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Crowdfunding Portals Prepare for Title III Retail Crowdfunding

Gates Open for Title III

Last week both the SEC and FINRA finalized the rules for funding portals to offer securities under Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012.  The journey to get to this place has been long and at times challenging as regulators and industry participants debated… Read More

SEC Files Notice of Amendment & Accelerated Approval for Reg CF Funding Portal Rules (Document)

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The Securities and Exchange Commission submitted a filing last Friday regarding FINRA’s regulatory role pertaining to investment crowdfunding portals operating under Title III of the JOBS Act.  According to the SEC, FINRA just responded (January 21st) to several comment letters and the Commission is now… Read More

Potential Pitfalls of Regulation CF – Part II: Practical Concerns for Funding Portals

Look Out for Traps Charlie DeTar

As discussed in part one, the SEC’s final Regulation Crowdfunding rules require thorough analysis to not fall prey to potential traps. While I firmly believe that we can make crowdfunding work regardless of the roadblocks set forth, it does not mean that we can afford… Read More

OurCrowd Founder and CEO Jon Medved Shares his Vision on Crowdfunding, Startups, SPVs and Liberal Arts

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  “I think that what OurCrowd and others have done in this space until now has been quite subversive and wonderful and democratic.” OurCrowd, which is run by serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jon Medved, has put at least $170 million to work in roughly… Read More

Will Reg A+ Issuers Be Required to Undergo Rigorous FINRA Review?

Bumpy Road Danger

In a little over a week Title IV of the JOBS Act, commonly called Reg A+, will become actionable.  We are already hearing chatter about companies planning on using the new exemption. Whenever a new chapter is written in the Securities Law Book there is… Read More

FINRA Launches Online BrokerCheck Research Tool, But Does It Work?

BrokerCheck Promos

Early last week the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rolled out a multi-million dollar ad campaign promoting its online research tool called “BrokerCheck.” BrokerCheck is free online database intended to provide the investing public with an east way to research brokers and investment advisers before… Read More

Lock it up: SEC & FINRA Weigh in on Cybersecurity Issues

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Early in 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced its intention to conduct an examination of certain registered broker-dealers and investment advisers in order to assess the general vulnerability of the securities industry, as a whole, to cyber-attacks…. Read More

Perspective: Title III, Title IV and the Politics of Regulation

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  In my May 2014 article, “The Bell Tolls for Title III”, I laid out the reasons why it was highly unlikely that the SEC would issue Title III rules before the November elections and predicted that should the Senate flip to Republican control, we… Read More

FlashFunders Co-Founder Vincent Bradley Discusses His Newly Launched, No-Fee Equity Funding Platform

FlashFunders Bring Startups to Life

FlashFunders is the first no-cost equity funding platform open for small businesses and tech entrepreneurs.  “This is not the Silicon Vally model leveraging technology for business as usual,” avers FlashFunders. FlashFunders Co-Founder Vincent Bradley aims to take advantage of the recent changes in private equity funding by offering… Read More

SEC Study: Market Quality for Small Cap Equities

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has published a report on markets for small capitalization equities as part of the requirement of the JOBS Act to study decimalization and trading of small cap companies.  Questions of liquidity and market efficacy have been ruminating at the SEC… Read More

Release Title III: Securities Based Crowdfunding Rules – The New Investing Model

This Train is Late

Some Issues in Title III Crowdfunding Regulations Require Modification. Recently, there has been a renewed call for action on Title III (Regulation Crowdfunding) to go-live. And there are some proponents in the industry that just want the rules to go live ‘as-is’. However, the Crowdfunding… Read More

Investment Crowdfunding: The Most Significant Innovation for Entrepreneurship in a Generation (Deck)

Mary Jo White SEC Chair

Kickercon, a crowdfunding conference took place this past week in Texas.  At one of the sessions Ron Miller,  CEO of StartEngine and hopeful  crowdfuning portal operator, took to the podium to pound the table on Title III retail crowdfunding. In a presentation titled:  Investment Crowdfunding… Read More

The Bell Tolls for Title III Crowdfunding

Mary Jo White Is it Over yet

After more than two years of waiting, the news from Capitol Hill is not good.  The JOBS Act was a political compromise passed by Congress in 2012 due to several layered political agendas. Unfortunately, the provisions of the JOBS act, as enacted in Title III,… Read More

JOBS Act 2.0: Congressman McHenry’s Cure for the “Six Deadly Sins” of Crowdfunding Regulation

Patrick McHenry Fixing the JOBS Act

For those of you who were too busy to notice, U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry introduced three draft bills into the House Financial Services Committee last week.  One of them, if it were to become law, would open up the U.S. equity crowdfunding world in ways… Read More

FINRA Makes Crowdfunding A Priority For 2014

As they do every year, FINRA has released a letter outlining their priorities for the forthcoming year. Regulatory changes prompted by the passage and implementation of the JOBS Act are featured heavily in the letter as risks that mandate diligence on behalf of FINRA. Issues… Read More

Steps To Take Now To Prepare For A JOBS Act Crowdfunding Campaign

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The SEC’s 90-day comment period for the proposed JOBS Act equity crowdfunding rules ends in late January 2014. There is a chance that we could see the first JOBS Act crowdfunding campaigns as early as April, although I am not holding my breath on that… Read More

JOBS Act Title III Rules: Moving Closer to Equity Crowdfunding

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Under the proposed rules, Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) will create a new investor class by allowing non-accredited investors to participate in crowdfunding. These rules will lead to a democratized investment landscape profitable to entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, writers, and… Read More