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New Forms of Finance Hits Radar of Governments Around the Globe at Berkeley Forum

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In a report from UK’s “the Crowdfunding Centre“, the group notes that crowdfunding and alternative-finance have hit the radar of governments and policy-makers, as well as financial institutions, across the globe.   The Second Annual Academic Symposium on crowdfunding is taking place this week at UC Berkeley.  The event is hosted by the Fung Institute and… Read More

An Estimated $140 Million Has Been Invested in Crowdfunding Infrastructure This Year

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Estimates Indicate this Number Could Rise to $250 Million By End of Year. A recent report indicates that interest and associated investments in the nascent crowdfunding industry is taking off.  Apparently over $140 million has been funneled into crowdfunding infrastructure just this year alone.  This is more than double the estimate from 2014 where approximately… Read More

Jason Best & Sherwood Neiss to SEC: Vote Now on Title III Crowdfunding Rules

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Crowdfund Capital Advisors principles Jason Best and Sherwood Neiss have joined the growing group of crowdfunding industry participants demanding the Securities and Exchange Commission release final rules on Title III crowdfunding immediately.  In a comment letter addressed to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, Best and Neiss urged the Chair to release final rules now. This… Read More

Crowdfund Capital Advisors Report: Crowdfunding is Powerful Tool for Women & Minorities

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Women & Minorites Traditionally Shunned by Private Capital Markets See Huge Potential for Investment Crowdfunding and Access to Capital. Crowdfund Capital Advisors has published a report to highlight crowdfund investing as a powerful new tool to fuel the underserved women and minority markets.  The document is titled; “Crowdfunding’s Potential for Minority and Women Owned Enterprises” The research… Read More

SeedInvest Closes on $4.15 Million in Self Crowdfunding

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Equity based crowdfunding platform SeedInvest, has announced it has completed a $4.15 million Series A round the bulk of the amount financed via their own investment  portal. SeedInvest met its initial $3 million goal in only one week and accepted $1.15 million of additional commitments before ending its campaign just a week later. “We decided… Read More

Four Industries Primed to be Disrupted by Crowdfunding

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One of the benefits of helping launch and continuing to work with the global equity and debt crowdfunding movement is the innovative companies that show up at our door. These organizations are changing a number of industries and none of them are kids in garages with gadgets. The future of crowdfunding will include a variety… Read More

Report: Job Impact of Crowdfunding from Crowdfund Capital Advisors

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Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA), a consulting and advisory firm in the investment crowdfunding space,  has published a report that illustrates how companies that use crowdfunding to raise capital are creating jobs, building stronger businesses, and attracting follow on capital. Sherwood Neiss, principal at Crowdfund Capital Advisors stated, “When we set out to write this report… Read More

Four Ways Crowdfunding Is Helping Small Businesses In The Real World

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Yesterday we received word that Crowdfund Capital Advisors had released a research report and accompanying op-ed at VentureBeat examining some of the real, tangible benefits crowdfunding was creating for small businesses. Here are ten quick points from the report that show how crowdfunding is helping small businesses grow and access capital… Revenues increase immediately following a successful… Read More

AARP Magazine Runs Crowdfunding Feature, Cites Cautionary Letter

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AARP The Magazine recently ran an article on crowdfunding dealing with the possibilities (and perils) of the evolving means of capital formation. Kickstarter, RocketHub and EarlyShares all get mention in the piece alongside Sherwood Neiss of Crowdfund Capital Advisors. Rockethub’s Alon Hillel-Tuch and EarlyShares’s Heather Schwarz-Lopes are both quoted in the article. Neiss predicts that the… Read More

Crowdfunding and Climate Innovation: The Next Steps are in Funding Impact Investing

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The future of Impact Investing and Crowdfunding was on display in Nairobi, Kenya last week.  At the World Bank/infoDev’s annual funding meeting their budget was divvyed up among the creation of Climate Innovation Centers (CIC) in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Vietnam and the Caribbean and the new funding mechanisms to allow the Bank to effectively… Read More

