The Doom That Came to Atlantic City

***More Fundraising Terror Tales!***  (Rated XYZ – Mentor Guidance Advised)  For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined someone for using “unfair or deceptive” acts related to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. In May 2012, Erik Chevalier launched a 30-day online fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, seeking to raise $35,000 to create a fantasy […]

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Cutting Edge Community Happy Hour!

It’s been a busy summer helping people invest for good. We feel like celebrating! We want to learn more about your work and introduce you to the newest members of our dynamic team. Please join us for an open house and happy hour at our office in downtown Oakland! To attend, RSVP to ariana [at] […]

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$340,000 Raised by Composting and Recycling Worker Cooperative in Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE $340,000 Raised by Composting and Recycling Worker Cooperative in Massachusetts Funds raised using innovative community financing tool Oakland, CA – July 7, 2015 – Cutting Edge Capital (CEC), a leading firm helping social ventures and entrepreneurs raise capital, announced today that its client CERO Cooperative closed its Direct Public Offering (“DPO”) to […]

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Marketing Guide for Investment Crowdfunding (a.k.a. DPOs)

Investment crowdfunding is a term that refers to a public offering of securities by a business or nonprofit to both accredited and non-accredited investors in one or more states. This is also referred to as “do-it-yourself IPO’s,” “securities-based crowdfunding,” and “Direct Public Offerings” (or “DPOs”), and it allows companies to raise capital directly from everyone—their […]

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How Startup Growth Hacks Resulted in a Formal Investigation by the SEC

Sand Hill Exchange, a Silicon Valley startup, was recently closed for running afoul of securities regulations. You can read the company’s version of what happened here. We love entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial spirit, but when you’re moving at the speed of light it’s easy to forget that the regulators, while moving much, much, much more […]

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We Can Be Heroes (for more than one day)

I love reading Maria Popova’s weekly Brain Pickings blog.  It never fails to inspire me in one way or another. Recently, Maria focused on Joseph Campbell’s work on heroes, and it reminded me of all of the people we come in contact with on a daily basis who I consider to be Heroes of the […]

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Audio replay of 2015 Spring Q&A Call

Missed our live Q&A on April 14th? Catch the audio replay to see if we answered your questions about how to raise capital from your ideal investors. The 90-min Q&A covers the new Reg A+ rules, Direct Public Offerings, crowdfunding, and more. Click here to listen to the call.

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Boot Camp Participant My Trail Company Plans Colorado DPO

The great outdoors. You might be thinking you’re heading out into it au naturel, unburdened of the cares of the material world and that stuff we call money. But chances are, before you’ve even stepped foot on Mount Shasta or breathed the cool, crisp air of Yosemite, you’ve already spent several hundreds of dollars on […]

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Story of a Repentant Angel

Mike Michalowicz, author of the book Profit First, sold his multimillion-dollar computer forensic investigations business to a Fortune 500 firm. He then decided to become an angel investor. Here is what happened next: I decided that investing in a dozen brand-new start-ups was the best way to use my windfall. After all, it was only […]

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Maker’s Common: connecting food and community through a DPO

The folks behind San Francisco’s Mission Cheese, a renowned cheese shop and eatery, have just launched a Direct Public Offering to finance a new venture called Maker’s Common. Like Mission Cheese, the focus of the establishment will be on creating an inviting gathering place for neighborhood residents to enjoy artisanally produced cheeses, charcuterie, beer, and, […]

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