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David M. Freedman

About David M. Freedman

David M. Freedman retired in 2016 after 40 years as a financial and legal journalist. He is a coauthor (with Matthew R. Nutting) of Equity Crowdfunding for Investors: A Guide to Risks, Returns, Regulations, Funding Portals, Due Diligence, and Deal Terms (Wiley & Sons, NY, 2015). He also wrote Box-Making Basics, a woodworking book (Taunton Press, Newtown, CT, 1997). Dave is a member of the executive board of the Chicago Urban Bicycle Society.

Equity Crowdfunding Diversification and Planning

Equity Crowdfunding for the New Angel Investor

Discover how to plan your equity crowdfunding investments thoughtfully to navigate risk as a new angel investor.

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Great Lakes Investing

Investing in the Great Lakes Boom

Climate migration and water scarcity will lead to an economic boom for the Great Lakes Basin. Is Great Lakes investing the new revolution?

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Invest in Water

Investing in Water: Books to Get You Started

As water resources become scarce, a water boom may not be far off. Read these books to get smart about investing in water.

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Do early-stage startups like SAFE notes?

What is a SAFE Note and Does It Benefit Founders and Investors Alike?

What is a SAFE note, and why do startups and investors prefer them over convertible debt and other offered securities today?

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Basics of convertible debt offerings

The Basics of Convertible Debt Offerings Under Title III

Title III convertible debt offerings allow for not-yet-profitable startups to secure funding without valuation disagreements. But what about the investors?

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start-up bro CEO on the phone asking his broker what is an angel investor and what are the benefits of angel investing

What is an Angel Investor and What Motivates Angels to Invest?

What is an angel investor and what is it not? Learn the difference between angels and VCs, as well as the financial and nonfinancial benefits of angel investing.

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serious-faced lady talking on a smartphone, representing crowdfunding due diligence

Portals & Broker-Dealers: Comparing Types of Investment Intermediaries in Crowdfunding

Two investment intermediaries in equity crowdfunding, portals and broker-dealers, require different levels of due diligence. Which is right for you?

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two men sit at monitors, representing four types of private equity investments

Fundamentals of Corporate Structures and Their Effects on 4 Types of Equity Offerings

Four types of equity offerings issued by LLCs & corporations have benefits & drawbacks for investors. Learn about stock, LLC units and convertible debt.

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a tulip emerges, representing startup growth potential

3 Categories of Startup Growth Potential

There are three categories of startup growth: lifestyle, middle market and high-growth. Growth potential is the key for investors seeking high ROI.

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man juggles four dice, symbolizing rate adjusted return

‘Risk-Adjusted Return’ in a Nutshell

The risk-adjusted return (RAR) measures ROI relative to the risk of the investment. Learn 3 methods for calculating RAR and how to balance your risk.

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