Crowdfunding Will Bring More Capital To Small Businesses, Panel Tells Congress
Washington, DC — September 13, 2012 – The Securities and Exchange Commission should move with “due speed and clarity,” a panel urged the House Joint Subcommittee Hearing on JOBS Act Implementation. Naval Ravikant, CEO of AngelList, tesified that crowdfund investing will bring more capital to small business, adding ”Today’s small start-ups are tomorrow’s Fortune 500 employer.”
The committee originally scheduled the hearing to get a progress report from SEC chair Mary Schapiro, regarding the creation of rules that will implement the JOBS Act. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act requires the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch regulations to govern crowdfund investing. The Act will enable small businesses to raise up to $ 1 million per year from small investors through online, crowdfund portals.
Although Ms. Schaprio could not attend, members of academia, small businesses and the crowdfund communities urged that job creation visioned under the JOBS Act should move forward with due speed and clarity. “Critics have argued loose rules may invite fraud, Mr. Ravikand testified. “Rules that are too tight, however, may repel the good companies – the ones who drive all of the economic returns for investors.”
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