Investor

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 [...]

For informal investors, investing in start-ups and young promising entrepreneurs is and always will be a risky business, especially in the current economic climate. However there are still business angels who are very successful in these unstable markets. But how do they do it? What is their secret? This was revealed during Informal Investors Day [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Was “Australia Day” here yesterday and I got thinking about how so many ventures are dependant upon funding from friends, family and fans to get to the next level. Many people say friends, family and fools. Which got me thinking. How can someone with a business opportunity needing early stage funding from private equity or [...]

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