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Crowdfunding Companies Are Not Flocking to the Coasts

Rohan Kusre | Posted 08.18.2014 | Small Business
Rohan Kusre

The Internet is doing to the crowdfunding industry what it has done to countless other industries in the economy: democratizing the process and making geographical barriers irrelevant.

SEC Goes Rogue, Defies Congress

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The idea behind the JOBS Act is to jump-start growth, not to give fraudsters an easy way to fleece unwary victims. Reasonable finance professionals find the SEC's proposed rule amendments so ludicrous that the SEC seems to beg for a thorough housecleaning.

Women's History Month, Luan Cox, Crowd Finance and the Future

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
Cliff Schecter

During a month when we celebrate the historical achievements of women, only a few days after International Women's Day, after a year in which we've wa...

Will 2014 Be the Big Year for Equity Crowdfunding?

John Warner | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
John Warner

The most successful crowdfunding models are built around starting with who you know and proactively working out from there to people you don't know. 2014 can be the year equity crowdfunding arrives in big way, if we put the infrastructure in place to do it right.

Crowdfunding 2.0: A New Means for Capitalist Participation

Himanshu Sareen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Technology
Himanshu Sareen

The JOBS Act has opened the floodgates for small-time investors. Now there just needs to be a comprehensive platform that attends to this area. Such a tool could maintain momentum for the entrepreneurial renaissance occurring around us.

Two Steps Forward and One Step Back -- First Impressions of Proposed Crowdfunding Rules

Rohan Kusre | Posted 12.24.2013 | Small Business
Rohan Kusre

We have been waiting a long time for this moment. Sitting on the edge of our seats, money in hand for more than 18 months. The private equity field has been bracing for a shake up and it is finally here.

How We Can Move Entrepreneurship Forward

Monika Mitchell | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Monika Mitchell

What are policymakers afraid of by forging ahead with the JOBS Act? Perhaps, it's simply fear of the unknown. The new economy, despite the SEC's recalcitrance, is emerging rapidly in the shadow of Wall Street. For traditionalists, this brings up uncomfortable questions:

Mark Gongloff

What Twitter Doesn't Want You To Know

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.12.2013 | Business

You might want to buy Twitter's stock when it finally goes public, but you're going to have to wait a while before you can figure out how much it's wo...

Don't Blame SEC, They Were Left Out

Daniel P. Collins | Posted 09.29.2013 | Media
Daniel P. Collins

Matteson also pointed out that the JOBS Act requires the SEC to revise its rules within 90 days of enactment, which would be July 5, 2012. They were only late by a week -- and one year. Now you can begin to understand why Congress didn't consult with the SEC.

The SEC's Bluff on Lifting the Ban on General Solicitation and Advertising

Gary Emmanuel | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Gary Emmanuel

The SEC has adopted long-awaited final rules which will allow companies to raise money in a private placement through general solicitation or advertising. While on its face this is a welcome development for companies seeking greater access to capital, the SEC has taken questionable steps that have the potential to eviscerate its potential benefits.

Equity Crowdfunding and Advertising: Be Careful What You Wish For

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

It is official -- on July 10th, 2013 the Security and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) lifted the ban for private offering advertising. This means that on...

This Can't Be Good..

AP | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — For the first time, hedge funds will be allowed to advertise to the general public under a rule adopted Wednesday by federal regula...

In a Tight Spot, SEC Chair White Puts Agency's Credibility on the Line

Barbara Roper | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Barbara Roper

Unfortunately for Chair White, her predecessors' mishandling of the JOBS Act rulemaking to lift the ban on general solicitation in private offerings has left her with an uncomfortable choice between speeding implementation of that rule and ignoring her commitment to follow the economic analysis guidelines.

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.