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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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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. Questions are answered by Jenny Kassan, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital and securities […]

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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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Is a Direct Public Offering Right for Me?

Capital raising can be difficult, especially when you’re stuck with the wrong approach. Whether you’re raising capital from private investors, appealing to banks for loan financing, looking to the “crowd” for donations, or offering your community of customers and supporters an investment opportunity through a Direct Public Offering, raising capital requires a considerable commitment of your […]

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Webinar: “The Better Way to Crowdfund” — January 14th, 11 am – 12 pm PT

January 14, 2015, 11 am – 12 pm PT: “The Better Way to Crowdfund” Discover the Crowdfunding tool that lets you raise investment capital from anyone and Three Keys to a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign In “The Better Way to Crowdfund,” discover how you can use a Direct Public Offering (DPO) to accept investment from anyone, […]

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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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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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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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Direct Public Offerings for Healthy Communities

Guest post by John Katovich on Stanford Social Innovation Review Dysfunctional public and private capital markets benefit traders, speculators, and financiers more than companies and communities; direct public offerings provide a capital funding solution that benefits everyone. Once upon a time, capital markets had meaning—before their soul was lost to an über-financialized economy that spiraled […]

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