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The Definitive Guide: Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemptions

Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemptions as of July 2014

With the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dragging its feet on enacting Regulation CF pursuant to Title III of the JOBS Act, many states are taking action and passing their own intrastate crowdfunding exemptions. While these only pertain to businesses and investors within a particular state they can provide financing opportunities especially from a local… Read More

Tim Simon, CEO of Madiston LendLoanInvest, Talks Future of Peer to Peer Lending

Madiston LendLoanInvest Crystal Ball

Peer to Peer lending is experiencing dramatic growth in the UK  (and around the world).  While traditional loans have, in some categories, lagged the economic expansion, P2P is booming.  In fact UK businesses have benefited from over a half a billion in funds and consumer P2P lending may have reached over £1 billion at the end… Read More

Nicola Horlick’s Glentham Capital Raises Equity on Seedrs for Major Expansion

Nicola Horlick Glentham Capital

Boosts Equity Crowdfunding Offer – Raising £450,000 on Seedrs. Nicola Horlick, one of the UK’s most well known and highly regarded fund manager, has announced that her new fund management firm, Glentham Capital, is increasing the target for its core film finance fund from $100 million to $250 million.  Apparently the increase has been driven… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Fitle Reinvents Shopping, Tablet Riser for iPad & Wedg Secure Cloud Solution

TabletRiser Featured

So for all Mailbox readers today – I will suggest you read the story about the Coolest Cooler.  Not necessarily because it is a cool project (it is) but because the organizer launched a campaign back in 2013 – for effectively the very same product – and failed.  The campaign was looking to raised $125,000… Read More

Investor Advisory Committee Decides to Seek More Data Before Recommendation on Accredited Investor Definition

SEC Investors Advocate Questioned

The Securities and Exchange Commission hosted a meeting of the Investor Advisory Committee yesterday where they tackled the very important issue of defining an “accredited investor”.  Barbara Roper, the Chairman of the ‘Investor as a Purchaser Subcommittee’ closed the meeting without recommendations on altering the definition, stating their intent to meet with DERA (the economic… Read More

SeedInvest to SEC: “Increasing Accredited Investor Thresholds Would Be Disastrous for Small Business”

Sins of Excessive Regulations

On the day when the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee is scheduled to discuss the definition of an “Accredited Investor”, SeedInvest – one of the leading equity crowdfunding portals in the United States- has posted a comment letter to the SEC stating their research indicates, “an increase to the accredited investor thresholds would be disastrous for… Read More

The Real Difference Between VC and Crowdfunding? Investment Marketing

marketing promotion

A few weeks back the value of VC’s for the crowdfunding industry was extensively discussed. Why? Because there are lot of areas where crowdfunding and VC’s can connect. And though traditional funding and alternative funding are not as rigorously separated as many want to believe, there are some inherit differences that characterise crowdfunding as a… Read More

Update: Future Ad Labs Hits Funding Goal in 36 Hours with Convertible Offer

Future Ad Labs Convertible

That was fast.  No sooner had Future Ad Labs announced their public offer for convertibles on Seedrs than the offer was fully funded. The funding took only 36 hours to complete. The company was seeking a raise of £300,000 and as of this writing the investment already funded stands at £300,170.  The convertible offer is… Read More

International Equity Crowdfunding Site Invesdor Raises €290,871 for Own Platform

Invesdor Bull

In a self-crowdfunding round, Finland based Invesdor raised €290,871 for the two year old equity crowdfunding platform.  The raised was just shy of the high end target.  The offer garnered 135 investors from 13 different countries and added 121 new shareholders  to their roster.  Pre-money valuation was posted as €3,043,040 and equity offered represented just under 9%…. Read More

Backers of “Stratus by ZUVO Water” Demand Answers on Failed Delivery

Zuvo Failed

Zuvo Truth Site Launched Seeking Answers and Accountability on Failure to Deliver Promised Crowdfunding Rewards. Stratus by Zuvo Water ran a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that closed in March of 2013.  The goal of raising $50,000 was achieved, financed by 267 backers.  Zuvo – was described as “The World’s First Intelligent Faucet & Cloud-Connected… Read More

