Crowdfunding Helps ‘Main Street America’ (VIDEO)

[ 0 ] July 8, 2014 |

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EarlyShares is an equity-based crowdfunding platform that allows investors to invest $100, $200 or larger amounts, into a small startup or existing company that’s expanding, versus a product. “It allows everyone to be on ‘Shark Tank,’ says Maurice Lopes, Founder of and Governing Board Member – Crowdfunding Professional Association. “This is everybody’s chance to be an angel investor with very small investments.” Watch Lopes explain why EarlyShares is great for investors, as well as companies looking for investment, and the future of crowdfunding:

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The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in April 2012. The goal was to ease some regulations to make it easier for small businesses to get financing and startup funding. It allows businesses to crowdfundingjobsaccept small contributions from private individuals – also known as crowdfunding – without making an initial public offering, and gives regular people a chance to become investors. EarlyShares has the pieces of its crowdfunding process together but is awaiting final regulations from the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to lay out exactly how each piece of the JOBS Act can fit together.

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“Crowdfunding isn’t just about technology companies,” Lopes said. “This is Main Street America. This is the local business who needs that $50, $100, $200 expand so this bill will actually help our economy get closer to being fixed.”

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About Maurice Lopes: The founder of, an equity-based crowdfunding platform. Under Mr. Lopes’ leadership, the organization came to the attention of the Start Up America Partnership, which made the featured crowdfunding platform on the on the [...]
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