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Will Equity Crowdfunding Overtake Angel and VC?

BY Alex Topchishvili, Director of Marketing at Wemultiply, a 9.8 Group Company, CrowdFund Beat Guest post, In 2010, AngelList began to use the internet to disrupt the traditional early stage funding model, allowing individual angel investors to engage directly with early stage companies, access their ideas and plans, perform diligence, and individually fund, or pool capital in support of early stage deals – democratizing the investment process for accredited investor participants.  In line with this and other developments, angel networks, empowered by the Internet and an ability to share information, began to expand their reach, at the same time as VC’s began to look for…

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Donald Trump & Rule 506(d) bad actor

Lauren Leibowitz, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest editor, On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted bad actor disqualification provisions for Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, to implement Section 926 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The disqualification and related disclosure provisions appear as paragraphs (d) and (e) of Rule 506 of Regulation D.           As a result of Rule 506(d) bad actor disqualification, an offering is disqualified from relying on Rule 506(b) and 506(c) of Regulation D if the issuer or any other person covered by…

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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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95 Tips Crowdfunding for Crowdfunders

CrowdfundBeat News Wire,  As the world of alternative finance grows, so does the need for knowledge sharing, advice giving, case studies and success stories. We’ve reached out into the heart of the crowdfunding community to pull together a jam-packed free download for anyone looking to raise funds from the crowd – 95 Tips, for Crowdfunders from Crowdfunders.            I can confidently say it’s brilliant because all we did was glue it together. Every individual piece of advice in the doc has been given freely by some of the UK’s leading crowdfunding superstars. The people who are qualified to give advice because they’ve…

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You Can Use Subsidiaries Without Violating the 100 Investor Rule

You Can Use Subsidiaries Without Violating the 100 Investor Rule

By Mark Roderick , CrowdFund Beat   Sr. Guest  Contributor,  Everyone knows the “100 investor rule” is a thorn in the side of Crowdfunding portals. The good news is you can still use subsidiaries to protect yourself from liability. The basics of the 100 investor rule: A company engaged in the business of investing in securities is an “investment company” and subject to burdensome regulation under the Investment Act of 1940. A “special purpose vehicle” formed by a portal to invest in a portfolio company is engaged in the business of investing in securities. There’s an exception: if the SPV has no more than 100 investors, it’s not an…

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Funding Portals & ‘Secondary Market’ What’s Next ?

10 Key Metrics Early-Stage Investors Want to Know About Your Startup

10 Key Metrics Early-Stage Investors Want to Know About Your Startup

BY LOUIS EMMERSON, Editor-in-Chief | Public Relations Coordinator at Symbid So, you’ve decided it’s time to put your growth plans into action and turn your startup or young business into a world-conqueror. But before you start dreaming of being labelled “the next Steve Jobs”, you need to raise capital. Whether you’ve bootstrapped until now, or are looking to raise further growth capital, the process is roughly the same. It requires structure, preparation and a whole load of supporting documentation. And guess what? We’re not talking about your slick, new marketing video. Potential investors will usually require a business plan, executive summary, and financial data in order to gain an insight into your…

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How to Fund Your Startup — With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

How to Fund Your Startup — With VCs, Angels and Crowdinvesting

By Victoria Silchenko, PhD,  “Every one of my books had killed me a little more,” – this profound and highly personal quote by American author Norman Mailer has become one of my favorites since I started writing about start-ups funding. For with each new article, the more I would dig deep into research, the more I would realize how imbalanced the existing funding system is. On the bright side, whether working with clients via my company Metropole Capital Group or teaching the Entrepreneurial Finance course I recently created for MBAs or producing my upcoming Alternative Funding Forum here in LA, one thing has become clear to me – we live in…

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Crowfunding, JOBS Act and Investor “Sophistication”

Crowfunding, JOBS Act and Investor “Sophistication”

By  Andres J. Trujillo,  CrowdFund Beat Guest Contributor, Prior to the enactment of the JOBS Act (“the Act”) in April of 2013, income and wealth have been a proxy for investor “sophistication” under U.S securities laws. This assumption produces a rather odd result: regardless of an individual’s actual level of sophistication or knowledge in a particular investment class, they have been deemed “sophisticated” to invest in otherwise risky and restricted alternative investments. The JOBS Act and its various titles amended certain U.S securities laws for the first time in 80 years, not only lifting the ban on general solicitation of accredited investors under Title II,…

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Startups and Crowd-First Tactics

By Kevin Grell PhD, Crowdfunding Beat Sr. Guest Editor, The Minimum Run… and the Long Stretch Millions of entrepreneurs seek crowdfunding each year; the industry is booming and regulators prepare for investment-based (“JOBS Act”, Title III) crowdfunding in 2015. Twin Peaking Crowdfunding discusses what entrepreneurs can expect from their campaigns in terms of funding volumes, but what does it actually mean for day-to-day operations to have the crowd on board… and waiting? Throughout 2013/2014, the brothers Brent and Eldrick Garcia ran several successful crowdfunding campaigns for their company, Out Tek, LLC, and they are right now in the process of finetuning product development tactics in the year…

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When Crowdfunding Your Startup

CrowdfundBeat Media, Letting the crowd fund your startup doesn’t mean allowing your business plan to go unwritten. In the business world, approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month and funding those businesses comes from a variety of sources. Most recently, startups are beginning to utilize crowdfunding sites to promote their ventures and raise the capital they need through online platforms. Similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank, startups have the opportunity to present their business to a number of “backers” who can potentially finance their business. Such crowdfunding websites are making it easier for new business owners to spread the word of their company and search for…

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Crowdfunding glossary

Crowdfunding glossary

Crowdfunding glossary Equity crowdfunding: Selling an ownership stake in a company to multiple people, also called peer-to-peer investing. This activity is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and often limited to accredited investors. Two pending California bills would allow California companies to do equity crowdfunding with nonaccredited investors, meaning the general public — as long as the investors live in California. Online crowdfunding: Kickstarter, Indiegogo and similar websites let people give money to creative endeavors in exchange for a small reward, such as a product under development or access to special events. Peer-to-peer lending sites such as LendingClub and Prosper let borrowers seek unrelated investors to…

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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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