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Americans’ concerns abound. Will they get that raise? How are their kids doing in school? Is that ransomware email claiming recorded porn watching real? But one concern tops the rest. What is Securities and Exchange Commission ‘Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation’ Valerie Szczepanik, aka NPC Valerie, doing for her taxpayer-funded quarter-million dollar salary,...
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Last year I wrote a post titled Finishing up Year Two as an Entrepreneur. I’ll expand on this each year as the lessons I learn multiply. Here are four things I’ve learned about running a business this past year: Success is an indicator you need to work harder. I’ve experienced my first breakthrough this year....
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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) crypto czar Valerie Szczepanik paused her nonstop conference-jaunting long enough to release token “guidance” for entrepreneurs and industry professionals. The document itself was unsigned, but the “public statement announcing it” was co-signed by Ms. Szczepanik and SEC Director of Corporation Finance William Hinman. Valerie Szczepanik The “guidance” purported to “provide...
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Equity Crowdfunding can help capitalize your business! Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner looking to raise capital? Have you tried going the VC route? or don’t want a loan? Equity Crowdfunding through Reg CF may be the right move for you! Come listen to securities lawyers Paul H. Jossey and Maureen L. Murat...
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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hatched from the New Deal’s heady days.  Many thought unfettered capitalism was done, disinterested technocrats could smooth free-market excesses and regulate economic affairs more fairly and efficiently. FDR and many others—wrongly as it turned out—blamed the 1929 market crash on insufficient government oversight. Hester Peirce, CryptoMom The SEC now...
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Will blockchain kill Big Data? Will upstart companies untangle the internet from our Silicon Valley overlords? Will the future web center on security and privacy or free and surveilled? Will Google soon stop “assisting” us? Author George Gilder tackles these questions in Life After Google. He believes a new cyber world is almost upon us....
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In 2017, Canadian-based social-media company Kik sold Kin, a token usable within and outside its native ecosystem. Late last year the SEC kiboshed the kibitzing and now the lawyers have drawn their swords. A Kik or a knife? This case could be fervently important to the unsettled token regulatory environment. The SEC has been flummoxed...
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Venture capital. It sounds so cool right? The phrase invokes images of Silicon Valley sharks and hotshot Stanford drop outs dueling over the soon-arriving billions from the next Apple or Google. The reality is different. First, venture capitalists are wrong most of the time. Only around 15% of venture-backed firms become superstars. That doesn’t mean...
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Trustwire Corporation is a Maryland company specializing in cybersecurity and encryption. Since launching its equity crowdfunding campaign on the WeFunder portal in December, Trustwire has garnered 112 investors and topped $100k in investments. You can find out more about Trustwire and their crowdfunding campaign at the link below. https://wefunder.com/trustwire
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One place where Washington politicians have worked together is small business capitalization and the nascent token economy. The regulatory space around digital tokens is befuddling. The Token Taxonomy Act (Act) (H.R. 7356) introduced by Reps. Warren Davidson (R-OH) and Darren Soto (D-FL)tries to sort the muddled mess. The Act amends the Securities Act of 1933...
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