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Will Congress Bully SEC into Ignoring JOBS Act Concerns?

Barbara Roper | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Barbara Roper

There is a scandal here, but it is not the one House Republicans have seized on.

A Year of Living Obliviously

Gregory C. Simon | Posted 06.10.2013 | Small Business
Gregory C. Simon

A majority of both parties supported the JOBS Act and leaders in both parties claim credit for the accomplishment. You would think they would want to implement the Act as soon as possible, but except for a few members in either chamber, the Congress is oblivious too.

The JOBS Act One Year Later: Where Equity Crowdfunding Stands

Chris Camillo | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Chris Camillo

April 5 marks the one year anniversary of the JOBS Act. It legalized equity-based crowdfunding in the U.S., which would allow ordinary Americans to invest in newly forming and established small businesses they believe in, while realizing a return on their contribution.

Crowdfunders Are From Venus -- But They're Funding Mars

Gregory C. Simon | Posted 05.17.2013 | Business
Gregory C. Simon

Kim Kardashian must have hated it because the big news this week was the crowd funding of the return of Veronica Mars. In 4 hours 24 minutes 33,000 people set a Kickstarter record by pledging 2.1 million dollars to make a movie Warner Brothers was unwilling to fund itself.

Clearing Up Confusion Around Crowdfunding

Brian R. Knight | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business
Brian R. Knight

There are scores of crowdfunding advocates and entrepreneurs poised to jump into this emerging marketplace as soon as the final rules and regulations are finished, but there are crowdfunding detractors as well who caution that this will be a fraught process.

Life on Elitus: Rattner Discovers New Planet

Gregory C. Simon | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Gregory C. Simon

While Elitus sounds interesting, its distinction between Venturians and Crowders seems oddly out of touch with events on Earth where starting new things has been in vogue for centuries.

Let Us Cross the Street

Gregory C. Simon | Posted 04.29.2013 | Small Business
Gregory C. Simon

The new JOBS Act will let millions of Americans "cross Wall Street" from the borrowing side to the investing side. But self-appointed nannies are blocking the way.

The Crowdfunding Solution: If the Government Can't Fix the Economy... Maybe Entrepreneurs Can

Trey Bowles | Posted 03.25.2013 | Small Business
Trey Bowles

I often write about the brave and innovative entrepreneurs in Texas, but that is only because they are working overtime to lead by example in the startup community. Texas companies have made it a habit to dream big and follow that up with execution and realistic solutions.

JOBS Act Rule Poses Early Test of SEC Chairman Walter's Leadership

Barbara Roper | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Barbara Roper

She now has an opportunity to show that she also has the strength of character to lead this often-fractious agency in these difficult and challenging times. Nothing less than the safety and integrity of our capital markets depend on the choices she makes.

Invest in Things You Understand

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Complex financial schemes and investment theses lend themselves to inefficiency and un-internalized risks. That's why investors may want to take a look at consumer products. As consumers themselves, they "speak the same language."

In Wake of Election, SMBs Expected to Serve as Engine of Economic Growth

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 01.14.2013 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Small businesses now must make some assumptions about policy decisions and move forward. They are too important to the country's economic recovery to remain in limbo.

What the Presidential Election Means for Crowdfunding and Small Businesses

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Tuesday's vote has a significant impact on the nation's 28 million small businesses, which impacts our national economy as well. Small businesses are responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs over the past two decades. The candidates have both had their say, now it is our turn.

Food Waste In, Renewable Energy Out: Startup Re-Nuble Is Crowdfunding the Local Green Economy

Josh Garrett | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Josh Garrett

As the memories of rationing and victory gardens fade from its collective consciousness, the United States has become a nation of supremely wasteful eaters.

American Jobs Act (1 to 2 Million Jobs) Would Cost Romney $109,000 (on $13.7 Million Income)

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

America's children could have smaller class sizes. Cities and towns could have more police. Roads and bridges would be repaired and rebuilt. The foundation for a new economy could begin to be cobbled together.

Gerry Smith

How Will The U.S. Found The Next Facebook? Obama And Romney Weigh In

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.12.2012 | Technology

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney say they want to support the next Google or Facebook. But like they do on most issues, the presidential candidate...

Senator: JOBS Act 'Inexplicably Ignores Such Common Sense Practices'

Reuters | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business

By Alexandra Alper WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - An influential U.S. lawmaker has called on the Securities and Exchange Commission to ...

Crowd Funding Injects Up to $1 Million Cash Equity Into Your Business and Increases Your Borrowing Power

Jerry Chautin | Posted 11.18.2012 | Small Business
Jerry Chautin

In part, the JOBS Act permits entrepreneurs to raise up to $1 million in any 12-month period with much less stringent requirements. Moreover, non-accredited investors will be permitted to invest up to $2,000 each.

Will Cost-Benefit Analysis Seal the SEC's Fate as an Industry Lap Dog?

Barbara Roper | Posted 11.17.2012 | Business
Barbara Roper

Today the SEC stands at a crossroads. The decisions it makes, and the decisions that are made for it by Congress, will determine whether the agency can reemerge as a credible investor watchdog or whether it will be permanently relegated to industry lap dog status.

Looking Out For Mom And Pop

Reuters | Suzanne Barlyn | Posted 11.17.2012 | Small Business

By Suzanne Barlyn CORONADO, California (Reuters) - Critics of U.S. state securities regulators say they are out of touch with the needs...

Warning Issued On Crowdfunding

Reuters | Beth Pinsker Gladstone | Posted 08.22.2012 | Small Business

State securities regulators have put the relatively new investment phenomenon of crowdfunding at the top of their annual investment scams list, highli...

Businesses Should Be Cautious With Crowdfunding, Experts Say

Reuters | Posted 08.02.2012 | Small Business

When President Obama signed the JOBS Act in April, it opened the door for entrepreneurs to fund their businesses via crowdfunding websites, a digital-...

Bankers: New Law Will Increase Likelihood of Accounting Scandals

Reuters | Posted 09.09.2012 | Business

By Olivia Oran July 10 (Reuters) - A majority of bankers believe the U.S. Jobs Act may open the door to accounting scandals by looseni...

Crowdfunding Isn't Legal Yet, Regulators Say

Reuters | Posted 06.28.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Some entrepreneurs are becoming so anxious to sell securities in their companies through crowdfunding sites that they are courting investo...

Demystifying the JOBS Act: What It Means for Small Businesses

Mary Dent | Posted 08.28.2012 | Small Business
Mary Dent

The JOBS Act at least has initiated a shift from heavier regulation to smarter regulation -- regulation that strikes a good balance between protecting investors and stimulating a more robust, fluid, and effective capital market.

Impact Investing + Policy = Collaboration Needed

Ben Thornley | Posted 08.15.2012 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Whether we like it or not, government is an increasingly central player in social and environmental markets. After all, there is a clear public interest in the positive benefits impact investing can bring.