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45 Crowdfunding Deals Rated by Stratifund

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wefunder Dominates Equity Crowdfunding

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.

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Crowdfunding Debt: A Study in Contrasts

Since the JOBS Act of 2012 first went into effect, senior commercial real estate debt – offered via real estate “crowdfunding” platforms – has emerged as a popular fixed-rate investment for accredited investors. These investments offer superior returns to Treasury bonds and other traditional fixed-rate vehicles, however, you may often notice a curious omission: There is no information about the lender.

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Stratifund Aggregates & Rates Equity Crowdfunding Deals

If you want to exercise your new right to invest in innovative startups and growing small businesses, where will you start — which funding portals will you visit to find the best offerings of private securities? For many people who have little or no experience evaluating angel investment opportunities, the best place to start is a website like Stratifund.

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The Basics of Convertible Debt

Many of the companies that sell securities via Title III crowdfunding portals, at least in the first year or two, will be early-stage startups with little or no history of profit or even positive cash flow. “In many cases, issuers can avoid thorny disagreements over valuation by offering hybrid securities known as convertible notes to crowdfunding investors”…

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Distinguishing Crowdfunding Portals and Broker-Dealer Platforms Under Title III

There are important distinctions between funding portals and broker-dealer platforms. Funding portals are a new type of intermediary created by Title III of the JOBS Act, while broker-dealers have been established market makers for many decades. A broker-dealer can be an individual or a company.

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Equity Crowdfinancing Risks & Returns

The potential rewards of angel investing are not just financial, though. There are also strategic benefits, which may include:

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What is Equity Crowdfinancing?

Crowdfunding, or crowdfinancing, is a method of collecting many small contributions, by means of an online funding platform, to finance or capitalize a popular enterprise. As crowdfunding is so new, there is much confusion in the marketplace about it—for example, many people still think of Kickstarter as the epitome of crowdfunding.

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