One of the questions in the Australian Equity Crowdfunding discussion paper (CSEF) got me thinking. Are regulators building this for yesterday or tomorrow? Here was the question: "What are the implications for the corporate law framework of permitting proprietary companies to do so? The question should have been … “How can we change the corporate law framework [...]

Sometimes regulators can't see the trees for the forest. "Equity Crowdfunding" or CSEF is the  forest. It is a new area, countries worldwide are contriving regulations that are yet to be proven and have no track record of success as legislation or as a "forest".  Australia, by copying something unproven and bettering it is a high [...]

So ... how can you quickly and simply evaluate if an equity crowdfunding raise may fly? Meaning it will get investors. After overseeing 320 unaccredited investor equity crowdfunding raises totalling $142 million you get a good feel of what gets funded and what doesn't. This is key to any successful equity crowdfunding platform. Having just one [...]

The article that got me worked up today is here! I got worked up because it implied that New Zealand was loose in this area and Australia needed to be tougher. Not so. As I say further down .... "If Australian Government Ministers are walking their talk of "crowdfunding" funding hundreds of small businesses and [...]

Collaborative Investment was once the domain of Kings, Dictators and Industrialists. Once upon a time, before the 18th century, large scale financial and infrastructure endeavours were the domain of royalty and dictators. Things changed with the Industrial Revolution. This took place from the mid-18th to early 19th century in certain areas in Europe and North America. Industrialisation shifted this power [...]

Matthew Pinter, Paul Niederer and Chris Gilbert were guests on Switzer this week on Sky News for an interview on Crowdfunding. While the panel primarily included equity crowdfunding or investment crowdfunding representatives pledge, reward and realty crowdfunding were also covered. Peter Switzer asked if we had come across any circumstances where smart alecs get involved [...]

While in Thailand on holiday I noticed that having your own stall, stand, shop or business is often the difference between survival and poverty. There are hundreds of thousands of businesses like this. Imagine if you had a business that was valuable to the village and you wanted to raise funds by getting a some village folk to invest. [...]

If we look at regulatory implementations of the equity crowdfunding around the globe most are not holistic. Just because you have Equity Crowdfunding Regulations doesn't mean you have Equity Crowdfunding. For the most part they are regulated with new regulations totally independent from the environment they are expected to operate in. In other words we [...]

At a recent Angel Investor event I overheard an entrepreneur seeking capital ask an Angel Investor the following question. "What sectors do you specialise in when selecting investments?" The Angel Investor said he had no special preference as he was primarily after "anything that had enough in it to back up a 10 times return". [...]

This BRW article by Adir Shiffman inspired this post! "Why equity crowdfunding for start-ups is wrong for Australia: entrepreneur Adir Schiffman" Whenever I read “alternative investment class” and “crowdfunding” in the same sentence I get nervous. Having been invited and discussed equity crowdfunding with many overseas security regulators, including the U.S. SEC and FINRA, the [...]

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