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Equity Crowdfunding Wakes Up Goliath

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crowdfunding-secondary-marketLast 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:

  1.  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.
  2.  TMX Group  has announced they are operating a private marketplace following  NASDAQ OMX announcement on March 6th.
  3.  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.
  4.  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.
  5.  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

 

  1. 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.
  2.  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.

 

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Top 10 Reasons Investors May Invest in Your Startup

By Antonio A Arias

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Raising capital is a work of art and science. You cannot do one without the other or neither one is more important than the other. It is logic and emotion combined. Other investors have their criteria, I have mine because I have gone through it myself at different stages in my career as a professional business manager in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. If you are raising capital, it is imperative you understand the investment criteria of your investor targets.

  1. Exit strategy –  you have exited before or you have a clear pathway to exit to return investors’ money with capital gains by a certain time.
  2. Market Problem – you have a huge underserved market with a chronic pain.
  3. Team – you have an extraordinary management team with the tract record and the killer instinct to win its sector.
  4. Product – you have a solution(s) to relieve your customers’ pains; not a solution looking for a problem
  5. Price – You have priced your product where the benefits far outweigh its cost.
  6. Competition – your team and your product possess unmatched competitive edge.
  7. Mission – you lead a mission driven company aligned with values striking a balance of social and financial returns.
  8. Relationship – you build and nurture a longer term relationship with all stakeholders – customers, employees, investors, and partners.
  9. Ownership – investors are aligned with your mission and proud to be part owners or passive partners of your business.
  10. Accelerator – you graduated from an accelerator or incubator group, or have core advisors that are market leaders.

If you are an investor or an entrepreneur what is most important to you and why? Your comments are much appreciated.

 

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Crowdfunding Course 101 in British Columbia?

By Antonio A Arias and Joy Case

KnowledgeSince the announcement of the JOBS Act in April 2012, we have hosted speaking events,  crowdfunding meetups and webinars focused on the why and what of crowdfunding.  After months of discussions with a recognized institution in British Columbia, we are now drafting a course outline.

Crowdfunding/ crowdsourcing is definitely going main stream.  On October 23, 2013, the US SEC regulators tabled the JOBS Act Title III proposed crowdfunding rules for public comment. In Canada each provincial securities regulators are jockeying up for the leadership position while awaiting a national holistic solution. Saskatchewan was first off the gate yesterday (Dec.6, 2013) when it legalized crowdfunding to non-accredited investors.

To offer courses, the challenge is who to please first. Our objective is to educate three principal audiences with respect to time savings and financial gains:

  1. small and medium size businesses (SMEs),
  2. investors, and
  3. professional service providers.

With technology advances, we can do more with less time, save money, and gain more revenues.

What is it about technology that changes everything?

Answer: It is all in the proprietary technology, which we will cover during the course. For those innovative early adopters, you are already experiencing it. We would like you to be our special guests too.

Our introductory course will be focused on the how to of  presales and equity crowdfunding.

We are targeting the following audience for these reasons:

Target Audience Reasons
Entrepreneurs contemplating on test marketing or preselling their prototypes. Portals are a good starting point to test market your minimum viable product (MVP) at lower investment costs.
Entrepreneurs contemplating equity crowdfunding Equity financing involves all business school disciplines: marketing (IR/PR, social/traditional media), finance/accounting, securities law, human resources, psychology/sociology, arts and science, among others.
Investors – speculators, strategic, angels, venture capitalists, private equity funds,  institutional Financing ecosystem will converge from angel, VC, PE, secondary trading, all the way to liquidity events by M&A or going public.Information technology has created a flatter world. If we break down silos or information gatekeepers dividing investor groups, we can all profit more efficiently.
Securities regulators, securities lawyers Technology replaces archaic systems and still provides protective measures to investors while facilitating capital flow.
Professional  service providers (finance/analysts/ accountants, marketing IR/PR social media, securities lawyers) Understand how technology has made our jobs so much easier and how you can provide more value added services to clients.
Traditionalists Technology does not replace everything but enhances our productivity.  Find out how it complements your current practices.

Call to Action:

Here are our draft Learning Outcomes (Duration: Two six hour Saturday sessions)

  1. Understand the 4 types of crowdfunding; historical and current practices
  2. Understand how technology has enhanced financing and marketing practices
  3. Identify and analyse best practices for successful crowdfunding campaigns
  4. Gain experience producing and marketing video for investment pitches
  5. Research and analyse social media marketing and public relations for campaigns
  6. Understand how crowdfunding and crowdsourcing  are used as market research and predictive analytics
  7. Integrating online and offline finance and marketing practices

We plan to host a series of courses and your inputs will allow us to deliver a better service.  If you identify yourself as one of the above audiences, what would you like to learn from our introductory crowdfunding course?

