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Equity Crowdfunding... When will US citizens be allowed to get in on the game? This topic follows the latest news out of the beltline, and beyond.
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CB Insights startup, VC, tech newsletter

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How 65k folks stay on top of emerging tech, startups and VC
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Sequoia Capital Teardown

Sequoia Capital Teardown | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Sequoia Capital is one of Silicon Valley's storied VC firms. A glimpse into their financing, exit and people data provides us a unique data-driven view into where the firm sees opportunity.
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FundersClub fills void for start-up investors

FundersClub fills void for start-up investors | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Alex Mittal, co-founder of the FundersClub, an online venture capital fund, seeks to bring together start-ups and accredited investors.
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"Democratizing" the investment side by lowering the amount needed per investment to $2500, from a typical $50,000+.  All investors must still be accredited, however.  

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SeedInvest Hammers the Cost Challenge of Crowdfunding in SEC Comment Letter - Crowdfund Insider

SeedInvest Hammers the Cost Challenge of Crowdfunding in SEC Comment Letter - Crowdfund Insider | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
SeedInvest, an equity crowdfunding platform that is currently operating as an accredited investor site, recently submitted two comment letters to the Secur
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VIDEO: Crowdfunding 101 - Crowdfund Insider

VIDEO: Crowdfunding 101 - Crowdfund Insider | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Hat tip to the CfPA for posting this!
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Foundups.TV: What is Crowdfunding? Support Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, H.R. 2930. - YouTube

Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, H.R. 2930. (read Rep. Patrick McHenry's webpage) Specifically Patrick McHenry's bill will do the following: - Create a cr...
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Jan 23rd ... go time.  Looking forrward to tthe wave of opportunities in both fund raising and investing. 

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Regulation: “the FCA may well smother the crowdfunding model”

Regulation: “the FCA may well smother the crowdfunding model” | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Entrepreneur Karen Darby this week launched her new crowdfunding platform with a message for the regulators: “ Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”
Crowdmission.com is a new crowdfunding...
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The jury is still out re: EQUITY crowdfunding in the US.  Even if it passes, there is much to be learned from those countries which have already allowed it, such as England.  So if ECF is killed by political wet blankets, it would indeed, be bad news for smaller would-be equitycrowdfunding investors, and certain types of startups, like competitive new CF platforms.  It would be great news for traditional angel and seed investors.  And non-equity CF model platforms.  ie) Kickstarter is a non-equity based model.  So is it a conflict for them if equity models flourish? Potentially yes, because other, competing platforms may emerge.  But without equity crowdfunding, it is much less likely. They would go back to relying on the old seed and angel networks.  So, this is almost certainly why Kickstarter refuses to allow other CF projects to be funded on their platform. Hmmm... I wonder if KS lobbying against ECF????

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Why Universities Need to Get Smart on Crowdfunding

Why Universities Need to Get Smart on Crowdfunding | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
I speak often about the opportunity to couple investment crowdfunding with existing financial, intellectual and physical infrastructure. Universities have invested decades, and millions, in building all three.
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SEC Attempts 'Balance' In Equity Crowdfunding Plan

SEC Attempts 'Balance' In Equity Crowdfunding Plan | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Equity Crowdfunding may become a reality as soon as early Summer 2014 In a move many watchers find promising, the SEC today approved a proposed plan from Congress for the rules to define equity crowdfunding in the U.S., a long-awaited outcome of the...
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"This means that by the most optimistic interpretations we may see formalized crowdfund investing in the U.S. by early Summer of 2014." 

 

That's what I'm looking for!  Starting line is in sight!

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SEC Votes To Propose Equity Crowdfunding By Unaccredited Investors, Now Up For Public Comment | TechCrunch

SEC Votes To Propose Equity Crowdfunding By Unaccredited Investors, Now Up For Public Comment | TechCrunch | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Hundreds of days past the deadline, an SEC panel today unanimously voted to propose a rule allowing equity crowdfunding of startups by anyone, not just rich..
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Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran to Join Equity Crowdfunding Site

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran to Join Equity Crowdfunding Site | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it

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The Biggest Crowdfunding Criticisms - Forbes

The Biggest Crowdfunding Criticisms - Forbes | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
The Biggest Crowdfunding Criticisms Forbes At CircleUp, we accept a small (low single digit) percentage of companies that apply to be on our platform—truly the best of the best among early stage consumer and retail businesses—and our platform is...
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No sign of equity crowdfunding, 1 year after JOBS Act - Silicon Valley Business Journal

No sign of equity crowdfunding, 1 year after JOBS Act - Silicon Valley Business Journal | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
It’s been a year since the JOBS Act was signed that was supposed to make early...

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 5, 2013 7:53 PM

And so it continues.....

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Come On, Silicon Valley, You Can Do Better Than This

Come On, Silicon Valley, You Can Do Better Than This | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
The world has many problems to solve. Yet Silicon Valley, which could be taking the lead in ridding humanity of its ills, is focused on scoring big hits by solving problems so small they can be said to be non-existent....
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Fed Chair Not Sure Whether To Call U.S. An Oligarchy Or Democracy

Fed Chair Not Sure Whether To Call U.S. An Oligarchy Or Democracy | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that she doesn't know whether the U.S. political system is a democracy or an oligarchy, as a recent study concluded, but that growing inequality is an issue lawmakers should address.

