Early Stage Fund Raising

Prevention of Fraud in Equity Crowdfunding

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 …

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Crowdfunding: Is it time for Australia to lead the world once again in Investor legislation

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 …

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Democratization of Capital will help to bridge the chasm for entrepreneurs

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 …

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Patronage, transperancy and investment crowdfunding

    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.  

Investor or Equity Crowdfunding From Pitch to Execution with Paul Niederer

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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Investors need to consider investing in stocks productively

Reading Bob Gottliebsen’s article on investing in shares in Business Spectator should have got you thinking. To an investor what does”Investing Productively” mean? Bob picked up the theme of my talk based on a blog post on capitalunderdogs which was that investing by individuals today is predominantly driven by charts, numbers, spreadsheets and stock picking software …

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Startups live shorter lives, need less money and good google results

Today’s startups look to … have a shorter life require less funds than previously be more transparent with google, as past and future stakeholders can be checked out have found that private equity from platforms like ASSOB and Angelsoft are often a better match than venture capitalists will have more rather than fewer individual investors. …

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