Strategy

When You Use a Bomb to Swat a Fly: A Response to the Proposal of Banning SAFEs in Crowdfunding

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This article is a response to the draft paper referenced in the article entitled “Crowdfunding and the Not-So-Safe SAFE” authored by Joseph M. Green and John F. Coyle. There are many so words to describe my thoughts about the paper: patronizing, impractical, misguided—but mostly, unfortunate. One… Read More

An Inside Look at Legion M Investment Crowdfunding Success

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Legion M is one of the early success stories of Reg CF investment crowdfunding. Legion M raised $1 million on Wefunder with the backing of over 3,000 individual investors – the most ever for a single Reg CF offer to date. Out of the 32… Read More

Is the SAFE Not So Safe for Investment Crowdfunding?

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Earlier this year, on May 16, 2016, the final portion of the JOBS Act became actionable. The much anticipated Title III provisions and Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) went into effect, marking the official beginning of retail crowdfunding in the United States. While the industry is… Read More

Regulation A+ Offering: Hype or Reality?

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Jobs creation and wages are in the spotlight again by voter demand this presidential election year and receiving attention from both Republican and Democratic parties. This begs the question whether an improved version of Regulation A under the JOBs Act of 2012 offers a practical… Read More

Hacking the Law (Crowdfunding Edition): Concurrent Offerings Part 1

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First off, don’t panic. We’re not talking about hacking into computer networks or anything. Legal hacking, or hacking the law, doesn’t involve anything surreptitious. From an organization standpoint, Legal Hackers is an organization originating from Brooklyn Law School and now a global movement with over… Read More

Why “Special Purpose Entities” Are So Special 

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As securities attorneys, we’ve been getting a fair amount of questions lately on special purposes entities (SPEs), also known as special purpose vehicles (SPVs). What are they? What do they do? Should I choose an SPE over an LLC? (That last one is my favorite)…. Read More

Why DSTLD is a Perfect Fit for Reg A+ : Key Elements to Successful Equity Crowdfunding

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Now I don’t usually use this forum to discuss particular crowdfunding offerings. However, after seeing a recent MSNBC piece on DSTLD, and their current Regulation A+ equity offering, I simply had to highlight their truly model story. I believe many wannabe Reg A+ issuers could… Read More

To Disclose or Not to Disclose, That is the Question

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In connection with a private offering of securities the issuer will provide potential investors with some form of disclosure document. Regardless of what type of offering it is (e.g. Rule 506, Title III, Intrastate, or other private offering), the intent of this disclosure document is… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo Unveils Campaign Marketing Workbook For Project Creators

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This week, Indiegogo announced the release of its new Campaign Marketing Workbook. The global crowdfunding platform stated the new workbook helps project creators organize all of the key stakeholders in their project along with set a strategy and schedule for when to reach out to them… Read More

White Label Crowdfunding 101: Part II – Players & Profits

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So you want to start a Crowdfunding Portal… In White Label Crowdfunding 101: Players & Profits, (Part II of our three-part series) we will introduce some of the primary white label vendors, sample sites and criteria for vendor selection to help you navigate the options…. Read More

Agency 2.0 Has Helped Raised Millions of Dollars in Rewards Campaigns. Now they are Moving Into Investment Crowdfunding

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Agency 2.0 was one of the very first marketing agencies in the rewards-based crowdfunding sector to get it right. Their participation in a campaign on either Indiegogo or Kickstarter almost guarantees success.  The years of honing their technique and perfecting their strategic approach to raising… Read More

Brief: Kickstarter Releases “Spread the Word” Guide For Campaign Organizers

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This week, Kickstarter offered some advice on how organizers can attract media attention towards their crowdfunding projects. The funding portal decided as release a list of ways campaigns can get noticed. The Kickstarter team stated the core question that creators have asked when they launch… Read More

Questions Financial Regulators Love to Ask

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As any entrepreneur knows, when you are creating something new, there are no shortage of naysayers.  Among the 3 types of clients we work with (investors, corporates and financial regulators) the regulators tend to look at new things most skeptically.  But, of the many questions… Read More

Free of Charge: StartEngine Eliminates Fee to Crowdfund Under Reg CF

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That’s right. StartEngine, one of the leading investment crowdfunding platforms in the US, has eliminated the fee associated with raising capital under Reg CF.  Previously the platform charged a 5% service charge so if an issuer was raising $1 million they had to pay $50,000… Read More

Indiegogo Partner Arrow Electronics Announces Crowdfund-to-Production Service

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Worldwide technology company and Indiegogo partner, Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), announced on Thursday the launch of its new crowdfund-to-production service. This new service reportedly aims at accelerating the pace of innovation for technology and internet of things (IoT) entrepreneurs. Those interest in applying for an… Read More

Indiegogo on Communication: “Your Backers Are Investors, Treat Them That Way”

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On Wednesday, global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo offered some key advice to campaign organizers about the importance of communication, especially after the initiative successfully secure funds and close. The Indiegogo team revealed that while campaign is finished, the most important thing for organizers to do is… Read More

Oppo Ice Cream Shares Path to Crowdfunding & Business Success

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  Oppo Ice cream is a bit like the Holy Grail of food: Ice cream that tastes great, is low calorie and is good for you.  The creation of two brothers, Charlie and Harry Thuillier, the duo were exposed to many different natural foods while… Read More

Digitzs CEO Laura Wagner on Crowdfunder Success: “Equity Crowdfunding is the Only Real Option For Pre-Revenue Fundraising”

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Last week, Crowdfunder sat down with CEO of Digitzs, Laura Wagner, to discuss her and her team’s recent crowdfunding success along with key advice for startups. Earlier this year, Digitzs took to the equity funding platform to raise funds with Shark Tank alum, Kevin Harrington. During its funding… Read More