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How To Operate A Title II Portal And A Title III Portal On The Same Platform

By Mark Roderick , CrowdFund Beat   Sr. Guest  Contributor, @CrowdfundAttny. Most Title II and Title IV portals will also want to operate Title III portals, and vice versa. Can they do it? The Title III regulations issued by the SEC appear to contemplate that a Title III portal – a “funding portal” – will do more than operate a Title III portal. For example, 17 CFR §227.401 provides that “A funding portal. . . .is exempt from the broker registration requirements of section 15(a)(1) of the Exchange Actin connection with its activities as a funding portal.” If a Title III portal couldn’t do anything else, that extra language at…

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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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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Crowdfunding Campaign

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Crowdfunding Campaign

CrowdfundBeat News Wire SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Kronenberger Rosenfeld, LLP, a San Francisco-based law firm, filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Coin, Inc. (“Coin”) received millions of dollars from consumers through a crowdfunding campaign for a product the company knew could never work as advertised. The lawsuit demands a trial by jury and seeks monetary damages against Coin for false advertising, misrepresentation and breach of contract. The device at issue, called a “Coin,” is a thin, plastic, credit-card-shaped digital storage system with a magnetic stripe similar to that on a credit or debit card. It was advertised as a card consolidation device that would…

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Stats from 2 years of Crowdfunding Investments

By Mark Robertson CrowdFundBeat  Sr. Contributing Editor. President at CrowdDD, LLC, It was 2 years ago today that I made my first crowdfunding investment, a Real Crowd office building with Atlas Real Estate Partners in Washington DC.  That investment is now 100% leased and surpassing expectations.  Since then I have made 89 investments and 21 have been paid back. Twenty of the twenty-one completed investments have meet or exceeded projections. Only one completed investment yielded no return. Over $450,000 in loans and equity have been returned so far. Crowdfunding dramatically increased my access to deal flow, diversified my portfolio, and provided returns well in excess of 10%.   Here is…

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DR. Richard Swart to Join NEXTGEN CROWDFUNDING as Chief Strategy Officer

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, Los Angeles, CA… Dr. Richard Swart, recognized as one of the top thought leaders in crowdfunding and alternative finance, with particular interest in its impact on social innovation and global challenges, will join NextGen Crowdfunding as Chief Strategy Officer. “With equity crowdfunding becoming available to everyday, un-accredited investors through Reg A+, and probably Title III in 2016, the timing of Richard joining NextGen Crowdfunding is excellent. We are pleased to have a recognized authority in crowdfunding on board as Chief Strategy Officer,” stated Aubrey Chernick, founder of NextGen Crowdfunding. “Over the last four years I’ve had the great pleasure of researching and…

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SEC Proposed Changes to Rule 147 and Rule 504 33-9973 [document]

SEC Proposed Changes to Rule 147 and Rule 504 33-9973 [document]

CrowdfundBeat Data Center , The SEC today also proposed amendments to Rule 147 and Rule 504.  The changes would facilitate intrastate crowdfunding and regional crowdfunding efforts. Rule 504 is also available to non-US resident companies that comply with the rule requirements.   SEC Proposed Changes to Rule 147 and Rule 504 33-9973

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Data Services are Key to Equity Crowdfunding Growth

Data Services are Key to Equity Crowdfunding Growth

By Hector Botero  CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing  Editor, President & CEO at iCrowdNewswire, LLC This is Part 6 of a 6 part series on why Crowdfunding platforms are the new stock exchanges and why they will need to learn from exchanges like NASDAQ, NYSE and LSE to self-regulate and provide a wide range of ancillary services that help campaigns succeed and at the same time, create revenues for the platforms.  Thanks to the JOBS Act of 2012, investing in startups is changing in big ways. Two years ago today, Title II of the Jobs Act went into effect, allowing early stage startups the legal authorization they needed…

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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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Will Crowdfunding Survive a Market Meltdown?

Will Crowdfunding Survive a Market Meltdown?

By Nav Athwal, Founder & CEO at RealtyShares , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Contributor. Investors have been taken for a wild ride over the last two weeks as stocks have dipped and rallied following major shake-ups in the Chinese market. After massive sell-offs early on, Wall Street reported its biggest two-day gain since 2009 but it’s not all good news. According to Societe Generale, this burst of volatility has all the earmarks of a bear market. Crowdfunding, while still very new, is becoming a relative safe haven for those who want to insulate themselves against market risk. Here is why: Investor yields outpace what banks are offering In the previous economic downturn,…

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Crowdfunding and Paying Consultants on a Percentage Basis

  By Rose Spinelli CEO The Crowdfundamentals &  CrowdFundBeat  Sr. Guest Editor, Crowdfunding Consultant, Voted 100 Most Influential Thought Leaders, Crowdfunding Professional Assoc Board of Directors The other day my acupuncturist and pal and I were talking about the ups and downs of running our own businesses. At one point he said that when he first started out even though he knew his business would profit, he made a decision he’s never regretted: not to take on clients who had weight-loss or smoking-cessation goals. At first I thought it was because he didn’t feel he could in good conscious reduce this noble healing art to such superficial ends. I…

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Portals Ask: I’m doing a 506(b) offering…right?

