Crowdfund Investing For Dummies

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The easy way to get started in crowdfund investing

Crowdfund investing (CFI) is going to be the next big thing on Wall Street.  U.S. investment banks, brokerage houses, and law firms are gearing up for the creation and regulation of new financial products that will be available to the general public starting in early 2013.  The introduction of these products will revolutionize the financing of small businesses and startups for these key reasons:

  • Entrepreneurs and small business owners, who have had difficulty obtaining capital through traditional means (such as bank loans and angel investors) in recent years, will have access to investors around the world through social media.
  • For the first time, investors (so-called unqualified investors) will be able to purchase an equity stake in a business or new investment vehicle.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is overseeing the creation of online portals that will allow entrepreneurs and small investors to connect. When these portals go live in 2013, Crowdfund Investing For Dummies will be on the front line to educate business owners, other entrepreneurs, and investors alike.

 Crowdfund Investing For Dummies will walk entrepreneurs and investors, like yourself, through this new investing experience, beginning with explaining how and why CFI developed and what the 2012 JOBS says about CFI.

Entrepreneurs will find out how much funding they can realistically raise through CFI; how to plan and launch a CFI campaign; how to manage the crowd after a campaign is successful; and how to work within the SEC’s regulations at every stage. 

 Investors will discover: the benefits and risks of CFI ;how much they can invest; how a CFI investment may fit into a broader investment portfolio; how to provide value to the business or project being funded; and how to bow out of an investment when the time is right.  

Crowdfund Investing For Dummies is an indispensable resource for long time investors and novice investors alike.

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Learn about:

  • What crowdfund investing is and how you can raise money for your business
  • The risks and rewards of crowdfund investing
  • Maximizing the benefits and preventing fraud

Want to rise above the crowd in crowdfund investing?

Are you an investor or entrepreneur looking to get in on the newest big thing on Wall Street? Crowdfund Investing For Dummies walks you through this new investing experience, explaining everything you need to know about crowdfund investing: how much funding you can realistically raise; how to plan and launch a campaign; how to manage the crowd after a campaign is successful; and how to work within the SEC's regulations at every stage.

  • Crowdfund Investing 101 — get an overview of how this form of private equity or debt investment works and what the potential benefits are to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and investors
  • Make a plan — find out how to present a solid business plan, define your financial needs, and prepare for a crowdfund investing campaign
  • Manage your campaign — discover how to market your pitch, tap into your social networks, prepare for potential problems related to your campaign, and successfully complete a crowdfund investing campaign
  • Run with it — grasp how to communicate clearly and regularly with your crowd, avoid mistakes that could lead your investors to revolt, and keep your investors happy even when your plans are delayed
  • Put the "I" in investor — get the 4-1-1 on how to measure risk and thoroughly examine opportunities available to you as a personal investor

Open the book and find:

  • How the crowdfund investing concept evolved
  • Why crowdfund investing gained bipartisan support
  • Advice on planning your crowdfund investing campaign
  • How to evaluate crowdfund investing opportunities
  • Best practices in crowdfund investing
  • SEC regulations you need to know
  • Tips for building your crowd and your team
  • Online links to informative videos

About the Author:

Sherwood Neiss, Jason W. Best, and Zak Cassady-Dorion are the founders of Startup Exemption (developers of the crowdfund investing framework used in the 2012 JOBS Act). They deeply understand the process, rules, disclosures, and risks of capital formation from both the entrepreneur's and the investor's points of view.

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