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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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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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How Reg A+ enables raising up to $50 mil from the general public

How Reg A+ enables raising up to $50 mil from the general public

Given that only a few marketplace lenders accept money from retail investors, Regulation A+ may be a viable option to help these platforms diversify their funding sources away from institutional capital. One of the overarching themes at LendIt 2016 last week was the current liquidity and funding challenges in the capital markets and platforms’ difficulty in raising new venture capital. It was apparent to many industry participants that there is a need to diversify sources of funding. I had the pleasure at LendIt to sit down and discuss Regulation A+, a new capital raising option for startups and emerging growth companies, with Jason Gilbert, a…

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Will a Pre-funded Deals Strategy Cause a Shift in Real Estate Crowdfunding?

By David Drake,  Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, Real estate crowdfunding platforms are increasingly shifting towards pre-funded deals to increase their market share and deal flow. Pre-funded deals occur when a crowdfunding platform gives a real estate developer who needs capital right way a loan guarantee without having to first take the risk of raising the entire loan amount from online investors. According to the 2015 TRN Real Estate Crowdfunding Report, crowdfunding platforms are opting for this strategy to meet the needs of developers who need to raise capital quickly  in order  to close lucrative deals in a short amount of time. In such situations, pre-funded…

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Better Safe Than Sorry: A Quick Guide to Due Diligence

Better Safe Than Sorry: A Quick Guide to Due Diligence

By Maria Jones | Partnership Manager @ investors angel  Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor, Better Safe Than Sorry: A Quick Guide to Due Diligence “Carefully and diligently conduct your Due Diligence”, “Do not spare any expense when conducting Due Diligence” – these phrases are said by practically any guide for investors, concentrated on equity crowdfunding. However, not all of these guides and resources go into depth on what exactly due-diligence presents in and of itself. This process has been in business practice for quite awhile now, as such they did not see much sense in telling everyone about something that is so well-known. However with the emergence…

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Regulation A+ 61 companies Filed

Regulation A+  61 companies Filed

By Rod Turner founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor, Regulation A+ 61 companies Filed with the SEC, 12 Qualified by the SEC, average 23 million goal. In June 2015 Title IV of the JOBS Act opened the door for main street (non accredited) investors worldwide to invest in private companies having headquarters in the USA or Canada. Regulation A+ funding offers cost effective capital rasing for mid stage companies and mature startups, and provides investors convenient access to company offerings at their issue price. Latest numbers below: 61 companies have applied to the SEC to be Qualified for a Reg…

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Elio Motors CEO: Regulation A+ Brings Wall Street Back to Its Roots; Benefits Entrepreneurs and Investors, Boosts Economy

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — When Elio Motors’ (OTCQX: ELIO) shares began trading on the OTCQX® Best Market last week, the start-up vehicle manufacturer made history. It became the first US-based organization to raise capital using Regulation A+, and also the first to have its shares publicly traded. Nearly $17M in funding was raised on the StartEngine Crowdfunding platform, and those shares are now trading on the OTCQX market. At a media briefing today, Elio Motors’ Founder and CEO Paul Elio praised Regulation A+ as an innovative policy decision that will benefit entrepreneurs, investors and the economy. “Regulation A+ is how…

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Crowdfunding Under Title III of the JOBS Act: Where Do We Stand Today?

Crowdfunding Under Title III of the JOBS Act: Where Do We Stand Today?

By Jonathan Wilson CrowdFundBeat , Sr. contributing guest editor, partner in the corporate law department of Taylor English  LLP When a bi-partisan Congress passed the JOBS Act in 2012 (H.R. 3606), small businesses and start-ups thought that the fundraising world was about to change. Among other innovations, in one of the biggest changes to securities law since 1933, the JOBS Act intended to make it possible for small businesses and start-ups to solicit investors directly – in person and on the Web – to make investments in their companies. Congress expected change to occur immediately. Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC), one of the JOBS Act’s sponsors, said that crowdfunding “utilized online technology…

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Equity Crowdfunding, Startup Ecosystems And Role Of Governments

