Category Archives: JOBS Act

Is JOBS Act 3.0 About to Become Reality?

Investment crowdfunding may finally get the fixes that advocates have long called for. On Wednesday, a sweeping collection of bipartisan bills known collectively as the JOBS Act 3.0 passed the House of Representatives with broad support. The package now moves to the Senate. Sponsored by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Ranking […]

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For Regulation Crowdfunding, a Glass Half Full

Two years ago today, Regulation Crowdfunding went into effect with a promise to transform the investment landscape for entrepreneurs as well as investors. So how’s it working out? In the first two years, 910 businesses have used the Regulation Crowdfunding exemption (aka Title III of the JOBS Act) which allows them to raise up to […]

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Women Founders Are Benefiting From Crowdfunding, but Where are the Women Investors?

Investment crowdfunding is beginning to fulfill its promise of democratizing investment and access to capital. While women entrepreneurs are still outnumbered by men on most crowdfunding sites, their ranks are steadily growing. At Republic, a Regulation Crowdfunding portal that emphasizes women-owned ventures, 8 out of 13 businesses currently raising capital are women-owned. And on investibule, […]

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Will Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Reg A Inspire?

If you were vacationing in late August, you might have missed a notable milestone in the young annals of crowd investing: the IPO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, which raised $30 million in four weeks using Regulation A+. Not only is it one of the best known brands and social enterprises to date […]

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Will Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Reg A Inspire?

If you were vacationing in late August, you might have missed a notable milestone in the young annals of crowd investing: the IPO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, which raised $30 million in four weeks using Regulation A+. Not only is it one of the best known brands and social enterprises to date […]

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Crowdfunding and The Investment Company Act of 1940

One of the bugbears of investment crowdfunding is the fact that the laws do not allow special purpose vehicles—legal structures that allow investors to be pooled into a single entity, which streamlines investor communications and management. You also cannot crowdfund an investment fund. That said, there are exceptions to every rule. Real estate crowdfunding platforms […]

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Crowdfunding and The Investment Company Act of 1940

One of the bugbears of investment crowdfunding is the fact that the laws do not allow special purpose vehicles—legal structures that allow investors to be pooled into a single entity, which streamlines investor communications and management. You also cannot crowdfund an investment fund. That said, there are exceptions to every rule. Real estate crowdfunding platforms […]

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As Regulation Crowdfunding Turns One, Progress For Women and Minority Entrepreneurs

As its first full year draws to a close, Regulation Crowdfunding is making progress in breaking down barriers to capital for a wide range of entrepreneurs. But the flow of capital to women, minorities and rural entrepreneurs who stand to benefit the most from the new law is still just a drop in the bucket. […]

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The JOBS Act at 5: A Progress Report

The fifth anniversary of the signing of the JOBS Act marks a significant milestone. For the first time, we can begin to take the full measure of the law, now that all of its six provisions have gone into effect. So how is it living up to its promise to channel more capital to the […]

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These New Crowdfunding Sites Seek Social as Well as Financial Returns

When the JOBS Act was signed into law, it was hailed as a major step in democratizing finance and opening up new pools of capital for small businesses, especially those run by women, minorities and social entrepreneurs who have traditionally struggled to raise funding. For the first time, everyone could be an impact investor. So […]