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The Battle to Launch a Next-Generation Retirement Product & Control $14 Trillion in Investment Direction

By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, FinTechREVOLUTION.tv  , Dara Albright Media, In the Fall of 2016, I penned an article entitled, “Modernizing the Self-direct IRA – The Trillion Dollar FinTech Opportunity” – the first in a new series of articles that focuses on next-generation retirement planning. The piece underscored how FinTech will mend America’s flawed retirement system and foster the growth of “digital” investing. This initial report drew attention to the growing necessity for a low-cost, high speed, autonomous retirement solution that would meet the demands of today’s alternative micro-investor. Most significantly, the piece summarized the two distinct individual retirement account prototypes – the Brokerage IRA and the…

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SEC Metrics on Reg A+

On 12/31 the SEC published a report on Reg A activity as of Q3 that has some eye-opening bullets. Here are a few of the key metrics, along with my observations and musings. 147 offering statements filed, of which 81 were qualified (as of the date of the stats) Of the 81 qualified, 49 were Tier 2, 32 were Tier 1 121 days avg time from filing to qualification (Tier 2) 17% used broker-dealers (Tier 2) $18M avg max-raise 20% used “test the waters” 87% equity/13% debt or other offerings $50,000 avg legal costs to file & get qualified $15,000 avg accounting audit costs 50%+…

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Crowdfunding- The Good, The Bad & The (really) Ugly Part II –The Bad

By Shane Liddell is the CEO and chief Crowdfundologist at Smart Crowdfunding LLC,. Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Introduction In Part 1 I covered all of the good things that we have seen as crowdfunding continuously gathers momentum across the world. The future looks bright indeed! However, as with any new industry forging ahead and desperate for acceptance, the surrounding hype that comes with it often blurs reality, with any form of negativity simply  ‘brushed under the carpet’ so to speak. Naturally, those fully vested in the industry (including yours truly) have a lot on the line, as everyone charges ahead in full promotion mode. The…

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SEC Makes Intrastate Crowdfunding A Little Easier

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. The SEC just adopted rules that should make intrastate Crowdfunding easier, at least if State legislatures do their part. To understand how the new rules help and how they don’t, start with section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933, which has been, until now, the basis for all intrastate Crowdfunding laws. While section 5 of the Securities Act generally provides that all sales of securities must be registered with the SEC, section 3(a)(11) provides for an exemption for: Any security which is a part of an issue offered and sold only to persons…

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REPORT: Equity Crowdfunding – Risks and liabilities as the industry matures

  BY Ronald Kleverlaan Crowdfunding strategy, CrowdfundingHub, advisor European Commission, co-founder European Crowdfunding Network Within the rapidly-expanding alternative finance industry, equity crowdfunding is emerging as a popular method of growth finance. Equity crowdfunding is a mechanism by which a broad group of investors can fund start-up companies and small businesses in return for equity. In collaboration with UK insurance company AIG, the researchers of CrowdfundingHub worked together with leading European experts from SyndicateRoom, Seedrs, AIG, CrowdCube, Invesdor, Twintangibles and Legal Alternative to create a state-of-the-art overview of the Equity Crowdfunding industry. Summary of report Introduction: The rise and rise of equity crowdfunding Overview of the growth…

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Alternative Finance in Europe grew to €5.4 billion

By Ronald Kleverlaan,  Crowdfunding Beat Guest post, Crowdfunding strategy, CrowdfundingHub, advisor European Commission, co-founder European Crowdfunding Network The European online alternative finance market grew 92% to €5.4 billion in 2015, according to the second annual survey by theCambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, in partnership withCrowdfundingHub, KPMG and supported by CME Group Foundation.   Total amount of funding between 2013-2015 Sustaining Momentum The report released today, entitled “Sustaining Momentum”, had the support of 17 major European industry associations and research partners, and was based on data from 367 crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and other alternative finance intermediaries from 32 European countries – capturing an estimated 90 per…

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Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets

CrowdFund Beat Data Center, A new report, Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets: Lessons from East African Startups, captures lessons learned from East African entrepreneurs who were among the earliest adopters of crowdfunding in the developing world. Crowdfunding is the practice of raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically online, to fund a project or venture. In the past 10 years, crowdfunding has evolved into a $16 billion market, largely concentrated in North America and Europe. In developing countries, the crowdfunding market is expected to reach $327 million this year—about 2 percent of the global total. Despite this slow adoption, crowdfunding has been heralded as…

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Managing The Risks Of Crowdfunding