Your comments or inquiries are valuable to us. Please contact us through this blog or via our Twitter handles; @HealthVCFunder for Antonio and @FundItTV for Joy.

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Healthy Crowdfunder Collaborates with British Columbia Investment Capital Branch

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To Offer 30% Tax Credit to New BC Investors 

Vancouver, British Columbia – Healthy Crowdfunder Corp (“HCC”) is pleased to announce that the Company has been registered (Registration No. 30965) as an Eligible Business Corporation (EBC) under section 28.2 of The Province of British Columbia’s Small Business Venture Capital Act.

The Equity Authorization will allow HCC to raise equity capital directly from eligible Investors   who are BC residents or taxable corporations. Individuals who purchase shares of HCC are eligible to receive a refundable tax credit equal to 30% of their investment amount, up to a maximum of $60,000 in credits per taxation year. Corporations may only deduct the tax credits from their BC taxes otherwise payable under the BC Income Tax Act. There is no annual limit on the tax credit for corporations; however, the credits are non-refundable.

The 30% tax credits are offered on a first come – first serve basis, as part of a limited government allocation and it is expected that they will be fully allocated by the end of October 2013. Investments in Healthy Crowdfunder are also fully RRSP eligible.  A BC resident investing $10,000 and transferring the securities to his RRSP at the top marginal rate is saving $7,370 for a net investment of $2,630.

InvestmentRRSP deduction at 43.7% marginal rate

Tax refund at 30%

$10,000

(4,370)

(3,000)

Total tax savingsNet investment at risk

7,370

$2,630

CEO Antonio Arias noted: “The BC Venture Capital Act is a progressive program allowing us to develop and offer our crowdfunding and crowdsourcing services to the huge healthcare ventures in the US and Canada. The completion of the platform will facilitate the introduction of members – health ventures, investors, service providers, and customers – resulting in more efficient flow of capital and other resources. Technology is advancing at exponential rate. The traditional ways of doing business are being replaced by more intelligent and economic systems delivering faster results. Various sectors in healthcare market can benefit the most as the world’s ageing population continues to rise.”

We are very grateful to Rachelle Kallechy, Portfolio Manager and Jeff Lindsay, Executive Director of the BC Investment Capital Branch for all their efforts to qualify us for this special program of the Ministry of International Trade. When authorized for $1 Million, it is akin to the BC government investing $300,000 towards technology business and job creations. One of our plans is to develop an accelerator in Vancouver similar to RockHealth (San Francisco) and StartUp Health (New York).

Watch Premier Christy Clark as she inspires us to dream about our country.

About Healthy Crowdfunder Corp

www.healthycrowdfunder.com

Healthy Crowdfunder Corp is a privately held technology company which is being launched to develop a platform linking members such as health ventures, investors, service providers, and customers to advance the development and commercialization of preventive, predictive and personalized (“3Ps”) health solutions. With the advent of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding arising from technological advancements, HCC will address the 3Ps of the $3 trillion healthcare market by creating an ecosystem where the members can collaborate and operate expeditiously to the benefit of all health consumers.

Watch Premier Christy Clark as she inspires us to dream about our country  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX4HgLUyJaY

About The Small Business Venture Capital Act

http://www.jtst.gov.bc.ca/ICP/VCP/index.htm

To claim BC Venture Capital Tax Credit

Venture capital programs encourage investors to make equity capital investments in British Columbia small businesses that will enhance and diversify the provincial economy.  The government recognizes that creating new small businesses and expanding existing ones will contribute to a healthy economy.  These programs give small business continuous access to early-stage venture capital to help them develop and expand.

 

Contact Information:

Healthy Crowdfunder Corp

Antonio A Arias

Chief Executive Officer

T: 1+ 650-319-7418  | 1+ 778-889-8509

E: tarias@alamidascapital.com

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Curated by Antonio Ariston Arias, CEO & Co-Founder Healthy Crowdfunder Corp

Wharton Study Finds Crowdfunders Act Similar to VCs

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On the eve of September 23, 2013, a historic day for all of us waiting for this 80 year old Securities Act of 1930s,  it is timely to reprint a study by Wharton professor Ethan Mollick who found that the sophisticated crowd can be as competent and even less biased than the traditional venture capitalists. For the uninformed, tomorrow is a milestone day when the US Securities Exchange Commission lifts the ban on general solicitation to accredited investors only. Welcome to the flat world of finance and marketing. As entrepreneurs, we envision better times ahead.

