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The Fix Crowdfunding Act is Mostly About Investor Protection

Protect and Serve Police

  Last week the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, part of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, debated several important bills that may boost access to capital for SMEs.  One of the bills, the Fix Crowdfunding Act (HR 4855), has the profound potential to turn… Read More

Crowdfunding is Crowdfunding to a Crowd: But Any Other Name Would Work As Well

The Crowd Benjamin Money Stadium

Exploring the dynamics of equity crowdfunding and provoking thought about what crowdfunding means to you.  Crowdfunding has always existed, and will continue to exist, as long as there are people and scarcity of resources. People have pooled and transferred resources for the benefit of another,… Read More

Busted for Crowdfunding? It’s Rehab Time on Capitol Hill This Week!

Handcuffs Busted Arrested

  In my last article on Crowdfund Insider, entitled: “JOBS Act Crowdfunding Begins on May 16, 2016: Don’t Get Busted for Solicitation!,” I warned of one of the hidden dangers for companies embarking on a Title III equity crowdfunding campaign – which goes live on… Read More

Crowdfunding Portals or Broker Dealers: Department of Treasury Amends Definition of Broker Dealers to Accommodate Title III Platforms

US Department of Treasury

The US Department of Treasury, via the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has published a proposed rule change that impacts the definition of a funding portal under Title III of the JOBS Act. This new rule-making would amend some definitions to include funding portals. Specifically,… Read More

Reg A+: A Successful First Year Despite Regulatory Ambiguities 

Regulation A+ SEC

The “democratization of investment” in historically closed industries have been the buzzwords of choice since the JOBS Act was signed into to law in 2012. But only since March 25, 2015, when the SEC voted to adopt the proposed rules implementing Title IV, was access… Read More

Crowdfunding Platforms Must Be Conscientious In Disclosing Borrower Credit Information

Guard Safety

  In translating the JOBS Act into final regulations, the SEC sought to protect investors in myriads ways: limiting certain opportunities to accredited investors, implementing caps on the annual amount certain investors may invest, and requiring certain disclosures, among other things. Understandably, the bulk of… Read More

JOBS Act Crowdfunding Begins on May 16, 2016: Don’t Get Busted for Solicitation!

Solicitation from Wikipedia by Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department

  It’s been five months or so since the SEC published its long awaited investment crowdfunding rules.  Though Congress dictated that this task be completed by the end of 2012, the SEC missed the mark by nearly three years.  Now, with rules in hand, and… Read More

OTC Markets CEO Cromwell Coulson: “Online Securities Offerings are Completely Disruptive”

Fortune Cookie Small Wins Big Successes

The odyssey of Elio Motors (OTCQX:ELIO) and the process of raising capital online is notable not because of the fact it raised $17 million on StartEngine  and then quickly followed with a listing on the OTCQX but because it is a “first”. As all forms… Read More

Brief: Legion M, One Of World’s First Fan-Owned Entertainment Companies, Launches Today

legion m

Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company, launches today, offering fans one of the first opportunities to invest and have a voice in the creation of new films, TV shows and other entertainment projects according to the company’s press release. Using the fundraising superpowers recently… Read More

Entrepreneurs Beware: The EB-5 & JOBS Act Industries Are Under the SEC Enforcement Microscope  

enforcement action ahead

The recent economic downturn is not the only challenge for entrepreneurs in the EB-5 and JOBS Act industries.  Rather, the challenges include close regulatory scrutiny by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement.  While both EB-5 and the JOBS Act were… Read More

Paul Elio of Elio Motors to Share Reg A+ Equity Crowdfunding Experience this Thursday

Elio Parked

Elio Motors founder and CEO, Paul Elio, will be joining Cromwell Coulson, CEO of OTC Markets and Ron Miller of StartEngine, to “share the inside story” of using Regulation A+ to raise capital from investors online. Elio utilized the StartEngine equity crowdfunding platform to raise… Read More

Contrast: Title III is Significantly More Restrictive than Crowdfunding in the UK

Rules Regulations

The UK has been the leading country in regards to internet finance as the sector has garnered solid support from not just entrepreneurs but elected and appointed officials. Their simplified “light touch” regulatory approach has created a sector that has experienced rapid growth. In 2015,… Read More

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

The Top 10 Crowdfunding Legal Developments of 2015

2016 Launch Rocket

  2015 could go down as the most active year for regulatory reform in the private securities market since 1940.   After a long delay since passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, we saw an unprecedented flurry of regulatory activity in 2015. Without further… Read More

Potential Pitfalls of Regulation CF – Part I: Practical Concerns for an Issuer

mouse trap danger

  When SEC Commissioner Piwowar lodged his controversial “NO” vote for the final rules implementing Title III Regulation CF last October, he did so with concern that the overcomplicated rules were laden with “traps” that could snare an unassuming company trying to raise funds. Unfortunately,… Read More

Crowdfunding: A Look at 2015 & Beyond!

2016 Fireworks New Year

  With it being new years eve and all, what better time to reflect on all the advancements made this year and to look ahead to all those still to come in 2016 and beyond. If you follow this industry at all, you know that… Read More

DJ Paul: “We Don’t Want to Limit Investment to People Who are Already Rich”

DJ Paul Featured

  “I believe the use of the internet, platforms and websites — and all of the access and transparency that this enables — will become the New Normal for ALL securities transactions, and not just those directly impacted by the JOBS act, but for public… Read More

Scorecard: Last Years Fintech Predictions Reviewed

Santa Claus Christmas 1

  The end of one year, and the entry into another, typically brings a cacophony of predictions for the new year along with lamentations and accolades for the one ending. At the beginning of 2015 (January 2nd to be precise), I peered deeply into my… Read More