Monthly Archives: November 2012

Salt and Pepper

Where can you crowd fund your film and then, when it’s done, sell it? A new website Seed & Spark* is attempting to do just that. As this space evolves, expect unusual pairings until a market leader with a name … Continue reading

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Doors Not Open, But Get in Line

FINRA notified the public that its Board of Governors will meet on December 6th and will consider a proposal to seek essential information from prospective funding portals intending to apply for membership with FINRA pursuant to the JOBS Act. Prospective … Continue reading

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Does Less Disclosure Mean More Exposure?

The guys at Property Casualty 360 seem to think so. This national insurance underwriter website notes that a recent survey of PC underwriters implies an increase in premiums as a result of the JOBS Act (read crowd funding) due to … Continue reading

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Not an Investor – A “Custowner”

TrendWatching.com has defined those who will be investing in equity crowd funded offerings as “custowners,” that is, “consumers who move from passively consuming a product towards actually funding/investing, if not owning a stake, in the brands they buy from. However, … Continue reading

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Save The Twinkie With Crowd Funding

They don’t say what they’ll do with the estimated $500 million needed to buy the assets of Hostess Brands out of Chap. 9 bankruptcy, but the thought of losing the Twinkie is just too much. http://www.doughforhostess.com/pledges http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/11/25/can-crowdfunding-save-hostess-detroit-firm-to-try/

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No Timing Change to Crowd Funding Rules

Several commentators have suggested this morning that the ┬áresignation today of SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro would slow the crowd funding rule making process. However, because President Obama was quick to appoint SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to replace Ms. Schapiro, it’s … Continue reading

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The Importance of Gatekeepers

CircleUp, an equity crowdfunding website (for private placements), discusses the metrics it uses to professionally curate the companies that it hosts. Criteria include: market knowledge, management team, realistic valuation expectations, differentiated brand, logical use of proceeds, historical performance vs. market … Continue reading

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