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Is Financial Disclosure for Crowdfunding Companies Too Expensive?

Published on Dec. 18, 2013 by Kim Wales at Crowdfund Insider

Efforts to influence the final proposed rule for Financial Disclosure (Section 4A(b)(1)(D)), requires “a description of the financial condition of the issuer,” in which regulators have requested comments from the public for the Final Proposed Crowdfunding Rules released on October 23, 2013. Industry pioneers, like Ryan Feit, CEO of SeedInvest, and myself, are exploring options for the industry to consider including a cost benefit analysis of the proposed rules.

Scoot Networks on SeedInvest

Published on Nov. 19, 2013 by Joanne Wilson at Gotham Gal

Crowd funding has changed the investment world. Not only has everything become more transparent but people who did not see interesting deal flow come across their desk can access crowd funding platforms daily to see the latest and greatest.

New Crowdfunding Rules: The good and bad news for entrepreneurs and investors

Published on Oct. 29, 2013 by J.D. Harrison at The Washington Post

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s newly proposed crowdfunding rules span a whopping 585 pages, so naturally, it took experts and analysts the better part of a few days to wade through all the details in the text. Now that the dust is beginning to settle, it’s clear that the proposal included some good news and some not-so-good news for those waiting to take advantage of the new rules, which would allow entrepreneurs to raise small amounts of capital from lots of people through new online funding portals.

A Year Late, S.E.C. Weighs in With 585 Pages of Crowdfunding Rules

Published on Oct. 28, 2013 by Robb Mandelbaum at The New York Times

The day before the Securities and Exchange Commission voted last week to propose rules to implement the crowdfunding section of last year’s JOBS Act, advocates on both sides of the issue — those favoring investor protection and those eager to make it easier for companies to raise capital — appeared to fear the worst.

SEC Moves Ahead With ‘Crowdfunding’ Proposal

Published on Oct. 25, 2013 by Andrew Ackerman at Wall Street Journal

Startups and entrepreneurs could soon reach larger numbers of potential investors through investment websites under “crowdfunding” rules proposed by federal regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission, in a 5-0 vote, outlined a plan aimed at helping startup companies sell shares online, allowing them to pool together small amounts of capital from ordinary investors.

SEC introduces, unanimously approves crowdfunding proposals

Published on Oct. 24, 2013 by J.D. Harrison at The Washington Post

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday formally proposed new rules that would allow entrepreneurs to raise capital from anyone in the country through online investment portals. The new rules, which were approved unanimously by the five-member commission and now enter a three-month comment period, would give companies the green light to start widely selling securities through what are known as crowdfunding portals.

SEC Issues New Regs For Crowdfunding; Panel Comments Live

Published on Oct. 24, 2013 by Devin Thorpe at Forbes

Today the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve its first rules under Title III of the 2012 JOBS Act governing crowdfunding. Experts Jilliene Helman of Realty Mogul, a crowdfunding site for real estate investments, Doug Ellenoff, a securities lawyer specializing in crowdfunding law, Jason Best, who was instrumental in the passage of the JOBS Act and attending the signing ceremony at the White House on April 5, 2012, Ryan Feit of SeedInvest, and Bill Clark of MicroVentures will join me for a live discussion and instant reaction to the proposed rules at noon Eastern today, October 23, 2013.

SEC Proposes Crowdfunding Rules

Published on Oct. 23, 2013 by Marielle Segarra at CFO

The Securities and Exchange Commission finally released its proposed rule governing crowdfunding, but final approval is unlikely this year. Nearly a year and a half after the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, the SEC voted today to propose rules governing crowdfunding. The rules, if adopted, will allow companies to raise up to $1 million every 12 months from non-accredited investors. Firms that use crowdfunding can only complete transactions through federally regulated funding portals.

Crowdfunding Site Makes it Easier For Startups to Stand Out

Published on Oct. 7, 2013 by Michelle Goodman at Entrepreneur

Ryan Feit and James Han wanted their crowdfunding site to be more than a listing service for startups in search of cash. So when the former investors launched New York City-based SeedInvest in February, they handpicked the companies they wanted to include. The idea was to make it easier for startups to stand out from the crowd and give accredited investors the highest caliber of companies from which to choose.

Crowdfunding: The Disruptor's Disruptor

Published on Aug. 15, 2013 by Meir Kahtan at Ivey Business Journal

Recently, a company called SeedInvest, an online platform designed to make it easier for investors to identify their ideal startups, was launched. In short, they are making it possible to do online what has been done in person for a century or more. Due diligence, compliance and the funding process itself are all seamlessly completed online, so that investing in a startup is as simple as buying a stock through your online broker.

