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Senate Passes JOBS Act, Approves Bipartisan Amendment Safeguarding Investors
Crowdfunding

The Senate this afternoon passed H.R. 3606 — colloquially referred to as “the JOBS Act” or “the crowdfunding bill” — on a 73-26 vote. The package, which loosens a number of federal regulations, will allow startups and small businesses to solicit investments via the Internet.

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Eric BlattbergMar 22, 2012 06:52 pm GMT4259 views
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SEC Regulations Barricade The Crowdfunding Floodgates
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Crowdfunding is such a pervasive concept that today more than 175 crowdfunding sites exist online. Seemingly, a new crowdfunding site pops up every other day. So it may be surprising to learn that none of them allow entrepreneurs to raise money in exchange for equity in their business. That's because regulatory organizations like the SEC ban it.

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Kevin LawtonMar 08, 2011 08:27 pm GMT0 views
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Audiences at the Gate: Reinventing Arts Philanthropy Through Guided Crowdsourcing
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While guided crowdsourcing cannot guarantee all aspiring artists a living, by empowering a new and unprecedentedly large group of thoughtful consumers of the arts to help decide whose dreams...

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SEC Opens the Gates to Crowdfunding and a New Structure of Capitalism
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The SEC is now relaxing its rules to enable companies to utilize crowd-funding without going through any legal requirements and disclosures as well.

Luis Enrique MoralesApr 09, 2011 08:14 pm GMT0 views
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SEC Opens the Gates to Crowdfunding and a New Structure of Capitalism
Nesting Crowdfunding in the Dutch Economic Affairs
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The roundtable discussion for Dutch Economic Affairs, chaired by Prof. dr. Paul Louis Iske at ABN Amro’s Dialogues House was a major step for the government and other interested parties to get together and begin a debate on how to raise our promising child called Crowdfunding. Across the globe, in the USA, we hear news of SEC starting to tackle the problem of over-regulating crowdfunding as well. That leaves us with hope that crowdfunding is to take an important position as an alternative for funding of SMEs. That ship has yet a long way to sail, but in the least it appears to be setting the right course!

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Pim BetistApr 14, 2011 04:23 am GMT0 views
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A US model for Equity Based Crowdfunding
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The stock market-crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed really messed it up for crowdfunding, imposing restrictions that 82 years later would make it really difficult to use the social network for raising money for start-ups. So,  we are now all connected via social networks – we like the idea of funding our favorite causes and we are happy to freely donate some of our money without an expected return – we also feel good about helping to fund a small business entrepreneur buy a tractor and retire the mules, all we expect is a reasonable rate of interest. We see another good business idea and for a small investment we get a cut of the revenue generated. But, why can’t we invest in a start-up venture and get a piece of the action!

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Carl EspostiApr 18, 2011 05:46 am GMT0 views
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Mary Shapiro's letter to Congressman Issa on private company stock issues
document Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

Changes to SEC rules regulating investments in small companies by large number of investors and related rules could have a significant impact on capital raising for private companies.

Pablo BracciniApr 18, 2011 08:08 am GMT0 views
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Mary Shapiro's letter to Congressman Issa on private company stock issues
How Startups Will Benefit if the SEC Relaxes Funding Regulations
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If all of the restrictions are eased, startups will have access to more capital than they have ever had in the past through new, expanded investor communities. They’ll have a greater chance of...

Pablo BracciniApr 29, 2011 05:23 pm GMT0 views
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The Startup America Partnership & Our $30MM Commitment
document Crowdfunding, Open Innovation

As part of the Startup America Partnership, IndieGoGo has agreed to offer Startup America Partnership member companies and entrepreneurs the opportunity to raise $30 million of funding at a 50%...

Pablo BracciniMay 05, 2011 09:23 am GMT0 views
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Congressional Committee Hearing Today on Crowdfunding Exemption
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A landmark U.S. congressional hearing relating to crowdfunding and small business capital formation is taking place today, May 10th, 2011!  Entrepreneur Sherwood "Woody" Neiss will testify in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Woody is advocating SEC regulatory change which would enable small businesses to solicit funding from the general public.  And besides the ear of congress, Whoopi Goldberg has got behind him!

