Tagged: perspective

Voice of Reason: Mercatus Explains Need for Fintech Charter to Boost Innovation

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“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” ― Peter F. Drucker The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) rattled the cages of big finance and state regulators in proposing a possible “Fintech Charter” to license and regulate emerging… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding is Here … And it’s Total BS

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“The more cashless our society becomes, the more our moral compass slips.” ― Dan Ariely Happy New Era, my fellow entrepreneurs, and next generation financiers! In a world of dramatically accelerating technological, social and economic changes, it is clear we are heading into a time where… Read More

Wefunder Plans to Triple Crowdfunding Growth in 2017

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Wefunder Leads Reg CF Crowdfunding Space in Both Successful Funding Rounds and Total Raised. Once Title III of the JOBS Act (Reg CF) became actionable, Wefunder jumped out of the gate and never looked back. In fact, Wefunder’s founders lobbied Congress to legalize investment crowdfunding…. Read More

A Record Breaking Year for Seedrs: A Discussion with CEO Jeff Lynn

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Seedrs delivered a record year of crowdfunding. In an end of the year recap, Seedrs quantified their accomplishments including: £85 million invested in 159 different deals 45,000 individual investments were made during 2016 from 65 different countries FreeAgent, a company that raised £1.2 million Seedrs… Read More

Deadline Nears for Comments on Proposed OCC Fintech Charter

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  The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is still accepting comments on the proposed Fintech Charter for financial firms looking to operate with a federal charter. The deadline was initially set for January 15th but one report says the OCC has pushed the… Read More

Marketplace Lending Association to Congress: Please Ensure that America is a Place Where Fintech Can Flourish & the Federal Government is a Partner, Rather than an Obstacle

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The Marketplace Lending Association has called on Congress, and the incoming Trump Administration, to become a catalyst for Fintech innovation and not an obstacle. In a letter addressed to House and Senate leaders, Nathaniel Hoopes, Executive Director of the MLA, asked Congress to move  away… Read More

SeedInvest CEO Ryan Feit: Issuers Using Reg CF will Raise Over $100 Million in 2017

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  SeedInvest is one of the most prominent investment crowdfunding platforms in the US. A full stack funding platform, SeedInvest lists opportunities from issuers under Reg D (both 506c & 506b), Reg A+, and Reg CF.  The platform boasts a solid community of over 140,000… Read More

What to Watch For in Marketplace Lending During 2017

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Predicting what will transpire in the coming year is always challenging, particularly in relatively nascent and growing industries such as marketplace lending. While surprises are undoubtedly in store for 2017, indications are that certain trends—the growth of bank partnerships and industry consolidation—will continue and accelerate… Read More

Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2017

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The following are my top ten Fintech predictions for the coming year. While 2016 has been a momentous period in Fintech innovation there is more to come. 10 – Sensors Internet of Things (IoT), Wearables, Smart Home and Connected Car will bring massive change to… Read More

Jay Clayton to Join SEC During Unprecedented Need to “Cut the Red Tape”

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Financial regulations are often enacted with little concrete definition, to say nothing of quantification, of their costs and benefits. Regulators and economists have little understanding of causal mechanisms that may provide benefits and incur costs. Worse, they often think they know cause and effect, either… Read More

Crowdfunding & Fintech Predictions for 2017

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Last year due to time constraints I was unable to publish my list of Crowdfunding/Fintech predictions for 2016. This year I am back once again, for better or worse, peering deep into my crystal ball with a list of prognostications for the coming year. The… Read More

Personnel is Policy: Dan Gallagher on SEC Under Trump Administration (Video)

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Former SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher visited the studios of CNBC yesterday to share his perspective on the SEC under the Trump administration.  Gallagher is one of the names being bandied about as the Republican pick for the SEC Chair.  Another possibility is another former Commissioner… Read More

Why I am “High” on the Prospects for SME’s in 2017

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The beginning of a new year is typically accompanied by renewed hope and positive expectations. 2017 is no exception.  As a staunch advocate of promoting the interests of small business generally, and smart regulation of capital formation, in particular, 2017 stands out to me as… Read More

Five Key Take-Aways from FINRA’s Expulsion of Crowdfunding Portal UFP

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FINRA recently completed a settlement expelling from FINRA membership UFP, LLC, a registered funding portal that operated under uFundingPortal.com.   The matter marks both early and decisive action by FINRA against a registered funding portal operating under Regulation Crowdfunding.  It establishes that FINRA takes seriously… Read More

2017 Holds Promise for Tax & Financing Policy for Startups

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2016 brought with it many positive developments for startups in terms of capital access and tax policy. Investment crowdfunding finally went live, a number of bills to facilitate capital formation passed the House, and the startup community galvanized around a tax bill that would make… Read More

Blockchain: New MIT Research Looks Beyond the Hype

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With a market capitalization of approximately $12 billion and with the price of Bitcoin reaching towards its 2016 high, Bitcoin is both the most established and the most secure cryptocurrency. Its ascendancy has triggered both a great deal of enthusiasm and a fair share of… Read More

What to Expect for Marketplace Lending in 2017

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Market credibility and an emphasis on better transparency will be two key factors for marketplace lending in 2017. 2017 will be a pivotal year for the marketplace lending (MPL) space as the market will seek stabilization in both confidence and venture funding, following a challenging… Read More

Needed Policy Reforms to Improve Entrepreneurs’ Access to Capital

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Capital formation and entrepreneurship improve economic growth, productivity and real wages. Existing securities laws impede entrepreneurial capital formation. To promote prosperity, Congress and a reconstituted Securities and Exchange Commission need to systematically reduce or eliminate state and federal regulatory barriers hindering entrepreneurs’ access to capital…. Read More

The Startup and SME Funding Void in Brazil and How to Fix It

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  Brazil has a number of similarities to the rest of the world when it comes to funding startups, small or medium enterprises (SMEs). These business owners either have to fund their businesses themselves, seek capital from close friends or family, Angels, VCs, or for… Read More