Thursday's equity crowdfunding talk to be livestreamed from BrooklynBy http://profile.typepad.com/1237764140s22740 // October 17, 2012 in Crowdfunding, JOBS Act, New York, Reg D
I'm on my way to New York to participate in "Legal Stuff Explained 2.4: Equity Crowdfunding," an event organized and to be moderated by Veronica Picciafuoco for Docracy.
It looks like the event is "sold out" for attendance in person, but Docracy intends to livestream it. Follow Docracy on Twitter to look for breaking details on how to catch the livestream. The event is scheduled for 6:30 PM Eastern, 5:30 PM Central, 4:30 PM Mountain, 3:30 PM Pacific. And we're talking about tomorrow, Thursday, October 18.
I'm looking forward to meeting Veronica IRL. I feel like I know her from her generous contributions to this blog, in the comments. I think I will get the chance to meet her colleagues at Docracy, as well. Docracy is an exciting startup, working to innovate in a very important area - the legal documenting of deals - in a potentially (hopefully) very disruptive way.
I'm also looking forward to hearing what Larry Baker of Bolstr has to say about crowdfunding. With his Bolstr co-founder, Charlie Tribbet, Larry wrote a guest post for this blog a couple months back, bringing a different perspective on the nascent equity crowdfunding landscape: they believe the kind of fundraising they are enabling today, in reliance on Rule 504 of Reg D, is in fact the crowdfunding of the here and now, not dependent on implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act. Rule 504 just isn't something I or most other startup lawyers use, and I'd like to learn more about how Larry and Charlie have made it work.
David Rose, another speaker for the event, is everywhere. His answers on Quora just about set the gold standard on subjects related to early stage investing. And he is CEO of Gust, the online platform for angel investing. (Online platforms for angel investing are very interesting places to be right now, particularly with the changes wrought by the McHenry Amendment that made it into Title II of the JOBS Act. In point of brutal reality, equity crowdfunding is already here and booming - it's just restricted to accredited (angel) investors.) It will be good to hear David's take on whether the twain - angel investing and non-accredited crowdfunding - shall meet.
Photo: Bömmel / Flickr.