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Kevin LawtonMay 10, 2011 05:11 pm GMT0 views
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The Wisdom of Crowds? Crowdsourcing Could Help Fund Future Startups
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According to the SBE Council president, there's a need to revisit the Security and Exchange Commission's (SEC) rules on accreditation and solicitation to allow Americans to invest in...

Tonya Van Dijk May 13, 2011 02:54 am GMT0 views
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Crowd-Fund Sites Eye Boom
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Crowdfunding sites hope that the incentive of an equity stake will draw more donors, prompting a surge in business for the companies that run the sites.

Tonya Van Dijk May 13, 2011 03:21 am GMT0 views
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Tech Pioneer Harper Reed Becomes Obama Campaign CTO
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The hiring of Harper Reed as the chief technology officer of the Obama campaign points out something very essential. Just as the 2008 Obama campaign blindsided everyone by tapping into this...

Luis Enrique MoralesJun 03, 2011 01:24 am GMT0 views
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The American Jobs Act would seek to Dramatically expand Also access to high-speed wireless Internet, Which Might Also offering more opportunities crowdsourced Using mobile phones. While many...

Benjamin FosselSep 14, 2011 09:32 pm GMT0 views
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Crowd Investing versus the SEC
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For a glimpse of what is possible, look at Britain, where securities laws are helpful to crowdfunding and several start-ups are vying to be the Facebook of finance. The year-old Funding Circle, a...

Fritz SchaeferSep 26, 2011 09:57 pm GMT0 views
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Venture Bonsai
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Venture Bonsai is an equity-crowdfunding platform that allows European companies to run a share issue with nearly anyone in the EU as an investor. Our ecosystem puts an emphasis on building trust,...

Greg AndersonSep 27, 2011 09:41 am GMT0 views
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Crowdfund Investing: A Zero-Cost Initiative to Create Jobs
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There is a solution to the nation’s poor growth and anemic state of job creation. However, it requires updating Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations regarding general solicitation and accreditation so average Americans can choose to invest in local small businesses. It is called Crowdfund Investing (CFI) — a common sense idea that has attracted the interest and support of President Barack Obama. Republican House member Patrick McHenry (NC) recently introduced H.R. 2930, the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, legislation that aligns with the general framework supported by the President. So here we have a “common ground” idea where both sides of the political aisle agree on many key details. There is no excuse to move slowly with crowdfund investing as it will help thousands of small businesses and add fuel to our gasping economy.

Nascent entrepreneurs and growth-oriented firms continue to have a difficult time finding capital to expand, innovate and grow. Of course, our nation has counted on the job-creating prowess of small businesses to lead us out of difficult economic periods. This time around, unfortunately, the uncertainties have become too great. New start-ups, which have fueled job creation after previous recessions, have not taken root at the same pace as in the past. Weak demand, tight capital and credit markets, and policy uncertainties continue to erode confidence. The CFI solution is one leg of the stool that will help entrepreneurs identify new sources of capital, thus providing optimism and much needed resources for investment and growth.

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Support grows for SEC crowdfunding exemption
blog Crowdfunding, Open Innovation

Crowdfunding concept is already being used to raise contributions for films, books and other ideas that don’t offer a return on investment, other than a T-shirt or some other perk. And more than...

Benjamin FosselOct 01, 2011 03:55 pm GMT0 views
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A Few More Boosts for Crowdfunding?
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Moreover, while the potential for shady operators to make off with unwitting investors’ money still exists, the access to information available today allows them to research potential investments...

Tim SatterthwaiteOct 02, 2011 12:20 am GMT0 views
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‘Crowdfunding’ for startups gaining steam
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President Barack Obama has endorsed changes to regulations that would allow for crowdfunding to become more venture-capital-esque. Meanwhile, Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., introduced legislation...

Sebastian BlancaOct 03, 2011 02:38 am GMT0 views
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‘Crowdfunding’ for startups gaining steam
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A solution is gaining steam to help spur small-business growth and the anemic state of job creation. It requires updating Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations regarding general...

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