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SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules: Is It The Win Everyone Hoped For?




Depending on who you are, upon hearing that the SEC has adopted final crowdfunding rules, you may either shriek with joy or shrug your shoulders and return to whatever was previously occupying your time.  Whichever camp you fall into, October 30, 2015 was the day to shriek or shrug as the SEC adopted, subject to […]

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SEC Gives VC and Smaller Private Fund Managers Limited Relief from Investment Adviser Registration




[Guest Post] By Keith S. Marlowe, Esq. Background Investment managers of private funds (“Private Fund Managers”) such as venture capital, private equity, real estate and hedge funds (i.e., funds not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Act”)) have been greatly concerned about the regulations in the Dodd-Frank Act requiring such […]

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Does Crowdfunding Work for Early Stage Growth Companies?




I guess crowdsourced funding or “crowdfunding” – as it seems to be known – has reached mainstream now that The Wall Street Journal (article), Knowledge@Wharton (article), TechCrunch (article) and The Economist (article) have all written articles on the topic.  The earliest article I found regarding crowdfunding was a Times article from 2008, so the concept […]

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Weighing In On The Debate Over Standardized Financing Documents




The topic of standardized angel or venture financing documents is is an old topic, for sure.  Most recently, Brad Feld weighed in on this issue back in March 2010 by valiantly offering to take on the task of drafting standardized financing documents, but following a post by his partner Jason Mendelson (along with probably millions of emails […]

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Apparently, Early Stage Investors Aren’t Endangered – Quite The Contrary!




You may recall my earlier post from a few weeks ago entitled “Are True Early Stage Investors An Endangered Species?”  After laying down some background, I took the position that super-angel funds and incubators/accelerators (e.g., Y Combinator, TechStars, DreamIt), had the best chance of solving the early stage funding gap and that capital efficiencies and […]

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Technically Philly: Friday Q&A – Gil Beyda of Genacast Ventures




Editor’s Note:  This post originally ran on Technically Philly and is re-purposed here with permission. Gil Beyda, originally from Los Angeles, has Dave Morgan to thank for bringing him to Philadelphia.  When Beyda and Morgan founded Real Media in 1995, they chose to locate the online ad serving company in Fort Washington because of the […]

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Dodd-Frank Bill Signed by Obama: Aspects of Individual Accredited Investor Tests Altered




On July 15, 2010, the U.S. Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act“).  On July 21st, President Obama signed this legislation into law.  As you may recall from my previous post on this issue, much concern surrounded this Act because of the proposed changes to the “accredited investor” qualifiers […]

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Are True Early Stage Investors an Endangered Species?




I think we can all agree that early stage investing has changed significantly over the past 10 years and I don’t see it reversing any time soon.  And by “changed significantly” I mean it is increasingly difficult to raise the $100K – $2M necessary to move from the pre-seed stage (where you likely raised $10-$100K from friends and […]

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Technically Philly: How DormNoise Founder Jay Rodrigues Raised $500,000 From His Dorm Room




Editor’s Note:  This post originally ran on Technically Philly and is re-purposed here with permission. Two years ago, DormNoise Founder and CEO Jay Rodrigues was fed up with Facebook before it was the cool thing to do.   As the Rhode Island-native was graduating high school and transitioning to life as a student at Wharton, he saw all […]

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Senators Try to Take Bulldozer to Early Stage Financing Landscape




As many of you know by now, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chair of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced the following bill on April 15, 2010 – “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010.”  This bill is currently being debated on the Senate floor.  The primary purpose of the bill, and the greater bulk of its 1,410 pages, is devoted to […]

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