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RealtyWealth Launches Houston Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform to Meet Foreign Demand for Passive Income

21 Nov

RealtyWealth allows accredited investors in the US, South Africa, China, and Canada to invest in institutional quality, corporate backed lease properties from credit rated tenants such as McDonald’s, Walgreens, Starbucks and Walmart

By Robert Hoskins

Houston, Texas –RealtyWealth.com announced the launch of the first commercial real estate Crowdfunding platform dedicated to Single Tenant Net Lease “STNL” investments. Targeting accredited investors in the US and global investors in South Africa, China, and Canada, RealtyWealth.com provides the opportunity to invest in institutional quality, corporate backed lease properties from credit rated tenants such as McDonald’s, Walgreens, Starbucks and Walmart.

RealtyWealth.com Net Lease Real Estate Investing Made Simple in Houston, Texas

RealtyWealth.com Net Lease Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding/Investing Made Simple in Houston, Texas

RealtyWealth is also the first portal to offer passive realty investments to foreign investors seeking the stability and yields of US Real Estate Assets. Chinese investors have been particularly active, with investments in US commercial properties jumping 10-fold from 2012 and expected to reach $10 billion in 2014 according to Real Analytics.

The last six months have seen significant development within the real estate Crowdfunding market and RealtyWealth.com is poised to take advantage of this heightened interest from investors, developers and intermediaries. Over $700M has been raised by Real Estate Tech Startups since 2012 with peer sites Fundrise and RealtyMogul boasting $100M+ post Series A valuations.

Taking advantage of this foreign investor wave, RealtyWealth have built key marketing relationships with international consumer sites like Juwai.com- the largest outbound Chinese investment portal for US properties– and have distribution partners arranged or under discussion in South Africa, Latin America and Canada.

RealtyWealth.com operates as an aggregator of local and foreign investors seeking stable US-based Real Estate Investments,” said Sam Vogel, co-founder. “STNL products offer long-term, corporate-backed, passive income with an inflation and currency hedge to our investors.”

STNL Investments offer passive investments consisting of long-term leases, guaranteed by the Corporate Tenant.  Tenants are responsible for ALL incidentals including taxes, insurance and maintenance – normally the landlords’ responsibility. Many leases have rental bumps to keep pace with inflation and investors can depreciate the property against tax. In the unlikely event that the tenant defaults, the investor still owns the underlying property.

Whereas UHNW, Family Offices, Hedge Funds and REITS have invested in STNL investments for decades, less than 10% of the 8.7 million Accredited investors in the USA are aware of these investments.

“NNN Investments are essentially corporate bond-type investments in real estate wrappers,” said Bryan Smith, co-founder and CEO.”Compare investing in Starbucks stock at 1.6% dividend versus acquiring a corporate backed Starbucks lease achieving returns of 6% to 7% unlevered?”

RealtyWealth’s  proprietary, state-of-the-art platform and dashboard allows investors to review properties, make investments, track portfolios and receive statements, earnings and tax computations all online.

RealtyWealth are working closely with developers, brokers and intermediaries in the CRE market to introduce STNL investments in the US and abroad.

From only $5,000 a month, investors can invest in these appealing properties and enjoy the opportunity to build value over the long term.

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Front Page PR Targets New Texas Crowdfunding Portals and Private Placement Issuers with Advertising, Marketing and PR Consulting Services

17 Nov

Offers Texas Crowdfunding Portals (TCPs), Texas Equity Private Placement Issuers & Texas Investors Guidance on the Best Strategies to Launch and Market Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns in Texas

By Robert Hoskins

Austin, Texas – Today a new Texas Crowdfunding Exemption Rule goes into effect that will give the state yet another financial tool to encourage more people with creative ideas to start new businesses in Texas. For the first time in 80 years, businesses will be able to sell equity shares in their business to more than 20 million unaccredited investors who live in Texas via new online Texas crowdfunding portals using general solicitation.

