Jul 17th, 2013 by crowdsourcing
I recently got in touch with Douglas Ellenoff to discuss last week’s SEC ruling that lifted the ban on general solicitation of private securities.
Ellenoff is a partner at the law firm Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole who speaks with us regularly about emerging trends in the nascent crowdfunding industry. You can listen to or download the episode below, and also listen to the previous installment of "In Depth with Ellenoff" here.
Jun 24th, 2013 by crowdsourcing
I recently got in touch with Douglas Ellenoff to discuss the topic of state crowdfunding exemptions that have been passed in Georgia and Kansas, and are currently being considered in North Carolina and Washington. Ellenoff is a partner at the law firm Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole who speaks with us regularly about emerging trends in the nascent crowdfunding industry.
May 28th, 2013 by crowdsourcing
Shifting to Accredited Crowdfunding: In Depth with Ellenoff
Apr 18th, 2013 by crowdsourcing
I spoke with attorney Douglas Ellenoff, our contributing expert on crowdfunding and the JOBS Act, shortly after the one year anniversarry of the signing of the JOBS Act in April 2012.
Mar 27th, 2013 by crowdsourcing
In this latest of a special series of conversations with Douglas Ellenoff -- one of our contributing experts on the JOBS Act and the future of crowdfunding for equity in the US and elsewhere -- we tackle the much-debated issue of the potential for fraud in a new crowdfunding industry.
Mar 19th, 2013 by crowdsourcing
With the success of big name crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, smaller more niche sites have begun to see success as well.
Entrepreneur Alex Sheshunoff did some research and looked into which verticals made the most sense for a new crowdfunding site, settled on the food and beverage sector and launched FoodStart, which is now in beta.
Sheshunoff's research told him that people were literally hungry to crowdfund projects that they could have a real-world connection with, bridging their digital and physical lives. Taking a page from the popularity of things like Groupon that do just that, FoodStart seeks to help food trucks, fine dining establishments and everything in between to connect with their customers and secure capital at the same time.
But FoodStart offers more services than most crowdfunding platforms. I spoke with Sheshunoff about FoodStart and what it has to offer for food fans of all sorts.
Jan 24th, 2013 by crowdsourcing
Heineken, the familiar Dutch beer in the green bottle, is celebrating its 140th birthday this year, and it's doing so by continuing to be one of the leading global brands to embrace crowdsourcing and co-creation.
Recently, I spoke with Mark van Iterson, head of global design at Heineken, about the company's "Remix our Future" contest to crowdsource a design for a new Heineken bottle for the anniversarry, as well as its co-created concept club that is becoming a regular fixture at Design Week in Milan and the company's dedication to crowdsourcing in general.
Dec 11th, 2012 by crowdsourcing
Hi there, I'm Eric Mack, managing editor at crowdsourcing.org, here to kick off a special series of conversations with one of our contributing experts to the site.
The topic is the JOBS Act and the future of crowdfunding for equity in the US and elsewhere.
It's been in the headlines again lately with the official news that Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Schapiro is leaving her post. She'll be replaced in the interim by Commissioner Elisse Walter who voiced public support for portions of the JOBS Act in the recent past, but there's still a vacancy on the SEC and the general zoo that is capital hill to be accounted for. A key SEC staff person working on drafting the new crowdfunding rules is also leaving the agency.
So what does all this mean for the implementation of crowdfunding in the U.S.? Deadlines set by Congress have already been missed. You can find some of my reporting on crowdsourcing.org about how the process was apparently slowed down by Mary Schapiro herself, but now that she's out of the picture, perhaps things can move forward more quickly?
Well, to help sort it all out, we turned to one of our contributing experts, Douglass Ellenoff, a partner at the firm Ellenoff, Grossman and Schole. They've become one of the leading sources of expertise when it comes to crowdfunding law. Recently I asked him how he thinks all the shuffling at the SEC could effect the timeline for getting JOBS Act crowdfunding up and running.
Nov 29th, 2012 by crowdsourcing
Last year around this time our own Carl Esposti sat down with George Washington University professor David Alan Grier and asked him to predict where crowdsourcing would be in a year. Now that year has elapsed an we've seen Grier's predictions came through (and then some), so I spoke with him again to review where the industry stands and where it's heading in 2013.
Nov 14th, 2012 by crowdsourcing