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“The Fix Crowdfunding Act”

BY Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, Crowdfund Beat Sr. contributing editor, The Evolving Crowdfunding Regulations: Now Presenting “The Fix Crowdfunding Act” On April 5, 2012 the JOBS Act was passed. On October 30, 2015 Title III: Equity Crowdfunding final rules were passed which marked all 7 Titles of the JOBS Act were approved. Recently, the ‘‘Fix Crowdfunding  Act’’ was  introduced to Congress to improve Regulation Crowdfunding.  FINRA and SEC has taken an approach of letting the crowdfunding industry cultivate the business model and the regulators will oversee and implement regulations on an as needed basis. The integration of technology within the private capital markets is…

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SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

SEC’s Guidance On Advertising By “REG CF Title III”Issuers

By Mark Roderick Shareholder, Flaster/Greenberg P.C. CrowdFund Beat ‘s  Sr.Guest Editor. The SEC just provided guidance for Title III issuers in the form of Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations. You can read the CD&I’s themselves here. Before Filing Before filing Form C (the disclosure document used in Title III) and being listed on a Funding Portal, a Title III issuer may not take any action that would “condition the public mind or arouse public interest in the issuer or in its securities.” That means: No Demo Days No email blasts or social media posts about the offering No meetings with possible investors After Filing Once a Title III…

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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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New Media List Service for Crowdfunding Campaigns, Agencies and Platforms

Santa Monica, CA — (ReleaseWire) — 03/23/2016 –A new service that provides crowdfunders, agencies and platforms with fresh lists of media contacts in their niche has been launched by Krowdster last week. Krowdster, a Crowdfunding marketing platform, already provides a host of services to help Crowdfunders to achieve success with their projects, and their new Custom Media List Service will be an important new addition to Krowdster’s growing list of invaluable services. The first of its kind, leading Crowdfunding Marketing SaaS provider, Krowdster, has been designed to optimize and promote Crowdfunding campaigns. They analyze constantly updated statistical information to enable them to advise clients as…

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Key Lessons From Two Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

Key Lessons From Two Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

by Paul Niederer CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing Editor No doubt you’ve heard about crowdfunding. What you might not realize is that there are many forms of crowdfunding and each type is used in a myriad of ways. Rewards, Equity, Donation and Lending. However, they all have this in common. They gather supporters that are both near and dear to them so that these supporters broaden the campaign far and wide. The more traction that the near and dear create the more successful the campaign. Let’s look at the two types:           Reward: Basically pre-sales of products that need funding and supporters to be produced.…

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Holy Grail of Regulated Crowdfunding

By Oscar A Jofre Jr. President/CEO, Fintech, Regulated Crowdfunding, Capital Markets,  CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, Travelling around the world gives you great perspective on many things.  From the people, culture, food, and market, to how everyone has their own way of getting things done. I spent the tail end of 2015 in airports and on airplanes travelling around the world to speak at conferences, and it has fundamentally changed my perspective on many things. I had a system when I was travelling.  Each time that I was called on to speak in a new country, I’d begin by studying local securities regulations – how they work,…

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FINLAW:  Time to Apply to Become a FINRA Funding Portal

FINLAW:  Time to Apply to Become a FINRA Funding Portal

By Scott Andersen, CrowdfundBeat Guest Contributor, Principal at finLawyer.com The SEC has approved FINRA Funding Portal Rules, and FINRA has issued on January 29, 2016 Regulatory Notice 16-06.  This regulatory notice outlines the process one needs to undertake to become a Title III Funding Portal member.  If you wish to participate in a Title III business, now is the time to file your Funding Portal New Member Application with FINRA. Funding Portals, unlike Title II Funding Platforms, have to be SEC registered FINRA members, and will be directly regulated by FINRA, similar to a broker-dealer.  Form Funding Portal (Form FP) is now available to interested parties…

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2016 Predictions for Equity Crowdfunding

2016 from Oscar Jofre, CEO of KoreConX, the recently launched free all-in-one solution that is disrupting the market by helping companies navigate the equity crowdfunding process and reduce risk. Equity Crowdfunding in 2016: One Year from Today   In 2015, we heard the first rumblings of the deafening thunder equity crowdfunding can become.  We waited, with bated breath, for the launch of Title III, and saw the first case of fraud in equity crowdfunding to close out the year.  It was a big and important year for the sector, and 2016 will be game changing.           Equity Crowdfunding vs. Regulated Crowdfunding…

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4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

By James Suh , Business Development at DarcMatter, CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, Coveted for their ability to perform in adverse market conditions, successful global macro hedge funds opportunistically invest in instruments whose prices fluctuate based on economic and political shifts. Accurately predicting market trends to exploit temporary price deviations, the most profitable of these funds generate considerable publicity due to their outsized returns and the volatile, often contrarian, nature of their bets. Below are some noteworthy examples of major macroeconomic trends and the funds that had the foresight, fortune, or both to preemptively identify and capitalize on these significant events.         1. Carlyle Group and…

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Where Are The Best Real Estate Technology Opportunities?

Where Are The Best Real Estate Technology Opportunities?

By Nav Athwal, Founder & CEO at RealtyShares , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Contributor. In a world that’s bombarded with technological innovations on a daily basis, real estate is one industry that’s primed for a major overhaul. There have been rumblings of disruption over the last few years and for the most part, tech advances have been focused on the residential side of the market. Companies like Zillow and Redfin, for example, have brought home-buying and selling into the digital age by revamping the way listings are viewed. FinTech start-up Lenda has changed the landscape of mortgage refinancing by moving the process completely online. While these changes have certainly had a far-reaching…

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Paul Niederer: Crowdfunding’s Next Frontier

Presidential Politics, Crowdfunding, and Siamese Cash

Presidential Politics, Crowdfunding, and Siamese Cash

By Bill Matson, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributor, MBA, CFA, CPA (Retired), CFP The presidential race has game-changing implications for the future of crowdfunding in general, as well as for the democratization of individuals’ access to financing via crowdfunding. In particular, Senator Marco Rubio’s presence in the race is likely to generate significant media attention for his promotion of income share agreements (ISAs) as a means of alleviating the current student loan crisis. Though ISA legislation sponsored by Rubio was entitled the “Investing in Student Success Act of 2014,” its enactment would result in virtually anyone being able to offer shares in their future personal income (i.e human capital)…

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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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