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    1. SEC: Don’t Make Crowdfunding Useless for Main Street

      SEC: Don’t Make Crowdfunding Useless for Main Street

      Nearly two years ago, I championed the idea of making it legal for entrepreneurs to raise money by selling equity stakes in their companies online. This kind of crowdfunding came much closer to becoming a reality when President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act into law in April. It was one of the few bipartisan efforts to support small business that emerged from Washington in recent years. The businesses that stand to gain the most from the crowdfunding provision in th

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    2. Real Estate: the Next Crowdfunding Boom?

      Real Estate: the Next Crowdfunding Boom?

      Looks like the JOBS Act will make it much easier for crowdfunding platforms to host real estate projects. The JOBS Act has led to the boom of crowdfunding platforms across many industries, and it seems like it is also poised to change the face of the real estate financing. As Bloomberg pointed out recently, the implementation of the JOBS Act will open up opportunities for real estate crowdfunding start-ups by saving them time and money on the legal process. Here's some background: Before the passage of the JOBS Act, real estate financing was mainly available to accredited investors under Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933. But the JOBS Act, which eases restrictions on investments, will allow more individuals, including non-accredited investors, to invest up to $2,000 a year or 5 percent of their income or net worth in commercial real estate projects. Currently, these real estate ...

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    3. Why this jilted Kickstarter backer decided to sue — & why he was right

      Why this jilted Kickstarter backer decided to sue — & why he was right

      Guest Post Earlier this month, the Internet learned of a Kickstarter investor who brought a lawsuit against a Kickstarter project creator. The story of Hanfree, Seth Quest, and Neil Singh was first reported by Eric Markowitz in Inc. magazine. This is reportedly …

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    4. Investigators Probe Shady Crowdfunding Sites

      Investigators Probe Shady Crowdfunding Sites

      The JOBS Act paved the road for new crowdfunding portals. Now regulators are sussing out the potential fraudsters. The Securities and Exchange Commission has yet to issue its guidelines that will officially unleash online equity crowdfuding to the masses, but that hasn't stopped the torrent of entrepreneurs and organizations from getting their ducks in a row. According to a December report by the North American Securities Administrators Association, regulators found nearly 8,800 domains with "crowdfunding" in their names as of November 30, 2012, "up from less than 900 at the beginning of the year." Only about a quarter of those sites contained any content at all, which leads the agency to believe they are serving as placeholders for future crowdfunding portals, perhaps readying to launch once the SEC implements its investor guidelines. There's no accusation (just yet) of any fraud, but regulators are taking precautions to protect ...

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    5. 5 Key Points To Know About Equity Crowdfunding

      5 Key Points To Know About Equity Crowdfunding

      The JOBS Act will enable entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses to raise funds and gather investors through equity crowdfunding. It will reopen American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies (Companies with total annual gross revenues of less than $1 billion). It also lifts the ban on general solicitation/advertising; allowing entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses to advertise for new investors, and assures that these businesses will have the necessary time and flexibility needed to grow.

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    6. Start-ups Wait in Wings as SEC Stalls

      Start-ups Wait in Wings as SEC Stalls

      The president signed the JOBS Act into law in April, fueling a boom in crowdfunding companies. But the SEC is stalling. What's the hold up? In an afternoon ceremony at the White House on April 5, 2012, President Obama signed off on the creation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, declaring that, with his signature, start-ups and small businesses will "now have access to a big new pool of American investors--namely the American people."The bi-partisan piece of legislation drew overwhelming support from around the country, but there's been one problem: Nothing has really happened yet. At first, the Securities and Exchange Commission was given a 90-day deadline to implement the JOBS Act. To do so, regulators needed to rework the legal framework of the 1933 Securities Act to allow companies to raise money from investors without those companies registering financial information with the SEC. The SEC ...

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    7. A Great Way to Get Market Insight

      A Great Way to Get Market Insight

      New analytics tools have made crowdfunding sites an excellent source for feedback on your business. The co-founders of the computer-game studio Stoic had a feeling they were onto a good thing with the new fantasy game they were designing, but it took a Kickstarter campaign before they realized exactly how good it was. The Austin-based company--co-founded by industry vets Alex Thomas, Arnie Jorgensen, and John Watson--turned to the crowdfunding platform in March to fund its idea for a Viking-themed online game called The Banner Saga. The response was overwhelming. Having set a goal of $100,000, the company wound up with pledges for more than $700,000 from 20,000 gaming enthusiasts in less than a month. Not only did the Kickstarter campaign give Stoic validation that it was on the right track (along with more funding than it ever expected), it also gave the co-founders tons of usable advice ...

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