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,…

“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…

Navigating the Labyrinth, Side Quest: What is an accredited investor?

We’re partway through the labyrinth of red tape and regulations when we hit a dead end. Confused, we check our wrist coms for coordinates, but we’re out of range of Mission Control. A dusty little creature that looks like a snail made out of rock slithers out from under the hedge. “You forgot about accredited…

The Game Has Changed

Great news! As of May 16, 2016, a change to investment law—Title III or Reg CF, for “Regulation Crowdfunding”—means that the process of investing in new companies has become dramatically more democratic. This transition will likely change the landscape of startups in the United States permanently and for the better. What’s different? Before today, early-stage…

Examples of Great Crowdfunding Pitch Videos

Seed&Spark Clear statement of the historical problem. Clear narrative of a trend, and how the Seed&Spark product fits into the emerging ecosystem of on-demand multimedia generation. Excellent mix of high-def footage and stock photography. Sharp, bright, and easy to follow. Rayton Solar Starts with a personal story. Bursting graphic overlay to show off technical specs of Rayton…

Blak Box Featured in New Crowdfunding Book

Congratulations to Melinda Moore on her new book, HOW TO RAISE MONEY: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CROWDFUNDING. It’s available now for purchase and gives wonderful, pertinent insight into learning about the current trends in crowdfunding. We’re very proud that Blak Box Group is featured in the book! Thank you, Melinda!

Navigating the Labyrinth: Regulation D

In the aftermath of the Great Depression, the United States Congress passed a law called the Securities Act of 1933. (“That’s very nice,” you say; “Did I accidentally sign up for a history lesson?” Not at all, my impatient friend, but if we’re going to get through this labyrinth of regulations and red tape safely, a…