Paul Niederer

2017 Real Estate Crowdfunding: Surveying the Landscape

        “Copyright” By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFund Beat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP The impact of crowdfunding on real estate finance and deal-making has been one of the hottest topics of the past year.[1]  With the advent of crowdfunding, real estate developers and investors have multiple pathways to finance their projects and even to plot their exits.  But in many ways the impact of crowdfunding has not yet arrived.  Crowdfunding for real estate is still in the early stages and may take several detours along the way to its final destination. What is Crowdfunding? The idea of “crowdfunding” has been…

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2017 State of Crowdfunding

Commonwealth Capital Adds New Crowdfunding Chapter to Its Premier E-Book,

CHICAGO, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Commonwealth Capital LLC, a pioneering provider of Corporate Finance Advisory and Regulation Crowdfunding services, announced today that it has updated its popular e-book with a new Chapter Two dedicated entirely to crowdfunding. The definition of the term “crowdfunding” has evolved in recent years. The term was originally used for donation-based crowdfunding only, but is now used to define capital-based crowdfunding — also known as Regulation Crowdfunding — under Title II (2) and then under Title III (3) of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. The JOBS Act has significantly leveled the investment playing field, encouraging a growing…

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Evaluating Crowdfunding’s Potential for Investing Platforms

By Rachael Everly @RachaelEverly Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, Crowdfunding is now being viewed as a financial innovation for entrepreneurial projects or other investment prospects. The true success stories can be examined from the Silicon Valley projects as many entrepreneurs made their start-up plans into successful businesses. The initiative created focus for entrepreneurs and the tech ecosystems which ignited the drive for innovation and sustainability. There are a number of factors which lead to Crowdfunding such as lack of mobile/web infrastructure, high cost for the implementation of high end technology, developmental costs and restrictive financial regulations. For most students who become entrepreneurs after graduation, it is more challenging…

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Crowdfunding: REG A+ Due Diligence!

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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CrowdEngine First to Offer Regulation CF Crowdfunding Software

Crowdfund Beat News Wire,  Washington, D.C. – May 16, 2016 – CrowdEngine to demo it’s Compliance Engine™ features for the new Regulation Crowdfunding rules today at the Capital Washington D.C. for Members of the House, Senators, and 300 other well respected guests.  CrowdEngine’s compliance automation solution and white-label crowdfunding software allows entrepreneurs to launch funding portals in a fraction of the time than building from scratch to achieve lower costs, and better investor experiences. “We are proud to be the first to offer a solution for funding portals to offer securities under the new Regulation Crowdfunding rules.   Our secure, cloud-based compliance automation platform is trusted…

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REPORT: Opportunities and challenges in online marketplace lending

  By John M. Pachkowski, J.D. The Treasury Department has released a white paper regarding its review of the online marketplace lending industry that commenced with the Treasury Department’s Request for Information in the summer of 2015. The white paper entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Online Marketplace Lending,” provides an overview of the evolving market landscape, reviews stakeholder opinions, and provides policy recommendations. The white paper also acknowledges the benefits and risks associated with online marketplace lending, and highlights certain best practices applicable both to established and emerging market participants. It should be noted that the white paper explicitly stated that “this document is not an…

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Why VCs Do Not Like Equity Crowdfunding

By Howard Marks Executive Chairman and co-founder at StartEngine Crowdfunding CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, In April 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and announced that Americans will now have access to the capital they need from ordinary investors. Yet the media received the declaration quietly — meaning most U.S. citizens remained blissfully unaware of this revolutionary new regulation. The venture capital industry is probably one of the most vital sources of risk capital for our economy. It has produced the industry giants that command worldwide success: Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. Without VC, most of those businesses would have never existed. Moreover, VCs have significantly contributed to our country’s technological success. Most people…

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Crowdfunding: No Demo Days For Title III Issuers

