Tagged: perspective

Will Citi Buy Lending Club Loans? What Does this Mean for the Marketplace Lending Industry?

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Shares in Lending Club (NYSE:LC) jumped last week as chatter popped up in a report in WSJ.com that Citigroup may be purchasing, or perhaps providing financing, for their loans.  This is the second round of positive news as it was recently revealed that Chinese billionaire Tianqiao… 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

Week One: How are Title III Crowdfunding Platforms Doing?

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Title III platforms launched last week on May 16th. Multiple platforms had received approval from FINRA/SEC and a good number of issuing companies queued up to offer equity or debt in their companies. While opinions in the media were mixed as to whether the Reg… Read More

LendingRobot CEO Emmanuel Marot Shares Views on P2P/Marketplace Lending Industry

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  Co-founded by CEO Emmanuel Marot, LendingRobot is a Fintech company that provides powerful tools for the smaller investor interested in investing in Lending Club, Prosper and Funding Circle loans. Peer to peer lending has morphed into marketplace lending as institutional money poured in. Meanwhile LendingRobot… Read More

Global Crowdfunding & Local Regulation: From Light Touch to Prescriptive Bespoke Rules

The Evolving Universe of Crowdfunding Regulations

Crowdfunding is flourishing all around the world, exhibiting double or even triple digit growth rates in many markets, from the US to the UK to China. Governments have seen this boom as both an opportunity and a challenge. From 2012 on, they started responding by… Read More

Title III Crowdfunding Became Legal on May 16: What It Does & What’s Still Lacking

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  Monday, May 16, 2016 is the first day that ordinary people—not just the super rich—will be able to invest in the next Uber or Snapchat. That’s because Title III of the JOBS Act, otherwise known as Regulation Crowdfunding or Reg CF, legalizes retail investment… Read More

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

The Signing of the JOBS Act Framed

  “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

Seedrs CEO Jeff Lynn Calls Title III Crowdfunding “Not Workable in its Current Form”

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On the very day Title III / Reg CF crowdfunding kicks off in the United States, Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs – a leading UK based investment crowdfunding platform, called the securities exemption unworkable. Seedrs has previously stated its intent to expand into… Read More

Agile is The New Super-Power: Meanwhile the USA jostles its way to the Back of the Queue Just as a Revolution Races around the Globe

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In August 2014 Chancellor George Osborne set his stall out clearly stating the UK government’s intention to make London the FinTech capital of the world – and so maintain its position as, arguably, the world’s most important financial center in the years to come. It’s… 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

China Update: Guidelines, Not Rules Quite Yet for Alternative Finance

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  China is the largest market for alternative finance in the world. According to the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), China delivered over $100 billion in alternative finance, including peer to peer lending and crowdfunding, in 2015.  This was more than a 3X jump… 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

OneVest Co-Founder Criticizes Title III Equity Crowdfunding in Open Letter

Alejandro Cremades

OneVest co-founder and Executive Chairman Alejandro Cremades has published an open letter criticizing the structure and requirements of Regulation CF under Title III of the JOBS Act.  Cremades notes that while the Act appeared promising back in 2012 when the final rules were announced his… Read More

The Reason Treasury Wants Crowdfunding Portals to Be More Like Broker Dealers: Turf

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Last month the US Department of Treasury, Division of Financial Crimes and Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced a proposed rule change that will impact Reg CF crowdfunding portals. Now the concept of a crowdfunding portal is a new approach that was legalized under the JOBS Act… Read More

Perspective on Crowdfunding: This New Industry Will Flourish

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  Two years after Title II of the JOBS Act, known as 506(c), went into effect well over one billion dollars of financings have been closed through online funding portals under this provision and 506(b). The year over year growth has been substantial.  Entrepreneurs and… Read More