Crowdfunding

Reflecting on the learnings of 300 Equity Crowdfunding raises I thought many of the tools, techniques and especially the transparency could be directly applied to Government asset sell down. With equity raises there are three aspects that tick the boxes when it comes to getting a fundable opportunity. Of course there are the analytics and supporting [...]

This is my submission to Dr Kathleen Dermody, Committee Secretary, Senate Economics Legislation Committee who have the task of reviewing the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced funding) Bill 2015 [Provisions] Submission Mismatch - Not for small businesses There is a complete mismatch between the marketing of “Crowd-Sourced Funding” and what this bill will achieve. It has been touted as good for [...]

This article with an Equity crowdfunding headline got me thinking. First equity crowdfunding deal in Australia for 2016 raises more than $675,000 To an entity getting funded to the tune of $675,000 is a great achievement. For a platform to facilitate this is also a great achievement. Well done! However the phrase "With three days [...]

Attention and proposed regulatory changes are only being focussed on one half of equity crowdfunding's potential. Sadly, this was once again clearly the case in today's Australian Financial Review. "Start-ups told to grow up and respect investors in crowd equity funding row" reportedly by High-profile start-up investor Steve Baxter $5 million raises, Public Companies, AFSL intermediaries were touted [...]

Around the world there is little evidence that regulators can provide a regulatory environment to get traction in the investor aggregation space for retail equity crowdfunding raises under say $600,000. Even in the United Kingdom, where the regulator has allowed the industry to develop and has fine-tuned the regulations as they go virtually every raise [...]

In any equity crowdfunding platform raise there are number of aspects. An investment opportunity must be captured by the platform and built to be investor ready. Prospective investors need to be gathered and aggregated. The raise is kept compliant Gathered prospective investors need to be nurtured and welcomed as investors.   Both issuers (fundraisers) and [...]

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 [...]

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