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney  with Flaster/Greenberg PC. Crowdfunding is a marketing business. But when it comes to marketing an offering of securities by a Title III issuer, things get complicated. That’s why this is three times longer than any blog post should be. Why It Matters Section 5(c) of the Securities Act provides that an issuer may not make an “offer” of securities unless a full-blown registration statement is in effect, of the kind you would prepare for a public offering.         There are lots of exceptions to the general rule and Title III is one of them:…

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Marketplace Lenders Next on The CFPB Chopping Block

Marketplace Lenders Next on The  CFPB Chopping Block

The CFPB’s actions are likely the first steps in identifying consumer issues with marketplace lenders. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) is flexing its muscles once again, and this time the target is marketplace lenders. In a surprising move, the CFPB announced on March 7 that it would be accepting complaints on consumer loans from online marketplace lenders. The Bureau also released a consumer bulletinto provide an overview of marketplace lending and things for consumers to consider before taking out a loan.           Consumer Complaint Database The consumer complaint database will allow for consumers to make complaints against marketplace…

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The Seduction of a “New Asset Class” is Killing “Unaccredited Investor” Equity Crowdfunding

The Seduction of a “New Asset Class” is Killing “Unaccredited Investor” Equity Crowdfunding

by Paul Niederer CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing Editor While in Thailand on holiday I noticed that having your own stall, stand, shop or business is often the difference between survival and poverty. There are hundreds of thousands of businesses like this. Imagine if you had a business that was valuable to the village and you wanted to raise funds by getting a some village folk to invest. Equity Crowdfunding. Imagine your disappointment if you were told your business is part of a potential “new asset class” and as such  you may pay up to $80k to enable a few mates to invest in their business! Sounds incredulous but it happens every day. As…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Civic Crowdfunding Can Reduce Bike Lane 'Bikelash'  CityLabThis collective fundraising technique can help defuse anti-cyclist sentiment before it dooms protected bike lanes and other new infrastructure. [...]

How To Keep Your Crowdfunding Campaign On Target  ForbesWhy do some startups smash their crowdfunding targets with apparent ease while others crash and burn? It's all down to great planning, a funding reality check ... [...]

Crowdfunding is a popular way to raise money. Just don't count on getting a refund if something goes wrong.  Chicago TribuneRob Loukotka launched his fifth Kickstarter project in the summer of 2017. Within a month, the Chicago-based artist had raised more than $20,000 online from [...]

Should Kickstarter and Indiegogo be responsible for gadgets that don’t ship?  The VergeSome crowdfunded gadgets raise their funding goal but never make it through the manufacturing process to successfully ship their product. Kickstarter and ... [...]

Currently Crowdfunding: A Better Screwdriver, a Vertical Garden That Will Actually Fit in Your Space and More  Core77.comNavigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of . [...]

Former Florida men are crowdfunding a Florida Man card game  Orlando WeeklyFlorida Man, notorious for his nutty and illicit adventures, is now a card game. This Cards Against Humanity-style game uses headlines inspired by real Florida... [...]

Bandcamp launches in-house vinyl crowdfunding and pressing service  FACTBandcamp is getting into the vinyl pressing business with the launch of a new crowdfunding *service* aimed at making it easier for artists to release their music on ... [...]

UniBo spin-off Mysurable launches crowdfunding campaign to speed up development of muscle loss monitor  Science BusinessHealthy ageing is one of the biggest challenges of our time, since the increasingly large portion of the population is getting over 65. Mysurable, an innovative ... [...]

How crowdfunding changes the game for investors  WRAL Tech WireThis story was written for WRAL TechWire Innovator partner INVESTinNC. In many states, including North Carolina, up until a couple of years ago, it used to be. [...]

St Louis' Crowdfunding Platform Nvsted Celebrates First Birthday  Crowdfund InsiderSt. Louis, Missouri based crowdfunding platform Nvsted announced on Thursday it was celebrating its first birthday. As previously reported, Nvested. [...]

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