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Three reasons why the new Australian regulatory framework for equity crowdfunding is the wrong approach for startups and millennials will leave it in the dust 

Sometimes regulators can’t see the trees for the forest. “Equity Crowdfunding” or CSEF is the  forest. It is a new area, countries worldwide are contriving regulations that are yet to be proven and have no track record of success as legislation or as a “forest”.  Australia, by copying something unproven and bettering it is a high …

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A Simple Equity Crowdfunding Fundability Evaluation Tool Revisited

So … how can you quickly and simply evaluate if an equity crowdfunding raise may fly? Meaning it will get investors. After overseeing 320 unaccredited investor equity crowdfunding raises totalling $142 million you get a good feel of what gets funded and what doesn’t. This is key to any successful equity crowdfunding platform. Having just one …

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Collaborative Investment – working with others to achieve the funding required to reach a shared goal

Collaborative Investment was once the domain of Kings, Dictators and Industrialists. Once upon a time, before the 18th century, large scale financial and infrastructure endeavours were the domain of royalty and dictators. Things changed with the Industrial Revolution. This took place from the mid-18th to early 19th century in certain areas in Europe and North America. Industrialisation shifted this power …

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Sky News Equity Crowdfunding – Matthew Pinter, Paul Niederer and Chris Gilbert

Matthew Pinter, Paul Niederer and Chris Gilbert were guests on Switzer this week on Sky News for an interview on Crowdfunding. While the panel primarily included equity crowdfunding or investment crowdfunding representatives pledge, reward and realty crowdfunding were also covered. Peter Switzer asked if we had come across any circumstances where smart alecs get involved …

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Holistic Equity Crowdfunding

If we look at regulatory implementations of the equity crowdfunding around the globe most are not holistic. Just because you have Equity Crowdfunding Regulations doesn’t mean you have Equity Crowdfunding. For the most part they are regulated with new regulations totally independent from the environment they are expected to operate in. In other words we …

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Hope’s role in Equity Crowdfunding

At a recent Angel Investor event I overheard an entrepreneur seeking capital ask an Angel Investor the following question. “What sectors do you specialise in when selecting investments?” The Angel Investor said he had no special preference as he was primarily after “anything that had enough in it to back up a 10 times return”. …

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Why equity crowdfunding for start-ups is right for Australia: Paul Niederer

This BRW article by Adir Shiffman inspired this post! “Why equity crowdfunding for start-ups is wrong for Australia: entrepreneur Adir Schiffman” Whenever I read “alternative investment class” and “crowdfunding” in the same sentence I get nervous. Having been invited and discussed equity crowdfunding with many overseas security regulators, including the U.S. SEC and FINRA, the …

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‘Small Scale’ Equity Offerings ARE Equity Crowdfunding Raises!

Australia’s ‘Small Scale Offerings’ legislation combined with our regulator ASIC’s ‘Class Order’ or exemption to the rules regarding the promotion of these types of equity offers is, inarguably the first equity crowdfunding legislation in the world. Both the Small Scale Offerings legislation that was enshrined into our Commonwealth Corporations Act in 2000 and the ASIC Class Order …

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Equity Crowdfunding is not an extrapolation of Reward Crowdfunding

Because reward crowdfunding came first most regulators are fashioning their equity crowdfunding legislation for unaccredited investors around the pathway and figures reward crowdfunding has trodden. They are two different animals though. 1) Reward crowdfunding is based on instant gratification (You get the DVD, watch, cooler etc as a reward) 2) Equity crowdfunding is based on …

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Learnings from $11.4 million of Equity Crowdfunding raises from mostly unaccredited investors

Success leaves clues. I wondered, what is “Best in Class” in raising funds from predominantly retail or unaccredited investors. Best way to find out was to look at 16 of the most successful, recent Startup equity raises on the ASSOB Equity funding Capital Raising platform. These 16 raised over 11 million dollars together on ASSOB. Most of …

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