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First Crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA

By Alexandra Perry  Crowdfund Beat Guest post, On November 2, 2016, FINRA terminated the FINRA registration for UFP, LLC (“UFP”), making UFP the first crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA.   UFP ran an online funding portal, uFundingPortal.com, where it acted as an intermediary in debt and equity crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules.  FINRA’s investigation into UFP alleged that from May through September 2016, UFP violated various SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules and FINRA Funding Portal Rules. As a result of FINRA’s investigation, UFP pulled its website and submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (the “AWC”) in order to…

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Busted!  SEC Targets Reg A+ Marijuana Company, Med-X, in Administrative Proceeding.

By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate The Regulation A+ industry was buzzing this week – not with excitement, but with a healthy dose of trepidation.  One of the first, high (no pun intended) profile Regulation A+ offerings, launched in November 2015, after a seemingly successful “Testing the Waters” campaign, was for a company called Med-X, a startup formed to participate in the newly burgeoning marijuana industry – the so called “Green Rush.” But this month’s headline for Med-X was a bit more sanguine, enough to counteract even the most potent dosage of THC:  “REGULATION A EXEMPTION OF MED-X, INC. TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED.” …

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Fintech Fundings: 26 Companies Raise $270 Million

The fintech sector attracted $266 million in new capital the second week of August. Half went to Finovate/FinDEVr alums including: $56 million to customer service specialist Interactions $52.5 million to alt-auto-title lender Finova Financial $17 million to Upguard for its cybersecurity technology $5.8 million went to Finovate alum Pindrop to further its phone-based fraud solutions $5 million to CUneXus to expand its consumer lending platform The number of deals totaled 26, slightly below the YTD average of 28 deals per week. The YTD total now stands at 895, about 400 more than last year’s 484. Total dollars raised YTD is $19.9 billion, nearly double the…

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Attorney Sanctioned by SEC for Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity

Attorney Sanctioned by SEC for Unregistered Broker-Dealer Activity

By  Bret Daniel , Wealthforge.com, CrowdfundBeat Guest Post, The SEC crackdown on unregistered entities continues to grab headlines. Recently, we wrote about the importance of complying with the broker-dealer registration requirement under Section 15(a) by highlighting the latest violations by portfolio managers, online platforms, and individuals. We suggested that anyone that helps to facilitate a securities offering, even in the broadest sense, should consult a lawyer about the necessity of registering as a broker. The most recent SEC enforcement action, however, demonstrates that even lawyers can get tangled up in the wide net cast over unregistered broker-dealers. EB-5: Visa or Security? Mark Ivener was a…

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What to Know Before Purchasing a Restaurant Franchise

  Franchises have proven to be a lucrative venture for savvy investors, and the restaurant industry continues to remain a popular option for entrepreneurs looking to expand their business sights. While in theory it sounds like an easy venture—buy a pre-existing business that’s proven to be successful and oversee it—in reality, the ins and outs of securing and maintaining a restaurant franchise can be time-and-cost intensive. Consider the following facets of franchise endeavors and determine whether this venture is right for you. Raise the Funds While opening a franchise restaurant is generally much cheaper than starting a restaurant from scratch and building it from the…

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iDisclose Launches a Free “SEC Scrubber” Tool for Crowdfunding Issuers

iDisclose Announces Free Online Tool to Conform Documents to SEC Acceptable Format NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – August 17, 2016) – iDisclose announced today that it is offering a free online service to help issuers and their counsel submit the required crowdfunding documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission. iDisclose CEO Georgia Quinn explained that “we have noticed a lot of people are having trouble uploading the required documents to the SEC’s online system known as EDGAR. This is due to the finicky nature of the system and somewhat archaic technology it uses. Several issuers’ uploads were getting bounced and the error messages were indecipherable.” Many…

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Evaluating Crowdfunding for Architectural Projects

By Rachael Everly, Crowdfund Beat guest contributor, Crowdfunding is often described as a practice to start off online investment campaign by popular people and generate funds or finances for specific related projects. This practice can leverage entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts or businessmen who can spur some community support and start a petition to motivate people for investing some small dollar contributions. But can it help architects? How is Crowdfunding Relevant with Architecture? Crowdfunding can be applied to a range of investment opportunities provided for a viable project, services or the idea of a physical structure which can present itself as a worthwhile investment option for the people.…

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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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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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What’s Seed Equity CrowdFunding, known as “REG CF Title III”?

By Rod Turner  founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, Crowdfund Beat  Guest Editor, The SEC’s new Title III Equity CrowdFunding rules went into effect May 16th. These new rules expand Equity CrowdFunding to allow investors at all wealth levels to invest in startup companies. In June 2015, the SEC also enabled groundbreaking new rules called Regulation A+ which allow anyone to invest in startups and more established companies that need to raise up to $50 million. The capital raising landscape is making its biggest shift in decades. We now have an online fund raising continuum that extends from startups raising seed capital of as…

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NPRAfter Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise ...NPRThe popular crowdfunding service Patreon has backed off plans to change its payment structure, after widespread, vocal and passionate opposition from creators and their fans. Last week, the site announced it woul [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding Do's And Dont's From iFundWomen's Karen CahnForbesDuring our conversation, she was transparent in sharing that her first software company, VProud, failed because she “did everything backwards” and spent too much time trying to perfect the product. “Pe [...]

TechCrunchHow hate speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online ...TechCrunchIf you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you're probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech. Fortunately there's Ha [...]

Aberdeen Evening ExpressFierce Beer smash crowdfunding target in bid to open first bar in AberdeenAberdeen Evening ExpressAn Aberdeen brewery has hailed the “incredible” response to a crowdfunding campaign after it smashed the original £60,000 target in just 24 hours. The Evening Expr [...]

EntrepreneurWhy Some Small Business Owners Are Turning to Crowdfunding to Save Their CompanyEntrepreneurMany owners of beloved local businesses, especially in pricier cities, have been forced to swallow their pride and appeal to their customers in times of crisis -- a process streamli [...]

Japan TodayZoo starts crowdfunding campaign to protect endangered birdJapan TodayA Toyama zoo has launched a crowdfunding campaign to collect funds to protect an endangered Japanese bird designated as one the nation's special natural treasures. To supplement funding from the stat [...]

Crowdfunding For French CastlesNPRYou too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: What if I told you that for about $60, you cou [...]

Born2InvestHere are the latest updates on the crowdfunding industryBorn2InvestWhen pressed for the reason behind the move, the company pointed to their charter which states that Kickstarter is committed to the arts and creative projects. Another provision in the charter shows that the [...]

TechCrunchFormer Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.comTechCrunchWhile Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month [...]

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