3 Crowdfunding Trends to Watch in 2017

Last year was another great year in crowdfunding, both in the marketplace and for Blak Box Group, with millions of dollars raised for our clients. Below are three trends we believe will be big in 2017. 1. Value-Based Investing One of the most interesting and underreported trends in crowdfunding is the rise of equity crowdfunding,…

Robot Dog Raises $1,000,000 For Indie Film About Scooters

You’ve heard the buzz: the script was written by an AI in 0.25 seconds; filming took place over one weekend at CES in a hotel room in Las Vegas; it’s received pre-release acclaim from TechCrunch, Wired, O Magazine, Buzzfeed, The NY Times, a wall outlet, Uphill Quarterly, and TIME magazine; and it’s expected to win…

Startup Cargo Cults: Don’t Be One

by Sam Blan and Mara Schmid Leo Polovets over at Coding VC has written an excellent analysis for investors about avoiding “startup cargo cults”. But entrepreneurs can make life easier on investors like Mr. Polovets, as well as themselves, if they avoid building a cargo cult startup in the first place. At BBG, we have worked hard…

Jane Charles: Changing the World, One Film at a Time (Part 2)

Even when passion is limitless, time and energy are not. To create lasting change, idealism must be combined with realism. Impact Producer Jane Charles keeps this in mind every time she is choosing a project. “The decision about ‘what’s next’ is less about a next project, and more about what I can do to continue…

Jane Charles: Changing the World, One Film at a Time (Part 1)

With 20+ years in the film industry, producer Jane Charles has seen her share of projects come and go. “It’s a miracle when a feature film actually gets made,” she says. She got her start in the film industry producing on-set behind-the-scenes interviews, and worked her way to becoming an executive producer and then an…

“Crowdfunding is co-creation”

Looking for a good primer on equity crowdfunding? Blak Box team members Adam Goyer and Mara Schmid have a new post on Medium called Crowdfunding 2.0: Why It Just Might Change the World. One of our favorite quotes: At its heart, crowdfunding is co-creation. Someone with a great idea presents it to the crowd and asks…

A Question of Values: the Brave New World of Investing

According to the old rules of investing, only rich people could invest in the richest deals. The chance to be an early backer (and reap the biggest profits) of a promising young startup like Uber or Airbnb was limited to accredited investors only—people deemed wealthy enough by the SEC/United States government to be able to…

Navigating the Labyrinth: Reg CF

Having navigated safely through Regulation D and Regulation A+, we approach the next ring of the labyrinth of rules and regulations. This one is is known by many names: Regulation CF, Regulation Crowdfunding, or Title III. We’ve already covered how Reg D allows companies to raise literally unlimited money from primarily accredited investors, and Reg…

Navigating the Labyrinth: Regulation A+

Before we wander too far into the next part of the regulation labyrinth, let’s clarify one thing. Regulation A vs. Regulation A+. What’s the difference? Is there one? Regulation A is a set of SEC rules created in 1936. They were updated to Regulation A+, which took effect June 19, 2015. However, the term “Reg A”…

Deal Momentum

Money attracts money. That’s fortunate when you have it—not so fortunate when you’re on the needing-money end. To first-time entrepreneurs especially, raising funds for a new venture can seem like an impossible task. As Inc. Magazine says, “Many investors want to be early… But no one wants to be the very first.” It can seem like everyone in…

What to do when everyone is waiting for someone else to be your “lead investor”

First things first: what’s a lead investor? Take it away, BusinessDictionary.com: “A lead investor is usually the initiating venture capitalist who takes charge of the deal, and who may also act on behalf of the other investors.” David Cohen from TechStars recently posted an extremely on-point take on the “lead investor” dance, about the commonly encountered phrase,…