Last year on June 19, 2013, we hosted our first crowdfunding meetup called “Crowdfunding Reinvents the Old Stock Exchange” and late adopters ignored the equity crowdfunding word. Not this past week.
You know crowdfunding is going mainstream when the:
- TMX Group, Canada’s most senior stock exchange recognizes crowdfunding as competition in its latest Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) for fiscal year 2013.
- TMX Group has announced they are operating a private marketplace following NASDAQ OMX announcement on March 6th.
- US SEC and FINRA are finally processing the public comments for the JOBS Act Title III which will effectively legalize crowd investing by non-accredited investors to virtually all kinds of private businesses through the internet.
- Ontario Securities Commission and other provincial securities regulator joined the stampede this past week inviting the public to comment on their proposed crowdfunding rules until June 18, 2014.
- Venture capitalists have injected more capital into equity funding platforms CircleUp $14 million and Realty Mogul $9 million.
Furthermore, the US JOBS Act will facilitate a pipeline of companies remaining private until mature enough to go public
- Title II (after 80 years) finally allows businesses to solicit or advertise fund raising to accredited investors using various social media and traditional marketing channels.
- Title IV Regulation A+ will allow companies raise up to $50 million “ lite IPO” or mini registration and Title V will increase shareholder count from 500 to 2,000 before becoming a reporting issuer. See earlier blog Crowdfunding Is Better Than You Think
So what do all these news mean to you?
If you are an Investor
Accredited or non-accredited, angels, other high net worth (HNW), or institutional investor, start looking for funding platforms that:
- conducts a comprehensive due diligence and vetting of businesses using its platform
- places a high priority on investor protection at optimal costs
- recruits proven management with appropriate skill sets to partner with issuers
- facilitates liquidity paths for investors prior to the bigger exit
- experienced in best practices in corporate governance and investor relations with publicly listed companies
- managed by people aligned with investors’ interest through co-investment
If you are a startup or early revenue stage business
While making your company investor ready, start looking for funding platforms that:
- places a high priority on educating the non-accredited investors on the various risks associated with a particular business before investing
- works with your management like partners from funding to exit
- encourages global syndication or collaboration with other platforms so you succeed in raising capital faster
- prepares your company to graduate to more senior capital exchanges
At Healthy Crowdfunder we are committed to the highest standards and best practices applied in the public capital markets at optimal costs.