Weighing the New IPO-Lite Option of the JOBS Act

Pros and Cons of Raising Growth Capital Under SEC Regulation A+ If you’re looking for growth capital to fund your private company’s ambitions, you have a range of options. Spurred by the 2012 JOBS Act, and following the introduction of “general solicitation” under SEC Regulation D in 2013, we’re now seeing additional new ways to …

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Nasdaq and the Capital Markets: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Last Friday, April 10, I had the opportunity to attend the ringing of the Nasdaq opening bell. That morning’s opening represented a monumental achievementfor one of the founding members of Nasdaq. In the spotlight stood the team of Boenning & Scattergood, a company that has been operating since 1914 and is now celebrating its 100-year …

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SEC Reg D vs Reg A+ (Or How to Capitalize on the New Rules for Private Company Fundraising)

Exciting news from the SEC: the ‘IPO-Lite’ is coming! Earlier this week, on March 25, 2015, the SEC voted unanimously (5-0) to introduce new regulations that will enable small and medium-sized private companies to raise larger amounts of money from investors before going public. These changes to the little-used SEC Regulation A will create an …

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Alternative Investing Article in Forbes: “5 Reasons Why 2015 Is Looking Like a Breakout Year for Alternative Investments”

In this exclusive Forbes article, I’m presenting my rationale for why 2015 is poised to be the turning point for alternative investments, marking their emergence as a viable and prominent asset class for far more investors than ever before. From volatility in the stock market to the state of IPOs, I’m addressing the diminishing opportunities …

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Is the JOBS Act Working, One Year Since Key Changes to Rule 506 of Regulation D Went into Effect?

I’ve talked a lot about the JOBs Act on our blog, because it’s game-changing legislation that is having a profound impact on how money is raised privately, spurring new economic activity and job creation. The JOBS Act is permitting issuers of private securities to talk publically about their offer, and allows them to advertise that …

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Need Investment Advice? Now Venovate Can Help!

I like making my own investment decisions. I’ve been investing for over 20 years, I know what I’m looking for, and I have the education and experience to evaluate opportunities and find what I want. However, I am not a tax expert. I guess I could become one if I had the time and interest …

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Microsoft 1978 vs Venovate 2014: You Can Now Invest in Us!

I’m sure you have all seen this picture before. In case you’re not familiar, no… this is not the Venovate team. This was the Microsoft team back in 1978, with founders Bill Gates (bottom left) and Paul Allen (bottom right). What made this picture funny and viral was the question attached to it. The question …

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The Time Is Right for Smarter Alternatives

In a recent Wall Street Journal article about Venovate, venture capitalist Tim Draper was quoted as saying about us: “I think the timing is about right now. This is a very exciting time for private companies and investors.” I couldn’t agree more. We are at the convergence of a number of important trends. Crowdfunding sites …

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In Partners We Trust (or How to Solve a Chicken and Egg Challenge)

If you missed it, check out the article on Venovate by Deborah Gage that appeared the other day in the Wall Street Journal. In the article, Deborah mentions two of our key partners – Provident Trust Group and Kingdom Trust Company. In addition to these great firms, we will soon be announcing partnerships with other …

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Crowdfunding over Coffee, Back in 1792

I often wonder how much business gets done at coffee shops. Every time I go into the Starbucks on Clay Street in San Francisco, right around the corner from our office, there are people working diligently on their laptops. I’m sure some are even trading stocks with their online broker. Soon, when Venovate Marketplace goes …

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