Private equity

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

If any of you have attended my capital raising seminars over the years you will have experienced the strong shift towards obtaining investors through people discovered during “Discovery Sessions”. Discovery sessions are intensive sessions where followers of the business, founders or technology can be uncovered. Crowdfunding is leading the way here and in effect ASSOB [...]

Fringe moments

  Loved this article from StartupSmart Six degrees of investor separation That fringe moment at the end of each meeting. Maybe as you open the car door to go. “Look I’ll get back to you” they say…. but “You should really meet X”. Recognising that signal is worth gold! OK so maybe they feel guilty [...]

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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