Front Page PR is one of the leading Crowdfunding PR firms in America

Front Page PR is one of the leading Crowdfunding PR firms in America

“Already armed with a zero income tax, low overall tax burden, sensible regulations and low housing costs, Texas is now armed with an even more powerful financial tool, Equity Crowdfunding,” said Robert Hoskins, Front Page PR’s Crowdfunding Director. “This new small business financing tool will be the key to helping businesses, entrepreneurs, and new startups in Texas raise venture capital by selling equity shares in their companies to Texas residents.”

Similar to the way that powerful and exclusive Silicon Valley venture capital firms built their wealth during the 1990s by betting on high-tech startups, every legal resident in Texas can now legally become a micro venture capitalist by investing up to $5,000 per deal in local Texas startups and existing businesses. As crowdfunded deals begin to go public, the wealth and economic development that will be created in Texas will be hard to match.

Texas offer investors a wide variety of industries to choose from including application development, software, mobile apps, communications, information technology, high-tech gadgets, video games, aerospace, aviation, bio-tech, life sciences, clean-tech, energy, oil & gas, real estate, film, entertainment, music and many other promising industries.

Already home to 1.7 million small businesses, gaining access to a market of 20+ million new potential investors combined with the SEC’s legalization of general solicitation will make Texas the best and easiest place in America to start a new business and raise venture capital.

And the seeds for a bumper crop of new Texas Crowdfunding Portals are already being planted. SeedInvest.com/Texas, TexasCrowdfunding.com, TexasEquityShares.com are already in the various stages of building their new crowdfunding portals and filing their applications with the Texas State Securities Board, but soon they will be harvesting their first round of Texas crowdfunded startups.

“SeedInvest has worked primarily with angel, venture capital and other accredited investors to match them up with startups in Texas such as Virtuix, based out of Houston,” said Marc Nathan, SeedInvest’s Managing Director of Texas. “But the Texas crowdfunding exemption will allow us to reach a much wider audience of unaccredited investors.”

“There are many great companies that connect technology startups with sophisticated investors, but we’re focused on working with businesses that want to build and grow with support from investors in their own backyard,” said Amy Forsyth, Texas Crowdfunding’s CEO. “To accomplish this goal we’re taking a different approach than most and plan to focus on featuring local small businesses and early-stage companies that are often overlooked, undervalued and under capitalized.”

“Our crowdfunding portal will be seeking high-tech crowdfunding equity issuers that are focused on Internet technologies, e-commerce, smartphone apps, digital properties and platforms, Software as a Service (SasS), etc.,” said Dusty Brogdon, Texas Equity Shares’ CEO. “We are seeking to serve mid-tier crowdfunding equity issuers with a minimum project value of $200,000+ with a long-term goal of taking the business public within two years.”

“Texas is about to see a dramatic surge in demand for Texas crowdfunding portals, equity private placement issuers and investors. Front Page PR is ready to help these companies bring their products and services to the Texas marketplace,” Hoskins continued. “Armed with the right community outreach programs needed to educate entrepreneurs and investors on the new crowdfunding rules, the possibilities for small business formation and growth in Texas will be limitless.”

Front Page PR provides a portfolio of crowdfunding marketing communications services, which will be instrumental in bringing these new crowdfunding portals to life and helping them launch successful crowdfunding campaigns for their fundraising campaign managers, including:

  • Crowdfunding portal selection
  • Crowdfunding deal structure
  • Crowdfunding disclosure documents
  • Crowdfunding profiles and pitch videos
  • Community outreach strategies
  • Advertising campaigns
  • Email marketing campaigns
  • PR/media relations campaigns
  • Investor education programs

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CrowdShed to Open New Equity Crowdfunding Site in London

12 Nov

According to the Nesta/Cambridge University UK Alternative Finance Industry report equity crowdfunding has grown by over 410% in 2014 in the United Kingdom

By Robert Hoskins

London, UKCrowdShed will offer rewards, lending and donation-based crowdfunding opportunities, focused on creative, academic, charity and cause-based projects. Equity funding will be added in 2015, with an ethos of making business better.   CrowdShed is set to challenge the established crowdfunding model and redefine how people find their funding and fund something new. With the backing of GLI Finance Crowdshed.com is now well placed to launch in Q3, 2014.