Open Letter to the SEC: Please Don’t Hang Up on Small Business (And Please Don’t Put Small Business on Hold)

Phone Booth Hangup

Some of you who read my article on July 1, 2014, entitled “Intrastate Crowdfunding at Risk -Has Intrastate Crowdfunding in Washington State Been Washed Out by NASAA and the SEC?” may have concluded that I was making a mountain out of a mole hill – or perhaps that I was being too harsh on the… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding: Leveling the playing field for female entrepreneurs and investors

Gender Female Male Money Investing

For a long time women entrepreneurs have been marginalized in traditional forms of finance, excluded from venture capital and business angel investing which is often referred to as old boys clubs. With only 12 percent of all business angels being female, it is not surprising that only 12 percent of business angels funded female entrepreneurs… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Airdog Auto Follow Drone, Zolo Magnetic Case & Slyde Phish Handboard

Airdog Drone Worlds First

Happy 4th of July to all of our readers in the United States.  Hopefully everyone is enjoying a fabulous summer weekend – something I intend to do myself in a bit.  The past week we have received a flood of really cool campaigns.  It has been tough to narrow it done to just a few… Read More

TwistRate Launches Crowdfunding Platform to Help Fund the American Dream

TwistRate

TwistRate, a new crowdfunding platform, announced today the official July 4th weekend launch of its crowdfunding portal, giving veteran service members, law enforcements, outdoor enthusiasts, extreme sports, fishing and hunting communities a dedicated place to come together online to fund the ideas, passions and dreams of their communities. The donations – and reward-based crowdfunding site… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding is in Need of Leadership

State of the Union Congress and Senate

Your Leadership, Freedom & Independence this 4th July. Dear Mr President, Your leadership is needed in a matter which affects America and us all. A matter of removing an ongoing source of inequality which continues to disfigure both democracy and capitalism in America and worldwide. I believe it is in your gift to right an… Read More

Indiegogo’s Anastasia Emmanuel Shares Details About “Go Crowdfund Britain”

Anastasia Emmanuel Go UK

Over the past few weeks, Indiegogo UK has been on-the-go thanks to its Go Crowdfund Britain campaign. As previously reported, this new initiative was launched on June 23rd and is seeking to raise a million pounds to get Britain’s best ideas, coolest inventions, brightest young businesses and the most creative music, fashion and arts projects crowdfunded on… Read More

“Reading Rainbow” Breaks Kickstarter Record For Most Backers

Reading Rainbow

With less than 24 hours until its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter comes to a close, “Reading Rainbow” has broken the all-time record of backers on the crowdfunding giant’s platform.  On Tuesday, the campaign reached over $4.8 million and has a total of 98,298 backers, which beats out the 91,585 investors who funded the “Veronica Mars” movie in… Read More

Intrastate Crowdfunding at Risk

NASAA Letter Quote North American Securities Administrators Association

Has Intrastate Crowdfunding in Washington State Been Washed Out by NASAA and the SEC? On May 5, 2014, I published an article in Crowdfund Insider highlighting recent informal “rulemaking” at the SEC Division of Corporation Finance, which in my opinion quietly dampened the efforts of three states to implement their own brand of intrastate crowdfunding:… Read More

Can Equity Crowdfunding Revitalize the IPO Market?

Bridging the Funding Gap Vanishing IPO

While attending the CFGE Conference in New York City last week I was able to sit in on a presentation by Anthony Zeoli regarding the “vanishing middle market IPO”.  Anthony is a securities attorney who is championing the cause of intrastate crowdfunding in Illinois – he has also contributed to Crowdfund Insider. The decline in smaller… Read More

Odyssey Equity Crowdfunding: The First of Many Cross Border Offerings

Odyssey Crowdcube Crowdfunder

As we recently reported in Crowdfund Insider, Odyssey Airlines is the first company ever to offer equity crowdfunding in two different countries simultaneously.  This is the second part in a series about this “first” for the crowdfunding world.  In the United Kingdom, Odyssey is currently offering £1 million in equity for their company while concurrently… Read More