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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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Business Insider Nordic (blog)The 11 coolest crowdfunding hits in the Nordics 2017Business Insider Nordic (blog)In crowdfunding, there really are no limits. With the public deciding what flies and what doesn't, platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo give tech enthusiasts a c [...]

The SunMum slammed for setting up crowdfunding page asking people to send cash for son's birthday instead of presentsThe SunA MUM has come under fire for setting up a crowdfunding page requesting cash instead of presents for her son's birthday. Paramita Sarkar says nine-year [...]

LeaflyCrowdfunding Site Cancels Aid to California Wildfire Victims - LeaflyLeaflyWith the most devastating wildfire in California history laying waste to its members' homes and livelihoods, the California Growers Association responded in the ...and more » [...]

AdweekThe Brewers Association Is Launching a Crowdfunding Campaign to Buy AB InBev for $213 BillionAdweekIt's the largest crowdfunding effort ever and even its backers realize it has the slimmest chance of possibly succeeding. So why is Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) helping the nonpr [...]

Phoenix Business JournalCrowdfunding comes to Arizona real estatePhoenix Business Journal“The new crowdfunding legislation has empowered all Arizonans with the opportunity to invest locally in business startups, which had been for decades, reserved for only qualified investors. Neighb [...]

Associations NowCraft breweries start lofty crowdfunding campaign to take over Anheuser-Busch InBevKMOV.comNo money is actually being collected. On the website where you can pledge between $10 and $1000, it says "we'll be in touch if somehow, miraculously, against every odd, [...]

Futurity: Research NewsTo predict crowdfunding, scan consumers' brains - FuturityFuturity: Research NewsBrain activity can predict consumer choices more accurately than what consumers say they want in questionnaires, a new study of people's decisions to back ...and more » [...]

ForbesThe Recipes For Crowdfunding Success On Kickstarter -- And What To AvoidForbesConversely, how should we analyze the crowdfunding flops like the Cuppress, a coffee capsule sealing machine which is both economical and user-friendly? Too little is known about the recipes for a succ [...]

RecodeCrowdfunding site Indiegogo will now let you sell products as it shifts ...RecodeIn the past, entrepreneurs on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo could offer contributors a gift in exchange for cash. Then a year ago, they could begin offering ...and more » [...]

My Yellowknife NowNACC launches crowdfunding campaignMy Yellowknife NowAfter a more expensive last few months than expected, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is launching a crowdfunding campaign. An ambitious Northern play “featuring perspectives from a range of Indigenous women” [...]

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