Thanks to Title III of the JOBS Act, for the first time in history, creators can let fans in and literally own a piece of the successful projects. True equity crowdfunding for all investors, regardless of income or net worth, was authorized by Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012.
My point here is simple: when stupid idea after stupid idea attracts investors, it’s a forward indication that a market is too frothy. When a market sees repeated examples of industry participants making things up, it’s a forward indication that a market has become dangerous.
Observations about the Title III (Regulation CF) crowdfunding market, 10 weeks into the launch of this new asset class:
Observations about the Title III (Regulation CF) crowdfunding market, ten weeks into the launch of this new asset class.
Stratifund currently rates fifty Title III (Regulation CF) offerings and five Title IV (Regulation A+) offerings. Both exemptions, derived from the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, allow all investors, non-accredited as well as accredited, to participate. Stratifund uses a proprietary algorithm, based on five broad criteria, to rate offerings on a scale of 0 to 5.
David Drake takes a break from a world tour on behalf of Soho Loft to talk with Chris Cahill about why debt crowdfunding will gain ground in the US and elsewhere over the rest of 2016, to the extent that some platforms will switch from equity offerings to debt offerings.
Stratifund aggregates and rates Title III (Regulation CF) and Title IV (Regulation A+) crowdfunding offerings, pulling from 9 different funding portals and broker-dealer platforms. Stratifund currently lists 44 Title III offerings and rates 39 of them; and it lists and rates 6 Title IV offerings.
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 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.
When “true” equity crowdfunding launched on May 16, 2016, Wefunder led the new asset class with 10 Title III offerings. Within a few days it added 11 more offerings. No other funding portal that I know of has half as many Title III offerings as Wefunder.