Early Stage Fund Raising

Intermediary-controlled trust has been the main game in selling shares and equity since the 1930’s. That is why regulators have latched onto intermediaries, and their existing regimes to regulate the emergence of crowdfunding. However intermediary-less trust is on its way. A truism that is getting stronger and stronger is that “the crowd will catch a [...]

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 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 [...]

Traditionally investor aggregation at the IPO level often includes a well planned and well funded marketing campaign. However non-IPO raises seldom have as well constructed campaigns. Often the “rolodex” is the campaign. Go through the rolodex and do a one time communication, usually an email with an investment summary attached, to the target. In the [...]

When it comes to private equity investments, whether it is via an existing financial services player or an investor or equity crowdfunding platform there are two distinct ways of gaining investors. Serendipity. This is the build the offering and they will come approach. You prepare your pitch decks and Information Memorandum or offering document and you send [...]

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 [...]

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