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The Subscription Model of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding in a Canadian context

Originally published on Crowdfunding in a Canadian context. A significant development in the evolution of crowdfunding during the past year has been the advent of subscription-based platforms. Positioned as new ways to help fans and enthusiasts support and engage with the creators they already support, the subscription model of crowdfunding may be a means of increasing the sustainability of crowdfunding and/or of freeing many content creators from relying on revenue from advertising. What follow is a closer examination of this emerging model of crowdfunding : The Subscription Model of Crowdfunding There…

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More delays in implementing the JOBS Act

Crowdfunding in a Canadian context

Originally published on Crowdfunding in a Canadian context. The end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 saw a number of significant regulatory developments regarding crowdfunding, both here in Canada and in the US. In particular, the US and certain Canadian provinces made significant progress toward making investment crowdfunding a reality. What follows is a summary of the latest significant regulatory developments in North America. This is the second part of a two-part update (first part available here). What’s new south of the border? The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has…

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The most useful lessons don’t always come from successful campaigns

Snoobe's campaign page

Originally published on Crowdfunding in a Canadian context. Rarely do we focus on funding campaigns that did not reach their goal. They are nevertheless as common as those that do and clearly more numerous than those that actually surpass their goal. Seeing as failure can result from several factors, there are many lessons to be learned from the post-mortem of a “failed” campaign—a priceless source of information for anyone preparing to instigate a campaign, starting by putting into perspective what represents a failure and what constitutes a success. In this respect, Snoobe’s campaign…

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Crowdfunding will need regulations, but not too many: TD

Linda Nguyen | thespec.com – TORONTO Canadian startups are in a prime position to cash in on the growing popularity of crowdfunding, but regulators need to ensure that incoming rules do not hinder that potential, TD Economics warned Wednesday. According to the 13-page report, the global crowdfunding market is estimated to be worth $3.25 billion, with the majority of the funds coming from North America and Europe. But as other jurisdictions, mainly the United States, move to set rules on how crowdfunding can operate, Canada has only taken tentative steps…

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Investment Crowdfunding – “A great idea whose time has come!”

:: By Brian Koscak – Board Suite – On July 13, 2013, Professor Jeffrey Macintosh lambasted investment crowdfunding in his commentary “Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowdfunding” in the National Post. Professor Macintosh evoked visions of dusty old-fashioned securities lawyers clutching at their hearts when the word ‘crowdfunding’ is mentioned. Professor Macintosh argues that investment crowdfunding is a bad idea and is likely to hurt investors. So why is investment crowdfunding such a hot button and getting certain individuals so exercised? Unfortunately, it’s not as straightforward as Professor…

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