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Onevest Sets $2 Million Self-Crowdfunding Record; Uses Funds to Hire Top Talent

22 Aug

Financial technology company currently operates one of the leading startup investing marketplaces with over 80,000 entrepreneurs and 15,000 investors registered

By Robert Hoskins

New York City, New York – Onevest announced that reached $2M in financing for its Series A round after self–crowdfunding on its own platform.   The financial technology firm launched the 506c offering to celebrate the implementation of Title IV of the JOBS Act. In one month alone the company has been able to close what would normally take on average between 4 to 8 months in the offline world for a tech startup of its size.

New Equity Crowdfunding Platform, OneVest, Creates One-Stop Shop for Investors Seeking Startups in the United States

New Equity Crowdfunding Platform, OneVest, Creates One-Stop Shop for Investors Seeking Startups in the United States

The company is currently operating one of the leading startup investing marketplaces with over 80,000 entrepreneurs and 15,000 investors registered.

Onevest has a unique approach, as it captures deal flow at the formation stage via its cofounder matchmaking property site, CoFoundersLab, which gives Onevest six months to one year in advance to build the relationship with the company before the entrepreneur is ready to seek a round of financing. Via CoFoundersLab, Onevest is onboarding over 2,000 registered entrepreneurs to its ecosystem every month.

“Today we have put a dent in the universe by changing the game of fundraising online. We are lucky and honored to be part of an industry that is revolutionizing what has been an old and outdated model that clearly needed a healthy disruption,” said Onevest’s Executive Chairman Alejandro Cremades.

The company is already putting the capital to work as it has hired a new CFO, Barry Shereck. Barry has more than 30 years of experience in financial management with early stage companies and has taken four companies public.

Onevest also announced the hire of Erica Duignan as the Head of Deal Flow to hone in on bringing high quality startups on its marketplace and to build a world-class team of venture associates. Erica is joining Onevest from the renown accelerator program Dreamit Ventures, where she was a Managing Director focused on company recruiting, fundraising and developing investor relationships.

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Crowdfunding Mergers Continue; CoFoundersLab and RockThePost Join Forces to Form New Equity Crowd-funding Site in the United States

16 Jul

New Equity Crowdfunding Platform, Onevest, Creates One-Stop Shop for Investors Seeking Startups in the United States

By Robert Hoskins

New York, NY – From early stage venture capital firms to family offices, high-net-worth individuals and non-accredited individuals, investors will find Onevest the perfect place to get a first look at the world’s most dynamic startups. Onevest has a diversified network of over 35,000 startup founders and over 15,000 investors. Onevest’s partner network, ranging from Techstars and Founder Institute to leading universities such as HarvardCornell and the University of Michigan, will continue to expand the investor base and deal flow.

New Equity Crowdfunding Platform, OneVest, Creates One-Stop Shop for Investors Seeking Startups in the United States

New Equity Crowdfunding Platform, OneVest, Creates One-Stop Shop for Investors Seeking Startups

OneVest was formed  to provide Investors seeking early stage startups with a one-stop online shop to simplify their search and due diligence process. RockThePost brought the online investing platform to the table, which connected startups with accredited investors, while CoFoundersLab was offering investors and small businesses an in-person matchmaking network that scientifically builds startup teams.  The two business were a perfect match and should streamline the entire equity fundraising process and will have offices in New YorkWashington, D.C., and San Francisco.

The upcoming implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act means over 250 million American investors will have access to equity crowdfunding platforms, as opposed to the 8 million using them today. As the investor pool grows, Onevest will make it easier to connect with qualified startups.

RockThePost was founded in 2010 by Alejandro Cremades and Tanya Prive, who will be CEO and COO of Onevest; Drew Butler will be CTO. TIME named RockThePost one of the world’s best crowdfunding platforms, Forbes dubbed it a top digital tool for entrepreneurs and Business Insider spotlighted it as a hot startup.

