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Sometimes regulators can’t see the trees for the forest. “Equity Crowdfunding” or CSEF is the  forest. It is a new area, countries worldwide are contriving regulations that are yet to be proven and have no track record of success as legislation or as a “forest”.  Australia, by copying something unproven and bettering it is a high [...]

Collaborative Investment was once the domain of Kings, Dictators and Industrialists. Once upon a time, before the 18th century, large scale financial and infrastructure endeavours were the domain of royalty and dictators. Things changed with the Industrial Revolution. This took place from the mid-18th to early 19th century in certain areas in Europe and North America. Industrialisation shifted this power [...]

Matthew Pinter, Paul Niederer and Chris Gilbert were guests on Switzer this week on Sky News for an interview on Crowdfunding. While the panel primarily included equity crowdfunding or investment crowdfunding representatives pledge, reward and realty crowdfunding were also covered. Peter Switzer asked if we had come across any circumstances where smart alecs get involved [...]

This BRW article by Adir Shiffman inspired this post! “Why equity crowdfunding for start-ups is wrong for Australia: entrepreneur Adir Schiffman” Whenever I read “alternative investment class” and “crowdfunding” in the same sentence I get nervous. Having been invited and discussed equity crowdfunding with many overseas security regulators, including the U.S. SEC and FINRA, the [...]

Because reward crowdfunding came first most regulators are fashioning their equity crowdfunding legislation for unaccredited investors around the pathway and figures reward crowdfunding has trodden. They are two different animals though. 1) Reward crowdfunding is based on instant gratification (You get the DVD, watch, cooler etc as a reward) 2) Equity crowdfunding is based on [...]

Success leaves clues. I wondered, what is “Best in Class” in raising funds from predominantly retail or unaccredited investors. Best way to find out was to look at 16 of the most successful, recent Startup equity raises on the ASSOB Equity funding Capital Raising platform. These 16 raised over 11 million dollars together on ASSOB. Most of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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