With the SECs recent announcements, Fundable.com gotten an outpouring of questions about the JOBS Act, and what it means for entrepreneurs and the crowdfunding industry. Fundable partnered with EarnMBA (http://earnmbadegree.com/jobs-act-crowdfunding-infographic/) to put together an infographic on the JOBS Act and the history of crowdfunding.
President Obama called Crowdfund Investing “game-changing” when he signed the JOBS ACT into law on April 5, 2012. 2013 will be ‘The year of the entrepreneur’. Using equity or debt securities, this new U.S. law creates a financial vehicle for community financing in which the average American can invest in entrepreneurs they believe in and local businesses they trust. Prior to this law, only accredited investors (less than 2% of the US population) had this opportunity. If Americans invest just 1% of their savings via Crowdfund Investing, this policy change will deliver over $300B to the economy that will stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and jobs. These results are achieved without any U.S. Government spending.
The number of crowdfunding portals is expected to grow rapidly after the Securities and Exchange Commission implements the JOBS Act in early 2013, which will legalize equity-based crowdfunding investment, allowing companies to sell up to $1 million...
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In partnership with Georgetown University Law Center, The Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute published an excellent paper: Crowdfunding: Maximizing the Promise and Minimizing the Peril. Authored by Bradley Belt, Chris Brummer, and Daniel Gorfine, “The roundtable explored creative uses and applications of securities crowdfunding, considered the limits and leading criticisms of the new exemption, and worked through different regulatory approaches that could help to unlock the promise of this new capital-raising mechanism, while minimizing the possibility of fraud and abuse.”
Many articles have been written warning us of the dangers of crowdfunding. I agree that entrepreneurs and investors who choose to transfer capital via crowdfounding should be aware of the unique challenges associated with this novel form of capital distribution. But despite some challenges, the potential for good far outweighs the dangers. Let’s discuss just a few of the benefits crowdfunding presents to investors and entrepreneurs.
After spending close to seven years at Encore and TSG Consumer Partners focused on private- equity investing in lower middle-market consumer products companies, I noticed a huge void in the marketplace. There were no institutional investors for small consumer brands. Almost every week, two or three consumer entrepreneurs would call me, looking to raise capital. For companies with revenues under $10 Million, there was nothing we, or any of the other funds I knew, could do. Because of this, each conversation ended the same way, with me turning them down without being able to give them another source to turn to, as they were too small for institutional equity and did not have sufficient assets to raise debt.
..crowdfunding is a game changer for the US economy. Only 2.5% of startups currently are funded by venture capital, Access to capital is the number one reason businesses fail (other than in the restaurant business). This chages everything. At Newton & Next Level we combine proven marketing and fund raising ability into now being the crowdfunding source of advice and leadership. This is now.
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