SEC Expands “Accredited Investor” Definition

Scott Edward Walker

This past Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments expanding the definition of “accredited investor” to include individuals who hold certain professional certifications/licenses or have certain “credentials,” as determined by the SEC.

What To Know About The SEC Whistleblower Program

YoungUpstarts

Because of this, the Securities and Exchange Commission has what is known as the SEC Whistleblower Program. As an extra incentive to ensure reliable tips are received by the SEC office, an award program is in place for those whistleblowers whose information eventually leads to sanctions being placed on a company. For those who choose this option, the SEC Whistleblower Program’s guidelines are very specific regarding how information garnered from these sources is handled.

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SEC Enforcement

thebarefootvc

As we near the end of 2018, “the year of regulation”, it is fitting that the SEC has made moves in the past couple of weeks providing more action and clarity around its digital assets enforcement strategy. The SEC charged the founder with operating an unregistered exchange, its first action against a DEX. Not enough to move the price above $6000 -but the SEC is expected to rule on ETFs again soon. The post SEC Enforcement appeared first on The Barefoot VC.

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SEC Enforcement

thebarefootvc

As we near the end of 2018, “the year of regulation”, it is fitting that the SEC has made moves in the past couple of weeks providing more action and clarity around its digital assets enforcement strategy. The SEC charged the founder with operating an unregistered exchange, its first action against a DEX. Not enough to move the price above $6000 -but the SEC is expected to rule on ETFs again soon. The post SEC Enforcement appeared first on The Barefoot VC.

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SEC Fines and Libra Woes

thebarefootvc

This past week, two companies within the token ecosystem announced settlements with the SEC. The SEC has been pursuing enforcement action for the past couple of years in wake of the ICO boom and bust of 2017. Nebulous also has a utility token offering; interestingly, the SEC agreed not to take action on that token, which seems to allow for a dual token structure going forward. The post SEC Fines and Libra Woes appeared first on The Barefoot VC.

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The Proposed SEC Rules Undermine The Goal Of The JOBS Act

Feld Thoughts

A number of the provisions have been slow to get written into law and the SEC has missed their deadlines on a bunch of stuff, including the often talked about equity crowdfunding activity. Recently, the SEC weighed in on a number of the things they were required to with much fanfare. Fred Wilson wrote Let The Games Begin in response to the SEC lifting the General Solicitation Ban. “The SEC giveth (as mandated by Congress) and taketh away (by its own mandate).

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Using RSS To Track SEC Filings

Feld Thoughts

However, I don’t really care about the daily stock prices – instead, I’m focused on the actual SEC filings. I used to subscribe to several services for SEC filings (remember EDGAR Online and 10KWizard ) but let them lapse a while ago. My partner Jason suggested I just use the SEC website. Now, whenever a company I’m tracking files something with the SEC, it’ll show up the next morning in Google Reader. Tech I Use public companies rss sec

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SEC Releases Rules for Equity-based Crowdfunding

SiliconHills

Legislation from the JOBS Act, signed into law by […] The post SEC Releases Rules for Equity-based Crowdfunding appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin San Antonio crowdfunding equity-based crowdfunding JOBS Act rules SEC Securities and Exchange Commission startups Title III Early next year, startups may be able to raise money from the general public to finance their ventures.

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How The SEC Is Violating My Wife’s First Amendment Rights

Feld Thoughts

So, if I contribute $1,000 to the campaign of the Colorado state treasurer, I violate this SEC rule and become someone who is “paying to play.&# The NVCA has also studied the new SEC rule and has come to the same conclusion: “This ruling is consistent with guidance the NVCA has been providing members. Tags: Politics first amendment pay to play sec Venture Capital Over the past 24 months, a deplorable activity in the money management business came to light.

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The Easiest Way to Bring Diversity to Venture Capital: Raise the SEC's LP Count Limit

This is going to be BIG.

Unfortunately, the way the Limited Partner landscape is setup and the nature of SEC rules, emerging managers are fundraising with their hands tied behind their back. Raising a venture capital fund is hard enough.

