5 Best Practices to Maximizing General Solicitation Campaigns

Despite Multiple Frameworks, These Are Steps Companies Should Always Take Regulation Crowdfunding – The Latest Iteration Since May 17, the number of regulation crowdfund offerings has increased from 25 to 100, an increase of 300%. Demand for capital has increased from $13.1 million to $58.8 million over that time period. Actual capital committed has increased from $2.9 million to $8.5…

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The Promise of Equity Crowdfunding 3.0

The first iteration of crowdfunding under Rule 506(c) enabled companies to solicit from the general public on the condition, amongst other things, that only accredited investors would be qualified to be solicited. Despite hundreds of online platforms launching to “democratize” venture and early stage investing to the accredited general public, results were mixed, at best. Online platform after online platform…

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Innovation Finance 2016 – San Diego Event Recap

“Innovation Finance” brought together some of San Diego’s finest for a session that put into perspective the $1.3 trillion dollar Regulation D market. We had the pleasure of having Richard Swart PhD, one of the most recognized speakers and thought leaders in crowdfunding and alternative finance to help local advisors and accredited investors understand the space and how to get involved. Facts and…

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Looking Back, and Looking Forward to 2016

Since September 23, 2013, the inauguration date of the ability for companies to raise money through general solicitation under Regulation D Rule 506(c), the promise of crowdfunding has steadily grown. Implementation has been choppy, at best as issuers and intermediaries work through regulatory uncertainties, and as investors interested to participate have had to sort through the cluttered landscape of web-based…

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Startup Capital – Don’t Underestimate the Value of Preparation and how Preparation Impacts Value

We have seen the statistics. Start-ups in the United States have declined from 12-13 percent of all firms to 7-8%. 31% more companies shut their doors each year than open them. Some find these statistics depressing, if not alarming. They shouldn’t. With more than 30 million businesses in the U.S., 7-8% still represents more than 2,000,000 entrepreneurs getting started. They…

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Understanding Equity Crowdfunding Portals

Equity crowdfunding allows entrepreneurs to reach investors interested in purchasing partial ownership interests in their startups or privately-held small businesses – all in a transparent, accountable way. Let’s review some of the different components that make equity crowdfunding work so efficiently: What Are Equity Crowdfunding Portals? Equity crowdfunding portals are essentially online middlemen through which entrepreneurs seeking capital and investors…

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The Important Emerging Role of Technology in Private Companies

More than 2 billion people are online and exchanging ideas. This is fundamentally changing the way the capital markets work. The Internet, social media and new regulations allowing for general solicitation over the Internet have created an unprecedented opportunity for private, emerging growth companies to raise awareness and capital for their business. Meanwhile, the Internet and social media are being…

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How Technology is Reshaping Financial Services

Technology is radically reshaping the financial services industry before our eyes. This paradigm shift is affecting everything from the way we borrow and lend money, process payments, and even the very nature your clients invest. As an investment advisor, you have front-row seats to these incredible changes. Embracing these innovations will help you better connect with clients, distinguish yourself from…

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Understanding the 4 different types of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is changing the way entrepreneurs get the capital they need to put their business ideas into action. What is it? It’s simply a method of raising capital through a group of people and individual investors (“the crowd”). Crowdfunding takes advantage of the collective efforts of a large pool of individuals, leveraging their networks for greater reach and exposure. Crowdfunding…

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