By Evan Bundschuh, RPLU  & CrowdFund Beat Guest Editor, For new ventures looking to raise capital or test their market/product, crowdfunding has proven to be the go-to solution with an ease and excitement that other methods of funding lack. With that excitement though comes challenges. As a fairly young platform with a legal landscape that has yet to develop, the risks of crowdfunding are often overlooked. While the risks may seem invisible, mistakes are inevitable, as are the lawsuits and damages that follow. The challenge is forecasting when and where the potential dangers/disasters will arise (before they do) in order to protect your business, its directors, and…

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iDisclose Partners With Republic on Its Title III Crowdfunding

Crowdfund Beat News, iDisclose Provides Republic Users With a Low Cost Legal Solution to Comply With Title III Crowdfunding Regulations NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – July 18, 2016) – iDisclose announced today that it is proud to be a part of Republic’s Title III crowdfunding launch. The AngelList spinoff and funding portal officially launched today with iDisclose as its exclusive Form C service provider. Each Republic issuer is provided with access to the iDisclose application to prepare their Form C at a fraction of the time and cost of using a traditional lawyer or law firm. Using a series of adaptive questions, similar to TurboTax TM,…

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Inaugural Crowd Invest Summit to Kick off in Los Angeles

Crowdfund Beat News Wire, Robust Two-Day Equity Crowdfunding Event Will Unite Crowdfunding Experts, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Everyday Americans. LOS ANGELES (June 29, 2016) – The first ever Crowd Invest Summit will debut December 7-8, 2016 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, California. The summit will feature a robust agenda spanning a variety of equity crowdfunding themes including investment analysis, marketing strategies, trends and insights from industry experts. Early bird discounted tickets are available for $99 for a limited time via the summit’s website. Founded by three equity crowdfunding industry pioneers (Josef Holm, Darren Marble and Alon Goren), the Crowd Invest Summit…

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A CEO’s Perspective Crowdfunding with “REG CF Title III”

By Terry White is the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel company WOLACO. Crowdfund Beat Gust Post Since Title III of the Jobs Act just recently went into effect we decide to get a closer look at how CEOs actually view the new legislation in respect to their future financing needs. We had an opportunity for a Q&A with Terry White the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel companyWOLACO.  He was able to share with us the company’s history as well as their first crowdfunding experience with Kickstarter and his perspective on Title III. CT: What does WOLACO mean? TW: WOLACO is an acronym for Way of Life Athletic Co. I thought…

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REPORT: Is Marketplace lending A temporary phenomenon?

Crowdfund Beat Data Center: Deloitte Report MPLs are online platforms that enable investors to lend to retail and commercial borrowers. Unlike banks, MPLs do not take deposits or lend themselves; as such they do not take any risk onto their balance sheets. They make money from fees and commissions received from borrowers and lenders. The rise of Marketplace lending has urged many commentators to highlight the potential disruption that such new business models may bring to traditional banking. Our research presents a different opinion and instead concludes that MPLs do not currently have the competitive advantage needed to threaten this traditional banking model. However, while…

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U.S. News & World ReportWhich Is Best: REITs or Real Estate Crowdfunding? | Real Estate ...U.S. News & World ReportIf you're seeking the benefits of investment real estate but not in the market for the expense and workload of buying and managing rental properties, real es [...]

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 [...]

Popular ScienceCrowdfunding helps women succeed in tech because venture capital won'tPopular ScienceBut there appears to be one haven for women in tech looking for investors: crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. On these platforms, which allow entrepreneurs to make [...]

WRAL.comPet treat startup raises 26K in crowdfunding campaignWRAL.comBy Kathy Hanrahan, Out and About Editor. Raleigh, N.C. — A pet treat startup, founded by two former tech guys, has met its goal - raising more than $26,000 through a crowdfunding campaign. Zookies Cookies was created [...]

WRAL Tech WireCrowdfunding landscape in NC offers other options | WRAL TechWireWRAL Tech WireRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – FundingStack from John Panaccione and Clem Seifert isn't the only effort to simplify the crowdfunding process in North Carolina. Mark Easley, a veteran investor a [...]

Italian Design Studio Is Crowdfunding Floating Solar-Powered City ...OilPrice.comAn Italian design studio, Lazzarini Design, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to kickstart the construction of a floating city consisting of solar-powered pyramids.and more » [...]

ForbesNeed To Fund Your Health Idea? How About Crowdfunding? - ForbesForbesCaringCrowd is an example of a platform to help crowdfunding for public health projects. What are the pros and cons and opportunities and pitfalls of crowdfunding?and more » [...]

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 [...]

Augusta Free PressCrowdfunding project aimed at creating autism-friendly environmentsAugusta Free PressWhen her children were young, Amy Azano avoided most events because her son, as a child with autism spectrum disorder, found them too loud and bright and crowded.and more » [...]

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