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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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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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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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Using Regulation A+ as Platform for Staging Strategic Exits

Using Regulation A+ as Platform for Staging Strategic Exits

By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP    As part of the Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”) Congress mandated that the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) amend its rules for exempt transactions under Regulation A so that certain qualifying issuers would be able to issue up to $50 million in securities under Regulation A in a 12 month period. From its name, Congress and many industry participants thought that this change to Regulation A would make it easier for start-ups to raise funds. Now that the SEC has issued its new rules under Regulation…

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Why Investors Are Better Off Investing in Funds vs. Direct Investments

Why Investors Are Better Off Investing in Funds vs. Direct Investments

Sang H. Lee CEO at DarcMatter, CrowdfundBeat  Sr. contributing guest editor, In the world of alternative investments, there has been a recent surge in popularity for direct deals or direct investments into specific companies. Frictions around manager fees and alleged lackluster performance have left investors considering the overall benefits of investing directly into private companies to augment their portfolio of alternative investments. However, direct investing poses unique challenges and risks for investors which can be easily overlooked.             Deal Sourcing In order to properly assess the viability and investment worthiness of any investment, it’s important to have some type of benchmark and sustainable flow that…

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China Is Poised to See Explosive Growth in Crowdfunding

China Is Poised to See Explosive Growth in Crowdfunding

Hector Botero  CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributing  Editor, President & CEO at iCrowdNewswire, LLC The World Bank released a report on crowdfunding’s potential in the developing world. According to the Information for Development Program, China is one nation that is ready for some explosive growth in this emerging area of alternative financing. It will be interesting to see how China responds to the demand for crowdfunded innovation. How is China’s Economy Transitioning to Take Advantage of New Investment Vehicles? If you still think of China as a communist country, then you are not up with the latest developments taking place within the country. In fact, you have missed…

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Singapore Crowdfunding Startup CoAssets lists on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX)

Singapore Crowdfunding Startup CoAssets lists on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX)

CrowdFundBeat News,  SINGAPORE, 8 July 2015 – Homegrown crowdfunding platform CoAssets has listed on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX), Australia’s second largest stock exchange. The company, the first in Southeast Asia to provide crowdfunding for real estate projects, will trade on the NSX under the symbol “CAX”. CoAssets will also broaden its offerings to include peer-to-peer (P2P) lending for businesses outside of the real estate industry. Businesses looking for short-term trade financing of more than S$100,000, can now look to CoAssets’ online platform for crowdfunding within a maximum period of one year. Mr Getty Goh, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoAssets said,…

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CrowdFund Beat 2014 : Person of the Year – OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved

CrowdFunding Beat Media. By Desk editors  ourcrowd sponsor promo code Register for   ourcrowd  3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference on March 5th-6th. 2014 will be remembered as when “Crowdfunding” became a formal entry into the lexicons of financial services and social media.   A beacon of the “sharing economy”, crowd finance has evolved from meager online intermediation of a wishful funding for the a starving artist, to now an industry that has yielded two multi-billion dollar public offerings with more to come.   Certainly, the industry is gaining steam in various genres of finance – be it perquisite, corporate or real estate – and we expect 2014 to witness nearly $5 billion of…

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The Truth About Crowdfunding for Science?

CrowdFunding Beat Media , By Julie Cohen, UCSB Public Affairs and Communications, USCB researchers use #SciFund Challenge to determine key factors in successful Internet fundraising for scientific research efforts.   Everything you know about crowdfunding is wrong, at least according to researchers at UC Santa Barbara. And that, they add, is good news for scientists. Crowdfunding is the practice of financing a project or venture through contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. “There’s this myth about how crowdfunding is supposed to work,” said Jarrett Byrnes, a former postdoctoral associate at UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). “The myth is…

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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 ... [...]

How to avoid getting cheated in crowdfunding, online fundraising campaigns  WPRI 12 Eyewitness News"Crowdfunding" and other online fundraising campaigns are not only easy to share on social media, they're also a quick and effective way to raise money easily ... [...]

Have liberals found new hope through crowdfunding? ‘Time’s Up’ is No. 1 on GoFundMe for 2018  MarketWatchMany people using the popular crowdfunding platform during the year were donating for the first time. [...]

One small step: Orion Span kicks off $2M crowdfunding campaign for space hotel  GeekWireOrion Span, a venture that's planning to put a luxury hotel in orbit, has kicked off a crowdfunding effort aimed at raising up to $2 million in investment. [...]

One small step: Orion Span kicks off $5M crowdfunding campaign for space hotel  GeekWireOrion Span, a venture that's planning to put a luxury hotel in orbit, has kicked off a crowdfunding effort aimed at raising up to $5 million in investment. [...]

Milo Yiannopoulos banned from crowdfunding site Patreon  The GuardianThe far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos has suffered a setback in his attempts to relaunch his career after being banned by the crowdfunding site Patreon. [...]

What Small Businesses Need to Know About Equity Crowdfunding  Business News DailyCrowdfunding puts the control back in the hands of startup founders by allowing them to raise capital. Find out how to get started. [...]

Jump on the Bandwagon: Blockchain Ticketing Platform Runs Equity Crowdfunding Campaign  Black EnterpriseBandwagon CEO Harold Hughes shares how blockchain is transforming the ticket market and how he plans to scale his business using equity crowdfunding. [...]

What crowdfunding is really about  Financial TimesImagine you're a small, fast-growing business. You attract £20m from a single, institutional investor. Suddenly, there's a public relations crisis. You hire a ... [...]

Greek government plans crowdfunding for new warships  NavyTimes.comGreece's defense minister is appealing to his austerity-battered countryfolk for a crowdfunding effort to raise money for new warships, promising to donate part of ... [...]

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