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SEC Acting Chair Seeks Looser Accredited Investor Definition

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In December 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission staff issued a report on its review of the "Accredited Investor" definition under Regulation D. At the February 2017 annual SEC Speaks conference, attendees heard that the SEC Acting Chair seeks a looser accredited investor definition in line with the staff review and report. Read on to find out why the SEC seeks this change.

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[Event] SUPPORTING STRATEGIES Business Fundamentals Bootcamp - Los Angeles, CA

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The event will take place on May 19, 2017, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. Check out the Agenda below. Our Co-founder, Jor Law, will be speaking about Finding and Verifying Accredited Investors.

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SEC & NYU Host Joint Crowdfunding Symposium

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Crowdfunding has been growing in popularity over the years.  The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken notice and in partnership with New York University hosted an open dialogue on February 28th, 2017 to discuss challenges, market research, opportunities, and the effects of securities-based crowdfunding on market participants.

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The Status of Title III Crowdfunding

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The culture around crowdfunding is rapidly maturing. Over the last several years, crowdfunding websites in the United States have been a popular way for artistic enterprises like films or musical products to obtain charitable support. Under recently adopted rules, the general public will have the opportunity to participate in a broader range of early capital raising activities for start-ups and early-stage companies.

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[Webinar] Accessing International Accredited Investors Through the EB-5 Program

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Hunting for accredited investors that invest a minimum of $500,000 at a time and only expect a 1% return?  Then learn more about the secretive world of EB-5 finance.  Join our co-founder, Jor Law, on a webinar that explores EB-5 finance and how changes in securities laws, including the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), make it easier than ever before to find highly coveted EB-5 investors.  Click through for more information.

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CalCap Radio - Interview with Jor Law, Co-Founder of VerifyInvestor.com

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This week our Co-Founder, Jor Law, was interviewed on CalCap Radio - The Private Investing & Business Finance Hour.  Click through to access a link to the interview, which discussed Title II Crowdfunding.

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[Event] The Fifth Annual Silicon Valley Fintech & Crowdfunding Conference

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February 9th & 10th, 2017

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara California

The 5th Annual conference Fintech and crowdfunding Feb 9-10th 2017 promises to bring together the Silicon Valley investment community with the new generation of social entrepreneurs and investors: Crowdfunders. To learn more about the event, please visit: http://svcrowdfunding.com/silicon-valley-conference-2017/

Look for VerifyInvestor.com at the conference!

How to Raise Your $1 Million

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Reg CF, or Title III of the JOBS Act, just went into effect May 16, 2016. It allows companies to ask for the $1 million within the span of a year, but it does come with a whole suite of obligations and restrictions.  For most companies, Reg CF won’t be practical unless changes to the law improve Reg CF.  However, for some companies, like Legion M, Reg CF might just be that perfect way to raise much needed capital.  Particularly enticing is that Reg CF allows companies to raise money from all types of investors, including non-accredited investors.

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Direct Public Offerings and the SEC's Recent Changes to Rule 147

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Ice cream magnates, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, remained true to their adopted state's roots in 1984 when they raised more than $750,000 in a direct public offering ("DPO") entirely from residents of the state of Vermont. DPO's allow small or local companies to raise investment capital apart from the strict registration requirements of federal and state securities laws.  Crowdfunding seems like a new thing, but as Amy Cortese pointed out in an article entitled “Old-School Crowdfunding: Meet the Direct Public Offering”, crowdfunding has been around in the form of direct public offerings for a quite a while.

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Embracing Rule 506(c)

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Entrepreneurs who seek startup capital through crowdfunding and the private placement investors who provide that funding now have more than three years of experience with new Rule 506(c) under SEC Regulation D. The 2012 JOBS Act created that Rule to facilitate general solicitations from qualified investors. In 2015 alone, private placement issuers raised roughly $38 billion in startup capital under the Rule.  The figures for 2016 are expected to be double that. Despite this clear growing trend, some prospective issuers have expressed reluctance to jump into the general solicitation crowdfunding arena, presumably out of compliance concerns that are common among private placement issuers. New technology and services along with better educated service providers may help reverse this initial reluctance by giving issuers better assurances that the Rule's fundraising requirements are being properly complied with.

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