Don’t want to wait for the regulations to crowdfund?


Courtesy of Upstart Business Journal

Companies don’t need to wait until the beginning of next year and new federal rules to start raising money over the Internet. And they don’t have to offer perks or products to supporters.

A handful of upstarts are working to make crowdfunding a reality—now. They’re creating platforms using existing rules that give businesses the chance to raise money online, and offer investors a chance to roll the dice on private companies, no matter what the Securities and Exchange Commission does as it writes new national rules for companies to sell shares socially. These entrepreneurs are aiming at niche markets opened by technology rather than regulation.

The SEC is writing rules expected to go into effect in early 2013 that will allow private companies to sell shares worth up to $1 million over the Internet. Already, sites like Kickstarterand Indiegogo have opened the way for individuals and companies to raise money by offering rewards such as a signed edition of a book or an early version of a product.

But there are other ways for small businesses to raise money, and startups are rolling them out.

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Author: Stephen G. Barr, Group Publisher

Author, Syndicated Columnist, Editor In-Chief and Group Publisher at SGB Media Group, a social media marketing firm specializing in digital media content production, publishing, affiliate marketing, public relations and advertising. Over 25 years experience in retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, affiliate marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, non-profit fund raising. Event planning, promotion, production and MC/Host at public events. Author, Editor & Publisher of 35 syndicated, digital publications utilizing multiple digital distribution channels in conjunction with launching and administrating national advertising campaigns for major Fortune 500 advertisers in partnership with Google, Ning, Facebook, Myspace, Yahoo, DoubleClick, LinkShare, PepperJam and other industry leading third party affiliate networks. Product development team member from conception to launch on many websites, tangible goods and organizational structure for start ups. Specialties: Public relations, retailing, advertising, website & online forum development, niche social networking, blogging, email campaigns, affiliate/performance marketing, search optimization, branding and identity, site location, event production & promotion, non-profit fund raising and tasteful, responsible adult content publishing. An internationally recognized and read social media columnist & pundit on The Examiner, Associate Content,, and Technorati and his own affiliated sites.

1 thought on “Don’t want to wait for the regulations to crowdfund?”

  1. Thank you for covering and our offering. It is very exciting to help entrepreneurs raise capital so they can innovate, grow their businesses, and create jobs.


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