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The Battle to Launch a Next-Generation Retirement Product & Control $14 Trillion in Investment Direction

By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, FinTechREVOLUTION.tv  , Dara Albright Media, In the Fall of 2016, I penned an article entitled, “Modernizing the Self-direct IRA – The Trillion Dollar FinTech Opportunity” – the first in a new series of articles that focuses on next-generation retirement planning. The piece underscored how FinTech will mend America’s flawed retirement system and foster the growth of “digital” investing. This initial report drew attention to the growing necessity for a low-cost, high speed, autonomous retirement solution that would meet the demands of today’s alternative micro-investor. Most significantly, the piece summarized the two distinct individual retirement account prototypes – the Brokerage IRA and the…

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IPO Fintech Startup ClickIPO Will Bring Initial and Secondary Public Offerings to Main Street Investors 

By Jorge Sanchez, Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor,   The Initial Public Offering(IPO) has long been one of the most honored and revered business milestones. For entrepreneurs, early employees and investors IPOs are seen as the ideal liquidation event. But it is also seen by many as more, the IPO represents the ultimate validation of a business: a metamorphosis of a private company into one subjected to the democracy of the public equity market. As monumental as an IPO is, both for the company and members of the public which support the business, investing in an IPO is anything but public or democratic. ClickIPO Securities, a FINRA…

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SEC Metrics on Reg A+

On 12/31 the SEC published a report on Reg A activity as of Q3 that has some eye-opening bullets. Here are a few of the key metrics, along with my observations and musings. 147 offering statements filed, of which 81 were qualified (as of the date of the stats) Of the 81 qualified, 49 were Tier 2, 32 were Tier 1 121 days avg time from filing to qualification (Tier 2) 17% used broker-dealers (Tier 2) $18M avg max-raise 20% used “test the waters” 87% equity/13% debt or other offerings $50,000 avg legal costs to file & get qualified $15,000 avg accounting audit costs 50%+…

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HR 3784 – SEC Office of Small Business Advocate – Is Now the Law of the Land

By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate On December 16, 2016, President Barack Obama Signed into Law HR 3784 – SEC Office of Small Business Advocate, creating an independent Office of Small Business Advocate at the SEC, reporting directly to the full Commission and Congress. This legislation was first introduced into Congress in October 2015, where it was originally co-sponsored by former House Representative John Carney (D-Del) (now Governor-Elect of the State of Delaware) and Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wisc) and was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives in 2016. It was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2016,…

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SEC Adopts Final Expanded Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules

By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate Today the SEC unanimously adopted amendments to Rule 147 and Rule 504, and adopted a new Rule 147A, intended to modernize and facilitate local offerings by companies in their home state.  The final rules are much improved from the proposed rules issued in October 2015, in response to virtually unanimous views of rule commentors. The only fly in the ointment is that most states will need to update their legislation in order to be able to take advantage on the new, relaxed rules allowing broad internet solicitation. However, sales are still limited to investors in…

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Improving Legal Documents in Crowdfunding: Get Rid of the State Legends!

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. I see lots of offering documents like this, with pages of state “legends.” The good news is that in Crowdfunding offerings – Title II (Rule 506(c)), Title III (Regulation Crowdfunding), and Title IV (Regulation A) – you can and should get rid of them.               The legal case is pretty simple: Before 1996, states were allowed to regulate private offerings. Every state allowed exemptions, but these exemptions often required legends, differing from state to state. The National Securities Market Improvement Act of 1996 added section 18 to the Securities…

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A Reflection of Online Money Lending

By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFund Beat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli Some many months back, in fact prior to their listings, I wrote a piece questioning the lofty valuations of the marketplace lending platforms (LC and ONDK) as they entered the public markets.  The basic thesis was recognizing the fundamental business these platforms engaged, i.e., money lending, and how others in the same space, albeit not as “technology positioned”, delivered the same product and/or service, and I thus intimated that the newbies should be valued with similar metrics to the incumbent financial institutions. In observing the platforms’ performances over the last year, as well as evolving market conditions,…

