Venture capital

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Veronica Mars film crowdfunding raise has added a new “charity” dimension to it’s progress so far.  A recap first though starting with the Kickstarter raise. Kristen Bell’s / Veronica Mars charity raise follows. Story: Veronica Mars was a TV show that aired between 2004 to 2007; Kristen Bell played the title character. The show developed a [...]

Just because someone has money (an Accredited Investor) doesn’t mean they know how to invest. Or that they can afford to lose it. It seems the way regulators assess investor eligibility is based on the fact they can “probably” afford to lose if the investment goes bad. Wouldnt it be better if the prospective investor [...]

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 [...]

“I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Niederer, CEO of ASSOB, the world’s largest equity or investor crowdfunding platform …..”  (Read more here)  What was interesting about this interview was that Jonathon walked me through a series of questions that attempted to trace the journey a new raising would take through our equity capital raising platform. ASSOB is by [...]

    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 [...]

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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