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U.S. Air Force Sec. Wilson Launches AFWERX Innovation Lab at Capital Factory

SiliconHills

Air Force Sec. By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News The U.S Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson officially launched AFWERX, an innovation lab, at Capital Factory on Wednesday. AFWERX is like the skunkworks of the Air Force.

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Fresh from the SEC: Magic Raises approximately $25 million in Recent Filings

VC Cafe

million in a private placement transaction in December and an additional $3,7 million in option sales according to a recent SEC D filing. million in a private placement transaction in December and an additional $3,7 million in option sales according to a recent SEC D filing.

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How Reed Hastings’ Facebook Status Update Landed Netflix in SEC’s Crosshairs

Gust

Last month, the SEC announced it was taking action regarding Netflix’ (NFLX) securities compliance based on a Facebook status update posted by CEO Reed Hastings. To understand the SEC’s point of view , it’s necessary to review the principles underlying securities law in the United States. In 2000, the SEC adopted Regulation FD in response to growing concerns regarding “ selective disclosure.”

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Curator: Retail Truths, Twitter SEC Cash Grab, Strong Team Drawbacks, Holiday Social Media

YFS Magazine

Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web. News curator small business news

Raising Capital to Get Easier – SEC Crowdfunding Proposal

Business Plan Blog

SEC Crowdfunding Proposal. In September of this year, the SEC voted to overturn the ban on “general solicitation” that made it illegal for companies to publicly advertise that they are raising capital. On October 23rd, the SEC unanimously voted on a proposal that makes it even easier for small business to raise capital from a wider range of potential investors while providing additional investment opportunities for investors.

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[Infographic] What The SEC Announcement Means For Startups And Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

July 10th, 2013 marked a monumental day for many startups across the United States – the US Securities and and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the ban on general solicitation has been removed for small businesses seeking startup capital , allowing for sweeping changes in the way businesses find funding.

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The 99: How the SEC protects you from venture capital returns.

This is going to be BIG.

The SEC, in an effort to "protect the little guy" has all sorts of regulations. I don''t need to remind you of the widening gap between the rich and the poor, but if I were to be more accurate, I''d say it''s the widening gap between the mega rich and everyone else. When you''ve already got tens and hundreds of millions of dollars, a whole world of moneymaking opportunities are available to you that the rest of the world can''t access. Take venture capital, for example.

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SEC Defines Venture Capital

Venture Chronicles

The SEC fulfilled their obligation under the Frank-Dodd financial reform bill and defined what venture capital is. Represents itself to investors as being a venture capital fund. Only invests in equity securities of private operating companies to provide primarily operating or business expansion capital (not to buy out other investors), U.S. Treasury securities with a remaining maturity of 60 days or less, or cash.

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Why Twitter’s Confidential S-1 Filing Is A Good Thing

Feld Thoughts

We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. Anyone who has been through taking a company public knows that there are numerous steps between the first S-1 filing with the SEC and the final filling where the SEC says “ok – you are ready to go public now.” When a company has this cleared by the SEC, it is ready to go public. If the SEC was slow because they had a backlog, it would take longer.

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After Raising $6.7M For Startups And Winning SEC Approval, AngelList Opens Up Investment Platform To More Companies

techcrunch.com

For Startups And Winning SEC Approval, AngelList Opens Up Investment Platform To More Companies. And just a few weeks ago, the SEC gave the investment platform the greenlight under its regulations. Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Enterprise. Venture. Social. GreenTech. Gaming. Opinion. Drama. CrunchGov. Guides. Smartphones. Tablets. Digital Cameras. Laptops. Headphones. Events. CrunchBase. Hot topics. Apple. Facebook. Twitter. Google. Microsoft. Disrupt NY. Comment.

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AngelList Syndicate Update – Week 1

Feld Thoughts

Yeah – the problems are obscure ones generated by our government, and there are moments where it seems like the SEC simply doesn’t want any of this to actually work. Angel Investing angelist crowdfunding fg angel sec syndicates We had a fascinating week trying to get everything figured out on our FG Angels initiative with AngelList. Our syndicate, which we are going to max out at $450,000, is currently right at $300,000 after one week.

