Monthly Archives: April 2014

Follow The Leader Crowdfunding

For those of you who don’t have a clue as to which crowdfunding startup to invest in, the funding portal CircleUp is now permitting a few lead investors to create investment syndicates to permit smaller investors to ride their coattails … Continue reading

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Free Film Crowdfunding Handbook

Film financing is a big crowdfunding category. It was the first category on Indiegogo and is the second largest category on Kickstarter, raising over $209.5 million for more than 35,000 projects to date. “Filmmmakers who used Indiegogo to crowdfund their … Continue reading

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Re-Tweeting A Crowdfunding Tweet

Let’s say your Twitter message about your new crowdfunded offering contained the active hyperlink to a webpage that provided the required language and some joker re-tweeted your Tweet but left out the hyperlink? Will the Securities and Exchange Commission come … Continue reading

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SEC Approves Use of Twitter

When you announce the availability of a securities offering, you become subject to the SEC’s rules on what must be included in the announcement. The required information is not all that long, but it’s much longer than 140 characters. So, … Continue reading

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Room For Crowdfunding As VCs Retreat

Although venture capitalists invested more money (much more) in the first quarter of this year, they are abandoning seed deals in favor of later stage transactions. More evidence that crowdfunding is necessary to fill the financing gap. PriceWaterhouseCoopers reports that … Continue reading

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UK Continues to Lead Crowdfunding Regulation

The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has issued regulations that provides for 4 types of crowdfunding investors as described by the leading UK equity crowdfunding site CrowdCube: Restricted Investors: who¬†agree to not make more than 10% of their investments … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Continues to Rise

Crowdnetic has released its report for the first quarter 2014 on private issuers publicly raising capital (under the amended Reg D rules), finding 2,834 active issuers, an increase of 15.5% over the prior month. It reports that “Total recorded capital … Continue reading

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State/Federal Crowdfunding Clash Averted

With several states now permitting equity crowdfunding within their borders, the question has arisen if using the Internet to solicit purchasers would run afoul of the federal securities laws? Sec. 3(a)(11) and Rule 147 of the Securities Act of 1933 … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding To Help Returning Vets

Crowdfunding can be used for many things. This is a cause I’m supporting and hope you will too. “A feature documentary about a Marine returning from Afghanistan with the invisible injuries of war who meets a therapist who is confronting … Continue reading

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If It’s A Hit, Crowdfunders Get Zero

Another celebrity Kickstarter movie is going to hit theaters shortly. It’s Zach Braff’s (Scrubs, remember?) “Wish I Were Here” that raised over $3.1 million and was bought by Universal’s (Comcast) Focus Features for a reported $2.75 million. Don’t know if … Continue reading

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