Tag Archives | Crowdfunding

Real Estate Investing and Crowdfunding

Real estate investing is capital-intensive. It should be a natural area for crowdfunding. The big concern is fees and conflicts. With a tech startup, you are investing in an idea and the people with the idea. It may grow exponentially or blow up, leaving little behind. Part of the investment is paying the people to […]

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The Monsters of Compliance – Frankenstein’s Monster

The pumpkins and garish Halloween decorations are out on my front lawn. With the Halloween season upon us, my mind has become stuck on movie monsters and been mixed with compliance. This is the terrible result. Victor Frankenstein builds a creature in his laboratory with a mixture of surgery, chemistry, and alchemy. His creation horrifies […]

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Action Against a Crowdfunding Platform

SoMoLend – which stands for Social Mobile Local Lending – is a crowdfunding platform that allows small businesses to borrow money from a network of lender. The State of Ohio claims that SoMoLend failed to meet the regulatory hurdles currently in place for crowdfunding. It’s also claiming that SoMoLend acting fraudulently when seeking its own […]

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Fund Investing and Crowdfunding

As the Securities and Exchange Commission has been dragging its feet on new crowdfunding regulations, companies are finding a way to crowdfund using the current rules. The biggest challenge is dealing with the broker-dealer registration requirements. If you sell securities on a transaction basis, you are likelya broker-dealer and need to deal with the registration […]

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Crowdfunding and the Ban on General Solicitation

While entrepreneurs are looking to create crowdfunding portals under Title III of the JOBS Act, small business owners looking to raise capital should keep an eye on the regulatory changes under Title II of the JOBS Act. That may do a better job of opening the spigot for capital than the avalanche of crowdfunding portals […]

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Crowdfunded Companies Won’t Be Here Anytime Soon

When the JOBS Act passed last spring, there was a huge surge on the future of crowdfunding. In pursuit of the riches of startup investing, many ignored the already successful world of Kickstarter, Indie Go Go, and others that already successfully fund projects. Those platforms don’t show the investor a pot of gold at the […]

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What Does FINRA Think About Crowdfunding?

The crowdfunding provisions in Title III of the JOBS Act provide an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 for securities offered by through crowdfunding, provided the numerous requirements are met. An intermediary that seeks to engage in crowdfunding must be registered as a broker-dealer or a funding portal. I expect many people […]

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Crowdfunding the Crowdfunders

With President Obama set to sign the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act on Thursday, it seems the race is on to create a crowdfunding portal and to start making money. Crowdfunding has been around for a long time and the use of a crowdfunding portal dates back several years. Now there is a crowdfunding accreditation […]

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How Do State Regulators Really Feel About the JOBS Act?

The House of Representatives recently voted to pass The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (H.R. 3606), a collection of several bills focused on barriers to capital formation. I’m focused on the bill because of mostly because of the Access to Capital for Job Creators section that would override the ban on general solicitation and […]

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Crowdsourcing the Crowdfunding Exemption

There is a growing movement to create a new crowdfunding regime for raising capital. The models seem to draw inspiration from Kickstarter, a platform to fund creative projects. I say that because each time I see a draft bill it talks about an internet-based intermediary as part of the exemption. President Obama endorsed the idea […]

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