The Logical Evolution of Private Markets: A new class of company.

K9 Ventures

6) SEC oversight and regulation : The distinction between public companies and private companies has been very binary so far. Opinion VC Venture Capital IPOs Private Markets privately-traded companies public markets SEC Secondary Makets

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What’s Libra? China Takes the Stage

thebarefootvc

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Announce Your Financing In Conjunction With Your Form D Filing

Feld Thoughts

When you do a financing, you file something called a Form D with the SEC. But it’s meaningless – “Joe’s Company Raised $X From Investors A, B, and C according to a filing with the SEC.” Financing form d pr secI’ve always had mixed feelings about the importance of a company announcing a financing in the absence of any other activity. “Dear World: We Just Raised $X From Investors A, B, and C.” ” Ok, but so what?

Goldman Sachs / SEC: political witch-hunting is no way to change a market

Fred Destin

I suppose the SEC is under intense pressure to deliver some scalps, and that going after the unapologetic and sometimes arrogant leader of the investment banking world delivered the biggest bang for the buck.

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The Stage is Being Set

thebarefootvc

In his fireside chat with Silver Lake co-founder Glenn Hutchins, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton started his remarks talking about the promise of distributed ledger technology (aka blockchain). He answered questions about recent SEC action against ICOs and delineated between decentralized tokens such as Bitcoin and Ether, and tokens which are controlled centrally and issued as an investment contract with the expectation of profit. Blockchain Cryptocurrency ICO cryptocurrency Exchanges SE

The SEC’s Colossal Failure of Oversight– Isn’t This a Violation of the Business Judgment Rule?

Pascal's View

The damning New York Times headline, “ SEC CONCEDES OVERSIGHT FLAWS FUELED COLLAPSE ,” from a September 26th article by Stephen Labaton, will hopefully end up as more than a footnote in the long list of misdeeds by the ’stewards’ of the American economy that have brought American capitalism to the precipice of systemic financial collapse. ” The article goes on to state: The report found that the S.E.C.

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FinCEN Weighs In

thebarefootvc

From my view, it also delineates regulatory authority between FinCEN and the SEC in the US. While the SEC has not provided guidance on “utility tokens” my read is that they are captured in the FinCEN document. Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Regulations cryptocurrency decentralized technology Exchanges regulations SECGreetings from the very beginning of NYC Blockchain Week.

House Passes Crowdfunding Bill: FAQ’s for Entrepreneurs

Scott Edward Walker

The White House supports the bill, so upon reconciliation, it will be signed into law, whereupon the SEC will be required to promulgate applicable rules within 90 days. Crowdfunding accredited investor crowd funding crowdfunding crowdfunding sites facebook general solicitation investment Kickstarter Rockethub SEC securities laws startup startups twitterLast week, the U.S.

Raising Capital? 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs (Part 3)

Scott Edward Walker

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and, accordingly, many entrepreneurs get trapped in the SEC’s wide net. Accordingly, spam emails or solicitations via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn are all prohibited by the SEC because the offer would be reaching persons with whom the issuer (or the person acting on behalf of the issuer) does not have a substantive, pre-existing relationship. Tip #2: File a Form D with the SEC and Applicable State Commissions.

Raising Capital? 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Scott Edward Walker

As a general rule, a company may not offer or sell its securities unless (i) the securities have been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and registered/qualified with applicable state commissions; or (ii) there is an applicable exemption from registration. The rule of thumb in connection with private placements is only to offer and sell securities to “accredited investors” under SEC Rule 506.

Crowdfunding Bill Stuck in the Senate

Scott Edward Walker

Crowdfunding broker-dealer crowdfunding crowdfunding bill crowdfunding intermediary funding portal general solicitation Jack Herstein Kickstarter NASAA Rockethub SEC Senator Merkley Senator Scott Brown Steve CaseIn early November, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelming passed the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act , a crowdfunding bill which permits startups to offer and sell securities via crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or social networking sites like Facebook.

