Monthly Archives: March 2014

SEC Notes Ways to Verify Accredited Investors

The SEC’s Director of Corporation Finance gave the keynote address at the Angel Capital Association Summit stating that there have been 900 private placements that have advertised under the new Regulation D rules, raising ~$10 Billion, compared to 9,200 non-advertised … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Hollywood Movies

A new crowdfunding site (operating under Regulation D) has recently opened its doors to permit accredited investors plunk their money down on movies that have already acquired financing commitments from indie film finance companies such as Endgame (Looper), Silver Reel … Continue reading

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Crowdfunders Left Holding The T-Shirt

So, let’s say you put in $$$ to a startup in year one, and two years later the startup sells for $2 BILLION. You’d expect a huge return on your investment, right? Well,  not if you’re just a donor on … Continue reading

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From Zero to $2 Billion in 2 Years With Crowdfunding

Can you go from Kickstarter to $2 Billion? Apparently so as Facebook (now becoming the Darth Vader of the Internet) announced an agreement to buy Oculus VR, the maker of a virtual reality headset. It was back in September 2012 … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Lessons Learned – The Good, Bad & Ugly

Jamie Siminoff failed to get funding on TV’s Shark Tank. But that didn’t stop him as he now has more than $3 million in sales and venture capital backing. Mr. Siminoff launched his product Doorbot,  a doorbell that allows homeowner … Continue reading

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Another Reason To Crowdfund

Think venture capitalists are elitist? It’s worse than you think. They’re also apparently biased towards good looking men. Forget your projections, toss away the business plan. Maybe a trip to the plastic surgeon would be more helpful. WaPo reports “A … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Pioneer Interviewed

Crowdfunding pioneer Yancy Strickler, founder of Kickstarter, was interview last night by Charlie Rose. Kickstarter, founded in 2009, hit $1 Billion in pledges last week and continues to grow, but has eschewed equity crowdfunding. Strickler notes that a million dollars … Continue reading

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SEC Asks For Money to Enforce Crowd Fund Act

In its 2015 budget request to Congress, SEC has asked for money to enforce the Crowd Fund Act: “The SEC is implementing the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which includes a new rule that allows for broader solicitation of certain types … Continue reading

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Today’s Crowdfunding Webinar

Crowd-Funding” in Business Ventures: Raising Capital from the Public – 1 CLE hour https://m360.atlantabar.org/event.aspx?eventID=99402&instance=0 “Crowd-funding” is an innovation under securities law that allows companies to raise capital from small investors using certain online platforms. Companies are able to raise capital from … Continue reading

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FINRA Issues Warning On Bitcoins

Under the title “Bitcoins: More Than A Bit Risky,” and with a URL that includes the words “fraud” and “scams,” FINRA has issued an investor warning about Bitcoins. Briefly, the warning notes that risks of using Bitcoin include: Bitcoin is … Continue reading

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