Early Stage Fund Raising

Many a good innovation dies on the vine due to the lack of funds to make a prototype or take it to market. Crowdfunding is bridging this gap. The main idea with reward and equity crowdfunding is that the innovators and their helpers set up a fund raise as a new project on a crowdfunding [...]

James Eyers from the AFR has written a well balanced article on crowdfunding including investor crowdfunding in the Australian Financial Review’s “Capital Magazine” Read the article here! There is very little discussion in Australia about equity or investor crowdfunding. James makes the point that Section 708 has allowed a small crowd (limit 20) to invest over [...]

In most countries getting a few mates to invest in your early stage business is expensive, time consuming and often restricted to those that meet income and asset criteria.   The rapidly growing movement for the democratization of capital formation hopes to level the field for both investors and entrepreneurs while increasing engagement, equality and [...]

    Brian Knight from Crowdcheck reflected on a recent post I made. (<—Click this link to read about Patronage, transperancy and investment crowdfunding) In a recent piece Paul Niederer, the CEO of the Australian Small Scale Offering’s Board (and guest of the CrowdFundCast), argues that patronage serves as a motivation for many crowd investors.  

In this 40 minute video I’m interviewed by Jonny Sandlund of the Crowdcafe about some of the practical aspects of investor or equity based crowdfunding. Twenty five years ago, when the word “bulletin board” was used instead of a website and the word crowdfunding did not exist, Australian regulators passed legislation that allowed small businesses [...]

Reading Bob Gottliebsen’s article on investing in shares in Business Spectator should have got you thinking. To an investor what does”Investing Productively” mean? Bob picked up the theme of my talk based on a blog post on capitalunderdogs which was that investing by individuals today is predominantly driven by charts, numbers, spreadsheets and stock picking software [...]

Spent a few days last week at the Australian Angel’s annual conference In Newcastle City Hall, NSW Australia. It was inspiring to be among some many people that really care about early stage companies requiring funding. Also they are networked worldwide and share deals, contacts and expertise. It showed that no matter what country attendees [...]

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