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How to Invest and Live with Intent: Plant-Based Diets and a Cleaner Climate

Venture capital, family offices and CPG companies are pouring money into plant-based alternatives for meat, dairy and eggs. Increasingly, people under 40 display concern about their health, climate change and the environmental impacts of industrial livestock farming.


Evaluate Sponors of a Real Estate Investment

Trust me! How to Evaluate Sponsors of Real Estate Investments

The smart real estate investor’s checklist for Deal Sponsor diligence. When considering investing in a passive real estate deal, the qualities of the sponsor are arguably more important than the underlying real estate:


Ranking the Top Angel and VC Fund Managers (Part 1)

This review of top 10 lists of fund managers intends to help alternative investors select the right asset class to invest in and improve the performance of their portfolios.


Ranking the Top Angel and VC Fund Managers (Part ll)

A list based on data collected from publicly available sources and direct submissions from the firms themselves. Information like this can help investors lower costs, provide transparency and empower co-investment.


Private Equity, Venture Capital and Angel Investing – How Are They Different?

Welcome to the first installment of this column. My guiding principle will be to write about things I want my children and my parents to understand about the world of business, investing, finance and law.
For this first installment, I explain the difference between “VC” and “PE.”
There is no universally accepted definition of “venture capital” but the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition works well:


Who Should Invest in Seed-Stage Companies Under Reg A+?

Nobody, in our opinion, should invest in seed-stage companies that raise capital under Regulation A+. This new securities exemption, based on Title IV of the JOBS Act of 2012, is structured primarily for growth- and later-stage companies.


SAFE: Simple Agreement for Future Equity

Y Combinator, a well-known tech accelerator, created the SAFE (simple agreement for future equity) in 2013, and uses it to fund most of the seed-stage startups that participate in its three-month development sessions. With an emphasis on simple, this new equity security works for seed-stage startups.


The Rise (and Possible Fall) of Tech 2.0

If this year’s first-quarter numbers are any indication of things to come, the tech industry is looking at a major slowing of VC (venture capital) investing in new startups.  This trend started near the end of 2015, after investors began discovering that many of those tech startups were being overvalued. In an article published in […]


SAFE Discounts Should Be 50% At Least

The SAFE is like a warrant entitling investors to shares in the company, typically preferred stock, if and when there is a future liquidity event, i.e., if and when the company next raises “priced” equity capital, or is acquired, or files an IPO. Like convertible debt, SAFE deal terms can include valuation caps and share-price discounts, to give early (CF) investors a lower price per share than later (VC) investors or acquirers get for the same equity.


Crowdfunding Platform Profile: 99Funding

In this article I profile a pioneer in the securities crowdfunding world: 99Funding, a broker-dealer-affiliated funding platform that currently features Regulation D offerings (for accredited investors only) and plans to introduce Title III offerings this month.


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