Tagged: perspective

Bond Street CEO Comments on Department of Treasury “Request for Information” on Marketplace Lending

United States Treasury

Crowdfund Insider reported last month on the US Department of Treasury’s interest in the fast growing Marketplace / Peer-to-Peer lending space. Treasury published a “Request for Information” (embedded below) seeking public comment to study the various business models and review “how the regulatory framework should… Read More

Complete Testimony on Crowdfunding by Doug Ellenoff to House Committee

Doug Ellenoff

    Doug Ellenoff, a leading attorney and advocate in the equity crowdfunding sector, visited our elected officials on Capitol Hill this past week to deliver an update on the status of crowdfunding in the United States.  Crowdfund Insider posted the video here, but unfortunately… Read More

Eric Cantor Pounds the Table on Finalizing Title III Crowdfunding Rules

Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor spent 13 years in the House of Representatives, the last three as House Majority Leader.  After losing a primary battle that surprised just about everyone, Cantor took a new day job as Vice Chairman of investment bank Moelis & Company. Even though Cantor is… Read More

Crowdfunding is Impacting the Global Economy

Crowdfunding Global Globe

  Innovation means creating something that makes a process or product more efficient. The result can be a price reduction passed on to consumers in the short run, or an increase in the speed at which a business operates. Ultimately, innovation serves as the backbone… Read More

Crowdfunding: From Impossible, to Improbable to Inevitable in less than 10 years

Mission Inevitable

  It was not that long ago that the term “crowdfunding” entered into the common lexicon. Today we regularly watch, or read about, multi-million crowdfunding campaigns delivering the next big thing to supportive consumers who are willing to wait a bit longer to receive a perk,… Read More

Women Investors are a Force to Be Reckoned With

I love Peer to Peer Lending P2P

Something strange is happening. It may be received wisdom that women tend to invest less than men, and that when they do they are more risk averse, but something is up. Something is changing and it’s changing in a pretty fundamental way that might mean… Read More

Gust Leads the Wind of Change in Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors

David Rose Gust Quote

For over a decade Gust, and its predecessor Angelsoft, has quietly been become one of, if not the, largest private investing platforms in the world. Gust is a SaaS platform that helps connect entrepreneurs with investors and other benefactors, in whatever form such investors take,… Read More

Crowdfunding is Changing the Female Entrepreneurial Landscape

Women Susan B Anthony Money

  According to Inc.com, the emergence of the JOBS Act has created around 1,500 to 2,000 jobs since its inception. And according to the organization Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers, women will create more jobs and keep the economy churning, provided they have the capital… Read More

SEC Launches Probe of Pre-IPO Tech Stock Sales Transactions

Wanted Private Transactions

  What started as an action against a single company in late June has evolved into a probe of an entire industry. As reported by the Wall Street Journal late last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a new probe spurred by… Read More

Good Progress in the Emergency Budget, But There is More Still to Do

George Osborne July 2015

The Emergency Budget This week saw the first Budget in the UK since the Conservative Party achieved a surprise win in the General Election in May. As the previous coalition government had already made promising steps towards the implementation of legislation which will improve access… Read More

Leaders of Innovative Finance Respond to UK Budget Policy, Embrace ISA Approach

George Osborne and his Summer Budget

  The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s summer budget was said to put economic security first and was a plan for “working people”. But incorporated in the policy statement was also aspects that should benefit disruptive financial firms on both the debt and equity side of… Read More

To Win Long Term, Goldman’s Online Lending Effort Will Need to Win Over Millennials

San Francisco Trolley

By now, you’ve more than likely heard about Goldman Sachs’ plans to launch an online consumer lending unit as early as next year. Yes, Goldman Sachs, the 146-year-old Wall Street giant best known for focusing on the 1%, is making a bet on Main Street with plans… Read More

Montana & Massachusetts Update “Fools Errand” SEC Lawsuit

Damage Dollar Money

The states of Massachusetts and Montana have filed a joint preliminary statement of issues. Once again the two state securities regulators, William Galvin in Massachusetts and Monica Lindeen in Montana, are reiterating their criticism of the SEC and recently enacted rules for Regulation A+. The… Read More

German Crowdfunding Network & Others Warn on Proposed Capital Gains Tax Increase

Angela Merkel Germany 2

The German Crowdfunding Network joined a broad coalition of business advocates last month to plead with the German government to not raise taxes on capital gains. Typically politicians are always in search of revenue (new taxes) to spend on public projects and services. Some with merit,… Read More

Regulation A+ Day 1: A Look Past the Mainstream Media Headlines

Extra Extra Title III

And Regulation A+’s Forgotten Crowdfunding Cousin Quietly Comes to Life in Congress Some History Lessons Though some may quibble over the details, June 19, 2015, was an historic day in U.S. regulatory history, at least as far as raising capital for small businesses is concerned… Read More

Regulation A+: What Do Industry Leaders Think About The New Investment Crowdfunding Exemption

The Signing of the JOBS Act Framed

Title IV of the JOBS Act finally become an actionable exemption today.  Rules 251 through 263 of Regulation A, under the Securities Act of 1933, were amended in an effort to fix a previously untenable securities rule.  Reg A+, as it is commonly known, has… Read More

SEC Advisory Committee Recommends Modernizing Rule 147 To Support Intrastate Crowdfunding

ACSEC Kara Stein and Stephen Graham

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met in early June to discuss various topics concerning, of course, small businesses. One of the primary topics the Committee addressed was the growing enactment and use of state-based crowdfunding (i.e. “Intrastate… Read More

House Committee Scheduled to Discuss Definition of An Accredited Investor

Majesty of Law Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC

The Subcommittee on Capital Markets an Government Sponsored Enterprises, part of the Committee on Financial Services, has scheduled a hearing to discuss two bills. The first is the Small Business Credit Availability Act which has been crafted to amend the Investment Committee Act of 1940… Read More

The Tech That Powers Alternative Finance

FinTech and Money

  Trends in the Use of Technology in Alternative Finance Calendar makers divide the general world’s timeline into “Common Era” and “before the Common Era”. For financial technology, the timeline should be divided into “Before PayPal” and the sea change which has happened since. When… Read More