Seed Equity Opens Equity Crowdfunding Platform to a Global Audience

todd croslandSeed Equity, founded by an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year, is launching a U.S. Registered Broker-dealer and online equity-based crowdfunding platform for Startups targeting a global audience.  Seed Equity is a member of FINRA and SIPC.  Founder Todd Crosland previously started and sold Interbank FX – a company he operated from 2001 to 2011.

Seed Equity claims to already spans the US, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Honduras, Cyprus, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Turkey and United Kingdom. The company is preparing to open an office in Tel Aviv.

Seed Equity LogoSeed Equity sees their launch coming at a time when the startup market is expanding geographically and investment is being diversified through crowdfunding initiatives.  The platform allows entrepreneurs to share information about their startup, carry out due diligence processes, apply for funding, and close formal international investment agreements with multiple investors.

“Countries like Israel and Chile have actively been supporting their own startup ecosystems through grants and tax breaks which has spurred a boom of promising startups across the globe,” said founder and CEO Todd Crosland.

Seed Equity points out that hundreds of foreign entrepreneurs continue to move their startups to the US to improve their access to investors who continue to invest mostly in local tech hubs such as San Francisco and New York City.

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“This is why we are seeing an increase in equity investment crowdfunding that allow promising foreign entrepreneurs to seek their investments at home,” Crosland adds.

“This trend to seek investment through crowd-funding is much more prevalent abroad, especially in developing tech hubs where the geographical and psychological barriers between the entrepreneur and potential US investors long impeded local startups to push through.”

 

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RetireAmerica.com Announces Launch

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2013 /PRNewswire/ — RetireAmerica.com announced today the launch of its web-based capital protected equity crowdfunding portal. The launch is in beta form and is intended to become fully functional by year-end. Empowering Entrepreneurs, Protecting Investors, Creating Jobs. RetireAmerica.com (www.retireamerica.com) announced today the launch of its crowdfunding portal which will offer investors the opportunity to make equity investments in early stage companies through its unique financing structure that combines capital protection with an equity investment. Initially, investments on the platform will be limited to accredited investors, but will be expanded to non-accredited eligible investors following full implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act.

Steve Colmar, RetireAmerica.com’s CEO stated, “Everyone knows that early stage investing is risky. Our mission has been to develop a product that opens up investment opportunities in early stage companies to investors who want to minimize their risk of loss. And now the crowdfunding revolution has arrived, making equity investments in early-stage companies available to countless new investors through groundbreaking social media outlets or portals. But despite its transformational influence on capital markets, crowdfunding hasn’t solved how to reduce the risk of loss of capital in early stage investments. The RetireAmerica.com product addresses this problem through our unique capital protected structure. Our protection feature allows the investor to protect some or all of his or her investment, and, in some cases, to redeploy non-risk capital at the investor’s discretion by converting it into additional equity.”

“We believe our capital protected product, with its unique conversion feature, is advantageous for both parties to the investment equation. For the entrepreneur, it provides a ready pool of capital to further their growth plans. And for the investor, it provides an opportunity to protect capital and to make additional incremental investments if and when it suits their individual risk profile.”

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About RetireAmerica.com
RetireAmerica.com is an Austin Texas based company. Developed by Business Ventures Corp. of Austin, TX and Santa Barbara, CA. Accredited investors interested in RetireAmerica.com’s capital protected investments are invited to visit http://www.retireamerica.com and register as users of the site. Registration is free, giving investors access to our investment opportunities and important updates regarding RetireAmerica.com. Entrepreneurs with companies looking for capital are encouraged to submit their company for consideration.

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Texas Crowdfunding Conference

The CrowdfundTX Conference featured an impressive assemblage of crowdfunding leaders from around the country. Organizer, Chris Camillo who sits on the board of the Crowdfunding Professionals Association, noted that bringing this group of “speakers together may never happen again.” The conference kept participants glued to their seats as real issues were discussed, leaving everyone feeling updated and excited about investment crowdfunding.

The top ten issues discussed at the conference were:

  1. Jobs: Investment crowdfunding was approved in 2012 when President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law; implementation still awaits regulations from the SEC and FINRA. The jobs, however, aren’t waiting. Heather Lopes, CEO ofEarlyShares, noted that the “JOBS Act has already created 1,500 to 2,000 jobs” from firms that have been launched to do investment crowdfunding and provide related services since the law passed. This represents a mere drop in the bucket compared to the potential jobs impact from unleashing investment crowdfunding, panelists suggested.
  2. Investment Crowdfunding: Perks or reward-based crowdfunding arguably goes back hundreds of years though its popularity on the internet goes back only about five years. Camillo noted that some companies can make little use of rewards-based crowdfunding, suggesting that a “If a physician has an idea for a new medical device, that is a better fit for equity.” Lopes also noted that the kindness that led to a New York community raising $75,000 to help a restaurant destroyed by Hurricane Sandy will also influence equity investments in crowdfunding.
  3. Race and Gender: Visiting one-on-one with Jonathan Sandlund of TheCrowdCafewhile being filmed for a segment in the upcoming documentary film Crowd of Angels, Sandlund agreed that crowdfunding would largely eliminate cultural biases observed in angel and venture capital financing, which are dominated by men making investments in businesses controlled by men. Crowdfunding deals go to women in the roughly the same proportion that women own businesses, according to The Crowdfunding Revolution. Sandlund expressed the belief that racial bias is also being eliminated by crowdfunding.  Rodney Sampson, author ofKingonomics, said, “If you don’t know what crowdfunding is, you can’t seek it out. We need an onramp of over-, over-education.” He added that for venture capitalists, crowdfunding “success will come first; race and gender will become secondary.”

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