The 10 Most Important Crowdfunding Platforms

Published on Aug. 2, 2013 by Sarah Gill at StrategyEye

After its breakout year in 2012, crowdfunding services continue to curry favour. Crowdfunding platforms, led by companies like Kickstarter that offer perks in exchange for cash, are expected to generate USD3bn this year, double last year’s total. The long-anticipated rubber-stamping of President Obama’s JOBS Act in the US is expected to spark an explosion in services that offer equity for would-be investors’ dollars.

Crowdfunding 101: How to talk to new investors

Published on Aug. 1, 2013 by Elaine Pofeldt at Crain's New York Business

When Jamie Rosen raised money for DietBetter, a startup he runs in Manhattan, he expected the investors he found to have lots of questions for him, and maybe even want to meet in person. "People want to kick the tires," said Mr. Rosen, who has raised money for several other Internet startups.

SEC Fund Advertising Rules a Boon for Crowdfunders

Published on July 18, 2013 by Dan Lonkevich at TheStreet

Operators of online equity crowdfunding platforms may be the first to benefit from the rules approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 10 that will allow general solicitation and advertising in private placement financings.

SeedInvest Aims to Fix 'Broken' Startup Funding Process

Published on July 5, 2013 by Penny Crosman at American Banker

Angel: an attendant, agent or messenger of God. It seems an oddly spiritual way to describe a class of investor. But for entrepreneurs trying to catch a break, the word may feel apt. According to Investopedia, angel investors, who fund early stage startups, give more favorable terms than other lenders. "They are focused on helping the business succeed, rather than reaping a huge profit from their investment. Angel investors are essentially the exact opposite of a venture capitalist."

SeedInvest Raises $1M To Help Angels Invest Online–Privately

Published on June 28, 2013 by Lora Kolodny at The Wall Street Journal

A crowdfunding platform called SeedInvest is betting that investors want a little privacy as they review and back promising startups online. The site recently rolled out SeedInvest Groups, a feature that lets managers of angel groups invite members to review deals and fund companies without doing so in the view of industry onlookers.

SeedInvest aims to play well with angels

Published on June 28, 2013 by Kent Bernhard Jr. at Upstart Business Journal

With a new set of tools, crowdfunding platform SeedInvest is looking to make startup investing as easy as buying a share of Microsoft. The New York company now has $1 million to work more on the platform, thanks to a fund-raising round.

The Most Comprehensive Guide to the SA Startup Landscape Ever

Published on June 14, 2013 by Martin Carstens at Ventureburn

You have just arrived on South Africa’s startup scene, you’re lost and not sure where to start, or what to do next. You have inherited millions and you’re looking to invest through an Angel Network and its safety in numbers. Your company is great but your growth strategy is a bit lacking.

Startup Stock Exchange: Global Market for Startup Investing Set to Launch

Published on June 6, 2013 by Staff Writer at VentureBurn

On 10 June 10, 2013, the Startup Stock Exchange (SSX) will open its marketplace for startup investing and funding. On SSX, investors of any level can buy shares of vetted startup companies, and shares are traded freely — investors can buy or sell anytime and control their own account. For startups and small businesses, SSX is a compelling way to raise funds.

22 Crowdfunding Sites (and How To Choose Yours!)

Published on June 1, 2013 by Eric Markowitz at Inc.

It's not just Kickstarter anymore. Here's a road map.Crowdfunding used to be pretty simple. Artists, inventors, and filmmakers posted their ideas, and funders chipped in a few bucks to make something happen. Kickstarter, the site that triggered the crowdfunding movement, was the cornerstone. In three years, the site has helped launch more than 95,000 projects.

4 Things Your Startup Needs to Attract Venture Capital

Published on May 6, 2013 by Elisha Hartwig at Mashable

So you've finally finished developing your product or service, flushed out your business model, and you're ready to dive head first into your new business venture — but how the heck do you raise enough capital to get started? Taking venture capital is one way to secure the funds necessary for starting your business. According to recent statistics from Reuters, venture capital firms invested over $4 billion dollars in startups in 2012, and more than $900 million was invested in the first quarter of 2013.

How Cos. Can Prep for Crowdfunding

Published on May 3, 2013 by Marielle Segarra at CFO

As companies wait for the Securities and Exchange Commission to finalize the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act rules, they may be eager to pounce on equity-based crowdfunding. Once the SEC writes the rules, businesses will be able to raise up to $1 million from non-accredited investors and use general solicitation to secure funding from accredited investors, such as hedge funds and angel groups. But they will have to carefully consider the way they approach crowdfunding, particularly from non-accredited investors.

