Georgia Quinn

Congressman Patrick McHenry Asks SEC Chair Jay Clayton to Act & Fix Crowdfunding Rules

Once again, crowdfunding’s white knight rides into action. Congressman Patrick McHenry sent a letter to the newly sworn in Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Jay Clayton outlining certain provisions of the regulations relating to Title III of the JOBS Act that need… Read More

Attention! Crowdfunding (Reg CF) Filing Deadline: Don’t Get Caught Unaware

Many entrepreneurs that successfully raised money using the newly enacted Regulation CF (or Reg CF for short) have likely tried to put the tiresome process behind them and are focusing on company operations and executing on their business plans. However, all successful issuers need to… Read More

The Invest in America Act: Supporting Entrepreneurs & Innovation While Empowering Everyday Americans

  First off, we all owe Tony a debt of gratitude for actually drafting this set of regulations. Legislative drafting is yeoman’s work especially when it comes to tax law. This new legislation solves for two extremely important problems in the U.S. economy and society…. Read More

How to Fix the Fix Crowdfunding Act

Let me begin by saying god bless Congressman Patrick McHenry. He is out there on the front lines actually trying to make a difference and help entrepreneurs and small businesses get off the ground and succeed. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and a… Read More

Online Lending at AltFi: A New Phase for a Growing Industry

  When I realized the 2016 AltFi Conference was at the posh Pierre Hotel on the corner of Central Park, it immediately gave me pause. I remembered 2007 and 2008 when certain mortgage-backed security investment conferences were held at such addresses. Also, is the storied… Read More

What is Title III Crowdfunding and Why Should I Care?

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

I Tried the Virtuix Omni / Oculus Combo and It Was Amazing

Virtuix, a virtual reality motion platform that may transform the gaming industry with a previously unheard of sense of immersive gameplay experience, is preparing to raise capital under Regulation A+ on SeedInvest.  The company has generated over $19 million in indicated interest to date.  The… Read More

Crowdfunding Portals Prepare for Title III Retail Crowdfunding

Last week both the SEC and FINRA finalized the rules for funding portals to offer securities under Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012.  The journey to get to this place has been long and at times challenging as regulators and industry participants debated… Read More

Potential Pitfalls of Regulation CF – Part II: Practical Concerns for Funding Portals

As discussed in part one, the SEC’s final Regulation Crowdfunding rules require thorough analysis to not fall prey to potential traps. While I firmly believe that we can make crowdfunding work regardless of the roadblocks set forth, it does not mean that we can afford… Read More

Potential Pitfalls of Regulation CF – Part I: Practical Concerns for an Issuer

  When SEC Commissioner Piwowar lodged his controversial “NO” vote for the final rules implementing Title III Regulation CF last October, he did so with concern that the overcomplicated rules were laden with “traps” that could snare an unassuming company trying to raise funds. Unfortunately,… Read More

Orchard: Helping Marketplace Lending Investors Make Their “Pick”

The marketplace lending industry has been above the fold lately, in particular the online platforms, borrowers and investors, but it is important to remember that the MPL ecosystem is made up of many other players. If you need evidence of this, just check out the… Read More

Will Indiegogo Into Investment Crowdfunding?

  In the wake of the recent passage of the final rules implementing Title III of the JOBS Act and Regulation CF, Indiegogo has been on my mind. And why not, they are one of the leaders in the US crowdfunding industry, focused on rewards… Read More

Funding Circle is Creating Meaningful Change in Lending

At a time when some are claiming that marketplace lending has not gone far enough to challenge the traditional banking system, Sam Hodges and Funding Circle have quietly proven that steadily acting on your principles and advancing your mission, can achieve meaningful change. It had… Read More

Growing Up: Lending Club Has Been Tested, Survived & is Getting Bigger

  It has been almost a year and a half since my last visit to Lending Club and my last interview with Renaud Laplanche its CEO. A lot has changed since then, but even more has stayed the same. Lending Club is now a public… Read More

Title III Crowdfunding: Talking About a Revolution

What took place this morning is nothing short of revolutionary. For the first time in the history of the Securities and Exchange Commission (82 years), retail investors (ordinary people without income, wealth or sophistication qualifications) will be able to invest in private businesses en mass…. Read More

Nicola Horlick: A Road Less Traveled in Finance

Thirty-two years after starting her career in London, Nicola Horlick is still often the only woman in the room. Although she notes that is not a lot of progress, it has never fazed her. Nicola, once called London’s Superwoman, attributes her can-do attitude to a… Read More

SEC Commissioner Gallagher: Thank You For Your Thick Skin

It was bittersweet walking into Commissioner Daniel Gallagher’s office for the first and last time. He has been a true champion for small business and access to capital and we all owe him a debt of gratitude. It was also wholly appropriate that the amazing… Read More

LendTech Angels Hosts First Successful LendLab for FinTech Entrepreneurs

Despite a hot and rainy New York City morning, there was a great turn-out at LendTech Angels’ first LendLab event.  Hosted by Kiran Lingam, managing director of LendTech Angels, the event gave aspiring marketplace lending startups an education in the regulatory landscape they are entering…. Read More

Gust Leads the Wind of Change in Connecting Entrepreneurs with Investors

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

Capital Unbound; Piwowar Suggests Regulators Need Restraining & Crowdfunding Should Look to States

A CATO Institute event on the status of capital markets in the US provided a bright spot to an otherwise bleak and rainy day in New York City. Amidst the libertarian rhetoric and literature, two speakers stood out with certain observations and proposed remedies to… Read More