Early Stage Fund Raising

A hundred years or so ago regional funding was all the rage. Crowdfunding legislation is again looking at regions as one state after another legitimises intra-state crowdfunding. In the video below I detail the shift in funding from regions to one central point and back again. Stock Exchanges used to be primarily funding matchmakers The [...]

Success leaves clues. I wondered, what is “Best in Class” in raising funds from predominantly retail or unaccredited investors. Best way to find out was to look at 16 of the most successful, recent Startup equity raises on the ASSOB Equity funding Capital Raising platform. These 16 raised over 11 million dollars together on ASSOB. Most of [...]

Andrew Ward and Startup88 recently hosted a discussion on the recent CAMAC Australian report on Crowdfunding. Here are the closing summaries from Paul Niederer and John Kluver. The full discussion can be accessed here! My view is that the report was well researched and well written. However unless there are other changes in the early [...]

Crowd is a broad word and it can be your crowd (or tribe), someone else’s crowd (their tribe) or an awaiting crowd in the big wide world. While many a crowdfunding raise yearns to leap into volumes of people that the offering has no contact with at the start of the raise, in reality, not [...]

INTRO Country after country, state after state are introducing regulations to facilitate equity crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and investors. This is normally sold by the implementers as a combination of ways to create more jobs and fund businesses that are finding it more difficult in the post GFC era to get funding. Unfortunately Australia isn’t even [...]

Looking 6 years into the future, what can we expect crowdfunding to be in 2020 Firstly, the word “crowdfunding” will have virtually disappeared as peer to peer transactions will have become the norm. Same thing happened with the term social networking. Thats just the way most people communicate now and few call it social networking. [...]

So Auntie Madge has a bit of money. You have a brilliant idea that needs funding. Madge is not so savvy about startups but she loves your story, your enthusiasm (and you) and hands over her $10,000. supposedly for equity. Other than hope … what does she get in return. And how do you feel? Over [...]

One of the effects of the U.S. leading the world in crowdfunding regulation advances is that its introduction is following the regulators step by step. Title II then Title III. Incumbent players like broker dealers, investment bankers and other vested interests get to have a go first. This brings in a focus on things like [...]

This post is inspired by a quote from Dr Richard Swart. He is a globally recognized authority on crowdfunding, equity crowdfunding and crowdfund investing. He directs the University of California, Berkeley research program studying crowdfunding and innovation. Recently he hosted an event where five years of statistics from the ASSOB equity crowdfunding platform were presented in the form [...]

After 300 or so raises on the ASSOB Equity Crowdfunding platform it may be valuable to others to understand what processes are in place to prevent fraud. Since 2005 there have been zero cases of fraud. Firstly though what is Fraud? Usually any definitions of fraud include statements like …   an untrue statement of [...]

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