Topic: crowdfunding

Is Crowdfunding the Best Way to Raise Money for My Startup? (Spoiler Alert: Probably Not)

Excited about the arrival of crowdfunding? You shouldn’t be, writes Brian Korn of law firm Pepper Hamilton: “When compared to other forms of private placements, crowdfunding is not a feasible option.” He explains: “Crowdfunding began with the concept of small enterprises engaging in online capital-raising through social media and raising funds from people they did… Read more »

Entrepreneurs: Raising Money to Fund Your Business? You Should Know…

Raising capital for your business isn’t your full-time job. But it’s one of the most important… Here are five recent updates that can help you do it right, from lawyers on JD Supra: Finders May Pose Risk in Private Capital Raising (Venable LLP): “Entrepreneurs, company executives, and private equity fund sponsors with a growing enterprise,… Read more »

Funding Your Startup: You Should Know…

“You’ve even formed a company to develop your concept into a working technology. Now what? You’ll need money to support yourself, recruit a team, rent space, obtain equipment, and build your technology.” (Ervin Cohen & Jessup) Entrepreneurs know that a great business idea doesn’t get very far without funding. But what to know about funding… Read more »

Considering Crowdfunding For Your Startup? Consider This First…

Signed into law earlier this year, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act promises to make capital raising easier for small and emerging growth businesses by loosening important regulatory restrictions on private and public equity offerings. The “crowdfunding exemption” (one of the most anticipated changes in the law) will allow businesses to raise up to… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – Apr 2012

What’s on your mind? The California Supreme Court ruling on Brinker, social media in the workplace, the National Labor Relations Board poster rule, plus a range of other small business-related legal topics. For your (re)reading pleasure, here’s a look at the most-read Small Business Support posts over the past month: 1. Brinker Ruling: 5 Lunchtime… Read more »

Crowdfunding Has Arrived! What This Actually Means for Startups…

[Link: Crowdfunding: What Is It? Who Will Use It? Is It Worth the Hype? – LXBN] The “crowdfunding exemption” is one of the most talked-about provisions of President Obama’s new Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. In short, the exemption allows startups and smaller issuers to raise funds through social media via small contributions from many individuals… Read more »

How Will The JOBS Act Help Smaller Businesses? Here Are 5 Ways

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which will help small businesses and emerging growth companies raise capital and go public: “The provisions of the JOBS Act represent a watershed change to the laws and regulations governing capital raising for private companies. Some of the provisions –… Read more »

Obama’s JOBS Act: Legal Analysis & Commentary

“Come together, right now, over…” JOBS! In late March, both Congressional chambers overwhelmingly voiced their support for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The bill, which President Obama signed into law on April 5, 2012, contains a variety of measures that will ease barriers for companies seeking to raise money and go public. For… Read more »

Crowdfunding Bill Moves Closer to Law

On March 22, 2012, the US Senate passed its own version of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act by a vote of 73-26. That’s good news for entrepreneurs and business owners, because it represents a major step toward loosening restrictions on the ability to raise capital, in particularly through the practice known as crowdfunding.… Read more »

House Passes Jobs Legislation; Crowdfunding Rules Eased

With broad bipartisan support, the House passed on Thursday the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.” The Act contains a number of measures designed to assist startups and small businesses, including in particular the removal of SEC restrictions on crowdfunding. From the Washington Post: “The House bills passed Thursday would make it easier for small businesses… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – Feb 2012

For your (re)reading pleasure, a roundup of the top 10 most-read posts from last month, on social media in business, forming and structuring companies, labor and employment issues, financing a company, drafting contracts, reducing taxes, and … the federal ban on cell phone use by commercial drivers: 1.Social Media in Business: 8 Steps to Legal… Read more »

Funding a Small Business: 7 Financing Sources to Consider

Bank loans, crowdfunding, venture capital, and more: entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their businesses have multiple options. In the end, however, there are only two kinds of money: debt, which is borrowed, and equity, which is traded for ownership of the company. To help you determine which is right for your company, here’s a… Read more »

Will Crowdfunding Supporters Be Disappointed When Legislation (Finally) Arrives?

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, chances are you’re following the progress of draft crowdfunding legislation currently pending before Congress. The lawyers at Davis Wright Tremaine are too. So far, they’re not particularly impressed: “I think crowdfunding is a great idea in concept, but I am afraid that crowdfunding enthusiasts are going to… Read more »

Crowdfunding & Startup Capital: A Look at Legislative Initiatives to Ease Restrictions

“There has been a lot of talk recently about a phenomenon called crowdfunding, a new type of fundraising that relies on social media and the Internet to raise small amounts of capital from large numbers of individuals. Despite the talk, crowdfunding remains impermissible under the securities laws absent a costly registration with the SEC and… Read more »

Startup Financing: SEC Sending Mixed Signals with ‘Bad Actor’ Rule?

We hate to be the ones to rain on your parade, but after yesterday’s sunny outlook on legislative and regulatory efforts to loosen restrictions on crowdfunding, we couldn’t help but notice an update today highlighting a different signal from the Securities and Exchange Commission: its proposed new “bad actor” rules that appear to contradict the… Read more »