Jenny

About Jenny

Jenny, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, has over seventeen years of experience as an attorney for and creator of social enterprises. She has raised funds for and launched a public space cleaning and maintenance business, a landscapers’ cooperative, and a public market. She has extensive experience with direct public offerings, nonprofit-for-profit joint ventures, cooperatives, and creative financing tools. She has a law degree from Yale and a masters in city planning from U.C. Berkeley.

Jenny's full bio can be found at: http://cuttingedgecapital.com/team/jenny-kassan

Author Archive | Jenny

Can you announce your DPO on your web site and in social media? SEC’s response is clear as mud

The SEC recently released the following guidance: Question 141.04 Question: An issuer plans to use a third-party Internet portal to promote an offering to residents of a single state in accordance with a state statute or regulation intended to enable securities crowdfunding within that state. Assuming the issuer met the other conditions of Rule 147, […]

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Buying Into Solar Power, No Roof Access Needed – But Is it a Security?

On June 19, the New York Times ran a story about utility customers buying into solar arrays constructed elsewhere and receiving credit on their electricity bills for the power these panels produce. It’s a great solution for customers that are renters, have shady roofs, or for some other reason can’t or prefer not to install […]

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Integration and Maximums: Raising up to $1 Million from Investors in all 50 States

We are often asked whether it’s okay to raise money from multiple sources using multiple strategies at the same time or close in time. The answer to this question depends on several factors. Here are a few pointers: If you are conducting a Direct Public Offering under the federal exemption known as Rule 504, you […]

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Regulatory Issues for Local Currency: A Meeting in the Berkshires

I recently traveled to South Egremont, Massachusetts, to discuss policy and regulatory issues with a small group of local currency advocates.  South Egremont is the home of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, the organization that launched BerkShares, one of the best-established local currencies in the world. With growing attention to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, […]

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Thank you to our wonderful inaugural DPO boot camp class!

We learned so much from our participants and will use what we learned to do an even better Boot Camp #2! Here are some of the comments we received: “This is an exciting and innovative way to promote local support and economics and we are proud to be part of the pilot program!” “Companies just […]

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How to create a $350 million impact investment fund for the San Francisco Bay Area

According to the 2010 Survey of Consumer Finances, 50.4 percent of families have retirement accounts and the average value of these accounts was $44,000. According to the Census, there were about 1.6 million families in the 9 county Bay Area in 2010.  If 50.4 percent of these families have retirement accounts, 806,400 have retirement accounts. […]

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Going Back to School to Raise Capital – CEC’s DPO Boot Camp

Seven Bay Area companies are going back to school to learn how to raise money legally from their loyal customer and fan base, both wealthy and non-wealthy.  Over CEC’s DPO boot camp’s five sessions, they will work to launch and manage their own Direct Public Offerings (DPOs).  DPOs are different from the offerings on crowdfunding […]

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Signs of a Growing Trend: Community Investing

I am often asked whether I think Community Investing (meaning investing by non-wealthy, non-professional investors in their own geographical communities or interest-based communities) is a growing trend.  It’s hard to find concrete data on this, but there are lots of signs that indicate growing interest in Community Investing. 1. Media coverage – we saw lots […]

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New York Times covers Direct Public Offerings

This great article talks about Cutting Edge Capital and several of our clients and our Direct Public Offerings! There is another NYT post that asks why DPOs are not more common.  Click here to chime in!

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What is the difference between a Benefit Corporation and a B Corp?

B Corp B Corps are not statutory business forms.  In fact, any business form can be a B Corp – this is slightly confusing because the name implies you have to be a corporation.  In fact a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, LLP, co-operative, or any other type of business can be a B Corp. The […]

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