Amidst Employment Anxiety, Are the JOBS Act Haters Justified?

Published on May 1, 2013 by Ross Kenneth Urken at TheStreet

The first anniversary of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act brought unbridled criticism of its shortcomings, but those defending the initiative say it's still too early to appraise and, as the case may be, condemn. After all, the august plan to allow companies engaged in private offerings to solicit funds publicly has had no implementation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on two main parts--Title II, which allows general solicitation of accredited investors, and Title III, which allows for the solicitation of non-accredited investors

13 crowdfunding platforms that are shaping 2013

Published on April 30, 2013 by Jacques Coetzee at memeburn

It’s been roughly a year since the JOBS act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) was put in place allowing certain regulations and securities encouraging crowdfunding or micro-financing in the US. From crowdsourcing t-shirts, education or even people, entrepreneurs have adapted to the changing scenery of investment innovations. 2012 was the year of Kickstarter as more than 500-million dollars have been pledged to fund almost 40 000 projects on this popular crowdfunding site. Are the recent crowd-based enterprises just an inevitable post-fad ripple effect? Or are they future symptoms possible of disrupting traditional concepts of finance, markets or economics?

SeedInvest Bridges Angels, VCs, Crowdfunding

Published on April 16, 2013 by Kent Bernhard Jr. at Upstart Business Journal

Some have said that crowdfunding will somehow replace angel investors or venture capitalists. Ryan Feit doesn't see it that way, and it's not how SeedInvest, the New York City crowdfunding site he co-founded, is operating in its first few weeks.

DietBet.com Crowdfunds $308K on SeedInvest

Published on April 12, 2013 by Press Release at CBS Money Watch

DietBet.com, the social dieting company, has raised $308,000 in bridge funding through equity crowdfunding platform, SeedInvest. DietBet is the second company to meet its funding initiatives on SeedInvest in the last month. The company launched in February 2013 and has more than 400 active accredited investors and more than 300 companies on its platform.

Ryan Feit to Present at The Soho Loft Innovative Investing Symposium

Published on March 27, 2013 by Press Release at Yahoo! Finance

SeedInvest CEO and Co-Founder, Ryan Feit, will deliver a presentation and moderate a panel at The Soho Loft Innovative Investing Symposium on April 3, 2013 in Boston, MA. Mr. Feit will be presenting a case study highlighting the successful equity-crowdfunding initiative by StearClear in which the company oversold its fund raise by 40% in just 5 days on SeedInvest. He will also be moderating a panel entitled "Optimal Outcomes for the Equity Crowdfunding Investor and How to Get There."

SeedInvest Responds to Steve Rattner

Published on March 5, 2013 at Fortune

FORTUNE -- Steve Rattner has angered a crowd. In a New York Times column Monday, Rattner, a contributor to the Times' Opinion Pages, took a swing at the JOBS Act, particularly the portion relating to crowdfunding.

StearClear Crowdfunds $140K on SeedInvest in 5 Days

Published on March 5, 2013 by Chris Capra at Yahoo! Finance

Equity crowdfunding platform SeedInvest, which launched just last month, already has its first funding success story. StearClear, the app-based designated driver service, raised $140,000 in capital in just 5 days on SeedInvest. The round was oversubscribed by 40% utilizing SeedInvest’s groundbreaking platform that provides accredited, angel investors access to high-quality, curated investment opportunities.

Interested in crowdfunding? 5 priceless pieces of advice

Published on Feb. 25, 2013 at CNN Money

Investing successfully in startups takes more than a pocketful of cash. That's the message venture capitalists and securities regulators hope to transmit to those interested in equity-based crowdfunding, a new form of investing currently awaiting regulatory approval.

SeedInvest Mentioned in The Wall Street Journal

Published on Feb. 21, 2013 at The Wall Street Journal

On game shows like “American Idol” or “Dancing With The Stars,” industry pros judge performers, and largely determine their fate. But audience members who use the show’s mobile voting systems can tip the scales in favor of a given competitor.

Crowdfunding Is About Creating Jobs For The Right People

Published on Feb. 20, 2013 at Forbes

Crowdfunding is not just about creating jobs, it is about creating jobs for the right people. In April of 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, authorizing crowdfunding of equity and debt for the sake of creating jobs. The more time I spend studying crowdfunding and working with the leaders in the crowdfund community, the clearer it becomes that not only will crowdfunding create jobs, it will create jobs in the right places.

Crowdfunding: Waiting for the Investor Pool to Deepen

Published on Feb. 5, 2013 at Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Entrepreneurs rejoiced in April, when President Obama signed legislation letting small businesses solicit mom-and-pop investors for funding. Small business owners started preparing for an influx of investment. Web portals for managing the sale of shares in private companies sprung up overnight.

