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Elliot Begoun, principal of The Intertwine Group, focuses on branding strategies for food and beverage companies.  He recently wrote a post titled ‘5 ways a crowdfunding campaign can help your startup.’ You can read it here. As a lawyer focusing on equity crowdfunding and Title III of the JOBS Act (Reg CF), much of what...
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Title III of the JOBS Act of 2012, commonly known as Reg CF, turns two today. The law got a Rose Garden ceremony and “game changer” status from then President Obama. Six years hence, however, that lofty forecast has crashed. The game is changing for small businesses trying to capitalize through equity crowdfunding but our...
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In a Twitter Crowdfund Chat. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Small Business Policy released a chart showing an overview of the crowdfunding exemptions that allow small businesses to raise capital without going public. 
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I wasn’t planning on doing this but LinkedIn reminded me today that I have been at this entrepreneur thing for two years now. It was completely new to me when I started. Here are some things I’ve learned for anyone else in my shoes or thinking about going out on their own. It’s hard: Everyone...
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Click this link to see a webinar where I discuss raising capital through the JOBS Act!!
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Last week’s virtual currency hearing by the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee frenzied the always-excitable crypto-crowd. The legal world was no different. Legal Eagles watched closely as SEC Chair Jay Clayton and CFTC Chair Chris Giancarlo testified. One takeaway was the SEC’s strident view that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are securities. As Clayton...
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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) will revolutionize raising business capital as more companies and blockchain networks develop and prosper. Last year ICOs raised over $3.7 billion. January started strong with a record $1.4 billion reported from 67 ICOs. But with any nascent fundraising tool scammers and regulators play cat and mouse. The SEC has taken an...
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Having exchanged gifts and sang about old acquaintances not forgot the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are back to bitcoin bustin’. Last fall’s wild ride frazzled regulators as they searched their bureaucratic souls about whether they are duly protecting investors in this brave new world. The SEC...
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Unlike the Environmental Protection Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission lacks a paramilitary force. But one recent article says it’s nonetheless preparing for war. The SEC’s enemy is initial coin offerings (ICOs), a capital raising tool popular with “fintech” companies immersed in blockchain. In a 10,000-word tome, consultant John Stark, a 20-year veteran of the...
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