Highlights of  his findings:

1. Entrepreneurs who demonstrate a history of successful projects or ventures are more likely to be crowdfunded.

2. Entrepreneurs who demonstrate third party endorsements are more likely to be crowdfunded – social proof.

Comments: We have to start with our innermost circle of friends and influence. If the people who know us intimately cannot even support us, we have lots of work to do, before even reaching out to total strangers.

3. It is partially true that entrepreneurs who demonstrate preparedness are more likely to be crowdfunded.

Comments: We emphasize the importance of premarketing, investor relations, and/or public relations work prior to the actual fund raising event. Winning customers or investors is a relationship building exercise. It starts long before we ask for other people’s money either to buy our products or invest in our ventures. It is about building trust and credibility that we will deliver as we say we will.

4. Selected projects are less geographically concentrated in crowdfunding than in venture capital. VC-funded project typically happens in start-up clusters at 70 miles average distance to VCs.

Comments: Hello Silicon Valley, you now have competition with beautiful Vancouver, the land of eternal optimists, health afficionados, yogis, runners, skiers and/or organic food consumers. Crowdfunding is immune to the cluster effect of San Francisco, Boston, or New York. With strong protective but less costly investor protection measures and feature friendly equity platforms for entrepreneurs, the world is indeed flat.

5. Gender is less predictive of selection in crowdfunding than in venture capital.

Comments: Not only is the world flatter, crowdfunding is indeed unisex. Certain studies have found women make for better CEOs or leaders. What about we  immigrants who came to North America just like the early pioneers that left Europe? Crowdfunding  breaks down all political, cultural, or ideological boundaries. At Healthy Crowdfunder, the market we serve will all benefit from the health ventures we support, regardless of creed, race, countries, age, and the list goes on as we destroy biases of dated monarchies. It is not surprising to see so much resistance to crowdfunding in certain circles. It is a battle for survival for ancient fiefdoms. The roadblock is not the SEC. It is the secret powers behind closed doors trying to assert their final control.

Click here to read Professor Mollick’s  Wharton Study Finds Crowdfunders Act Similar to VCs.

Your comments are welcome. Feel free to connect with me Twitter @alamidas.

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September 22, 2013 · 1:02 pm

Where is the VC industry heading? 5 latest trends

world is flatCheck out this blog by Balazs Szabo  – Where is the VC industry heading? 5 latest trends.

With crowdfunding, starting with accredited investors, we are reinventing the venture capital model. The private and public company exchanges or platforms will just be mini stock exchanges of niche markets.

Efficiency, processing speed, transparency, and open culture will render all gatekeepers of information and old schools as relics worth more for the museums of tomorrow.

 

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B.C. Entrepreneurs Turn to Crowd-Funding

social_mediaB.C. Entrepreneurs Turn to Crowd-Funding For New Ways of Financing Startups | BC Business #HealthyCrowdfunder. Click here for article  http://ow.ly/oER39

Comments to Jacob Parry’s article

Please note my comments to Jacob’s article and specified the distinction between accredited and non-accredited investor crowd. Note how we will apply best practices when managing publicly listed companies to private companies. We are simply reinventing the public capital markets. As soon as we involve the crowd, everything is public. As soon as we use OPM – other people’s money, they are entitled to timely full disclosures and best practices of publicly listed companies. We will slash down regulatory compliance costs through use of proprietary technology.

Antonio (Tony) Arias

Jacob – thanks for covering our mission to advance equity based crowdfunding. I wish
to emphasize we are targeting accredited investors first while building a
health fund and the Healthy Crowdfunder platform.

Educating investors about the risks, co-managing and co-developing our investees until
the exit date, and developing proprietary algorithms are some of our
competitive edge.

At our recent crowdfunding meetup I spoke about how Mr Algorithm (high
frequency traders) has taken over the stock exchanges at the expense of SMEs’
access to capital and liquidity. The best antidote is algorithm itself combined
with our creative and entrepreneurial skills. The securities regulators and
securities rules are so far behind what technology can do now. One of our jobs
is to prove to them that technology itself is one of the best weapons against
fraudulent actors. Several KYC (know your clients) and KYP (know your products)
job routines can be automated. Algorithm can also detect anything that is out
of pattern. Think IBM’s Watson.

The broker/ dealers provide only a partial investor protection. The buck stops at
the CEOs, CFOs, and independent directors who report to shareholders, who stand
to lose the most if they don’t perform their fiduciary duties to shareholders.
As the strategic advisers and co-managers of these ventures, we will provide
better protection since for each investee, we are investor/shareholders ourselves.

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