Strategy

Should You Use An Equity Crowdfunding Consultant?

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Companies chronically underestimate how much time and hard work is involved in running an equity crowdfunding campaign. It’s often only after they get some way down the track that they realise what is involved, and it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and look for help. In… Read More

From Retail to Pretail – The Case for Building Your Own Crowdfunding Platform

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Crowdfunding introduces a new dynamic to the classic retail business. Consumers have direct access to early stage products, can give valuable feedback and create through their own marketing power the viral reach to new mass market products. Large corporations, such as Sony with their platform,… Read More

Gust to Offer Equity Management for Startups with Acquisition of Sharewave & Preferred Return

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Global entrepreneurial ecosystem Gust has acquired Sharewave and Preferred Return in a push to provide affordable equity management solutions for early stage companies. The new product, named Gust Equity Management, will allow an affordable and “powerful cap table management and audit defensible 409A valuations” for young… Read More

Republic Creates “Crowd SAFE” Investing Vehicle for Reg CF Issuers

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Earlier this month Crowdfund Insider Contributor Robin Sosnow wrote about “Simple Agreements for Future Equity” (SAFEs) and how they were quickly becoming the investment vehicle of choice for Reg CF crowdfunding portals. In brief, SAFEs are similar to convertible debt except founders are not faced… Read More

Crowdfunding for Performing Arts: Opera Di Firenze on Stage

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Despite their obvious engagement capacity, crowdfunding projects in the performing arts still have a very low average deal size. While smaller projects such as personal exhibitions, books and documentaries are often successfully funded, grand theaters and organizations don’t use crowdfunding as a financing tool. Only… Read More

SAFEs: The Investment Vehicle of Choice for Reg CF Issuers?

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  Exploring the emerging role of SAFEs or Simple Agreement for Future Equity in Reg CF offerings.   Examining SAFEs pros and cons to founders and financiers investing in seed stage companies. You’ve started a new business, established your team, and you’ve self-funded all of… Read More

Nesta Report: Good Causes Yet to Fully Benefit from Crowdfunding Revolution

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Nesta, a UK innovation foundation, has partnered with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) on a research document focusing on crowdfunding and “good causes.” By good causes, the authors mean charities and social entrepreneurs.  The report states that while “crowdfunding might be rapidly changing… Read More

Weighing the Risks for the “Crowd” in Equity Crowdfunding

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  Now that the long awaited and much anticipated federal crowdfunding rules under Title III of the JOBS Act have become effective, startup companies can raise seed capital from everyday, non-accredited retail investors through online equity crowdfunding platforms. Many of these investors are excited to… Read More

Crafting A Winning Equity Crowdfunding Pitch

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  A “pitch” is the information about your company, your team and the investment proposition. Founders often find pitching to be difficult and time-consuming. But pitching is a critical and necessary step to successfully raising funds – and equity crowdfunding is no exception. Equity crowdfunding… Read More

Intrastate Crowdfunding: The Often Overlooked Option 

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With the Federal Title III rules effective, there is certainly a lot of excitement surrounding national level “retail” crowdfunding to non-accredited investors. That’s obviously great news for the industry, but it’s important to remember that the majority of the states currently have some form of “intrastate”… Read More

AIG Introduces Equity Crowdfunding Insurance For Investors

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Global insurance provider, American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG), has announced the launch of a new insurance vehicle, Crowdfunding Fidelity, which was developed specifically to protect investors on equity crowdfunding platforms against issuer fraud. The launch of AIG’s new insurance comes just a little over a week after Title III… Read More

Raise Funds from the Public Without Going Public & May the 16th Be With You!

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  “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster They say, if Monday had a face, we all would like to punch it. But surely not today, Monday, May 16th, 2016, the day… Read More

What is Title III Crowdfunding and Why Should I Care?

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Overview of the regulatory framework Although the Jumpstart Our Business Startups or JOBS Act was passed in April of 2012, the rules implementing Title III of that Act relating to retail investment crowdfunding have been a long time coming. They were finally promulgated on October… Read More

What Has Crowdfunding Got to Do with Kanye West?

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In case you hadn’t noticed, crowdfunding is HOT news right now. Regardless of sector or business vertical, if the onus is on raising money then crowdfunding appears to be the contemporary fairy godmother of fiscal aid. If you don’t believe me, do a quick google… Read More

blow LTD: How We Decided Equity Crowdfunding Was Right for Us

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Raising capital for a young company is never an easy task. Financing an early stage company can be both complex and a lot of work.  There is not necessarily one simple answer.  For our company, blow LTD, we were a fast growing firm in an… Read More

Getting it Right: the UK Supports SME Growth with EIS & SEIS Tax Programs

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Starting and creating a new business is a highly risky endeavor.  Yet these same small businesses are the ones that create the most jobs and drive economic growth. In brief, SMEs are imperative for society as a whole. The UK has supported an innovation-based economy… Read More

PwC Report: Today’s Marketplace Lending is Very Different from P2P Days

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Global consulting firm PwC has published a report on the marketplace lending industry.  The timing is good as the industry is being buffeted by the broader challenge of a stumbling economy. The document aptly starts by noting the marketplace lending sector is oh, so much… Read More