NOW! Interview| Research | Education | Videos TOP Crowdfunded & VC-Funded Hardware Companies Peer-to-Peer CrowdFunding: P2P Report…

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Michael Apted Crowdfunding a documentary

Crowdfunding Beat News Wire, Michael Apted is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for the third installment of his “Married in America” series. “Married in America” chronicled the journeys of nine diverse couples wed in 2001 — using a format similar to Apted’s “7 Up” series. A&E aired the first segment in 2002 and Hallmark broadcast the second in 2007. “I made the films because I’m fascinated by relationships and what makes them work,” Apted said. “I also wanted to look at how marriage is changing in the early 21st century — more women becoming the major breadwinners, both spouses working full-time, bi-racial and interfaith…

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Seven steps to “Overfunding” success on Crowdfunder

Seven steps to “Overfunding” success on Crowdfunder

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire, By Jessica Ratty , Brand Communications Manager at Crowdfunder   Overfunding on Crowdfunder is a fantastic opportunity to raise more funds for your project – you’re guaranteed to receive the money you’ve raised so far, you’ve got a huge amount of support from your crowd, and an amazing success story that can only get better! On average, the projects that choose to put effort into overfunding reach 142% of their original target!   Here are some top tips to give you the best possible chance of overfunding success. 1, Set a stretch target It’s important to set a stretch target for the remainder…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Marketplace.orgCrowdfunding for your life - MarketplaceMarketplace.org"When I took that phone call, and I learned that this was just going to completely uproot my whole life, I'd say I spent maybe 10 seconds or so only freaking out ...and more » [...]

Charleston Post CourierCharleston-based Blackbaud moves into crowdfunding with its biggest acquisition in yearsCharleston Post CourierBlackbaud is moving into the crowdfunding market, inking one of its largest acquisition deals in years to establish a foothold in an expanding form of [...]

Android Authority (blog)Crowdfunding project of the week: Flipp is a “beautiful and simple” music remoteAndroid Authority (blog)Don't know where to find your next tech gadget? Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are good for finding alternative technology coming fro [...]

Blackbaud to Acquire Leading Charity Crowdfunding Platform JustGivingPR Newswire (press release)JustGiving has been a leader in peer-to-peer fundraising for both nonprofit organizations as well as individuals (also known as personal crowdfunding), with people in 164 countries raising [...]

The Sydney Morning HeraldWhy I won't bother crowdfunding again - The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Sydney Morning HeraldTheir crowdfunding bid exceeded financial expectations, but this Australian brand says it wasn't all that it cracked up to be.and more » [...]

The IndependentPatients increasingly forced to crowdfund their own wheelchairs as NHS provision not enough, doctors warnThe IndependentDoctors have urged the NHS to improve its wheelchair provision as it emerged a growing number of patients are using crowdfunding to pay for their own [...]

ForbesThis $130 Million Fund Is Leading The Way In Real Estate CrowdfundingForbesWhen people think of crowdfunding, the first word that jumps to mind is Kickstarter. But crowdfunding is not limited to supporting the next card game or independent film. Crowdfunding is becoming a viable [...]

Breitbart NewsReform Muslim Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Sue SPLC for DefamationBreitbart NewsMaajid Nawaz, a former Islamic extremist-turned-reformist who now runs a counter-extremism think tank, will sue the Southern Poverty Law Center for including him on a list of anti-Muslim [...]

The Ethics of Crowdfunding for Lawyers: Uncharted Territory or Familiar Terrain?Justia VerdictHistorically associated primarily with tech startups, crowdfunding, or soliciting money from numerous individuals via an online platform, has in recent years become a viable option for lawyer [...]

Crowdfund InsiderInvestment Crowdfunding: Is a SAFE Safer than the SEC Thinks?Crowdfund Insider“Some issuers have been offering a new type of security as part of some crowdfunding offerings—which they have called the SAFE. A SAFE is very different from traditional common stock and it [...]

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