covered some of these issues in an article last December, along with an interesting infographic on the crowdfunding landscape here.In the House of Representatives yesterday we were treated to a rare showing of bipartisanship. The House passed HR 3606 to make changes to our securities laws allowing crowdfunded companies and other early-stage ventures to legally solicit investors. Now it is up to the Senate to pass its equivalent bill SB 1933, which is expected by most legislative analysts. Congress has gotten letters of support from hundreds of VCs and corporate founders over the past several months. We
Crowdfunding has been happening despite securities regulation, the wrinkle is that you donate via Kickstarter and Indiegogo and their ilk, rather than actually expect any return on your money. The bills in Congress will help make it easier for new ventures to raise money and not be initially subject to the securities regulations. There are provisions in the legislation for company size (under a billion dollars in annual revenue), time of operations (up to a maximum of five years, but it varies under certain conditions), compliance reporting and other limitations to make it easier to operate what the bill calls "emerging growth companies." These would help kickstart new ventures without tying them up in red tape, but still provide some modicum for investor protection, such as having independent directors for example.