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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

JL Law

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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We Need Better Education on SAFEs for Reg CF Non-Accredited Investors

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SAFE stands for Simple Agreement for Future Equity, and they are simple. They’re fantastic, actually, but do crowdfunding investors understand what they are receiving when they "invest" in a young company and get SAFEs in return?

Properly used, SAFEs serve a great niche in the investment world.  But without proper disclosure and education, sadly, in time, SAFEs may discourage and disillusion investors who hoped to participate in the success of small start-up companies.

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The Effect of Redefining Accredited Investors in EB-5

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US companies have enjoyed foreign direct investments from immigrants all over the world through the popular EB-5 program in which investors invest a certain amount of money to create jobs in the US economy in exchange for a green card.  Proposed changes to the definition of "accredited investor" may have a profound impact in the EB-5 industry. 

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[Event] 2016 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

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VerifyInvestor.com will be attending the Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation this year in Washington D.C. on November 17th, 2015 at the SEC Headquarters.

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[Event] 2016 Securities and Exchange Commission Fintech Forum

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The Securities and Exchange Commission will host a public forum to discuss financial technology (Fintech) innovation in the financial services industry.  The forum is designed to foster greater collaboration and understanding among regulators, entrepreneurs and industry experts into Fintech innovation and evaluate how the current regulatory environment can most effectively address these new technologies.

The proliferation of Fintech innovation has the potential to transform virtually every aspect of our nation’s financial markets. The panels will discuss issues such as blockchain technology, automated investment advice or robo-advisors, online marketplace lending and crowdfunding, and how they may impact investors.

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