Category Archives: Small Business

Operation Crypto-Sweep Begins

Winter is coming for Initial Coin Offerings  in the form of “Operation Crypto Sweep” that started at the beginning of May. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. and Canadian securities regulators have instituted almost “70 open investigations and 35 … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, CFTC, checkbook, Congress, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, discrepancies, fraud, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, review, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdfunded Business Fails

“A Very Sad Goodbye” is the latest update from Ossic X’s Kickstarter page. Although it is apparently still asking for money, the company says “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we must inform you that OSSIC is shutting … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, balance, checkbook, Congress, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, review, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SEC Runs Initial Coin Offering Scam

The newest, fabest ICO (Initial Coin Offering) pre-sale went live yesterday, the HoweyCoin. It offers a 15% bonus if you buy now, a number of executives who don’t exist, over 1% daily returns (go figure) and celebrity promoters. Sound fishy? … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, Banks, checkbook, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, fraud, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, review, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdfunding Women More Successful

Perception is reality. Although the venture capital world is less likely to fund a female-driven startup, the crowd happens to like them. PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that “found women-led crowdfunding campaigns are 32 percent more successful than male-led campaigns. And the average … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, balance, checkbook, Congress, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, discrepancies, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, review, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdfunders Grouse About Reg. CF

People are grousing that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Crowd Funding isn’t helping small business like it should. Although 438 small companies have raised over $105 million since the regulation went effective in May 2016, the complaints about the … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, balance, checkbook, Congress, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, Film, fraud, Investments, Jobs, review, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdfunded Luggage Maker Regulated Out of Business

 A sucker punch in business is when you get hit from behind without warning. Smart suitcase maker Bluestart took it hard. After #crowdfunding $2 million as a startup, it started making luggage that held lithium batteries so you could re-charge … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, balance, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, discrepancies, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, review, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gun Startups Try Crowdfunding

Like the alt-right which has found no love on existing crowdfunding platforms, the gun industry is now seeking alternative sites to raise cash for entrepreneurial projects. As one fund raiser puts it: “Parkland really brought out this open warfare against … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, Congress, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, review, SEC, Small Business, technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment