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The JOBS Act

Crowdfunding Guide to Small Businesses and Startups

Authors: Cunningham, William Michael

  • Updates and augments the 1st edition with description, analysis, and discussion of post-2012 SEC rules and forms implementing the JOBS Act
  • Focuses on the final SEC rules that implement Title III (“Regulation Crowdfunding”) and Title IV (“Regulation A+”) to make the JOBS Act a practical fundraising vehicle for small business and startups
  • Presents financial models of crowdfunding costs, crowdfunding platforms, and the crowdfunding industry under Title III
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The second edition of this book shows how full implementation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act by the SEC in 2016 enables entrepreneurs and SME executives to leverage crowdfunding platforms to raise significant amounts of capital for their startups and small-to-medium–sized businesses. The unprecedented fundraising opportunities contained in the hundreds of pages of new SEC rules have generated tremendous excitement in the startup, small business, angel investing, and venture capital worlds—tempered by uncertainty about the correct interpretation of the rules and the compliance risks implicit in them.In The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding Guide for Small Businesses and Startups, 2nd Edition, crowdfunding pioneer William Michael Cunningham trawls the hundreds of pages of new rules for the essential takeaways and practical tips on successfully tapping the new crowdfunding sources that the JOBS Act opens up to small businesses and startups, while complying with new SEC regulations in the least burdensome way. The 2nd edition of The JOBS Act delivers the following new material:

  • Updates and augments the 1st edition with description, analysis, and discussion of post-2012 SEC rules and forms implementing the JOBS Act
  • Focuses on the final SEC rules that implement Title III (“Regulation Crowdfunding”) and Title IV (“Regulation A+”) to make the JOBS Act a practical fundraising vehicle for small business and startups
  • Presents case studies of successful JOBS Act-compliant crowdfunding campaigns
  • Tips readers to the opportunities, loopholes, and hazards in the hundreds of pages of new SEC rules that crowdfunders need know to maximize their fundraising success and avoid inadvertent non-compliance
  • Deploys new graphical analysis tools and financial models summarizing and comparing characteristics of various equity-based and donation-based crowdfunding campaigns 
  • Reviews and describes significant Title III offerings and highlights relevant Title IV offerings
  • Lists all SEC/FINRA-approved equity crowdfunding platforms (“funding portals”)
  • Describes Title VII and provides crowdfunding-pertinent information on the new Offices of Women and Minority Inclusion at twenty-nine federal agencies
Who This Book Is For
Entrepreneurs and small business owners who wish to leverage the JOBS Act to crowdfund their enterprises. The secondary readerships are investors, angels, venture capitalists, securities lawyers, community development specialists, and visitors to crowdfunding platforms, which are required under the JOBS Act to demonstrate to the SEC and FINRA that they are proactively providing educational resources to potential crowdfunders.

About the authors

William Michael Cunningham is the founder of Creative Investment Research, where he is Managing Partner for National Crowdfunding Services. A former securities broker and institutional salesman, he works with pension fund trustees, investment managers, community activists, government agencies, and financial industry organizations to create and implement social and community investing initiatives. In February 2006, Cunningham warned the SEC that his Fully Adjusted Return Methodology statistical models signaled the possibility of system-wide economic and market failure. He has testified before the Ways and Means and Financial Services Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. In an October 1998 petition to the United States Court of Appeals, he opposed the elimination of the Glass Steagall Act, citing evidence that growing financial market malfeasance greatly reduced the safety and integrity of large financial institutions. Cunningham has been involved for twenty years in the provision of online resources to small businesses, including crowdfunding prototypes. An economist, investment advisor, researcher, and social investing policy analyst, he serves as a Capstone student advisor in the Real Estate Program at Georgetown University. A strong advocate for the integration of human values in finance, he involves his students in developing new ways to combine social values and investing. Cunningham holds his MBA in Finance and MA in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • The JOBS Act

    Cunningham, William Michael

    Pages 3-35

  • Startup Financing Environment

    Cunningham, William Michael

    Pages 37-50

  • Emerging Growth Companies

    Cunningham, William Michael

    Pages 51-77

  • Accounting, Reporting, and Other Standards in the JOBS Act

    Cunningham, William Michael

    Pages 81-96

  • Crowdfunding

    Cunningham, William Michael

    Pages 97-133

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-2409-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-2408-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The JOBS Act
Book Subtitle
Crowdfunding Guide to Small Businesses and Startups
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
William Michael Cunningham
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-2409-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-2409-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-2408-3
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVII, 234
Number of Illustrations and Tables
40 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour
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