Crowdshed to Open New Equity Crowdfunding Site in London

Crowdshed to Open New Equity Crowdfunding Site in London

Crowdfunding is a nascent industry already dominated by a few key players, each with a niche business model concentrating around one specific area of crowdfunding. CrowdShed is different, creating a holistic environment that offers funders and fund-seekers the widest opportunity to create and locate the project that’s perfect for them.

This multifaceted approach offers unrivaled scope to introduce like-minded funders and fund-seekers – people who might not have connected except through CrowdShed. The equity crowdfunding site is also creating a real-world space to bring funders and fund-seekers together to work, grow ideas, find inspiration and hold events, informative SHEDtalks, and Q&A sessions.

CrowdShed received significant seed investment from GLI Finance Limited (GLIF), the London Stock Exchange listed specialist provider of finance to small and medium sized enterprises.

Geoff Miller, CEO of GLI Finance, said, “This exciting partnership continues the extension of our platforms and compliments and diversifies our exposure to the crowdfunding space, as CrowdShed will provide rewards, lending and donation-based crowdfunding opportunities as well as SME Finance.

CrowdShed is well positioned to become a leading player in Europe within this space and we are delighted they have chosen to partner with us. We look forward to building our partnership with them.”

Henry Freeman, CrowdShed CEO, stated, “It’s great that GLIF recognizes the inherent opportunity and growth potential of crowdfunding as a real alternative to traditional investment and fundraising channels. CrowdShed is democratizing the crowdfunding process for all and contributing not only to better business but also to the good of society as a whole. We don|t believe that concepts like fiscal success and social, corporate or environmental responsibility are mutually exclusive. The crowd is sustainable, carries momentum easily, is self-supporting and self-perpetuating, and has the power to affect change for the good. This is the heart of what we do at CrowdShed.”

Statistics for the crowdfunding market tell of rapid and continuing growth with an estimated global value of $5.1 billion for 2013, up 89% on 2012. Europe accounts for 35% of the market share with $945 million raised, up 65% on 2012. Growth in the US market was bigger still, up 105% to a total of $1.6 billion.

This driver of finance from wealthy and high net worth individuals is supported by recent research from the Nesta/Cambridge University Report into alternative finance which forecasts that the alternative finance market, comprising the entire crowdfunding industry in the UK, is expected to grow to £1.74bn by the end of 2014 with further projected growth to around £4.4bn in 2015.

According to the Nesta/Cambridge University UK Alternative Finance Industry report, released Monday 10 November, equity crowdfunding has grown by over 410% in 2014.

Dermot Finch of the Prince’s Trust admitted that crowdfunding is something the Trust is exploring, working with CrowdShed to help young people fund the business initiatives they’re developing. He pointed out that, “We’re helping lots of youngsters get back on their feet and trying to give them the confidence to follow their own business ideas and crowdfunding is the ideal source of capital for their ventures, combining a blend of equity and donor capital.”

The ideas that Kenyon developed whilst running his crowdfunding campaign – creative marketing, strong social media messaging, building up momentum quickly – clearly worked and in fact the Nesta report confirms that these are the types of qualities needed to deliver a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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Texas Equity Crowdfunding Disclosure Requirements

11 Nov

Texas Crowdfunding Issuer
Disclosure Requirements

Texas Approves Equity Crowdfunding Exemption for Non-Accredited Investors

 

Here are the Texas Crowdfunding Issuer Disclosure Requirements for issuing an equity crowdfunding private placement memorandum (PPM) in the state of Texas:

(i) Disclosure statement. A disclosure statement must be made readily available and accessible to each prospective purchaser at the time the offer of securities is made to the prospective purchaser on the Internet website. The disclosure statement must contain all of the following:

(1) Material information and risk factors. All information material to the offering, including, where appropriate, a discussion of significant factors that make the offering speculative or risky. Guidance on the categories of information to include can be found by reviewing the small business offering to be submitted to the information provided by the Texas State Securities Board on its Internet website. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

(A) general description of the issuer’s business;
(B) history of the issuer’s operations and organization;
(C) management of the company and principal stockholders;
(D) how the proceeds from the offering will be used;
(E) financial information about the issuer;
(F) description of the securities being offered; and
(G) litigation and legal proceedings.