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Albright; Letter to Congressman McHenry in Support of “Fix Crowdfunding Act”

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"H.R. 4855 democratizes the investing landscape by giving even the tiniest of investors the ability to access alternative growth products and build diversified retirement portfolios. While researching a white paper highlighting the monumental impact of tax-deferred micro alternative investing, we uncovered a staggering correlation between America’s retirement system and its national wealth gap. It appears that America’s wealth disparity began to spike just as the IRA and 401k started replacing defined benefit plans. This was also the same timeframe that American investors were separated by financial stature and divided into two distinct classes: accredited and non-accredited. As depicted in the chart below, unless and until…

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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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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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New CrowdFunding Rules are a Game Changer

By Joel Block CEO at Bullseye Capital MarketPlace Partners, LLC , CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, This was an historic week in the securities industry. Rules that have been in place for more than 80 years were smashed and replaced with new, modern rules that allow citizens from every walk of life to invest in start-up companies right on the Internet. In the past, private placements had to be kept private which effectively meant that you had to be a millionaire to get into a private placement and make any money. Nothing seems more un-American than having to be a millionaire to make money in the United States…

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Trouble In Paradise: Lending Club And Prosper

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. Lending Club and Prosper are going through a rough patch. Renaud Laplanche, the CEO and founder of Lending Club, just resigned amid allegations of financial irregularities, while Prosper recently laid off more than a quarter of its employees. But those are only the ripples on the pond’s surface. What’s going on underneath is that Wall Street is losing faith in the business model – that is, losing faith in the quality of the loans made on the Lending Club and Prosper platforms. Not long ago, Wall Street financial institutions couldn’t get enough of Lending Club and…

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The VergeDonald Trump's terrible crowdfunding site was a microcosm of his political careerThe VergeAnd from the beginning, the site had Trump's populist edge. Zanker boasted that “the reign of Kickstarter's Brooklyn hipsters is over,” referring to Kickstarter's New [...]

Social media, crowdfunding skirmishes encapsulate Endy debateThe Herald JournalAfter that, a campaign with the same goals and the same organizer appeared on a separate crowdfunding site, FundRazr.com. This campaign also drew negative attention on social media, and after a few hours th [...]

FortuneCrowdfunding: Women Better at Raising Money Than Men Are ...FortuneA new study has found that women are generally better than men at crowdfunding.Women are better at crowdfunding than men, shows study | The ...The Independentall 3 news articles » [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding's Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated - Creators Ship, Especially In ChinaForbesBased on recent media reports, it looks like crowdfunding is now in the "disillusionment" phase of the famous Gartner hype cycle, after peaking a few years back. I will arg [...]

Wired.co.ukAfter budget cuts, museums are crowdfunding to preserve historyWired.co.ukIn 2015, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. launched its very first crowdfunding campaign to 'Reboot the Suit'. The idea was to raise much-need funds to conser [...]

How Women Trounce Men When Raising Seed Crowdfunding CapitalForbesMale entrepreneurs may account for the majority of business owners raising finance on crowdfunding platforms in the UK, but their female counterparts are far more likely to get the support they seek, new research shows. [...]

ReutersStudy says women are better at crowdfunding - ReutersReutersWomen around the world are less likely than men to tap the crowd online for money to fund their businesses and projects, but when they do they are likely to.and more » [...]

YourStory.comA crowdfunding portal ensuring total authenticity of cases, MeHelp lets you donate confidentlyYourStory.comIn March this year, Samiya Hafeez, a 22-year-old woman from Hyderabad, was arrested for running a fake crowdfunding campaign through which she collected almost Rs 22 [...]

Yahoo SportsCan crowdfunding save women's college hockey? - Yahoo SportsYahoo SportsNorth Dakota cut its women's hockey program in March, in one of the saddest and most stunning decisions to rock the sport at the collegiate level. “When you ...and more » [...]

MashableAtaribox crowdfunding plan is a giant, flapping red flagMashable"To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign," the note — translated from French — reads. It may not have been uttered by a PR mouthpiece [...]

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