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How to create a $350 million impact investment fund for the San Francisco Bay Area

According to the 2010 Survey of Consumer Finances, 50.4 percent of families have retirement accounts and the average value of these accounts was $44,000. According to the Census, there were about 1.6 million families in the 9 county Bay Area in 2010.  If 50.4 percent of these families have retirement accounts, 806,400 have retirement accounts. […]

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When you go solar who benefits more – you or Wall Street?

By Seth Wilson Legend has it that Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads and traded his soul with the devil in exchange for becoming the best blues guitarist to ever live.  Is the devil still at the crossroads cutting deals? Solar energy is at the crossroads of becoming a major contributor to solving our […]

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Beat the Wave of JOBS Act Investment Crowdfunding Campaigns with a DPO

By Nate Hyun, Director of Crowdfunding and Securities Compliance The SEC and FINRA recently issued proposed rules for implementing the new crowdfunding exemption under Title III of the JOBS Act. The proposed rules are now open to public comment and it likely will be several months before the SEC and FINRA adopt final rules. In the […]

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An opportunity to join the movement to transform capital markets!

  CONTENT Direct Public Offerings Community Investment Funds  Direct Private Offerings Consulting Projects IndieGogo Partner Page Partnerships DPO Software Testimonials  To Our Supporters and Potential Investors… It’s been almost nine months since we started our own Direct Public Offering, and thanks to those who believe in us and support our mission to transform the capital […]

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The Small Business Financing Market Is Completely Inefficient

I recently listened to the TedX talk by Chinwe Onyeagoro of Fundwell called “I’m an Inefficient Market Entrepreneur.” The talk provided good insight into the small business financing market and its many inefficiencies. Ms. Onyeagoro provided some very interesting information about small business financing: 7 out of 10 small businesses are rejected for loans businesses with revenues […]

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Is the stock market safe for the long term?

Personal finance gurus shout about the latest stock picks on MSNBC.  Radio shows like Marketplace Money repeat the mantra that you are an idiot if you don’t maximize your contribution to your 401(k). A recent book, “Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry,” by Helaine Olen, provides evidence that much of […]

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Financing Local Food in the Bay Area

Cutting Edge Capital was selected by the American Farmland Trust and the Greenbelt Alliance to develop a scalable model for sustainable financing of agricultural businesses in the Bay Area.  This important project will include a risk analysis and assessment of requirements for success across the entire sustainable agriculture value chain and will culminate with the […]

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Should we be afraid of deregulation of the capital markets?

Critics of the recent crowdfunding legislation have expressed dismay that we are deregulating an industry that is already rife with fraud and abuse. But before we decry deregulation, it is important to ask who exactly is being deregulated?  Is it the giant global multinational financial players?  Or is it small business that is already so […]

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Can I set up an investment fund open to the public?

A fund that invests in other businesses will generally be subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act of 1940.  Being regulated as an investment company is extremely onerous and expensive – this is the law that regulates mutual funds.  To avoid this, it is necessary to either qualify for an exemption from the Investment […]

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California Cap and Trade – A System Worth Waiting For

By Kristin York With great anticipation over the impending California cap and trade auction, the Cutting Edge Capital team participated in the Navigating the American Carbon World Conference held in San Francisco this past week. The conference is the annual meeting of the minds of carbon traders, regulators, policy makers, investors, and, of course, consultants […]

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