Monthly Archives: February 2014

Crowdfunded Studio Film to Destroy Theatrical Window

The much bally-hooed crowdfunded feature motion picture Veronica Mars is set to upset the long established exclusive theatrical “window” that has been in place since the beginning of  time. Although proffered as an “independent” movie on Kickstarter, it quickly became … Continue reading

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Using You (Warning: Hollywood Gossip)

Katherine Heigl, the former star of TV’s medical soap opera Grey’s Anatomy (and star of several not-too-good-at-the-box-office pictures recently), is running a campaign to raise $150,000 on Indiegogo for her newest film. When confronted by the TMZ paparazzi recently, she … Continue reading

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Bad Actor Interps

The SEC is trickling out some interpretations on the Rule 506(d) “bad actor” disqualification. A couple of recent ones included:  All persons who have been or will be paid, directly or indirectly,remuneration for the solicitation of investors, including marketing personnel … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Generation Gap?

A  New York Times article suggests that crowdfunding is drawing donors, particularly younger donors, away from legacy charities such as the Red Cross and Save the Children. While charitable crowdfunding is growing, legacy charities revenues have not. Many younger donors … Continue reading

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SEC Round Table on Cybersecurity

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will host a roundtable on March 26 to discuss cybersecurity and the issues and challenges it raises for market participants and public companies, and how they are addressing those concerns. Those that … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Hollywood

Remember the sh*tstorm surrounding Zach Braff’s crowdfunding venture for his film Wish I Was Here? Braff spent as much time defending the fact that he was using donations (as opposed to giving his “investors” some upside) as he did making … Continue reading

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Participate in “Crowdfunding” Via Incubators

One way to manage the risk of crowdfunding is to have the  “experts” vet your investments. There are a number of incubators or accelerators that now accept investments from “accredited investors.” One such is TechStars* that claims to provide “seed … Continue reading

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Will Crowdfunding Create Jobs?

Remember when the JOBS Act was passed and some people laughed that this was a pretty weak attempt by Congress to pass full employment  legislation (they’ve since yanked unemployment  benefits from the long term unemployed as of December 31, 2013). … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding on Steroids: The UK Enterprise Investment Scheme

Here’s one reason why equity crowdfunding in the UK has an advantage: the “Enterprise Investment Scheme.” Here are some highlights: The investor can take a 30% tax credit (not a deduction against gross income) for investments made in qualifying companies. Relief … Continue reading

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Busting the Stigma of Crowdfunding

Perhaps it was self-serving, but there have been articles from venture capitalists who have looked down their noses at companies that engage in crowdfunding. The theory presented was that if you can’t/don’t pass muster with the VC community you will … Continue reading

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