During a heari...
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Even top officials confused about status of the US political system, and it's consequences...  tough times, but at least some at the top are beginning to scratch the surface of reality.  See Pope's recent comments for other current leaders making headlines on the topic... 

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Crowdtilt Will Do for Crowdfunding What WordPress Did for Blogging... - Digital Music News

Crowdtilt Will Do for Crowdfunding What WordPress Did for Blogging... - Digital Music News | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Holly Muñoz’s successful CrowdtiltOpen campaign If you’re a musician or an entrepreneur looking to crowd-fund a project, there’s no shortage of options. There’s Kickstarter, Indiegogo,...
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The Big Problem Equity Crowdfunding Platforms Face - CrowdClan

The Big Problem Equity Crowdfunding Platforms Face - CrowdClan | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
While investors and project creators must tread carefully when raising capital, equity crowdfunding platforms face several obstacles of their own.
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It might cost you $39K to crowdfund $100K under the SEC's new rules

It might cost you $39K to crowdfund $100K under the SEC's new rules | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
On October 23, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the proposed rules for Regulation Crowdfunding.  The 585-pages included an explanation of the rules, the feedback it received...
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On a political note, doesn't it seem sometimes that we need more protection from our own lawmakers than from potentially bogus crowdfunding campaigns?  Back to crowdfunding... so, which crowdfunding "hybrids" might provide great business solutions, that fall squarely outside of the SEC regulations?  (Now that's the ticket, per se!)

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SEC moves toward allowing crowdfunding stock offerings

SEC moves toward allowing crowdfunding stock offerings | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
The SEC voted unanimously to propose rules that, for the first time, would allow investors to buy stock in companies over the Internet using a crowdfunding exchange,
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3 months ... that means Jan 23rd ... just a couple weeks away.  Looking forward to seeing how the first round goes.  Exciting.

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The curious exits in Sequoia Capital

The curious exits in Sequoia Capital | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Sequoia Capital�s founding team in India had everything: Success, money and a free hand. So why are they leaving?
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Pipeline drying up?  Maybe it's global warming?  Nuclear runoff?  Brain drain?  Or, maybe the crowd has rapidly transformed the landscape into what more accurately resembles an "open market."  While it's no highway robbery for startups, it at least may feel like it as this correction takes hold. 

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Kickstarter Hit With Patent Claim Over Crowd-Funding | TechCrunch

Kickstarter Hit With Patent Claim Over Crowd-Funding | TechCrunch | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Kickstarter, which just recently celebrated the 10,000th successfully funded project in its 2.5-year history, is under siege by that most ubiquitous of foes,..
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Though it's a 2 year old article, I thought I'd add it as an important step in the history of what's been going on.  After reading this article, it got me to wondering .. where are all the media articles in defense of small guys with good patents, who are stonewalled by big corporations using their patented technology who don't care to play nice, typically because they 1) don't want to, and 2) don't have to because they have big $$$?   

Answer:   Que cricket chipping ...  Curiously, there are very few...  after all, it's all the rage today to hate on anything patented, regardless of good, bad, novel, or frivolous.   

Let's stay focussed here...  The overwhelmingly bigger problem with our economy has been small guys being hurt much more than big guys.  Our media seems to relentlessly want to forget this. 

If you think the patent system needs overhauling,  that's fine.  But don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. 

 

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New Equity Crowdfunding Rules Could Change Startup Game

New Equity Crowdfunding Rules Could Change Startup Game | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Regular investors, meaning most Americans over the age of 18, may soon be able to invest in startups in exchange for company stock via crowdfunding.
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Good info, but when!?!

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Crowdfunding platform EarlyShares moves into film and television ...

Crowdfunding platform EarlyShares moves into film and television ... | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it

Online crowdfunding platform EarlyShares is moving into the entertainment business after partnering with production company 5x5 Media.


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Crowdfunding Site EarlyShares Enters Entertainment Business - Hollywood Reporter

Crowdfunding Site EarlyShares Enters Entertainment Business - Hollywood Reporter | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding Site EarlyShares Enters Entertainment BusinessHollywood ReporterEarlyShares, an equity-based online crowdfunding platform, is moving into the entertainment business and has signed an agreement with 5x5 Media that will see the producers...


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Brad Feld and Foundry Group launch AngelList Syndicate, FG Angels (Brad Feld/Foundry Group)

Brad Feld and Foundry Group launch AngelList Syndicate, FG Angels (Brad Feld/Foundry Group) | Can We Play Too? | Scoop.it
Brad Feld / Foundry Group: Brad Feld and Foundry Group launch AngelList Syndicate, FG Angels  —  AngelList - Do Or Do Not, There is No Try  —  Yesterday, at our weekly Monday (sushi, sometimes tacos) lunch, we talked about AngelList.  Over the weekend...

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