CoFoundersLab’s team-building platform uses proprietary tools to match entrepreneurs with core founding team members with complementary skills and compatible goals and values. The site makes over 5,000 introductions monthly and has over 35,000 founder members worldwide, with a strong presence in over 35 U.S. markets. CoFoundersLab was founded in 2011 by CEO Shahab Kavianiwho will be Onevest’s CMO. Erick Brimen, CoFoundersLab’s COO & VP of Finance serve as Onevest’s CFO.

Onevest captures companies at the formation stage, capturing the best deal flow before the transactional stage, and reduces investment risks arising from founder issues, since members are scientifically matched to create startup teams. “Knowing the teams intimately will be a key driver for investor confidence, setting Onevest apart from other platforms,” Cremades stated.

Onevest’s combined value was not disclosed. Investors from RockThePost and CoFoundersLab will join Onevest as shareholders. This includes investor affiliations from SOL Ventures, Militello Capital, Fortify Ventures, Maryland Venture Fund, Talent Equity Ventures, and members of Robin Hood Ventures and Mid-Atlantic Angel Group. Onevest has raised $3.3 million to date.

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RockthePost Predicts Legalization of General Solicitation Will Change Startup Investing Forever

21 Sep

The SEC general solicitation rule change washes away some limitations on promotion of fundraising campaigns that have been in place for 80 years

By Robert Hoskins

Many changes are going to take place in the startup investment industry as the SEC lifts its ban on general solicitation on Monday, September 23.  With this implementation, the startup ecosystem will see an 80-year-old securities law modified for modern times, allowing private companies – startups in particular – to publicly advertise that they are seeking investments.

Alejandro Cremades launches crowdfunding project as a solution to help save the U.S. economy.

Alejandro Cremades launches crowdfunding project as a solution to help save the U.S. economy.

Among the exciting developments, leading startup investing platform RockThePost will unveil the following, in conjunction with Title II of the JOBS Act taking effect on Monday:

  1. Prominent featuring of startups publicly announcing investment rounds
  2. Investor verification system that shifts the burden off startups
  3. Secure transactions where Escrow accounts act as a safe haven for early committed investors
  4. Full transparency – third party identity checks and legal business verification, crowdsourced due diligence, bank-level security
  5. Smart matching of investors to startup investments that match their preferences

RockThePost CEO, Alejandro Cremades, notes that “our startups have had mixed feelings on general solicitation, but the ones who are planning to take advantage of it are really excited about the exponential exposure from which they can benefit tremendously.”

According to the Center for Venture Research, only 258,000 investors have made an angel investment out of the 8.7 million accredited investor households eligible to invest in the U.S. The general solicitation ban lift will allow startups to publicly fundraise via methods such as equity crowdfunding, harnessing the power of the internet and social media to reach potential investors in all corners of the country. We expect a large jump in angel activity in the coming years as individual investors seek higher returns on investment and feel more comfortable investing in startups.

The nature of startup investing is risky, but to grow the nest egg, investor money has to be put to work. With a financial shift underway in which low yields and high interest rates are prevalent, investors are forced to look beyond traditional investment avenues to reach their financial goals.

A 2013 UBS report, Investment Strategy Guide, recommends that 7 to 11% of any given investment portfolio be allocated to new alternative investments, which includes buying equity in early stage companies (note that only accredited investors may participate in private offerings).

Startup investing involves high risk. However, investing early in startups has the potential of yielding high returns as seen below.

  • $1,000 in Facebook in 2005 = $624,500 today
  • $1,000 in Airbnb in 2009 = $589,667 today
  • $1,000 in Dropbox in 2008 = $391,500 today

RockThePost does believe that openly fundraising in the startup investing world could significantly help startups gain access to capital in an economic environment in which investors are more readily looking for high-return investments.

General solicitation will potentially increase the number of transactions happening between investors and startups. RockThePost expects these changes to drive the U.S. economy as small businesses have created almost 65% of the net new jobs for the past 17 years.

By democratizing access to startup capital for entrepreneurs and bringing startup investment opportunities to a new investor demographic, RockThePost aims to be the go-to destination for both startups and investors.

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