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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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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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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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WEBINAR: What are your 2016 Capital Raising Options? Dec 2, 2015, 1 p.m. PT

2016 will witness the first use of the new crowdfunding rules allowing for investment crowdfunding for non-accredited investors, JOBS Act Title III. When decades-old legislation already allows for investment crowdfunding, are the new regulations a viable or even cost-effective option for your business or nonprofit? A number of other options exist for raising funds from […]

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Today’s SEC Release Regarding Title III JOBS Act Crowdfunding

Cutting Edge Capital Applauds Today’s SEC Release Regarding Title III JOBS Act Crowdfunding …Direct Public Offerings! The Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement today was monumental – but not for the reasons most people had been anticipating. While the final rules are now out for Title III of the JOBS Act regarding crowdfunding, Cutting Edge Capital […]

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A Tale of Two Capital Markets Or – The Case of the Missing Economy

Two recent publications show the significant disparity in how people are thinking about fixes to the capital system.  Each has great merit, but the differences in scope and focus say a lot about how much attention and funds go toward the uber-financialized economy (the one where all the very big pools of newly printed dollars […]

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Nightmare on Main Street: The Middle-Class Squeeze

We recently read The Middle-Class Squeeze, an article that reminds us why we do what we do. The 2,500-word piece by British journalist Charles Moore appeared in the Wall Street Journal on September 25, as its “Saturday Essay,” a remarkable fact given that the article touches on issues that are antithetical to what the publication […]

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