This week we will talk about securities, which is what you are purchasing when you invest in a startup. While doing your due diligence should come first, some investors tend to stay away from deals that offer a particular security because of the risk involved. While we will get into the importance of diversification down the road, make sure that you understand what you are getting in return for your investment.
Reviewing a business is probably one of the toughest things you will have to go through in this entire process.
"Due Diligence is the mother of good fortune"
- Miguel De Cervantes
The days of seeing handsome returns from public technology companies seem to be on the decline, as more new technology giants continue to stay private. Because of that, the biggest returns seem to be trending towards early investors in private high-growth companies. Wish you would have invested? Well, you probably would not have been able to even if you tried.
August marked three months since the launch of Regulation CF, and while it may not seem like much of a milestone, the amount of activity has provided us with some useful insights. Get a glimpse into what may be the keys to a raising capital making an investment through equity crowdfunding campaign.
The biggest concerns about equity crowdfunding revolve around cap table management, red tape, and perception.
With Reg CF, companies will be able to raise up to $1 million from the crowd within a 12 month period, and they will be required to follow certain regulations dealing with transparency and reporting. FlashFunders has streamlined the process to make compliance easy and simple.
For the first time, in almost a century, anyone can invest in private companies. With the public stock market prices at an all-time high and bond yields historically low, startups offer an exciting new way to diversify your investment portfolio.
- Companies used to create much of their value after selling shares on the public stock market.
- Because of technology and new regulations, companies can now raise most of the capital they need from private investors. They don’t have as immediate of a need as they once did.
- New rules in effect May 16, 2016 allow anyone over the age of 18 to purchase shares in private companies.
As 2016 begins and 2015 ends, I wanted to jot down a few thoughts about where VCs have been over the last year and the questions that might be answered over the next year.
After months of anticipation, the SEC has finally opened up registration for online platforms that intend to legally solicit offerings through equity crowdfunding (Regulation CF). For the first time in 80 years, all Americans will have equal access to invest in private companies.