Tagged: perspective

Starting GoFundMes For Strangers Not as Simple as it Seems

In their 2016 Year in Giving report, GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon wrote; “When disaster or violence struck, ordinary people took it upon themselves to help heal the world by starting GoFundMes to provide relief and comfort to those who needed it.” The report highlights some… Read More

“The United States has the Most Fractured, Decentralized, & Complicated Regulatory Structure in the World”

Mercator Advisory Group is out with brief write up on the status of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Fintech Charter and one sentence in the report pretty much sums it up: “The United States has the most fractured, decentralized, and complicated regulatory… Read More

CEO of Assetz Capital Stuart Law Criticizes UK Government’s Approach to Boost Housing Market

The UK housing market has struggled for years as high demand has challenged supply. The markets have reacted naturally by driving housing costs up. Home buyers and renters have struggled to keep up. London has become one of the most expensive property markets in the… Read More

NextSeed: A Community-Driven Small Business Fundraising Platform Utilizing Crowdfunding Laws

NextSeed CEO Youngro Lee shares what is working & what is not under Reg CF. NextSeed was the very first, crowdfunding portal to receive FINRA approval. But the investment crowdfunding platform was honing its skills and processes under the Texas intrastate crowdfunding exemption before Reg… Read More

Guzik Welcome’s Congressman McHenry’s Letter to SEC But Believes More Needs to Be Done

Sam Guzik, a securities attorney and Crowdfund Insider Senior Contributor, has shared his perspective on Congressman Patrick McHenry’s letter to SEC Chair Jay Clayton. Guzik welcomes, McHenry’s requests but believes more needs to be done; “I applaud the unrelenting and tireless efforts of Congressman McHenry… Read More

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

Is the Fix Crowdfunding Act, as Included in the Financial Choice Act, a Bigger Fix than Intended?

Earlier this month, Crowdfund Insider wrote about the Financial CHOICE Act and the portions that address raising capital online. It is a pretty big piece of legislation at 589 pages and a multitude of subsections. Subtitle P or the “Fix Crowdfunding” appeared to fall short of… Read More

Is the CSBS Vision 2020 the Answer to the OCC Fintech Charter?

Earlier this week, the Conference on State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced their “Vision 2020” initiative. The intent is to provide a solution for emerging Fintech firms and non-bank financial services. Vision 2020 comes after the CSBS sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency… Read More

Regulation Crowdfunding: One year In Force 

    The new crowdfunding rules – Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) – are celebrating 1 year anniversary of being in force on May 16th. The new rules open new opportunities for both sides. Business owners have an alternative to funding their companies from a bigger… Read More

Doug Ellenoff Shares Perspective on Anniversary of Regulation Crowdfunding Launch

Doug Ellenoff is one of the most recognizable names in the crowdfunding space. A founding partner of the Manhattan law firm of Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole, LLP, he has spent the last few years acting as a JOBS Act champion and crowdfunding advocate both publicly… Read More

Wefunder Publishes Open Letter to SEC: Six Recommendations to Improve Regulation Crowdfunding

Wefunder has sent a letter addressed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On the anniversary of the launch of Title III of the JOBS Act, or Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF), Nicholas Tommarello, co-founder and CEO of Wefunder, has taken a moment to reflect on… Read More

The JOBS Act Turns Five, Regulation A+ Turns Two, Regulation Crowdfunding Turns One: What Should Be Next on the SEC Chair Jay Clayton’s Agenda

With the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act having just reached its five year milestone, Regulation Crowdfunding hitting its one year milestone, and the two year anniversary of Regulation A(+) fast approaching, I thought this would be a good time to (briefly) reflect on the… Read More

Commercial for YayYo Reg A+ Crowdfunding “IPO” Offer May Push Promotion Too Far

Earlier this month I was running CNBC in the background and a commercial came up that caused me to pause. On the screen was a besuited old white male pitching the next great investment. Coming off a bit like a used-car salesman, I learned later… Read More

Women & Minorities in Regulation Crowdfunding: High Success Rate Despite Low Representation & Lower Funding Levels

  Regulation Crowdfunding finished its fourth Calendar Quarter this past March and the data shows that women and minorities have a higher percent chance at hitting their minimum funding target but represent fewer campaigns and receive less capital. While the overall market is beginning to… Read More

OCC Fintech Charter Lawsuit Creates “Increasing Headwinds” for Progress

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), a US organization of state bank regulators, filed a complaint against teh Comptroller of the Currency in the US district court of Columbia this week. The action was against the much debated Fintech Charter that was launched to… Read More

Regulation Crowdfunding: What We See Day to Day

Regulation Crowdfunding is somewhere in the top half of the first inning of a nine-inning ballgame.  I’m not even sure the first batter has seen more than a pitch or two.  It will certainly be fascinating to see how the game develops.  I, for one,… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry Slams CFPB, Labels Project Catalyst a Failure

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created out of the ashes of the Great Recession. A knee jerk-reaction crafted by elected officials attempting to fix what went wrong, the controversial agency has since earned much criticism while having its structure deemed unconstitutional. At a… Read More

GOKey: Details Revealed on Collapse of High Profile Indiegogo Hardware Campaign

This is a cautionary tale not just for backers of ostensible promising hardware presales campaigns but for hardware creators with little to no experience on manufacturing and shipping hardware from Asia. GOKey, a rewards based project posted on Indiegogo in 2014, raised over $1.2 million… Read More

How to Fix Crowdfunding Education (Part 1): Teach the Fundamentals

Since publishing my article “ Why We Need to Address Crowdfunding Education Now ” on Crowdfund Insider last November, I am often asked what would be my first step to fix crowdfunding education. My answer is simple: I would start by teaching crowdfunding – not… Read More