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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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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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Five Ways that Brexit Will Complicate Cross-Border M&A

By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP  Last week’s referendum in the UK and the decision for Great Britain to exit the European Union has caused turmoil in financial markets.  For M&A practitioners, however, the impact is only just beginning.  Here are five key ways in which Brexit will complicate cross-border M&A: 1. Deal Terms Will Need to Contemplate the Potential for Additional Exits If you thought the UK exit was tumultuous, just imagine the complications that might result if the Netherlands, France or another EU stalwart held a referendum that allowed its voters to possibly leave the EU.  M&A…

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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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Due Diligence: a Two-Way Street Every Startup Should Know About

By Maria Jones | Partnership Manager @ investors angel  Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor,             Due Diligence is a complex and highly responsible process, and is one of the most important stages during fundraising and investment. Experienced investors already know which professionals to employ and what things to pay attention to in a potential object of investment – and we have already given them some advice in an earlier article. Meanwhile, some of the younger and less experienced entrepreneurs usually expect their due diligence with a sense of anxiety, perceiving it as something inevitable and unpleasant. Well, let’s talk about it, dispel…

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Guide to Investment Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act

by Geri Stengel Less than 1% of all companies in the United States finance their operations through venture capital. For the other 99%, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and many state regulators are loosening the rules and regulations regarding raising money from accredited investors and the general public. An Introduction to the JOBS Act Congress approved the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act with tremendous bipartisan support on April 23, 2012. The act provides a framework for public solicitation and advertising of a company’s securities offering via equity crowdfunding platforms. Over the following three and half years, the SEC began to put into place…

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What “Solicit” Means Under Title III

By Mark Roderick , CrowdFund Beat   Sr. Guest  Contributor, @CrowdfundAttny. Before the JOBS Act came along, listing a security on a public website would itselfhave been treated as an act of “solicitation.” That’s the odd thing: Title III portals aren’t allowed to “solicit,” yet in the traditional sense of the term that’s the most important thing Congress created them to do.         The fact is that Congress was ambivalent when it created Title III portals. They are allowed to list offerings of securities, but are not allowed to do other things often associated with the sale of securities, including holding investor funds or offering investment advice. They…

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2016 Who’s Who of CrowdFunding Industry Professionals

Meet the speakers  at 2016  CrowdFunding  Conference  THE YEAR OF EQUITY CROWDFUNDING   Not in the list? Register for 2016  Don’t miss out! For sponsorship opportunity contact: CFB@CrowdFundBeat.com  or call 1 888 580 6610 Name Last Name Comapany/Title Contact Jay Abraham Business Growth Strategist Dara Albright  Dara Albright Media @tothestoics Kendall Almerico Crowdfunding and JOBS Act Expert @FundhubBiz Antonio Arias CEO and Co-Founder Healthy Crowdfunder Corp -@alamidas – @healthvcfunder Sydney Armani  CEO &Publisher of CrowdFundBeat Media armani@crowdfundbeat.com Nav Athwal Realtyshares.Com nav@realtyshares.com Douglas Atkin Guggenheim Partners Brent  Brague VP of Sales CrowdEngine , White Label Crowdfunding brent@crowdengine.com Joseph Barisonzi Leader Community Turnkey Crowdfunding Chance Barnett CEO Crowdfunder Jeffrey A. Bekiares Spark…

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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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A Watershed Moment?  Just maybe …

By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli               For a country that has espoused entrepreneurialism, we may be on the verge of a new economic order of sorts with the formal institution of Title III of the JOBS Act. After a three year wait, it appears that a more democratic version of crowdfund investing may just be upon us. No longer will participation in privately held company securities’ offerings be restricted to those“with means”, but will shortly be opened to the masses. Fundamentally, this is only natural and sensical, as both our economy’s output and much of the wealth created has emanated from private…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Proof of use: A new crowdfunding threshold for passionate users  TechCrunchRight now, most participants in U.S. private placements must be “accredited” investors, meaning $200,000 annual income over multiple years or $1 million in net ... [...]

Why crowdfunding is here to stay  Independent OnlineWe explore the opportunities, challenges, successes and occasional failures of the phenomenon called crowdfunding. [...]

Be cautious with crowdfunding  The Week MagazineHere are three of the week's top pieces of financial advice, gathered from around the web: Be cautious with crowdfunding. It's wise to be careful when donating ... [...]

Ask SCORE: A crash course in crowdfunding | Business  The Union LeaderQuestion: I have been trying for the last six months, without success, to acquire funding to complete development and marketing of my idea for a new roofing ... [...]

Soup kitchen founder's crowdfunding making a difference | Cape Times  Independent OnlineCape Town – Soup kitchen founder Danny Diliberto has exceeded his goal to raise R48 000 for Ladles of Love, his non-profit soup kitchen that serves meals to ... [...]

Mulberry Fire Department Turns To Crowdfunding For New Fire Engine  KFSM 5NewsonlineMulberry (KFSM) - On November 6th, 2018, the volunteer fire department that services mulberry and protection district two lost their rural pumper engine. Now, to ... [...]

Crowdfunding crisis: $2,060 for a dog, but $0 for many domestic-violence victims  Chicago Sun-TimesPeople in online fundraisers seem more willing to give when a person has been killed in a domestic-violence incident than when they've been injured. [...]

Do liberals love crowdfunding? ‘Time’s Up’ and ‘March for Our Lives’ make GoFundMe’s Top 5 for 2018  MarketWatchMany people using the popular crowdfunding platform during the year were donating for the first time. [...]

OrCam launches crowdfunding campaign for unique wearable AI device  The Jerusalem Post - Israel NewsOrCam Technologies, a Jerusalem-based start-up known for developing advanced technology to help the visually impaired, launched a Kickstarter campaign. [...]

Vampire romantic comedy seeks crowdfunding  NewsbookA new production of the feel-good comedy The Acrobat by Agnes Moon is soon to be staged by Unifaun Theatre Productions, with the help of a ... [...]

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