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Crowd Funding for Equity Solutions Series #1: Investor protection – by David Drake ..
May 22, 2012

Crowd Funding for Equity Solutions Series 1: Investor protection by David Drake, LDJ Capital CFIRA representatives have already met with the members of the Corporate Finance, Trading and Markets and Office of the?

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Advertising for Investment Funds – by David Drake ..
June 4,2012

In what may be an unforeseen consequence of the JOBS Act, funds will be able to advertise to the public as early as July 4th of this year. This comes as changes to Regulation 506 kick in, 90 days after Obama signed the measure into law on April 5th, 2012 ?

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Crowd Funding for Equity Solutions Series, #3: Know Your Crowd ? by David Drake
May 27, 2012

Consumer Protection Investor protection is a key part of any legislation that seeks to open up opportunities to the general public. Along these lines, we’ve previously covered requirements and suggestions for education, fraud?

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CFIRA Responds to NASAA’s Crowdfunding Concerns and Invites NASAA to Participate in Advocacy Efforts ? by David Drake
May 27, 2012

May 23, 20012 (New York, NY) ? On May 15, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) issued an advisory warning investors to approach crowdfunding investment opportunities with great caution. The NASAA’s advisory?

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Crowd Funding for Equity Solutions Series, #2: Advertising and Advice ? by David Drake
May 23, 2012

Advertising The Act already addresses, and prohibits compensation for several categories of activities, including the purchase of potential investor information. It also forbids directly soliciting investors or directing them to specific investment vehicles.?

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The Story of Buy Beer and Regulatory Hurdles to Crowd Funding – by David Drake ..
May 15, 2012

A fascinating article over at Fast Company tells a tale of adventures in crowdfunding with an attempt to buy Pabst Brewery. The short version is that regulatory hurdles (in 2010) killed the process.?

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Is Venture Capital Broken? comments by – David Drake ..

May 14, 2012

Dan Primack, on his CNN Money blog, tells us about a study claiming venture capital just hasn’t yielded the promised returns. He cites a report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that boo-hoos?

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Retort to Isenberg Harvard Business Review – by David Drake ..

May 14, 2012

I [David Drake] would echo and add to Doug’s observations about Dan Isenberg’s 4/23/2012 Harvard Business Review ?The Road to CrowdFunding Hell?. The SEC isn’t the ?good investment? police ? they are the?

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Investors Get Serious About Crowdfunding – by David Drake ..
May 13, 2012

Investors Get Serious About Crowdfunding The world of investing and finance is at a critical moment, and many are taking note. Events like the Soho Loft are acting as a stage for discussion and education?

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RocketHub White Paper on the JOBS Act: Comments – by David Drake ..
May 13, 2012

The JOBS Act SEC.302(b)/SEC4A.(a)(7) ? INVESTORS’ RIGHT TO RESCIND points that (11) prohibit its directors, officers, or partners (or any person occupying a similar status or performing a similar function) from having any?

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Press Release

Crowdfunding Pioneers Launch Professional Association in Concert with Regulatory Advocacy Group ..
May 13, 2012

Sister organizations dedicated to representing rapidly developing Crowdfunding industry and supporting SEC, FINRA during rule making period post JOBS act NEW YORK, May 7, 2012 – A group of top debt and equity crowdfunding platform?

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An Interview with Carl Esposti, Crowdfunding Industry Research..
May 14, 2012

The industry has been abuzz this week with the release of the first market research on the crowdfunding industry, the Crowdfunding Industry Research report from www.crowdsourcing.org, which also coincides with the launch of the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).

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Crowdfunding Raised $1.5bn in 2011, Set To Double In 2012..
May 11, 2012

The Crowdfunding Industry Report from researchers massolution reveals that crowdfunding platforms raised almost $1.5 billion, funding over one million projects in 2011. They also say that, with current trends, the already growing market is set to double in 2012.

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Don’t Abandon Crowdfunding — Manage It..
May 10, 2012

In the recent HBR article “The Crowdfunding Road to Hell,” Daniel Isenberg argues persuasively that crowdfunding ? specifically equity crowdfunding ? cannot work.

As an entrepreneur, angel investor, VC, philanthropist, and CEO with 40 years’ experience, I cannot agree.

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Get started ?On’ May 10: USPS abandons original overhaul plan, House reauthorizes Ex-Im Bank..
May 10, 2012

Postal Service cuts hours, not offices: The United States Postal Service has abandoned plans to close thousands of post offices and will instead reduce hours at most of its rural outposts, according to an announcement Wednesday. The most drastic changes will see window hours cut from the current eight to as few as two a day, and the plan is expected to save the agency $500 million per year.

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Morning Take-Out..
MAY 9, 2012

Morgan Stanley, Where Money and Tech Meet | Silicon Valley does not have much love for Wall Street, perceiving buttoned-up financiers as fee-obsessed number crunchers who do not really understand technology.

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FEATURE – European start-ups court crowds for cash..
MAY 9, 2012

PARIS, May 9 (Reuters) – When Vincent and Heloise opened a mash eatery in Strasbourg, they had a feeling their unusual concept could thrive elsewhere in France. But one thing was painfully missing: cash.

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Bank Lending to Small Business Slips, Crowdfunding on the Rise..
May 8, 2012

New York-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter broke its previous record for the most any single project has raised in April with Pebble, a watch that synchs with your smartphone. So far (the funding round is not over yet), the watch has raised more than $9 million from over 61,000 backers.

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Hopping Mad as Commissioners Go Over the Line – by David Drake ..

June 4, 2012

Advice or Hit Piece?
A shocking press release hit the net last week, purportedly from the Pennsylvania Securities Commission. The link to the ?advisory? goes to www.psc.state.pa.us, but that site doesn’t seem to host a copy. Even so, if the press release is accurate, it amounts to an unfair characterization of the JOBS Act and new crowdfunding regulations.

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