Communities Investing in Themselves: DPOs for Downtown Revitalization

An Oregon real estate company and CEC client, Guerrilla Development, is focused on “creating inventive and experimental projects that use both hemispheres of the brain.” Coincidentally, earlier this month they have been busy engaging both “hemispheres” of investors: accredited investors (a.k.a. wealthy individuals) and non-accredited investors (a.k.a. the rest of us). They are using one […]

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A Call for Systemic Impact

Foundations, Families and Funds can play a very important role in helping to redirect capitalism toward a more fair and just application, while also finding the right social enterprises to support. By playing a more comprehensive role in the creation and support of Community Capital Markets, these funding sources can build impact into a systemic […]

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Wealthier Investors Are an Essential Part of Community Capital Markets

The Securities and Exchange Commission has recently estimated that approximately 10% of all U.S. Households are now in the “Accredited Investor“ category (for individuals, that means $1m in net worth not counting primary residence, or $200k of income). Assuming that’s accurate, there are now over 12 million households in the U.S. that meet the definition […]

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Invest in Who You Know – Part 2

Most people don’t have the ability, flexibility or funds to invest like a professional, and a more common approach for ‘investing in what you know’ takes the form of how well you can follow a company, mainly by looking at what you (or others who you trust) know about the company, or what the company […]

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Direct Public Offerings Let Businesses Turn Customers Into Investors

Read the story on KQED. See the Maker’s Common, EDFC, and HydroRevolution DPOs on CuttingEdgeX!

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Job Posting: Office Manager

If you would like to use your administrative skills to help build a more democratic and equitable economy, we may be looking for you. We are a constellation of related organizations, all based in downtown Oakland, just steps from the 12th St. BART station: Cutting Edge Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to education about the […]

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Invest in Who You Know – Part 1

There’s an old saying that you should “invest in what you know,” but what’s far more valuable is when you can “invest in who you know” as well.  The new crowdfunding laws are not designed to nurture this; they are meant to prohibit investment conversations with the company insiders when the opposite has historically been […]

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It’s the DPO Digest!

Baah baah almost there! The Economic Development and Financing Corporation is at 90% of its goal in its Direct Public Offering. California investors can help them reach their target by investing before February 9th. Through a community-based Local Social Impact Investment Note, EDFC offers investors an opportunity for California residents to launch the Mendocino Wool Mill project – […]

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DPOs and Crowdfunding: What’s the Difference?

With all of the recent changes in the securities laws ushered in by the 2012 JOBS Act, it may be helpful now to take a step back and look at how these changes fit into the broader landscape of capital-raising for small and medium sized businesses. We’ll start with a definition of “crowdfunding.” This is […]

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WEBINAR: Is a Direct Public Offering Right for You? Jan 6, 2016, 1 p.m. PT

A Direct Public Offering (DPO) 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. DPOs can involve several different legal compliance strategies, and can be structured as debt, equity, or revenue-sharing.  DPOs are available to many different […]

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