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How To Invest In Startups: A Lesson From Professional Athletes

By Matthew Lebo on July 28, 2016

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Successful entrepreneurs know that a solid strategy is the foundation for success. When putting together our last piece on what a successful invesment strategy may look like, I also saw the ugly side of investing. Reading through an abundance of horror stories, I started to notice something. Athletes seem to have an amazing penchant for bad investments.

Check out our list of some of the best and worst athlete investments, and make sure to check out our tips for how to invest in startups.

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Crowdfunding for New Investors

By Matthew Lebo on July 22, 2016

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In its first 5 years, Shark Tank pulled in an average viewership of 6 million. The show promotes innovation and helps young entrepreneurs who are hungry to succeed. With its success it’s also created two big aspirational goals for Americans to strive for: running your own business and becoming a successful investor. With the launch of Regulation CF, you would think that same fervor would translate into Americans making a big splash in investor crowdfunding. While startups raising capital under Reg CF have seen over $1,000,000 in funding, we wonder if the rest of America will catch on. Is it lack of awareness, or a lack of confidence?

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Has Equity Crowdfunding Found A Niche?

By Matthew Lebo on July 15, 2016

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Since funding started in May, the adult beverage industry has seen the biggest cumulative amount of investment dollars. Alcohol, along with other heavily regulated industries, haven’t had this type of success with traditional crowdfunding, which makes us wonder why equity is changing that narrative.

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The Millennial Strategy Meets Investing

By Matthew Lebo on July 08, 2016

The investment world has finally caught up with the mainstream, slapping the word millennial onto gobs of daily content. Being of the said generation, where home loans have been replaced by student loans, I was shocked. Call me pessimistic, but I tend to lean toward the glass is “exactly this full” approach. If we look into the data behind those 80 million Americans, there is a story that becomes very clear. Many millennials don’t have money.

The average income for a 20 - 30 something comes in at $30,000, and is most likely coupled with long or short term debt, and a -1% savings growth. How do these new adults actually live? The stats provide a pretty bleak short term outlook for new investors. They also show that marketers are vying to reach an audience that is about the size of the population of Washington. Whether this marketing strategy is brilliant or misjudged is yet to be seen. But there is a silver lining for a long term outlook, and for equity crowdfunding platforms looking to grab a larger piece of the investment market.

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Equity CrowdFunding Opens Up a New Frontier in Raising Capital

By Jackie Feiler on May 24, 2016

Raise money directly from customers to create evangelists and diversify your sources of capital.

  • Raise money from 230 million American adults thanks to new regulations.
  • Access the most diverse pools of capital ever available.
  • Create evangelists while maintaining control of your business.
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FlashFunders Streamlines Investments For Equity Crowdfunding

By FlashFunders on May 24, 2016

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.

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Your Investment Portfolio and Equity Crowdfunding

By FlashFunders on May 24, 2016

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.
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Track The Success of Your Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

By FlashFunders on May 23, 2016

When fundraising for your business, it’s important to understand that landing and converting investors is not as simple or easy as it may seem. To successfully close a round, it’s important that founders are proactive throughout the overall process – especially, when it comes to marketing and measuring the performance of your raise.
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Venture Capital 2015: Reflections, Questions, Curiosities.

By FlashFunders on May 23, 2016

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.

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Regulation CF Provides Equal Opportunity In Equity Funding

By FlashFunders on February 04, 2016

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.

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