Senate Hearing On JOBS Act: Neiss, Fleming Spar Over Cost Of Capital

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Yesterday the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs held a hearing entitled “The JOBS Act At A Year And A Half: Assessing Progress And Unmet Opportunities.” It was set to be a particularly interesting hearing because of the panel, which included two people who would certainly have opposing viewpoints on issues… Read More

Sherwood Neiss Testimony Before US Senate Commmittee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs

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Sherwood Neiss, one of the leading figures in the crowdfunding industry, testified before the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs today in which the merits and challenges of crowdfunding were reviewed.  Neiss, who is a founder of Crowdfund Capital Advisors as well as one of the creators of the legislation on crowdfunding,… Read More

Ruth Hedges On UNLV Crowdfunding Course, Crowdfunding Roadmap & Second Bootcamp Event

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Ruth Hedges is the CEO of Crowdfunding Roadmap, a leader in industry groups like CFIRA and the CFPA and the organizer of the first Global Crowdfunding Convention & Bootcamp conference. Now she has announced that she will be holding a two-day course on crowdfunding on July 12th and 13th at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada…. Read More

Dr. Richard Swart To Head Crowdfunding Research At UC Berkeley

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Dr. Richard Swart has been appointed as Director of Research overseeing the policies, best practices and innovation in entrepreneurial finance at the University of California, Berkeley. The Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, directed under the College of Engineering’s Fung Institute, seeks to examine the evolution of crowdfunding and other social-finance models. Dr. Swart… Read More

A New Startup Financing Model and the Passionate Voices Behind It

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In 2010 Sherwood “Woodie” Neiss was trying to raise capital for his latest business concept, a data-polling app for smartphones. He had a track record as CFO of FlavoRx–an award-winning medicine-flavoring company he co-founded in 1999 and sold eight years later–and his new idea had won him a Startup Weekend pitch competition. But without three years of financials,… Read More

Video: Sherwood Neiss, Mercer Bullard Spar On Investment Crowdfunding

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On the anniversary of the JOBS Act, Woodie Neiss of Crowdfund Capital Advisors and University of Mississippi Law Professor Mercer Bullard discuss investment crowdfunding, investor protection and fraud. It is an interesting microcosm of the arguments being made from both sides of the crowdfunding debate. Watch below…

UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership estimates size of crowdfunding market to be at least $3.98B

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Fung Institute Estimate includes both Debt and Equity Crowdfunding for the US Market Crowdfund investing will go live later in 2013. With the release of the proposed crowdfunding rules, a wave of small business and startup financing is expected to sweep the nation. In a first of its kind study, the Program for Innovation in… Read More

THE UPSTART MODEL: INVEST IN THE ENTREPRENEUR, NOT THE IDEA

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True entrepreneurs don’t just have a business idea, execute it, and then move into a cushy corner office. They must continue to innovate and come up with new plans to disrupt a market. Investors need to start considering what they are backing — the idea or the individual. The entrepreneur worth investing in has passion… Read More

What Government Can Learn From The Small Businesses They’re Aiming To Help

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Two weeks ago I was sitting in on a web chat held by the United States State Department. The subject was crowdfunding. Jessica Jackley of popular microloan platform Kiva and Sherwood “Woodie” Neiss of the Startup Exemption and Crowdfund Capital Advisors were discussing crowdfunding in a global context. During the hour-long Q&A, Woodie referred to… Read More

Interview: Sherwood Neiss On Crowdfunding’s Future

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Sherwood Neiss is one of a handful of people credited with the drafting and passage of the JOBS Act, legislation that will soon legalize investment crowdfunding in the United States. He is also one of the principals of crowdfunding consulting and advisory firm Crowdfund Capital Advisors. I was recently sitting in on a State Department-sponsored… Read More