By Valto Loikkanen, Grow VC  &  CrowdFundBeat contributing guest editor, Enabling Equity Crowdfunding & Accelerating Startup Ecosystems Globally, For startup ecosystems creating innovations, jobs and economic growth around the world, these new digital investing models, like equity crowdfunding and related processes accelerate the overall investing knowledge especially with reference to investment processes and investor expectations. In general, they can help a city or country to “skip a generation” of trying to only build or grow traditional “offline” based risk finance models like grants, traditional business angel and venture capital models. In mature markets, business angels and VC’s too are already moving onto digital platforms and investing alongside…

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Once a Crowdfunder, Always a CrowdFunder

Once a Crowdfunder, Always a CrowdFunder

By Broc Romanek, Editor, TheCorporateCounsel.net A lot of ink has been spilled about crowdfunding in the press, such as this Huffington Post piece that gives a plain vanilla take on crowdfunding (and here’s another piece). In addition, there are some misunderstandings in the press about the capital options that a company has – this infographic by Kiran Lingam and Anthony Zeoli can help sort that out. Here’s some thoughts from members on crowdfunding (similar to this series of blogs a few years back): In response to a question about the effects of an initial crowdfunding investment on a possible later venture capital transaction, Patrick Reardon…

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Why Investors Should Consider Investing In Emerging Managers

Why Investors Should Consider Investing In Emerging Managers

Sang H. Lee CEO at DarcMatter, CrowdfundBeat  Sr. contributing guest editor, Definition There’s no set definition of what constitutes an emerging manager. Typically, these investment managers are newly formed and have a relatively small asset base of no more than $2 billion. The small asset base could be a strategic consideration on the managers’ part in that it’s easier to execute certain strategies with fewer assets. The idea is that the manager can remain focused and nimble on execution, rather than dealing with ancillary duties and the operational complexity of a large manager. Some people consider minority-controlled firms, like women-run hedge funds, to be part of the emerging manager space. With…

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GeekBIKI Robot Fish Paddles Past Crowdfunding Goal - Geek.comGeekSpring has barely sprung, but some folks are already prepping their summer essentials: bathing suit, fishing rod, portable underwater drone. Chinese company ...and more » [...]

Small business crowdfunding: Dos and Don'tsArizona Daily SunMany are the entrepreneurs who have lamented, “If only I had the money to start my enterprise.” For startup businesses experiencing difficulty — and often exasperation — trying to get financing via traditional means, cro [...]

OregonLive.comCrowdfunding efforts for Portland stabbing victims top $1 million days after attackOregonLive.comThe crowdfunding campaigns sprang up soon after news reports spread of the attack. Two are designed to help all three families with medical costs and to alleviate any financi [...]

Daily MailNick Clegg crowdfunding former Deputy PM appeals donations ...Daily MailLib Dem MP Nick Cleg is 'crowdfunding' to help bankroll the publication of thousands of party leaflets for canvassing ahead of the re-election bid in Sheffield ...and more » [...]

Roanoke TimesVirginia Tech launches its own crowdfunding site to reach new generation of donorsRoanoke TimesOne of the first four pilot projects that went live on Jump, Tech's crowdfunding website, lets users pay for as little as one local child to attend educational programming [...]

Crowdfund InsiderResearch on Risk Shows Crowdfunding Has Significant Fraud Immunity: Here's WhyCrowdfund InsiderIt may be counterintuitive but the research has been done and the results are now in – and it's as we've been saying for almost five years. Fraud in crowdfund [...]

Hall alone in vote against rape kit crowdfundingRockwall County Herald Banner“Rape kit testing is far too important to rely on an undependable funding source like crowdfunding. This is a core function of government and as such it should be funded by government. Victims deserve to know [...]

New York MagazineFacebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding to EveryoneNew York MagazineDepending on your perspective, the rise in popularity of crowdfunding is either a fantastic new way that the internet lets strangers help each other out, or emblematic of the decay of institutional safeguards [...]

Crowdfund InsiderCrowdfunding for Portland Stabbing Victims: Standing Together Against HateCrowdfund InsiderAt this writing, donation-based crowdfunding campaigns LaunchGood and GoFundMe have raised more than a combined $700,000 from over 15,000 people for the three men who stood up f [...]

Android Authority (blog)Crowdfunding project of the week: BIKI is an underwater drone that ...Android Authority (blog)Drones are fun, but they can only move through air. We know plenty of you prefer to go underwater. If so, BIKI is for you.and more » [...]

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