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SEC Issues Three-Year Research Study on Title III, Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) Fundraising Campaigns

26 Jul

Leading Crowdfunding Industry Analyst Firm, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, States Now is the Time to Update the Regulation to Further Enable Capital Formation

Washington, DC – Recently the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a staff report on Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF), also known as Title III Crowdfunding.

The Commission, in the adopting rules, stated that the “staff will undertake to study and submit a research report to the Commission no later than three years following the effective date of Regulation Crowdfunding on the impact of the regulation on capital formation and investor protection.”

The report finds the size of market, while modest in comparison to the broader financial markets, is evolving and doing so without any material risk to investors. Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) data and analysis were cited in 7 references throughout the report.

“The industry is evolving systematically and responsibly,” says CCA Principal Sherwood Neiss. “With the appropriate adjustments to the regulation we can further enable capital formation without risk to investors. The time is now for the SEC to act.”
Sherwood Neiss, Crowdfunding Capital Advisors, testifies before the SEC

Sherwood Neiss, Crowdfunding Capital Advisors, testifies at the SEC

The CCA data and references used by the SEC were attributed to analysis by CCA and published in VentureBeat as well as Crowdfund Insider. The data comes from CCA’s CCLEAR Database. CCLEAR is the leading Regulation Crowdfunding database that collects, cleans, aggregates and reports on all companies seeking funds via Regulation Crowdfunding as well as those doing parallel 506(c) offerings.

A 506(c) offering is an online accredited investor offering. A parallel offering allows an issuer to run two offerings side-by-side and group the accredited investors in one pool and the Reg CF investors in another. This type of offering is popular for issuers that seek to raise in excess of the $1.07M cap in Regulation Crowdfunding.

Issuers that seek to raise funds via Reg CF must file a Form C (a form filed by a company (issuer) with the SEC before starting to raise capital and discloses financial information for its current and prior fiscal years) as well as a Form C-U (a progress report that an issuer files that discloses total capital raised).

Data that the SEC does not collect in either of these disclosures includes information like industry, a breakdown on the cost of the offering, daily change in capital commitments, daily changes in investors and information on a company’s valuation.

CCLEAR collects all this missing data which allows for more detailed analysis of the market including which industries are most popular with the crowd, which regions of the country have the lowest/highest overall valuations, what industries the crowd is most interested in supporting, etc.

An entire section of the report titled “Cost to issuers of undertaking a crowdfunding offering” came directly from research CCA did with issuers successful with Regulation Crowdfunding.

A key finding from our research, which was highlighted in the report, was that “the total cost of creating a campaign page, issuer disclosures, film, and video, and hiring a marketing firm, a lawyer, and an accountant amounts to approximately 5.3% of the amount raised.”

This average was based on feedback from 81 issuers. “This amount is substantially less than what a typical issuer would incur in a Regulation D offering,” says CCA principal Sherwood Neiss “and is a key reason why more companies should be looking at Reg CF as an attractive pathway to raising funds.”

The report provides a detailed look at how Regulation Crowdfunding has performed through December, 2018. (For people interested in data through today’s date, you can find it on CCLEAR’s Daily Dashboard – see below for the latest data).

“Unlike opponents who said regulated crowdfunding would open the floodgates to fraud, we have yet to see fraud materialize,” says Neiss.

“This is because there are easier ways to defraud investors than to come up with an idea for a business, incorporate it under federal laws, convince a funding portal to list you, spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to bring your friends, family and followers to the campaign page, and then hitting 100% of your funding target or the commitments get returned.

Add on top of this the hundreds of discerning eyes picking apart a campaign in the comments section. These types of ‘built-in investor protections don’t exist in other parts of the private capital markets.”

Multiple recommendations were included in the report on how to improve Regulation Crowdfunding. The SEC cited a US treasury Report entitled “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities.”

The Report recommends:

  1. Allowing single-purpose crowdfunding vehicles advised by a registered investment adviser;
  2. Waiving certain crowdfunding offering limits for accredited investors;
  3. Amending certain crowdfunding investment limits by other investors;
  4. Modifying the Exchange Act’s Section 12(g) exemption;
  5. And increasing the limit on how much can be raised through crowdfunding from $1M to $5M.

CCA’s principals were interviewed and cited in the Treasury report. The Fed’s recommendations were a summary of CCA’s more detailed recommendations as requested.

“The industry is evolving systematically and responsibly,” ended Neiss. “With the appropriate adjustments to the regulation we can further enable capital formation without risk to investors. The time is now for the SEC to act.”

