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Equity Crowdfunding: Investors Edition

By Matthew Lebo on June 23, 2016

Since the launch of equity crowdfunding, we’ve put the majority of our focus towards startups looking to raise capital. But ever since the launch, investors have been the group with the most questions. The most frequently asked question we've heard from people looking to invest in startups is “What’s the return on my investment, and how will I get paid?”

Before we get into the different avenues of seeing potential returns:

  • Do your research on the company, industry, and team
  • Try to invest in businesses you use or have a thorough understanding of
  • While not foolproof, try to manage risk by diversifying their portfolio
  • Understand that there will never be a guaranteed return on any investment

Unlike the stock market, you don’t have the ability to sell your shares with the click of a button. In most cases, equity funding will be a long term investment. The best case scenario is that you can make a potentially healthy return on a startup you choose to invest in, while the worst case scenario is losing all your money on investments that don’t pan out.

Now that you have a better understanding of how things work, let’s look at the different ways a company could “exit” and possibly return capital to equity investors.

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Investing in Franchises Using Equity Crowdfunding

By Matthew Lebo on June 16, 2016

Franchise Outlook

Did you know that there are more than 750,000 franchises, employing over 18 million people in the U.S., and generating $1 trillion in annual sales?

Franchising has been coined as “An American success story”. IFA president Steven Caldiera said “Independent, locally owned small-business men and women, including more veterans and minorities, who own and operate establishments...are growing faster than other businesses. They are creating more jobs at a faster pace than other businesses and they are also producing more sales growth than other businesses."

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