Top 10 Crowdfunders of 2013

Published on Jan. 31, 2013 at Forbes

Details of the JOBS Act are still being worked out. That said, here are my leading picks for this year. I’ll do a follow-up post in a month’s time to offer additional up-and-coming crowdfunding organizations.

Rich Man's Crowd Funding

Published on Jan. 15, 2013 at Forbes

Private Equity, funds, angel networks and broker dealers are embracing the technology underpinning crowdfunding with its standards of deal presentation and distribution channels to potential investors.

SeedInvest Speaking at TiE NY Event with David Rose of Gust

Published on Jan. 15, 2013 at TiE New York

Come and learn from our panel of crowdfunding experts how you may soon be able to use crowdfunding to fund your startup. Those interested in investing in crowdfunding, starting a crowdfunding portal, creating other products and services related to crowdfunding would also greatly benefit from this event.

Crowdfunding: Where Should You Invest?

Published on Dec. 13, 2012 at Huffington Post

Whilst the obvious answer is in a good business, good idea and a good team; this blog explores that this is an obvious trap. The simple answer to where to invest is follow the team and whilst this is the stable advise from any venture and PE house, should and does the same apply for those looking at using their hard earned money to invest in emergent, early or growth businesses using a crowd funding platform?

SeedInvest Presenting at NY Business Expo 2012

Published on Nov. 1, 2012 at StartOut

StartOut invites you to join us as we participate at the NY Business Expo starting on November 14th. The Expo is a disruptive and interactive B2B trade show that focuses on showcasing innovative products and services from startups and small businesses.

SeedInvest Speaks at the Mobile Venture & Angel Conference

Published on Oct. 24, 2012 at CrowdHut

SeedInvest sat on the crowdfunding panel at the FundingPost Mobile Venture & Angel Conference on October 17th. It was the event to be seen and heard as investors, startups, service providers, and press in mobile technology gathered to hear leading experts from various segments of the mobile industry.

Top Ten Crowdfunding Platforms – Choose the best Crowdfunding platform for your startup

Published on Oct. 10, 2012 at Inkkle

With seed capital for startups getting difficult to find by the day,many Entrepreneurs are looking at crowdfunding platforms to raise funding for their startups. What is Crowdfunding? It describes the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their resources, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.

SeedInvest to Present at Startup California Event

Published on Sept. 25, 2012 at StartupCircle

We've teamed up with StartupAmerica to add a new event on a topic that we've all been wanting to learn more about! At the same time that we hear about the lack of angel investments and venture capital, we're seeing some amazing results from entrepreneurs that turn to Internet crowdfunding sites.

Crowdfunding could be a $6.2 Billion US market in 2013

Published on Aug. 10, 2012 at Crowdfunding Professional Association

Crowdfunding could be a $6.2 Billion US market in 2013, CfPA Chair Sherwood Neiss told participants at a live webinar today sponsored by New York’s General Assembly. More than 100 participants heard Mr. Neiss and Ryan Feit, co-founder and CEO of SeedInvest, LLC, provided an overview of crowdfund investing and other forms of crowdfunding in a program called “Essentials of Crowdfunding.”

Top 10 Crowdfunding Platforms

Published on July 16, 2012 at TriplePundit

Whether he knew it or not, President Obama created a brand new industry when he signed the JOBS act into law on April 5th. Up until now, it’s been illegal for private businesses to offer equity to anyone other than accredited investors in exchange for funding.

SeedInvest Working To Jumpstart Equity Crowdfunding

Published on July 3, 2012 at Crowdfund Mafia

Ryan Feit is the CEO and co-founder of SeedInvest, an equity-based crowdfunding platform. As a highly involved player in the recent signing of the JOBS Act, he shares his advice and thoughts about what the legislation means for America and for the world.

6 Investments More Fun Than Stocks

Published on June 20, 2012 at MSN Money

A lot of work, little reward Are you tired of seeing your stocks jump up and down month after month but end up about where they started? Are you fed up with trying to dissect not just company data, but arcane matters like Greek politics, Spanish banking rules or obscure Fed moves like "Operation Twist"?

SeedInvest rides rise of crowdsourced equity funding

Published on May 1, 2012 at Flying Kite

"There's no question," says Ryan Feit, founder of SeedInvest, "entrepreneurs are a job creation engine." SeedInvest, which won third place at Philly Startup Weekend 3.0, is perfectly timed to rise from newly enacted legislation that changes 80 year old securities laws. Feit graduates from Wharton with an MBA in just a few weeks, but is already on a fast track to becoming a major player in finance.