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SXSW Interactive 2014

Finance 3.0: Possibilities & Issues with the Crowd

With the SEC recently lifting the ban on general solicitation—to be implemented fall 2013—the dream of crowdfunding is becoming a reality. While some are touting it as a magic elixir, crowdfunding is simply the marriage of technology and traditional finance—finance 3.0. This panel will explore the possibilities and problems crowdfunding will create for investors and entrepreneurs. It is a realistic look at the actual impact that crowdfunding will have on capital markets and startup financing—not another cheerleading session for the JOBS Act. The panel will feature Judd Hollas, CEO of crowdfunding platform EquityNet, which has fundraised over $207M for businesses, and Chris Camillo, an angel investor, author of “Laughing at Wall Street,” and host of the 2013 Crowdfund Texas conference.

This is a must-attend panel for entrepreneurs, attorneys, investors and those from the private equity world in search of real information and facts about securities-based crowdfunding.

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Takeaways

  1. What are the different types of crowdfunding and which types are suited to particular industries/types of businesses?
  2. Where do the JOBS Act laws (Title II and Title III crowdfunding) stand and what are the general guidelines for general solicitation at this point?
  3. How is crowdfunding changing the traditional finance ecosystem – who does it threaten?
  4. How can venture capital firms, angel groups and banks capitalize on crowdfunding, if they can at all?
  5. What challenges does the crowdfunding community have to work through and what are some legitimate concerns the financial world has about securities-based crowdfunding?

Speakers

  • Chris Camillo, Author of "Laughing at Wall Street", Crowd of Angels
  • Judd Hollas, Founder and Chief Inventor, EquityNet

Organizer

Evelyn Cashen, Account Manager, Leverage PR

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