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How (Not) to Market Your Regulation A+ Mini-IPO Offering

SEC Regulation A (commonly referred to as Regulation A+) was implemented by the SEC in 2015 pursuant to major Congressional legislation, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the JOBS Act). It allows companies to raise up to $50 million in a 12 month… Read More

Investing in Crowdfunded Companies: Concept & Team Count but Pay Attention to Deal Structure

Investing in early-stage firms is highly risky. As this publication has stated time and again, many, if not most, early-stage firms will fail or simply bounce along failing to achieve the founder’s expectations of great financial success. Investment crowdfunding platforms typically list mainly startup or… Read More

Blockchain Holds the Key to Unlocking Gen Z’s Marketing Wishes

Gen Z: You know, the generation that dumped Facebook for Instagram, and prefers YouTube videos to cable TV. Gen-Zers were born after 1995 and are expected to represent 40% of consumers by 2020. The ‘post-millennials’ generation is growing older and marketing experts are creating new… Read More

As RealtyShares Shuts Down, the Real Estate Crowdfunding Industry Ponders the Future

Earlier this week it was revealed that RealtyShares, a respected real estate crowdfunding platform that has originated just under $900 million in investment capital, was winding down operations. The turn of events was driven by the lack of available risk capital to keep the real… Read More

China Flags Crypto “Airdrops”

As part of ongoing government efforts to quash initial coin offerings (ICOs) in China, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has extended prohibitions to cover “airdrops” -the promotional distribution of free cryptographic tokens- which may possibly be being used now in China to circumvent the… Read More

CEO of Bitmex Exchange Predicts 18 More Months of Bitcoin Bear Market

Arthur Hayes, CEO of the Hong Kong-based Bitcoin-derivatives exchange BitMEX, has told an audience in London that the bear market for Bitcoin could last another 18 months, Yahoo Finance reports. “My view is the volatility environment that exists right now could persist for another 12 to… Read More

Divest from Dark Money: OpenInvest Utilizes CPA-Zicklin Index to Advise Politically Transparent Investments

OpenInvest, a digital investment advisor for socially responsible investing, launched Divest from Dark Money, a one-click way to invest in companies that prioritize political transparency. The Divest from Dark Money screen allows investors to divest from companies that fail to publicly disclose whether corporate funds… Read More

All You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency Wallets

A lot of people think of their cryptocurrency wallet as merely a digitized version of a real wallet that is used for storing funds. However, it doesn’t actually store cryptocurrencies. Rather, it saves a pair of public and private keys that grant access to one’s digital belongings. In a nutshell, a public key is a… Read More

Blockchain and Security Tokens (a/k/a Digital Securities): A Securities Lawyer’s View from the 2018 Los Angeles Crypto Invest Summit

As a securities attorney, when I attend a conference in a rapidly developing area, I come with my own prejudices and beliefs, but with an open mind and open ears – to hear,  digest and discuss the latest developments and thinking.  The 2018 Crypto Invest… Read More

Why Big Brands are Playing to the Funding Crowd

Boutique hotel trailblazer Mr & Mrs Smith had no regrets when it checked into the crowdfunding world and saw its £1 million investment target exceeded within the first day. The company, which has built a global membership of 1.5 million since husband-and-wife team Tamara and James Lohan launched… Read More

Keeping Your Cryptos Safe – Security and Exchanges

If you’ve been interested in cryptocurrency for any period of time, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the term “wallet,” and you probably realize that it doesn’t quite mean the same as it does in everyday life. A wallet in crypto terms is somewhere for… Read More

PeerIQ: Economic Growth is Solid, Lending Securitization Strong, but are Storm Clouds Gathering?

PeerIQ is out with their Q3 securitization tracker for online lending and the report is quite strong. According to PeerIQ, domestic economic growth is solid and the US consumer is healthy. Marketplace lending securitizations totaled $3.5 billion this quarter representing the 5th highest level ever… Read More

Millennials: Rent Your Home, Buy Your Future

A house in the suburbs, career tenure and pension with the same employer, and a portfolio of stocks and bonds for retirement. Every baby boomer’s vision of the American dream. Until it wasn’t. The nest eggs of today’s retirees have been rocked by a seemingly… Read More

Bitcoin “Does and Will Not Challenge Gold as a Safe-Haven Asset”

A writer and analyst for Morningstar believes that, based on a comprehensive assessment, Bitcoin, “does not and will not challenge gold as a safe-haven asset class.” He follows that claim with a tip to buy Goldcorp stock. In a short article written for the large research and investment… Read More

Is EOS the iOS of Blockchain?

EOS.io on iPhone

EOS Explained. EOS is a smart contract platform for the development and launching of decentralized applications. The project aims to be completely decentralized in the future, with the ability to support industrial applications at higher speeds and no fees. You may have heard of EOS… Read More

Perspective: Equity Crowdfunding Isn’t Your Only Option

Options Menu Choices Decision

Sugru is a good product. The moldable glue is pliable and somewhat resembles modeling clay, although it cures to a rubber-like texture. It adheres well to glass, leather, metals, and even plywood. In 2010, Time Magazine dubbed it one of the 50 best inventions of the year,… Read More

Don’t Brag About Your Bitcoin and Other Tips from Google Email Security Expert

The head of email security at Google says research tracing crypto thefts thefts back to comments made on online message boards means you should never talk up your crypto online, CNBC reports. This is because you never know who is watching nor how the info you… Read More

UKCFA Says News About IFISA Uptake is Great for Investors and the UK Economy

This past week, HMRC released numbers on the relatively new Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that enables savers to invest in debt based crowdfunding offerings. The UK government indicated that IFISA participation had topped £290 million during the 2017/18 tax year, or 8 times more than… Read More

Interesting: You Can Permit Investors to Purchase Securities in BTC or ETH. Just Don’t Do it

This is courtesy of a note being circulated by Prime Trust, a service that provides escrow options including for the burgeoning digital assets sector and crowdfunded securities. Scott Purcell in an email tackled the topic of whether, or not an issuer of securities may accept… Read More

The Great Crypto – Lawyer Brain Drain

Lawyers are being pulled into crypto startups at an astonishing rate.  On nearly a daily basis, we are seeing high quality founders / projects seeking to hire lawyers in the space.  Over the last month, our General Counsel network has seen no less than ten… Read More

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