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There has been very little attention drawn to Title IV of the JOBS Act which, as proposed, would raise the Reg A threshold to $50 million and exempt these offerings from state blue sky laws. With the SEC comment period for Title IV nearing its end, I sat down with…
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Dara Albright is the Managing Director at Crowdnetic, the Editor and Chief of NowStreet Wire, a regular contributor to Equities.com, and an expert on all things related to crowdfunding. We caught up with her to discuss the end of the comment period on the SEC's proposed Title III rules and…
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In the second part of our interview with Congressman David Schweikert (R) of Arizona’s 6th District, we talk about the potential for securitization, why access to information being the greatest regulator, and what he sees for the future. Read Part I here. EQ: One of the big next steps in…
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In 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act was signed into law. Since that time, various provisions of the legislation have taken effect, while others are still going through regulatory process before they are made official. One of the most anticipated areas of the JOBS Act has been crowdfunding for…
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2013 was a ground-breaking year for the crowdfinance industry. Google led a $125 million deal to buy a stake in Lending Club from existing shareholders. The Google/Lending Club transaction valued the world’s largest peer-to-peer (p2p) lending platform at $1.55 billion, nearly tripling its valuation from its last fund-raising round less than a year…
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Crowdfinance is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, and it’s not hard to see why. With the new rules issued by the SEC, the world of corporate finance, previously cut off and limited to the wealthiest individuals, major brokers, and banks, has been opened up to the general…
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The 1920s was a wild time for a lot of reasons. Fortunes were made bootlegging, jazz was hot, the flappers were hotter, and investing was like the Wild West. Insider trading, pump and dumps, and fraud were commonplace, and the first two were still legal. It all came crashing to…
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Twitter (TWTR) , another one of America’s social media darlings just went public creating an obscene amount of wealth. Unfortunately, none of it fell into the hands of the investing public who once again served as the exit strategy for the financially privileged. Aside from Twitter employees, who did get…
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On October 23rd, exactly one month following the SEC’s official removal of the ban on general solicitation, it voted unanimously to propose the rules that would govern Title III Crowdfunding. For the first time in 80 years, private issuers will soon be able to raise capital from the general public.…
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Financing is essential to the creation and management of a business. It allows a startup to go from idea to reality, and to buy the goods it needs to produce other goods, to offer a service, or to pursue new projects and ventures. Traditionally business venture could raise money in…
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Online crowdfunding as we know it started officially in the UK with the Marillion band in 1997. Fans of the rock group created the first recognized internet crowdfunding campaign, raising $60,000 to support the band’s U.S. tour. Sixteen years later, the UK is again championing crowdfunding with the first ever…
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The SEC released a 585-page crowdfunding proposal Wednesday. It contains 295 questions that SEC wanted public commenting. Aside from the fundamental issues, i.e. you can only invest 10% of your annual income or 5% or $2000 of that pending whichever is  higher when you earn less than $100,000 per year,…
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