Capital Raisings

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

    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 [...]

Equity Crowdfunding Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Management Practice at Babson Global has written a controversial article for the Harvard Business Review titled “The Road to Crowdfunding Hell” He builds his article around 4 main points: Equity Crowdfunding is based on inappropriate extrapolations from other similar-appearing activities, such as donation crowdfunding. Purchasing equity (stock) in early stage ventures is [...]

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 [...]

Friday morning there were around 100 investors that fronted up for the ASSOB Breakfast Pitch Event in Melbourne to listen to nine  companies that were raising capital. There are still two events left in the series. One in Brisbane. One in Sydney. There is a good article about the event in the Business Spectator. Thanks to Bob Gottliebsen. The main message was that [...]

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