Capital Raising

The Veronica Mars film crowdfunding raise has added a new “charity” dimension to it’s progress so far.  A recap first though starting with the Kickstarter raise. Kristen Bell’s / Veronica Mars charity raise follows. Story: Veronica Mars was a TV show that aired between 2004 to 2007; Kristen Bell played the title character. The show developed a [...]

This post is inspired by a quote from Dr Richard Swart. He is a globally recognized authority on crowdfunding, equity crowdfunding and crowdfund investing. He directs the University of California, Berkeley research program studying crowdfunding and innovation. Recently he hosted an event where five years of statistics from the ASSOB equity crowdfunding platform were presented in the form [...]

After 300 or so raises on the ASSOB Equity Crowdfunding platform it may be valuable to others to understand what processes are in place to prevent fraud. Since 2005 there have been zero cases of fraud. Firstly though what is Fraud? Usually any definitions of fraud include statements like …   an untrue statement of [...]

Just because someone has money (an Accredited Investor) doesn’t mean they know how to invest. Or that they can afford to lose it. It seems the way regulators assess investor eligibility is based on the fact they can “probably” afford to lose if the investment goes bad. Wouldnt it be better if the prospective investor [...]

James Eyers from the AFR has written a well balanced article on crowdfunding including investor crowdfunding in the Australian Financial Review’s “Capital Magazine” Read the article here! There is very little discussion in Australia about equity or investor crowdfunding. James makes the point that Section 708 has allowed a small crowd (limit 20) to invest over [...]

In most countries getting a few mates to invest in your early stage business is expensive, time consuming and often restricted to those that meet income and asset criteria.   The rapidly growing movement for the democratization of capital formation hopes to level the field for both investors and entrepreneurs while increasing engagement, equality and [...]

“I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Niederer, CEO of ASSOB, the world’s largest equity or investor crowdfunding platform …..”  (Read more here)  What was interesting about this interview was that Jonathon walked me through a series of questions that attempted to trace the journey a new raising would take through our equity capital raising platform. ASSOB is by [...]

    Brian Knight from Crowdcheck reflected on a recent post I made. (<—Click this link to read about Patronage, transperancy and investment crowdfunding) In a recent piece Paul Niederer, the CEO of the Australian Small Scale Offering’s Board (and guest of the CrowdFundCast), argues that patronage serves as a motivation for many crowd investors.  

In this 40 minute video I’m interviewed by Jonny Sandlund of the Crowdcafe about some of the practical aspects of investor or equity based crowdfunding. Twenty five years ago, when the word “bulletin board” was used instead of a website and the word crowdfunding did not exist, Australian regulators passed legislation that allowed small businesses [...]

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