Tag Archives: Wall Street Journal

The Initial Troll Offering

There is now a crowdfunded Initial Coin Offering  to respond to the open letter published in the Wall Street Journal by Interactive Brokers. If you recall, the IB letter claimed that Bitcoin valuation had no relation to reality. Now, the … Continue reading

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Does the Secondary Crowdfunding Market Need Analysts?

On May 16th, real crowdfunding can begin. Investors must hold their shares for 1 year and there will be no liquid secondary market to trade them. Academics are now suggesting that independent analysts provide coverage for crowdfunded companies to provide … Continue reading

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Kickstarter vs. Indiegogo: Some Stats

The Wall Street Journal compared the leading crowdfunding sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo and found: that Kickstarter has raised over $2.5 Billion since 2009 and Indiegogo has raised $850 million since 2008. While the crowdfunding events on both sites are similar … Continue reading

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Real Or Hoax?

The mysterious Wall Street Journal advertisement for Moore’s Law Battery invited a select group of Fortune 500 and venture capital potential investors to a meeting in March, which has now been postponed until April. Although some scientists reject the theory … Continue reading

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“Bad Actor” Waivers Getting Harder to Get

After giving an investment adviser that failed to get clients’ consents for 21,000 trades a “bad boy” waiver, the Securities and Exchange Commission is now considering punishing JP Morgan. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Commission is thinking about … Continue reading

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Spray and Pray Crowdfunding

“Spray and pray” is the new mantra of crowdfunding syndicates that lead investments into startups and pull in other small accredited investors. Angel List started the phenomena that allows a lead investor to perform the due diligence and let other … Continue reading

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You Believe Me, Don’t You?

The regulatory trade-off made by the SEC in permitting issuers to advertise a private placement was to have them take reasonable steps to verify that the purchasers are, in fact, “accredited investors.” In today’s Wall Street Journal, an op-ed writer … Continue reading

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Crowd Funding Regulatory Experiment

The op-ed section of today’s Wall Street Journal features a piece that suggests that since it’s unlikely (in the author’s view) that the SEC will get the crowd funding regulatory scheme right the first time out, it should publish rules … Continue reading

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Will Crowd Funding Fill the Gap?

The Wall Street Journal today focuses on the fact that many seasoned small businesses that are in the financing gap are looking to obtain capital through crowd funding. Although bankers protest that they are actively seeking “qualified” borrowers, ancedotal evidence … Continue reading

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