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Feedback on the new book!

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I thought I would share some initial feedback I have received on the new book: The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding Guide to Small Businesses and Startups 2nd ed. https://www.amazon.com/JOBS-Act-Crowdfunding-Businesses-Startups/dp/1484224086
"Definitely clear. I really enjoyed the depth of substance on the Act. I also liked the enthusiasm for crowdfunding w/o any of the manic cheerleading seen elsewhere (impact investing has the same problem - IMHO). Balance goes a long way in my view and you reminding readers that crowdfunding is real work is very important.
Scott S.
Thank you, Scott!

Keys to Crowdfunding: "high quality media, prior success, positive comments..."

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We note with interest a recent study from the University at Buffalo School of Management that shows "high quality photos and video, previous crowdfunding success and positive comments from backers are the keys to a successful campaign."

This syncs with what we uncovered in our two books, "The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups" and in "Top 50 Crowdfunding Campaigns: Fifty Most Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns."

According to news reports, the University at Buffalo School of Management study "found that by receiving these signals, potential investors..gain valuable information that motivates them to participate and increases the likelihood of a project achieving its funding goal."

One part of the analysis we found in error, however. One of the authors of the study was quoted as saying that

"These sources are important because backers of crowdfunded projects have less access to information than typical private equity investo…

Black People and Venture Capital

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I recently gave a talk at the 2015 National Black MBA Association Washington DC Chapter (NBMBAA-DC) Entrepreneurship Expo. My talk, titled “Black People and Venture Capital” available below. I started with a discussion of the key financial institution in the country, the Federal Reserve, which controls the allocation of capital via monetary policy, the tools used to control the supply of money. The Fed is located at 20th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. and I encouraged DC entrepreneurs to visit the institution, since the Fed directly impacts the ability of small businesses to get capital. I also encouraged Black businesses in DC to use the recently established Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion as a powerful potential source of capital and contracts. Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act contains a provision creating an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) responsible for monitoring diversity efforts at the agencies, regulated …

LeVar Burton and Crowdfunding

We note with interest the recent Kickstarter campaign by LeVar Burton for Reading Rainbow. According to one news report, "Reading Rainbow, the PBS children’s program hosted by LeVar Burton that debuted in 1983 and went off the air in 2006,upset many with its departure. But Burton, who also executive produced the program, has managed to keep the project alive in some form or another in the time since. He launched the show as an app in 2012. And now his new venture is to take Reading Rainbow’s large digital library of books and videos to classrooms nationwide for free. But to do so Burton needs capital. So the Star Trek actor turned to Kickstarter to raise money. He launched his campaign last Wednesday to raise $1 million to launch his PBS children’s series online. Although Burton had allotted 35 days to raise the money, within 24 hours he had reached his goal."

Bravo! Why was this campaign so successful?  See: http://crowdfundingnow.blogspot.com/2014/06/levar-burton-shows-how…

Book Signing at Howard University

Author William Michael Cunningham will discuss his new book at the HUB on February 14th from 5-7pm.

About the Book: On April 5, 2012, President Barack Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, better known as the JOBS Act. The act is designed to “reopen American capital markets to small companies,” defined in the act as Emerging Growth Companies. This is one of the most significant legislative initiatives in finance since the Securities and Exchange Acts of 1933 and 1934, and it opens up funding to a slew of companies previously shut out of the capital markets.

How can you get in on the new funding opportunities? That’s what The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups is all about. Investment expert William Michael Cunningham shows how the new law will enable you to use the internet to raise significant amounts of capital funding for your startup.

RSVP: http://tweetvite.com/event/JOBSAct

Commentary: The quest for crowdfunding enters a complicated, but critical phase

Exit, Stage Left

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We note, with more than a little regret, Mary Schapiro's exit from the Securities and Exchange Commission. How her departure will impact the Dodd/Frank Section 342 initiative and Crowdfunding is unclear.

She was in a tough and thankless job. In her favor, she did save the Agency. The question is, save it for what? Will it take the more aggressive stance required to repair the financial system? It seemed to be moving in that direction.

My concerns with the Agency are well known, but Ms. Schapiro was cordial and professional every time I met her.

I thank her for her service and wish her well.

Crowdfunding the Supreme Court

Submitting a brief to the Supreme Court

There is a case before the Supreme Court that will allow every person responsible for the recent financial crisis to escape punishment. The case is Gabelli v. Securities and Exchange Commission and"a decision is expected in the court's upcoming term, which ends in June."
I have decided to file a research paper (called an Amicus Brief) with the Supreme Court explaining why letting these guys go might be a bad idea for the rest of us, but I need your help. http://www.indiegogo.com/supremecourt

Crowdfunding webinar - 9/13/12

This webinar will provide a social investing summary of the law, along with a summary of how investors and businesses can use the law to enter the Crowdfunding market. We will also review current developments. All paying attendees will get a copy of my book: The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups [Paperback - Published 9/26/12]  The law targets emerging growth companies and defines them as an issuer with “total annual gross revenues of less than $1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)..during its most recently completed fiscal
year.”  For potential investors, providing a platform for the sale of emerging company securities does not require registration as a Broker/Dealer, given certain exemption qualifications. To become a funding platform, vendors must fulfill 12 requirements. Equity issuers are subject to certain restrictions/limits.  There are four trading restrictions and three exemptions. Issuers (Emerging Growth Companies) are liable for any untrue statements of …

SEC Open Meeting 8/29 on the JOBS Act

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The above is from the SEC's meeting on Rule 506 of Regulation D. This is an important provision that will allow small firms to raise up to $50 million under the JOBS Act. The result of the meeting is that a draft rule will be posted to the SEC website concerning the mechanics of this provision later today.