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Patronage and the Road to Equity Crowdfunding Hell

  Here is a typical headline ... Equity Crowdfunding: Potential Disaster Waiting To Happen ... and here is a previous blog article I wrote around this type of headline. The Road to Equity Crowdfunding Hell Through the Rear View Mirror ... but surely motive is also a part of this equation. Lets look at the [...]

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Having run an Equity Funding platform for the past seven years ASSOB has a real feel for the type of platform that will be necessary to manage equity based crowdfunding. At the lowest common denominator Crowd-funding platforms enable anonymous persons to appear as legitimate entrepreneuers wanting your hard earned cash for investment in their "start-up": [...]

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ASSOB's Capital Raising Platform has recently passed $120 million in funds raised. It has looked back on the past 5 years to see what the stats tell.While several companies have gone from ASSOB to stock exchanges like the ASX and others have exited through trade sales it is interesting to see what the stats tell [...]

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Finance Sector could be reduced by a factor of 4 or 5

In an interview conducted by Business Spectator's Amber Plum on October 17, 2011 with University of Western Sydney associate professor of economics and finance Steve Keen, he makes the following statement: "SK: If the finance sector was doing what it should be doing, which is simply providing working capital for the non-bank financial sector and [...]

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Before we get into lighter and faster early stage venture capital some career advice. When my Dad gave me career advice he said ... this is what you do: Get an Accounting Degree Join a Public Company Work your way up to Managing Director Be rewarded with a job for life, a Jaguar car and [...]

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The amount of early stage funding entrepreneurs have needed to raise capital has changed markedly in the last two years. Why? Well mostly start-up infrastructure is a lot cheaper. Meaning early stage funding requirements are generally lower. Reasons being: Outsourcing Cloud computing Ability to work from Home Skype, Instant messaging, Web conferenceing Social Media for [...]

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Ethical Investment and Small Business Investing

This week I shared the stage with the Green Leader Bob Brown at the 10th Australian Sustainability Awards. Ethical Investment was why everyone was there apart from the excellent menu which featured organically grown fare. Paddy Manning a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald reported well on it, picking up on my phrase "It takes [...]

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Entrepreneurs – Made or Born?

Good research from Vivek Wadhwa (an entrepreneur turned academic). Most though were still Capital Underdogs when they began! "We found that 52% of the successful entrepreneurs were the first in their immediate families to start a business — just like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Sergei Brin, and Russell Simmons (Def Jam founder). Their [...]

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Diary of an Entrepreneur Raising Capital

Well worth checking out is this Anthill feature at : http://anthillonline.com/author/steve-sherlock/ Steve Sherlock is co-founder of Oodles.com, one of Australia's leading online car rental aggregators. Through his evaluations of Capital Raising alternatives, valuable lessons are learnt, and communicated. If you want to go directly to the comment on Small Scale Offerings ... click here

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