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World Bank Selects CCA

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The World Bank has selected Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) as the winning bid for the engagement titled, "Crowdfunding: Unlocking early-stage financing for innovative developing country entrepreneurs."  The project will deliver research at the intersection of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to create opportunities for inclusive growth, job creation and poverty reduction in the developing world.  During the project CCA will provide the World Bank with analysis of crowdfunding's role in the developed world and developing world.

"CCA is thrilled to be working with the World Bank on this proactive, visionary research project to identify ways to leverage the new crowdfunding industry in developing nations and develop a long lasting relationships as we enter the Web 3.0, where social media and communities create access to capital.  Crowdfunding is a very old idea, that now benefits from technology that create efficiency and transparency.   This will fuel innovation to support innovation, entrepreneurship and small businesses globally," said Jason Best, Principal at CCA.  

The project will contribute to the World Bank's strategy for using Crowdfunding in conjunction with its efforts to deploy smart capital.

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Why Fraud Won’t be an Issue in Crowdfund Investing?

When Crowdfund Investing starts in 2013, some regulators would have you believe that the Wild West of securities fraud will be perpetrated on the American people.  Give the regulators a break.  All they see, all day long, is securities fraud.  They don’t understand that 99.9% of the markets function just fine.  That fraud is a minute part of any efficient market and that markets don’t stop operating because there are bad actors.  Remember, people still invest in the public markets despite Worldcom, Enron, Bernie Madoff and even Facebook. People still use credit cards despite identity theft.  eBay never went out of business because of a few bad deals but introduced rating systems to provide clarity and credibility based on reviews. 

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What are the Global Implications for Crowdfund Investing?

Government focused on growing economies focus on creating jobs. Small business and entrepreneurs are the driving force behind every successful economy across the globe. Cultures and governments that embrace and celebrate the entrepreneur are more likely to succeed in both the short and long term.

Although crowdfund investing is not an economic cure-all, it can be an important part of the solution. It allows significant numbers of citizens to make modest investments in high-growth and/or community businesses. And it can benefit your country for the following reasons:

1. Ideas Follow the Money

Fostering an ecosystem that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation requires capital. If the financial markets or regulations in a particular country are such that capital isn’t flowing, businesses can’t get the money they need. Entrepreneurs who are passionate enough about their ideas will go where the money is available to fund them. This is why many Canadian entrepreneurs head to the United States: because capital is more readily available to fund them there. Countries that wait to update their securities laws will create “brain drain” as skilled entrepreneurs head to other countries where they can fund and launch their businesses. An idea that is successfully funded in one country generally stays there and rarely returns back to the entrepreneur’s country of origin.

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New Data Released by the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) Shows Surprising Results

How much do you know about Crowdfunding? This was the context of a survey conducted by Crowdfunding Professional Association in conjunction with Crowdfund Capital Advisors. They asked 442 entrepreneurs, investors and intermediaries about their interest in crowdfunding, and also about themselves. What they discovered was encouraging as to the level of interest and how much capital they wish to invest, but there still is confusion about all the "CF" buzz words and how specifically equity-based crowdfunding platforms will differ from things like the popular platform Kickstarter.

Since the survey was hosted by Crowdfunding Professional Association, many of the responders (68 percent) were already very familiar with crowdfunding. However, when asked to rank their understanding on a scale of 1 to 10 as to the difference between what is allowed under current crowdfunding, and how it differs from what we will have in 2013 under the JOBS Act, 36.64 percent ranked themselves as a 5 or less, showing there is a real opportunity to educate the public. Fortunately, a majority of those sampled self-reported a high level of understanding of the implications of this new law, with a full 20.14 percent ranking themselves as having an understanding of 10.

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