Full-blown crowdfunding — which allows anybody to buy shares in any company on the internet — has attracted hype, but it’s still not here. There are good reasons for that.
New numbers from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters show venture-backed IPOs boomed in 2013, although M&A activity lagged.
The SEC finally presented, and unanimously approved, a long-awaited plan to let companies raise money on the internet from small investors. The plan is now open for public comments before a final version goes into effect.
SecondMarket made its name – and a lot of its money – as a forum for pre-IPO Facebook shares. Now, it’s betting on Bitcoin and other exotic investments to reclaim mojo; but its best opportunity may be as a service provider to a growing ranks of angel investors.
The JOBS Act, passed in 2012, is intended to lift regulation and make it easier for firms to raise money. A new part of the law just went into effect.
Investment platform Healthfundr aims to give health entrepreneurs another funding option while opening up health technology investing to a larger pool of people.
FundersClub, a website that lets investors back start-ups for as little as $1000, cleared an important regulatory hurdle when the SEC said its model is legal, in part because it is consistent with the Jobs Act.
Indiegogo, which is considering letting users of its platform give equity for funding, reckons the change will mostly benefit small businesses who want to raise cash from potential local customers