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JOBS Act Accidentally Relaxes Hedge Fund Rules

"President Obama recently enacted into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or more commonly known as the JOBS Act. Its main aim is to create more.."

In theory, hedge funds should be regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940. However, hedge funds can’t stomach the said Act’s restrictions on redemptions, leverage, and incentive compensation. So they use a loophole which is an exemption to the 1940 Act.

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The Trouble With Crowdfunding

"It's about one year since President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act), designed to help new companies raise capital and go public.Since the JOBS Act passed, crowdfunding has been on a roll. But don’t believe the hype; it is far from a start-up fundraising panacea.

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8 Must Haves for Successful Equity Crowdfunding

"The crowdfunding space is heating up fast around the globe in what many are predicting will be a trillion-dollar market."

The implications of investors shifting a small percentage of long-term investments to small business via crowdfunding are enormous. In America alone, a 1% shift would mean a $300 billion market for crowdfunding.

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New EquityNet Technology Will Jumpstart Crowdfunding Industry

Later this year, equity crowdfunding is expected to go into effect, allowing non-accredited investors to invest in startups in exchange for ownership. EquityNet (www.equitynet.com), the original equity crowdfunding platform, has released a new patented platform technology that promises to revolutionize the crowdfunding industry. The new technology provides campaign and communication abilities for entrepreneurs combined with the industry's most advanced screening technology for investors.

 
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4 Things Young Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the JOBS Act

"When it comes to landing startup capital, crowdfunding can be a young entrepreneur's best friend. Given the new crowdfudning law, though, here are a few changes that'll pay to know sooner than late..."

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Equity Crowdfunding Is Changing The Lending Industry

"Online services are quickly changing the way that people handle many regular tasks by making the processes much faster and more efficient. This is especially true in the banking and lending ..."

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Crowd funding could open doors -- and raise risk -- for small businesses

"To raise $15,000 for a new business venture, Sacramento artist Danny Scheible went the route of many creative professionals: crowd funding. (Crowd funding could open doors -- and raise risk -- for small businesses: To raise $15,000 for a ..."

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Preparing Issuers for equity-based Crowdfunding

"The “Preparing Issuers for equity-based Crowdfunding” webinar is ideal for any company seeking to raise capital via the imminent crowdfund exemption as well as any professional guiding new crowdfund issuers such as investment bankers,..."

 
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Social media fueling crowdfunding bill

A team of legislators and citizens are pushing for what they say are easier crowdfunding regulations in North Carolina. It’s an effort that starts and ends with social media.

“The more posts we have from people, the more valuable,” says citizen organizer and Morrisville-based investor Mark Easley, and he’s talking about Twitter and Facebook.


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SeedInvest bridges angels, VCs, crowdfunding

Some have said that crowdfunding will somehow replace angel investors or venture capitalists. Ryan Feit doesn't see it that way, and it's not how SeedInvest, the New York City crowdfunding site he co-founded, is operating in its first few weeks.

Instead, he told me, SeedInvest is partnering with angel groups on choosing which companies get to raise money in return for equity on the site. 


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CrowdFund Association Open Letter to House Committee

"CrowdFund Association Open Letter to House Committee Point of Law The CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Association has published an open letter to the House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, in..."

 
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House Subcommittee Addresses JOBS Act Implementation | NSBA

"pic-congress-hearing On Thursday, April 11, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations held a hearing entitled, “JOBS Act Implementation Update.” The key topic of discussion at ..."

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Republicans blast SEC over JOBS Act delays | MarketWatch

Republican lawmakers on Thursday blasted top officials at the nation’s securities watchdog over delays in the agency’s implementation of key aspects of a law approved a year ago to help small businesses accumulate capital.

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SEC's Crowdfunding Delay Faulted for Stunting Businesses' Growth - Bloomberg

The House Small Business Committee is holding a hearing in Washington to examine Securities and Exchange Commission work to implement the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, signed into law last year with the goal of spurring job creation. The SEC has missed deadlines for rules including ones that would let hedge funds advertise for investors and allow startups to raise money over the Internet.

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New World of Crowdfunding Waits as SEC Struggles to Complete its Job

"Equity crowdfunding is supposed to help entrepreneurs overcome those hurdles. While crowdfunding has been around for a few years, before the JOBS Act it was limited to companies, individuals, or organizations making a ..."

 
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Why crowdfunding is the world's incubation platform


crowdfunding is quickly becoming the world's incubation platform, changing the role of gatekeeper and finally giving the world true choice in determining which ideas come to life. Such meritocracy has never existed in the world of finance before. Thus, crowdfunding is changing finance for the better. 

In what will soon be known as the new world, crowdfunding is empowering people to fund what actually matters to them.

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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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Business Angels vs Equity Crowdfunding – 7 key differences

What is the difference between pitching to business angels and an equity crowdfunding pitch? 

