SEC Votes to Lift General Solicitation Ban — Earlier today, the SEC voted 4-1 to lift the ban on general solicitation for private placements. The ruling creates a new kind of offering, called 506(c), that effectively allows companies (as well as hedge funds and other asset managers) to advertise private securities offerings to accredited investors. Congress mandated the SEC to lift the 80-year ban on general solicitation in Title II of the JOBS Act that passed in April 2012.
In brief, I’d say that the assessment was that big institutional investors are still key, but hat crowd-sourcing can do far more than just launch small cottage efforts, in some cases funds like Kiva run $18 million worth of directed financing. …. and some very impressive companies have emerged from this.
Crowdfunding Real Estate: A Q&A with Realty Mogul’s Jilliene Helman
Realty Mogul is a recently-launched real estate crowdfunding platform for accredited investors. Real estate crowdfunding is a relatively new form of crowdfunding, so we spoke with Jilliene Helman, Realty Mogul’s CEO, who was kind enough to tell us about her company and how it operates. Read on to find out!
Kickstarter-Funded ‘GoldieBlox’ Coming to Toys R Us
GoldieBlox, a Kickstarter-funded toy meant to encourage more young girls to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, is coming to the shelves of Toys R Us, America’s largest toy retailer.
James Franco on His ‘Palo Alto Stories’ Indiegogo Campaign
James Franco is not just an actor/director who recently appeared in the film Spring Breakers – he is also a published author whose book Palo Alto came out in June 2011. Now, Franco is combining his two passions to turn stories from his book into feature films, and he’s using crowdfunding to make it happen.
2013CF Crowdfunding Market: Software and Solutions Report
Massolution recently published the 2013CF Crowdfunding Market: Software and Solutions Report. It is a definitive guide to available crowdfunding software and solutions providers. This clear and concise report will guide you to the choices for building the platform you want, whether it is for donations, rewards, lending, equity, or royalty; whether it is a new site, an addition to an existing one, or a single campaign; whether you do it yourself or hire a provider.
The 2013CF Crowdfunding Market Analysis and Outlook Reports
Recently, Massolution released the 2013CF Crowdfunding Market Analysis and Outlook reports, providing comprehensive assessment of the crowdfunding industry and where it’s going. The two reports are based on the 2013CF Crowdfunding Industry Report, which was widely acclaimed and cited in prestigious publications.