Venture capital

What the crowdfunding industry has taught us worldwide is that “the crowd” will “out” a bad actor long before any of the regulators do. Regulators came out of the USA “blue sky” laws written state by state between 1911 and 1931. In these times there was no internet, little communication from town to town, regulators [...]

Reflecting on the learnings of 300 Equity Crowdfunding raises I thought many of the tools, techniques and especially the transparency could be directly applied to Government asset sell down. With equity raises there are three aspects that tick the boxes when it comes to getting a fundable opportunity. Of course there are the analytics and supporting [...]

Attention and proposed regulatory changes are only being focussed on one half of equity crowdfunding’s potential. Sadly, this was once again clearly the case in today’s Australian Financial Review. “Start-ups told to grow up and respect investors in crowd equity funding row” reportedly by High-profile start-up investor Steve Baxter $5 million raises, Public Companies, AFSL intermediaries were touted [...]

Traditionally investor aggregation at the IPO level often includes a well planned and well funded marketing campaign. However non-IPO raises seldom have as well constructed campaigns. Often the “rolodex” is the campaign. Go through the rolodex and do a one time communication, usually an email with an investment summary attached, to the target. In the [...]

Here is a recent interview recorded in Beijing, China where I discussed equity crowdfunding and things to consider for the future. Click on the image to watch this Equity Crowdfunding video recorded in China. NB: You need to wait 20 seconds for the advertisement to play before the equity crowdfunding in China interview begins. This [...]

This “Mitigating Fraud in Crowdfinance” Webinar was held on the 24th of September 2015 and was hosted by Dara Albright. This is an updated version of the presentation I gave in 2013 at the 2nd annual Crowdfund Investing Innovation Forum, organized by the Crowdfunding Professional Association which now includes investor aggregation, Joey Roth’s Charlatan, Martyr and Hustler [...]

When it comes to private equity investments, whether it is via an existing financial services player or an investor or equity crowdfunding platform there are two distinct ways of gaining investors. Serendipity. This is the build the offering and they will come approach. You prepare your pitch decks and Information Memorandum or offering document and you send [...]

Last week I spoke at an Economic Development Conference. Here is a video of the presentation. My chief takeaway was that every village, town and city has a strong desire to support innovation and be a growing place for its present and future citizens. However there is little understanding of the radical changes that are underway [...]

In any equity crowdfunding platform raise there are number of aspects. An investment opportunity must be captured by the platform and built to be investor ready. Prospective investors need to be gathered and aggregated. The raise is kept compliant Gathered prospective investors need to be nurtured and welcomed as investors.   Both issuers (fundraisers) and [...]

One of the questions in the Australian Equity Crowdfunding discussion paper (CSEF) got me thinking. Are regulators building this for yesterday or tomorrow? Here was the question: “What are the implications for the corporate law framework of permitting proprietary companies to do so? The question should have been … “How can we change the corporate law framework [...]

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