Archive for May, 2018

Congress just wound back Wall Street’s clock and throttled innovation

With financial deregulation headed to President Trump’s desk, more major banks will soon return to business as usual. Innovators will find it harder to compete, and Main Street will pay the price. Congress has just approved a bipartisan rollback of major banking regulations. This evening the House of Representatives passed a bill that cleared the […]

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Equity Crowdfunding Is Changing the Funding Landscape for Underrepresented Founders

The research findings are indisputable – diverse teams perform better. They create higher profitability, higher returns for investors, a faster pace to profitability and deliver overall better business performance. Despite the mounting evidence and calls for progress, particularly in Silicon Valley, the prospects remain dire for minority founders seeking traditional startup funding. In 2017, all-women founding teams […]

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Does Crowdfunding Work in Venture Capital?

Investors may wish they’d never heard the words “Reg A+”, a class of small stock offerings unleashed by a 2012 federal law dubbed the JOBS Act. These mini-IPOs have performed poorly, on average, and led to some alarming fraud allegations.  But Ryan Feit believes that profit-making prospects remain promising for deals done under the  other part of the JOBS Act, which enables crowdfunding. Feit […]

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Equity crowdfunding is eroding the best returns VC funds used to enjoy

There’s been a sea change in Series A investment rounds that has been gradually – but persistently – eating away at venture capital (VC) funds’ highest-ROI category investments, and the reason it’s happening may surprise you. According to Cooley’s VC trends, the median Series A valuation has moved up from $16.5 million to $23.0 million in just […]

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Crowdfunding Platform Wefunder Launches Results Page, Compares Investment Results to VCs & Comes Out on Top

Wefunder, an investment crowdfunding platform, has recently launched a results page that highlights the performance of securities sold on its platform.  When reviewing the 2013-2014 vintage, Wefunder investments top Venture Capital funds – by quite a lot. According to Wefunder, unrealized net gains for the 2013-2014 portfolio – investors earned an IRR of 53%. The top quartile of […]

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8 Keys To Crowdfunding Success For Social Entrepreneurs

Crowdfunding means different things to different people, but it almost always means raising money from the public. For social entrepreneurs, it is all about changing the world. There are lots of ways to change the world but only three relevant ways to crowdfund. Donations: while most often used by nonprofits, mission-focused entrepreneurs with a profit […]

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