(2) Disclosures. The issuer shall inform all prospective purchasers and investors of the following:

(A) There is no ready market for the sale of the securities acquired from this offering; it may be difficult or impossible for an investor to sell or otherwise dispose of this investment. An investor may be required to hold and bear the financial risks of this investment indefinitely;

(B) The securities have not been registered under federal or state securities laws and, therefore, cannot be resold unless the securities are registered or qualify for an exemption from registration under federal and state law.

(C) In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved; and

(D) No federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority has confirmed the accuracy or determined the adequacy of the disclosure statement or any other information on this Internet website.

(3) Financial statements. Issuers must provide current financial statements certified by the principal executive officer to be true and complete in all material respects. If the issuer has audited or reviewed financial statements, prepared within the last three years, such financial statements must also be provided to investors.

Click here to read the Texas Crowdfunding Issuer Rules.

How to Become a Texas Crowdfunding Issuer (TCI):

To get conduct a Texas equity crowdfunding campaign, Texans need to fill out a Texas Crowdfunding Issuer (TCI) Exemption Notice Form 113.17 and file it with the Texas State Securities Board.

How to Start a Texas Crowdfunding Portal (TCP):

To launch a Texas crowdfunding portal, Texans need to fill out a Texas Crowdfunding Portal (TCP) Registration Form 113.15 and file it with the Texas State Securities Board.

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Texas Crowdfunding Issuer (TCI) Rules for Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) Offerings

11 Nov

Texas Crowdfunding Issuer Rules

Texas Approves Equity Crowdfunding Exemption for Non-Accredited Investors

Here are the Texas Crowdfunding Issuer Rules that detail what it takes to issue a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) for Equity Crowdfunding Offers in the state of Texas:

(b) Issuer.

(1) The issuer is a Texas entity that has filed a certificate of formation with the Texas Secretary of State and is authorized to do business in Texas and:

(A) At least 80% of the issuer’s gross revenues during its most recent fiscal year prior to the offering are derived from the operation of a business in Texas;

(B) At least 80% of the issuer’s assets at the end of its most recent semiannual period prior to the offering are located in Texas;

(C) The issuer will use at least 80% of the net proceeds of this offering in connection with the operation of its business within Texas; and

(D) The principal office of the issuer is located in Texas.

(2) The issuer is not, either before or because of the offering:

(A) A company that engaged or proposes to engage in the business of investing, reinvesting, owning, holding, or trading in securities;

(B) Subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, Section 13or Section 15(d), 15 U.S.C. §78m and §78o(d); or

(C) a company that has not yet defined its business operations, has no business plan, has no stated investment goal for the funds being raised, or that plans to engage in a merger or acquisition with an unspecified business entity.

Click here to see the Texas Crowdfunding Issuer (TCI) Disclosure Requirements.

How to Become a Texas Crowdfunding Issuer (TCI):

To get conduct a Texas equity crowdfunding campaign, Texans need to fill out a Texas Crowdfunding Issuer (TCI) Exemption Notice Form 113.17 and file it with the Texas State Securities Board.

How to Start a Texas Crowdfunding Portal (TCP):

To launch a Texas crowdfunding portal, Texans need to fill out a Texas Crowdfunding Portal (TCP) Registration Form 113.15 and file it with the Texas State Securities Board.

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Georgia Jane Fanvestors Earn 5% ROI Via Crowdfunding Platform YourMusicCompany’s Royalty Payments for New Hip Hop Music Album

11 Nov

Your Music Company is the first-ever, state-licensed crowdfunding music business model in the United States that pays fans royalties as a reward for crowdfunding their album production

By Robert Hoskins

Los Angeles, CA –  For the first time ever on U.S. soil, “fanvestors” will earn royalties from their investment in French artist Georgia Jane’s music crowdfunding campaign listed on Your Music Company (YMC). Those who supported Georgia Jane will collectively receive 5% of their total investment in the form of a check or an account credit on YMC’s website.