This is the question I was recently asked, so here are my 7 key points on how traditional business angel pitches differ from equity crowdfunding or crowd investing…

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What's Really Going on With Crowdfunding

A massive, 93-page study of the crowdfunding industry released earlier this week shows some promising figurers for the future of crowdfunding: In 2012, worldwide crowdfunding volume reached $2.7 billion. There were more than one million campaigns. By the end of 2013, the researchers concluded the crowdfunding industry could grow to $5.1 billion. 

Released by Massolution, a Los-Angeles based business that does crowd-sourcing for enterprises, the research was quite bullish about the future of the crowdfunding model

 
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Crowdfunding Expands Access To Capital For Women, Minority Entrepreneurs

"Crowdfunding Expands Access To Capital For Women, Minority Entrepreneurs Huffington Post The growing popularity of crowdfunding has created a new fundraising mechanism for women and minority entrepreneurs, groups that have at times felt ostracized..."

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Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Laments the SEC's Blockade of Crowdfunding Capital Access Opportunities

Among other changes to outdated securities laws, the JOBS Act makes debt and equity-based crowdfunding legal. In late February, SBE Council led a daylong series of briefings in Washington to update White House"

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New World of Crowdfunding Waits as SEC Struggles to Complete its Job

"Equity crowdfunding is supposed to help entrepreneurs overcome those hurdles. While crowdfunding has been around for a few years, before the JOBS Act it was limited to companies, individuals, or organizations making a ..."

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Crowdfunding delays, SEC silence spark hostility on Capitol Hill

There’s another kind of fraud, and that’s when Congress and the president pass and sign a law, and thousands of companies organize according to the principles in that law... but academics and people in consumer groups who disagree with the law make it their mission to prevent the law from going into effect,” said Gregory Simon, chief executive of Poliwogg, a firm that’s building a crowdfunding portal for start-ups in sectors like healthcare and clean energy.

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SEC official: No timetable for equity crowdfunding rules; JOBS Act passed a year ago - Jacksonville Business Journal

If you're hoping to raise capital for your business by selling small stakes to investors over the Internet, you better be patient -- there's no telling when this form of crowdfunding will become a reality.

When asked whether another year could pass without any crowdfunding regulations, Blass dodged the question.
David Blass is chief counsel for the SEC's division of trading and markets.

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JOBS Act, One Year Later: Hang Tight, Equity Crowdfunding Is Coming

"The crowdfunding industry is frustrated that the Securities and Exchange Commission has not yet finalized rules that will potentially turbocharge the industry. But it is also cautiously optimistic..."


Bloggers' Note. Are you starting to sense some that the reality of the situation is that no one has a clue?


 
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NEW CROWDFUND INVESTING BOOK PREPARES START-UPS FOR CROWDFUNDING

Although regulations permitting equity crowdfunding are months away, now is the time for investors and start-ups to prepare for equity crowdfunding, according to Sherwood Neiss, co-author of the new book  “Crowdfund Investing for Dummies. ”  “I think the book’s timing is perfect,” said  Neiss said. “This gives entrepreneurs ample time to read and prepare.”

A. Brian Dengler's new article is up on the Crowdfunding Professional Association site.


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Understanding Sarbanes–Oxley: Implications For Crowdfunding | Crowdfunding Guide

"People once invested in a business through Direct Public Offering. Then came the IPO, next, dirty deals and graft. Finally SOX was implemented, but now the crowd wants back in."

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Crowdfunding Soared to $2.7 Billion in 2012, But Equity Funding Is Still On Ice | TIME.com

"Asking strangers for money has never seemed cooler. With stars like Kirsten Bell and Charlie Kaufman attaching their names to successful crowdfunding projects, the stigma of soliciting donations online has largely been eliminated."

For more articles like the ones above, please be sure to visit:
Equity Crowdfunding Daily Scoops and Equity Crowdfunding Daily News.

 
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Our Latest Crowdfunding Industry Report Just Days Away - Crowdsourcing.org

"It's been a wild year for crowdfunding, both in the United States and worldwide. The JOBS Act turns 1 year old this week, and although we don't yet have an equity framework for crowdfunding in place yet, that doesn't mean there hasn't been plenty of global growth in the crowdfunding industry."

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How Hedge Funds Are Slowing JOBS Act Rules for Small Businesses

The SEC could sidestep worries about hedge funds advertising by using small businesses as a test case (How Hedge Funds Are Slowing JOBS Act Rules for Small Businesses - Businessweek: How Hedge Funds Are Slowing JO...

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Crowdfunding vs. VC: Is there a win-win?

There's been all sorts of overheated rhetoric about whether crowdfunding will crowd out venture capitalists. But the debate misses some big points, argues Roger Ehrenberg, a founder of IA Ventures. (Crowdfunding vs.