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-five years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding PR” to see why Mr. Hoskins is considered one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding experts that has amassed a huge social media following, which is dedicated to supporting donation-, rewards- and equity-based crowdfunding campaigns.
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Who Likes Ice-Cold Beer? Crowdfunding Campaign is Offering Some Cool Deals on the World’s Coldest Coozie

23 Aug

The Coldest Cooler Coozie is an insulated, vacuum-sealed, double-walled stainless steel koozie that keeps beers and sodas ice cold for up to 12 hours

By Robert HoskinsCrowdfunding PR

White Lake, Michigan – The new Coldest Cooler Coozie works in tandem with special Coozie Ice Cubes to keep beer and soft drinks ice cold for over 12 hours and are now being offered as a Two-Pack for just $28 or $14 each via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to fund production costs. The Coldest Coozie has a watertight, screw-on top that holds any 12 0z can on top of a 2-inch thick Coozie Ice Cube. The Coldest Coozie itself is an insulated, vaccum-sealed, double-walled stainless steel koozie that keeps beers and sodas ice-cold for up to 12 hours is great for beating summertime heat. They are the perfect gift for any outdoor enthusiast that likes to keep their drinks ice-cold while boating, fishing, camping, tailgating, backyard BBQs, working in the yard, or hanging out at the lake or beach.

The Coldest Coozie has a watertight, screw-on top that holds any 12 0z can on top of a 2-inch thick Coozie Ice Cube

The Coldest Coozie holds any 12 0z can on top of a 2-inch thick Coozie Ice Cube

The Coldest Cooler Coozie

A hand-held ice cooler for any beverage, the Coldest Cooler Coozie is made from stainless steel and functions similarly to any ice chest. Using ice and chilled water to lower and maintain the temperature of any drink, the Coldest Coozie’s two layers of stainless steel is vacuum sealed to achieve outstanding ice-cold water retention and that will keep ice intact for over 12 hours.

The Cookie Ice Cube is made with special ice trays in the freezer

The Cookie Ice Cubes are made with specially formed ice trays in the freezer

Coldest Coozie Ice Cubes

The secret to lowering and maintaining the temperature of any drink, the Coozie Cube is a large solid ice cube that fits perfectly at the bottom of any 12-ounce beverage can. The direct contact of the Coozie Cube with the bottom surface area of the beverage can allows maximum conduction. As a result, the temperature of the beverage inside the container is lowered and maintained.

Colder Coozie Cube Ice Trays

Made of Silicone, Coozie Cube Ice Trays make the Coozie Cubes easy to remove. Simply freeze water in the Coozie Cube Ice Tray, remove when frozen, and then place in the bottom of the Coldest Coozie to keep beverages ice-cold for hours. The special ice chamber located at the bottom of the Coldest Coozie is designed to hold one Coozie Ice Cube. These cube storage spaces feature a special ledge that secures any 12-ounce can firmly inside the Coldest Coozie and keeps it place as the ice melts.

The simplicity of the Coldest Coozie along with the ability to keep beverages ice cold for hours is what makes the Coldest Coozie unique among all other Koozies

The simplicity of the Coldest Coozie along with the freezing ability of Coozie Ice Cubes to keep beverages ice cold for hours is what makes the Coldest Coozie unique among all other Koozies

Works 5x Times Better than Plastic Ice Cubes

The simplicity of the Coldest Coozie along with the ability to keep beverages ice cold for hours is what makes the Coldest Coozie unique among all other Koozies.

The Coozie Cube lowered the temperature 5-times better than the average plastic frozen ice cubes.  The reason the Coozie Ice Cubes outperforms plastic-encased ice cubes is simple. The fluid is encased in “plastic” and plastic is more of a insulator than a conductor.  The Coozie Ice Cubes being solid ice and in direct contact with aluminum container and water are by far a better conductor of cold energy transfer to the can, which makes it the perfect cooling core within the Coldest Coozie.

After one hour the test results were as follows:

1)   The Coldest Cooler Coozie with the “Plastic Ice Cube” had a temperature drop of 6 degrees (Temperature was 69 degrees)

2)   The Coldest Cooler Coozie with the “Coozie Cube” had a temperature drop of 29 degrees) (Temperature was 46 degrees).

The Coolest Cooler Coozie and Coozie Cube Ice Trays are crowdfunding on Kickstarter right now for as low as $14 each at  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1593943894/coldest-coozie.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-five years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins is considered one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding experts that has amassed a huge social media following, which is dedicated to supporting donation-, rewards- and equity-based crowdfunding campaigns.

Mindblower.com Disrupts the Crowdfunding World with Zero-Risk Crowdfunding Platform

28 Jun

Now anyone can crowdfund their business ideas and make money with no risk while crowdfunding backers get the perk they paid for — or their money back

By Robert HoskinsCrowdfunding PR

London, UK – Since the dawn of crowdfunding there has been a struggle for inventors and dreamers to come up with the right crowdfunding success formula to hit their funding goal and turn their vision into a delivered product. Risking their money on developing a prototype, shooting the project video, marketing and public relations and all of the other expenses and effort necessary to launch a crowdfunding campaign — if they even get that far – comes with no assurances of success.