Georgia Jane Do the Same for Me Raises $100,000 via Crowdfunding Platform Your Music Company

Georgia Jane Do the Same for Me Raises $100,000 via Crowdfunding Platform Your Music Company

Primed to turn the music industry and U.S. based crowdfunding upside down with their unique approach, YMC is the first state-licensed music platform to employ the crowdsourcing model and allow fans an opportunity like no other — to support their favorite independent musicians on YMC’s website and profit-share in the sale of the artists’ online music downloads rather than receive prize incentives, as most fundraising sites generally operate. Though this business model is still in its infancy in the U.S., a similar site exists in Europe and has helped fund the careers of successful artists overseas.

“We are excited to share this success with Georgia’s fanvestors,” said Christel Gidouin, co-founder of YMC. “Their continued support is vital to the success of this platform and we look forward to launching the careers of talented musicians in America.”

Independent pop songstress Georgia Jane is the company’s first major success, with her campaign reaching its intended goal of $100,000. From her initial funding, Georgia was able to record her debut single, “Do The Same For Me,” and will use the remaining funds to produce her full-length album. Thanks to Georgia’s fanvestors, her single placed #93 on Mediabase’s Top 40 Pop chart and reached #5 on their Top 40 Pop Independent Label/Artist chart. Additionally, her single hit #40 on the BDS Top 40 Indicator Chart.

Fanvestors, or fan investors, collectively split 25% of all net profits from album and single sales. Using social media as the basis for promotion, fanvestors have the opportunity to support and share the music they like and receive royalties, while the artist raises the funds they estimate to record an album. If the campaign goal is not reached, fanvestors receive their initial investment back.

In 2011, renowned French singer/songwriter Yael Benamour teamed up with COO Christel Gidouin to bring their updated platform to the American market, selling off all of their possessions and moving to Los Angeles before receiving approval of their U.S. visas. Armed only with a business plan and their plane tickets, the two female entrepreneurs raised $1.2m in seed funding and opened an office in Century City, where they maintain their hands-on approach to developing the careers of each of YMC’s successfully funded artists.

This revolutionary platform allows fans worldwide to select an artist from the record label’s roster and invest in him/her. The music fan, referred to as “FANVESTOR,” will in turn receive royalties from the artist’s album and single sales. Your Music Company is continuing their worldwide growth in over 100 countries.

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Angel List Equity Crowdfunding Platform Raises Record-Breaking $1.5 Million for MD Insider

10 Nov

MD Insider’s round included more than 90 individual investors and filled in just minutes, with hundreds of other investors unable to participate after the round became almost instantly oversubscribed

By Robert Hoskins

Santa Monica, CA MD Insider, a big data healthcare innovator that significantly reduces healthcare costs for employers, today announced that it closed a $1.5 million investment – the largest online investment round ever raised on AngelList, the leading technology startup equity investing platform. The syndicate was led by renowned investor, Tim Ferriss, best-selling author and early investor/advisor to companies including Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and Uber. MD Insider is now the #1 most active company and the #1 company (by size of investment) on AngelList.

AngelList Equity Crowdfunding Platform Raises Record-Breaking $1.5 Million for MD Insider Corp

AngelList Equity Crowdfunding Platform Raises Record-Breaking $1.5 Million for MD Insider Corp

“MD Insider is a truly disruptive business, so it is exciting to include another disruptive model – crowdfunding, as part of this investment round,” said David Norris, CEO of MD Insider. “We are very pleased with the results and are happy to see so much demand for investment in our business.”

MD Insider’s round included more than 90 individual investors and filled in just minutes, with hundreds of other investors unable to participate after the round became almost instantly oversubscribed. From start to finish, the entire round took only about two and a half weeks to close and wire. MD Insider will use the new funds to expand its research and development efforts and to continue to grow their industry leading pool of physician performance data, which currently tops 1.8 billion records.

