Tag: equity crowdfunding

The 3 Most Common Crowdfunding Concerns (Part 2): “It’s Too Complicated & I Don’t Have Enough Time!”

Today, OurCrowd is featuring Part 2 of a special 3-part series from Matt and Wayne, the founders of Crowdability Crowdability provides individual investors with independent research and education on equity crowdfunding. With their free service, they aim to simplify the process of discovering and evaluating crowdfunding opportunities. In this series that they’ve created especially for OurCrowd, Crowdability will address investors’ 3 most common concerns about Equity Crowdfunding. ——————————————————————— In Part 1 of this Series, we addressed a concern about whether equity crowdfunding makes sense for ordinary people who aren’t intending to invest millions. Today we’ll address another common concern – namely, that early-stage investing is too difficult, or takes too much time. These are valid questions.  Early-stage investing certainly isn’t easy… For one thing, since the companies raising funds are private, they’re not obligated to disclose details of their operations or financial results.  Gathering this critical information can be challenging and time-consuming, and interpreting it can be even harder. That said, there are many ways to make the process faster and easier… Let’s look at three of them now....

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Zack’s App of the Week: Asana

Building scalable, repeatable processes is key to growing a startup into a much bigger concern. Especially in a modern growth-oriented company, where teams are somewhat amorphous, you need the tools to quickly collaborate, help with workflows, and tweak as you go. At OurCrowd, we use Asana to help with exactly this. Asana is our teamwork tool that helps us take our tasks off of email. Working with Asana is similar to working in your email/Outlook. You have different inboxes filled with tasks. You can add multiple people to the same task and even create simple workflows that require sequential collaboration on a particular project. We have Asana tied into a few of our essential processes in-house at OurCrowd, triggering tasks and events that we use to manage our business. For example, when someone signs up on our website, there is regulatory scrubbing that gets kicked off and we do that in part, by creating a task in Asana. When it’s completed, the person in charge of the tasks marks it complete and it gets archived. So, for investors and...

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The 3 Most Common Crowdfunding Concerns (Part 1): “I Don’t Have Millions to Invest”

Today, OurCrowd is featuring Part 1 of a special 3-part series from Matt and Wayne, the founders of www.Crowdability.com.  Crowdability provides individual investors with independent research and education on equity crowdfunding. With their free service, they aim to simplify the process of discovering and evaluating crowdfunding opportunities. In this series that they’ve created especially for OurCrowd, Crowdability will address investors’ 3 most common concerns about Equity Crowdfunding.  ——————————————————————— “Dear Matt and Wayne: Does investing in equity crowdfunding deals make sense for me? I’m not a professional investor, and I’m not planning to invest millions into start-ups.” Several times a week, our subscribers ask us variations of this same question.  Since it’s such a common concern, we thought we’d dig into it today. Let’s start with the simple answer: Yes, it does make sense – even if you’re not a “professional” investor, and regardless of how much you intend to invest. You see, equity crowdfunding was specifically designed to help small companies raise small rounds of financing, ideally in small amounts from many investors. The fact is, you can dip your toe in the water for less...

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OurCrowd op-ed in WSJ: “An SEC Rule Change Opens a New Era for Crowdfunding”

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed today written by OurCrowd CEO, Jon Medved. In the editorial, Jon talks about how recent U.S. regulatory changes to equity crowdfunding will open up new opportunities for investors and how these changes have positioned OurCrowd as a leader in its space. Startups and businesses have taken notice. They have begun to use similar online crowdfunding platforms—but to gather investments. And thanks in part to the SEC’s new rule, the equity crowdfunding market is poised for rapid growth over the next decade.   A new class of angel investors, affluent individuals who invest personal funds in companies, is another byproduct of the burgeoning crowdfunding movement. These angel investors are no longer just former startup founders. They’re a younger, broader class of Internet-savvy investors ready to evaluate and pick deals online. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here. A version of this article appeared October 10, 2013, on page A17 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: An SEC Rule Change Opens a New Era for Crowdfunding.   Making...

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