MindBlower.com Disrupts the Crowdfunding World with New Zero-Risk Crowdfunding Platform

MindBlower.com Disrupts the Crowdfunding World with New Zero-Risk Crowdfunding Platform

Crowdfunding backers have their own risks to worry about. Projects like the Coolest Cooler, the Laser Razor, the Zano drone, Dragonfly Futurefon and so many other campaigns that promised incredible things failed to deliver on time — if at all — leaving backers high and dry. Years on, thousands of people have yet to receive the product they paid for or their money back.

There’s no question that crowdfunding has been a risky business for all concerned… until now.

That’s because MindBlower.com takes all of the risk out of crowdfunding for the backer and the would-be business person by assuming all of the responsibility in handling all of the details of production and fulfillment.

Ideas submitted to MindBlower by inventors undergo a double screening process and the best ideas are selected based on feasibility to produce, market viability and other key factors.

Ideas accepted by MindBlower are turned into crowdfunding campaigns on the MindBlower platform. Once the product reaches its crowdfunding goal, the MindBlower team is in charge of production and fulfillment, the single biggest point of failure for crowdfunding campaigns after they reach their goal.

The inventor receives a royalty on every product sold and the backer enjoys the peace of mind of a money back guarantee if they don’t receive the perk they purchased.

At the end of the day, inventors and backers have ZERO financial risk and inventors don’t have to exhaust their own resources in developing their ideas.

As they are fond of saying “It’s how crowdfunding was meant to be: A seamless, transparent and extremely efficient process that enables dreamers to bring great ideas to life with the help of the community.”

Two campaigns are underway and are wildly successful in exceeding their crowdfunding goals with new campaigns lined up to launch within the next 30-45 days.

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Robert Hoskins, a seasoned Front Page PR veteran provides more than twenty-eight years of external communications, media relations, digital social media and SEO skills to Front Page PR’s crowdfunding PR and media relations service portfolio.
Robert Hoskins
(512) 627-6622
@Crowdfunding_PR


Mr. Robert Hoskins is a seasoned marketing veteran with a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses as well as Fortune 500 corporations launch successful marketing communications campaigns to gain market traction for a wide variety of products and services.
On a regular basis, Mr. Hoskins consults with crowdfunding campaign managers as well as crowdfunding sites, portals and platforms to deliver successful crowdfunding marketing campaigns.
Google search “Robert Hoskins Crowdfunding” to see why Mr. Hoskins runs one of the industry’s foremost crowdfunding PR, social media and marketing agencies that has amassed a huge social media following and is dedicated to supporting a wide variety of donation, rewards and equity crowdfunding campaigns.

From Kitchen to Food Truck to Restaurant, Fundafeast.com Crowdfunding Site Helps Dreams Come True for Food and Drink Entrepreneurs

27 Feb

Fundafeast.com promises to support a wide variety of cookbooks, food trucks, restaurants and wineries to help fundraising efforts to launch a new food/drink service business

By Robert Hoskins

Based in New York City, NY, the new crowdfunding platform, Fundafeast.com, now makes it possible to fund anything from cookbooks full of great recipes to new food products all the way up to fine dining restaurant and wineries.  Crowdfunding can now be utilized to raise money for a wide variety of food and drink-related startups, new business ventures and existing restaurants that want to expand or franchise their operations with a little extra venture capital from hobby investors and micro venture capitalists.  But instead of giving up equity stakes in their companies, they simply trade great deals and VIP cards for startup cash.

Fundafeast Crowdfunding Platform for Bars, Coffee Shops, Food Trucks, Franchises, Restaurants, and Wineries

Fundafeast New York, NY Crowdfunding Platform for Bars, Coffee Shops, Food Trucks, Franchises, Restaurants, and Wineries

“Fundafeast is designed for entrepreneurs who want to make a business out of their own food or drink ‘passion’ and need some help getting their venture started,” says Cheryl A. Clements, founder and CEO of fundafeast. “Sometimes all you need to pursue a great food business is a $500 investment, but there isn’t a bank in the world that’s going to help. I myself used GoFundMe to get fundafeast started.”

On fundafeast, entrepreneurs can post profiles of their business ideas and elicit contributions. The page provides details of the food + drink-related business, explains how the funds will be spent and keeps a running total of donations. Fundafeast collects a fee from entrepreneurs that represents only 4% of the money raised versus the 5% charged by most other crowdfunding platforms. Fundafeast doesn’t charge a penalty for clients who fall short of their goal, as some other sites do, such as a higher percentage rate or not allowing them to keep funding raised short of goal. Entrepreneurs are allowed to keep all funds raised.

Fundafeast hopes to help develop restaurants, wine bars, cookbooks, food products, food inspired art, innovative kitchen gadgets or other food and drink-related ventures and promote their passion for running food and drink-related establishments.

Fundafeast.com is a new rewards-based crowdfunding platform uniquely designed to help raise funds for entrepreneurs with a wide variety of food- or drink-related business ideas. Fundafeast.com, which went live on Feb. 1, 2014, and give entrepreneurs a crowdfunding profile page to describe their business idea in detail, set a fundraising goal and track contributions as they come in.

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