“I am very excited about MD Insider. Their mission to provide performance and cost transparency in healthcare is hugely important,” said Tim Ferriss. “I believe MD Insider is truly disruptive and will have a large impact on the world. I can see several things already: the need in my own personal experience with medical problems, the demand in the healthcare market, and the broader applications of their amazing data set.”

“AngelList was excited to see MD Insider’s successful raise,” said Millie Tadewaldt of AngelList. “The MD Insider round is an excellent demonstration of our platform’s ability to swiftly bring together dozens of angel investors to accomplish a large funding round, behind an experienced lead investor like Tim Ferriss.”

MD Insider is a technology healthcare company that uses the power of big data to significantly reduce healthcare costs for employers. By providing Physician Performance Transparency in the areas of experience, quality, and cost, MD Insider enables employers to optimize their physician networks, providing the best quality and lowest cost physicians to their employees.

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WeCareCard Crowdfunding Credit Card Delivers a Simple, Seamless and Secure Way to Share the Wealth in Las Vegas

3 Nov

The cause-related fundraising site will offer a prepaid debit card to fundraisers to support them in times of hardships and celebrations

By Robert Hoskins

Las Vegas, Nevada – WeCareCard introduces the first-ever prepaid debit card tied to a crowdfunding platform. The first-of-its-kind patent pending technology will fulfill a crowdfunding campaign’s financial component by loading funds onto a WeCareCard Prepaid MasterCard rather than the traditional fulfillment method of check, bank account deposit or PayPal.

WeCareCard crowdfunding site delivers a simple, seamless and secure way to share stories of hardships or celebrations, connect networks and gather funds for those in need

WeCareCard crowdfunding site delivers a simple, seamless and secure way to share stories of hardships or celebrations, connect networks and gather funds for those in need

The idea of WeCareCard spurred from co-founders Jessica Weiss, a former nurse who consistently witnessed first-hand financial hardships caused by unexpected medical bills and Phillip Qualls, a Technology, Payments and Financial Services executive with more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

“I saw an opportunity to leverage my experience to revolutionize relational giving and gifting by leveraging crowdfunding, prepaid and patent pending technology. Announcing the card at the world’s premier destination for emerging payments and financial services organizations, made perfect sense.” said Qualls.

The Indiana-based cause-related crowdfunding site delivers a simple, seamless and secure way to share stories of hardships or celebrations, connect networks and gather funds for those in need. The WeCareCard Prepaid MasterCard serves as the money- management tool, welcomed at over 25 million MasterCard locations worldwide. The card will be delivered to fundraisers early in their WeCareCard crowdfunding campaign and funds will be loaded throughout the duration of the campaign, helping fundraisers manage the expenses related to their cause directly, quickly and easily.

“After our family suffered hardships associated with long-term illness, I began contemplating how I could help others through similar situations,” said Weiss. “I knew there had to be a simple, streamlined way to help more people locally, and nationally through an online platform and prepaid debit card.

WeCareCard has retained Atlanta-based FirstView Financial as their card processor and program manager. FirstView excels at innovation in the high-growth prepaid card and mobile payments arenas. Metropolitan Commercial Bank (New York, NY) will be the issuer of the WeCareCard Prepaid MasterCard.

We are very excited to be working with WeCareCard on this new crowdfunding and prepaid solution,” said Jerry Uffner, CEO of FirstView Financial. “This new platform will help serve a very large audience. There are so many people in need of immediate financial relief and we are just happy to be a part of the initiative that will help remove that burden as quickly as possible.”

Individuals and organizations interested in receiving funding through WeCareCard’s platform can click here to apply for consideration.

WeCareCard is the first-ever online fundraising platform tied to a prepaid debit card that empowers people from around the nation to raise funds for a variety of life-changing causes. The cause-related fundraising solution delivers a simple, seamless and secure way to share stories, connect networks and gather immediate funds for those in need through the WeCareCard Prepaid MasterCard. This prepaid card serves as a money management tool and is welcomed at over 25 million MasterCard locations worldwide.

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