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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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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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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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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The JOBS Act – Closing the Capital Gap to Create Jobs

Any economist will tell you that most job growth takes place among small and medium sized companies. For example, the November 2013 ADP National Employment Report showed that of the 215,000 jobs added in November, only 65,000 (26%) were in large firms. While the economy has been recovering from the crisis of 2008, job growth …

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Introducing Venovate

Hello everyone, I’m Michael Raneri, founder and CEO of Venovate – a new kind of investment firm that will change the way capital is raised forever. I’d like to tell you more about us. In April of 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups – or JOBS Act – was signed into law. It has taken …

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