Cutting Edge Capital Expands Crowdfunding Services Through Partnership With Mercury360

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Mercury360, a pioneering San Francisco marketing company. This partnership allows us to help our clients reach the right investors through innovative and effective marketing services tailored to any budget. We selected Mercury360 as our partner because of their strong understanding of the fundraising process and their […]

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City RFP Encourages the Use of Community-Based Financing Tools

The City of Oakland recently released a Request for Proposals for the redevelopment of the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. It included something unusual and exciting for those of us who want to see the wealth generated by community revitalization benefit a broad cross-section of community residents. On page 15, the RFP says, Community-based Financing […]

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ABC7 Los Angeles: Support Your Local Business by Investing in It

On Tuesday, October 7, ABC7 – Los Angeles ran a news story about local investing that featured Direct Public Offerings (DPOs), our DPO marketplace, CuttingEdgeX, and our client Quimper Mercantile Co., which raised nearly $700,000 from community investors through a DPO. The news story and accompanying 3-minute video can be found below. ** By Ric […]

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Annie’s Homegrown: from $1.3 Million DPO to $820 Million Buyout

On September 9th, Annie’s Homegrown, one of the best-known companies to do a Direct Public Offering (DPO), was acquired by General Mills for $820 million. Just like in the case of the Unilever acquisition of Ben & Jerry’s, which also raised capital with a DPO, the original community shareholders were generously rewarded. As reported in […]

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Funding the Food Commons

Over the last century, multinational food corporations and agribusinesses have come to dominate the global food system at an astonishing rate. In a recent report, Oxfam International points out that for a world of 7 billion people, 500 companies control 70 percent of food choice, with the top 10 companies by annual revenue controlling nearly […]

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September 2, 2014: Community Capital Conference (CoCap), Oakland, CA

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our second Community Capital Conference (CoCap) at Impact Hub Oakland on September 2, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presented by Cutting Edge Capital, Impact Hub Oakland, and the Sustainable Business Alliance, the second annual event is dedicated to empowering people to invest in their […]

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Request for Proposals: Marketing Services

Cutting Edge Capital (“CEC”) is seeking proposals for marketing advisory services that CEC can offer to its clients via a collaborative relationship. CEC is a consulting and services firm that assists social enterprises and businesses focused on social responsibility (nonprofit and for-profit) in raising capital from their communities primarily using a tool called a Direct […]

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Webinar: DPO 101 with Jenny Kassan – Encore Presentation on August 13, 2014!

We received an overwhelming response to our webinar on Direct Public Offerings, DPO 101 with Jenny Kassan, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital. Thank you to all who attended! A number of people contacted us after the webinar with regrets that they couldn’t make it or wanting to see it again. Since we were unable to capture a recording to share with […]

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John Katovich’s response to “Kickstarter, but with stock” on Slate.com

There may only be one thing in this article I can agree with, which is that the legislation that became Title III was poorly written and hastily approved.  Only the most courageous in our Congress were willing to see the many problems with this approach and to vote no to something called the “JOBS” Act […]

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Free webinar on July 22, 2014: “DPO 101″

Not sure if a Direct Public Offering (DPO) is right for you? Join Jenny Kassan, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, for a free one-hour webinar on July 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST), to learn how DPOs help you: Raise money from supporters in alignment with your goals and values Create a permanent source of financing […]

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