Dara Albright

Why Are Small Cap IPOs Under Attack?

On Friday, August 18, 2017, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSSE) made IPO history by becoming the world’s largest Reg A+ IPO, raising $30M at a pre-money valuation of $120M, and the first Reg A+ to trade on the Nasdaq Global Market, Nasdaq’s… Read More

When to Pivot, When to Fold: What Every CEO & Investor Needs to Know

The thing that excites me most about today’s crowdfinance-inspired path of capital formation is its unprecedented ability to mitigate shareholder risk and groom more productive businesses. It does this by allowing companies to gauge consumer demand and presell products prior to it outlaying any manufacturing,… Read More

Are We in a Peer to Peer Bubble?

I’ve always said that you can gauge the success of an industry by the growth and enthusiasm of its annual convention. It’s also a great barometer of market peaks and bubbles – especially when you have the chance to really get into the psyche of… Read More

Perspective: The Core Mission of Crowdfinance

I spend many waking hours advocating for crowdfinance and preaching about the economic repercussions of an unjust financial system that inhibits entrepreneurs from procuring growth capital and restrains unaccredited investors from acquiring higher yielding private securities. I’ve dedicated more than four years to this endeavor… Read More

Crowd Investors Corner: Be on the Lookout for the Unremitting Storyteller

Long before it has any products, employees or revenues, a company is nothing but a “story”. One that is typically narrated through an exquisitely crafted power point presentation containing seducing hockey-stick projection charts, statements of colossal market potential and the biographies of superheroes. In its… Read More

Crowd Investors Corner: Become a Player

It’s that time of the week where Crowd Investors Corner serves up another due diligence tip in hopes of helping a new breed of retail investors, known as investumers, make more informed investment decisions. Today’s suggestion is sprinkled with fun as it entails channeling one’s inner… Read More

The Interrelationship Between Failure, Fraud and Execution

Anyone who has been reading my articles over the years knows that I have been on a fervent mission to help develop a practicable framework for unaccredited investor crowdfinancing. One of the reasons for my vehemence is that I am a staunch advocate of “investing… Read More

Crowd Investors Corner: Size Matters

According to a recently released white paper by Offerboard – a leading online marketplace for private placements – as a result of the implementation of Title II of the JOBS Act, the number of Reg D investors increased 50% over historical averages during the past… Read More

Crowd Investors Corner: Recycling Yesterday’s News

As a growing number of entrepreneurs and even corporations turn to crowdfunding as way of accessing capital and increasing brand awareness, a new breed of eager retail investors known as “investumers” are standing by with open checkbooks, looking to invest in the companies that make products that… Read More

Can Lending Club’s IPO Help Thwart a Looming National Retirement Crisis?

Marking another watershed moment for crowdfinance, the initial public offering of Lending Club (NYSE: LC), the world’s largest online P2P (“peer-to-peer “) marketplace connecting borrowers with lenders, was priced on Wednesday at $15 per share (a $5.4 billion valuation) – far above its pre-roadshow expected… Read More

Perspective: Profiting from the Crowdfinance Revolution

A financial revolution – ignited by hordes of individuals who have grown leery of conventional financial institutions, and powered by contemporary P2P and crowdfund marketplaces – has been germinating across the planet. In the same way that the Industrial Revolution redefined manufacturing and the Internet… Read More