By Scott Purcell, Founder, CEO FundAmericaThis is a question that isn’t asked often enough. Violations are scary, as it can mean forced rescission of your offering, regulatory fines and investor lawsuits. And I see platforms violating this every day. 506(b) has one primary benefit – the ability to avoid having to confirm each investor’s accreditation (they are allowed to self-attest). 506(c) gives you all the features of the “old” 506-D exemption (now called 506b) plus the ability to use “general solicitation” to promote your fundraise; you can list it on websites (aka “platforms”), you can market it on Facebook, you can buy Google Adwords…heck, you can hire a…

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Robo-Advisor, CrowdFunding Portal or FinTech Business?

Robo-Advisor, CrowdFunding Portal or FinTech Business?

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, In the heart of Silicon Valley in California operates FinTech Associates, a boutique FinTech Engineering & Consulting firm dubbed the “McKinsey equivalent for FinTech” which has taken startups and established Financial Services players from FinTech idea to market solving a major problem given the shortage of engineering talent. But even better, they have experienced FinTech Entrepreneurs that partner with you to launch your Robo-Advisor or Equity CrowdFunding Portal at the speed of a startup. New York, NY, August 25, 2015 –(PR.com)– There is a lot of hype about FinTech in general given the passing of the JOBS Act in 2012 (aka equity…

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Crain's Detroit BusinessSouth Oakland Shelter acquires HandUp crowdfunding platformCrain's Detroit BusinessIn what's being called a bold move, South Oakland Shelter, a Lathrup Village nonprofit that provides services to the homeless, has acquired San Francisco-based Han [...]

AdweekThe Brewers Association Is Launching a Crowdfunding Campaign to ...AdweekThe Brewers Association has released a tongue-in-cheek video to promote its crowdfunding efforts. YouTube: Take Craft Back. Share. By Erik Oster. |. 23 hours ...and more » [...]

Business Insider Nordic (blog)The 11 coolest crowdfunding hits in the Nordics 2017 - Business ...Business Insider Nordic (blog)From audio-powered cushions to "the world's thinnest smartwatch", here are 11 Nordic crowdfunding hits of 2017.and more » [...]

The SunMum slammed for setting up crowdfunding page asking people to send cash for son's birthday instead of presentsThe SunA MUM has come under fire for setting up a crowdfunding page requesting cash instead of presents for her son's birthday. Paramita Sarkar says nine-year [...]

LeaflyCrowdfunding Site Cancels Aid to California Wildfire Victims - LeaflyLeaflyWith the most devastating wildfire in California history laying waste to its members' homes and livelihoods, the California Growers Association responded in the ...and more » [...]

Caribbean360.comCrowdfunding Has Potential for the Caribbean – Under the Right ConditionsCaribbean360.comKINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday October 19, 2017 — Crowdfunding in the Caribbean could bolster early stage capital markets, entrepreneurship, creativity, economic growth, and employmen [...]

EcoWatchKids Harmed by Portugal Fires Reach Key Crowdfunding Goal for Climate LawsuitEcoWatchThe fires, which have been linked to climate change, claimed the lives of over 60 people," the crowdfunding page states. "Tragedies like this are becoming the new norm because govern [...]

LoudwireTom DeLonge Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for SpaceshipLoudwireTom DeLonge's To the Stars Academy has launched a new crowdfunding site that includes their goals of building a spaceship to further investigate UFOs.Tom DeLonge Is Crowdfunding A Spaceship - StereogumStereog [...]

ForbesThe Recipes For Crowdfunding Success On Kickstarter -- And What To AvoidForbesConversely, how should we analyze the crowdfunding flops like the Cuppress, a coffee capsule sealing machine which is both economical and user-friendly? Too little is known about the recipes for a succ [...]

Black EnterpriseBlack Female Crowdfunding Executive On Opportunities for Black FoundersBlack EnterpriseFlorence Hardy is CEO of truCrowd Illinois, a state-level equity crowdfunding platform allowing Illinois residents to invest in startups. She is also COO of Fundanna-an equity crowdf [...]

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