Walker Twitter Highlights: July 1st – 14th

Scott Edward Walker

SEC Adopts JOBS Act Rule Eliminating Ban on General Solicitations…(via Debevoise) – good news for startups [link]. Twitter Highlights First Round general solicitation InDinero JOBS Act SEC startups Steve Blank twitter venture capital venture capitalists I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting articles, posts and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues.

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Frameworks Round 2

TechEmpower

8 threads and 256 connections Thread Stats Avg Stdev Max +/- Stdev Latency 10.07ms 7.80ms 73.59ms 77.37% Req/Sec 2.99k 1.07k 8.00k 88.42% 100002 requests in 3.68s, 59.89MB read Requests/sec: 27202.70 Transfer/sec: 16.29MB. Last week, we posted the results of benchmarking several web application development and frameworks. The response was tremendous.

Walker Twitter Highlights: July 29th – August 11th

Scott Edward Walker

Solid tables and FAQs regarding the SEC’s new Reg D Rules: hvrd.me/14BHlgI. Twitter Highlights Mike Hirshland party rounds Paul Graham Reg D SEC seed rounds startups fail I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues. Below are my six most popular tweets (via bit.ly ) for the past two weeks and a couple of blog-related tweets.

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Crypto Chess Continues

thebarefootvc

This move came on the heels of Japan reaching out to the Binance with a warning for operating without a license there, and Hong Kong regulator Securities and Future Commission (SFC) warning crypto exchanges not to trade digital assets defined as securities (similar to the US SEC’s warning to unlicensed exchanges earlier this month). Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptocurrency Fintech blockchain cryptocurrency Exchanges fintech regulations SEC

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Workday: A billion+ in savings and counting

deal architect

Workday has filed its S-1 with the SEC as part of its IPO process. For the 37 months ending January 31, 2012, total revenues were $ 227 million, accelerating year on year, so let’s round off to lifetime revenues of. Cloud Computing, SaaS

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The Internet Makes DC Closer To Homer

Feld Thoughts

Tags: Patents sec Startup Visa

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Walker Twitter Highlights: April 16th – 22nd

Scott Edward Walker

Twitter Highlights convertible note convertible note seed financings David Hornik JOBS Act Peter Theil SEC seed seed financing startups TechCrunch vcI’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues. Below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly ) for the past week and a few blog-related tweets.

Is the House Crowdfunding Bill Being Killed in the Senate?

Scott Edward Walker

Crowdfunding broker-dealer crowdfunding facebook general solicitation house crowdfunding bill Jason Calacanis Kickstarter Rockethub SEC securities commission securities laws startup twitter“The Senate is the place where bills go to die.” – Bill Maher On November 3, 2011, the U.S.

Walker Twitter Highlights: December 19th – January 1st

Scott Edward Walker

rJgnV1 The SEC’s final rule re NET WORTH STANDARD FOR ACCREDITED INVESTORS and the exclusion of primary residence’s value: 1.usa.gov/tcGLpX Learn to Code: A Non-technical Co-founder’s Guide (via @kathrynhough ) bit.ly/tLRCpR Twitter Highlights accredited investor entrepreneurs groupon Marc Andreessen quora raising capital Sean Parker SEC

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Startups, Please, Don’t Break These Laws.

Up and Running

Or you can talk to accredited investors , as defined by the the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Tags: startup advice startup financing startup mistakes accredited investors criminal financials fraud prison SEC

One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy

TechEmpower

40 threads and 256 connections Thread Stats Avg Stdev Max +/- Stdev Latency 247.05us 3.52ms 624.37ms 99.90% Req/Sec 27.89k 6.24k 50.22k 71.15% 31173283 requests in 29.99s, 3.83GB read Socket errors: connect 0, read 0, write 0, timeout 9 Requests/sec: 1039305.27 Transfer/sec: 130.83MB.

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