In 2012 – the JOBS Act was passed with bipartisan support. The act created a new type of security called an “equity crowdfunding offering” and a new investment crowdfunding platform called an “intrastate crowdfunding platform.”
It also changed the amount and type of information investors must provide when purchasing securities in an early-stage startup.
While we may not see these changes fully impact entrepreneurship and investment for some time – they are laying the foundation for a truly innovative future.
The JOBS Act was passed in 2012 with bipartisan support
It is short for “Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act,” passed in response to the financial crisis of 2008. It was intended to help small businesses raise capital and create jobs in the United States. The law also loosened regulations on how companies could advertise their offerings. And making it possible for investors to invest as little as $10 in startups (up from $2,000).
Some have criticized the JOBS Act as not going far enough. But it has also helped thousands of entrepreneurs raise capital and create jobs for Americans.
If you want to know how the JOBS Act changed real estate investing. And you must know how the law affects you.
The Act allows for general solicitation and advertising, meaning that startups can now advertise their offerings in newspapers and radio stations. Previously companies had to find investors through word-of-mouth or by approaching them directly in person or via email.
The JOBS Act created a new type of security called an “equity crowdfunding offering”
The idea is to allow smaller companies to raise funds by selling shares directly to investors online without going through investment banks or other intermediaries.
The benefits of this approach are obvious, it allows entrepreneurs. And small businesses to tap into pools of previously unavailable capital because they couldn’t afford the fees associated with traditional investment banking services.
In addition, equity crowdfunding allows for direct communication between investors and companies. It opens up opportunities for investors who want more information about what they’re buying.
As opposed to being limited by what’s available from third parties like mutual funds. Or hedge funds (which may not have any real relationship with the actual company).
The JOBS Act also created a new investment crowdfunding platform called an “intrastate crowdfunding platform”
These platforms are not required to register with the SEC but must meet specific requirements to operate. In particular, they must rely on state law instead of federal law as their basis for offering securities and cannot solicit investors across state lines.
Intrastate crowdfunding allows businesses seeking funding to advertise locally rather than nationally or internationally. This can be beneficial because it reduces costs associated with advertising. And allows companies access to more potential sources of capital than those available outside their home state.
The JOBS Act changed the amount and type of information investors must provide when purchasing securities in an early-stage startup
First, it raised the bar for who can invest in private companies by requiring that all investors be accredited investors (i.e., individuals with income over $200,000 or net worth over $1 million). Second startups must raise capital through a “general solicitation” to provide their potential investors with a private placement memorandum (PPM).
The PPM contains essential information about the startup’s business plan, financial statements, risk factors for investing in early-stage companies & more.
This helps ensure that all prospective investors know what they’re getting into before making an investment decision. And it helps prevent fraud by ensuring everyone knows exactly what kind of investment they’re buying into before handing over any money!
It may take time before we see the full impact of the JOBS Act on entrepreneurship and investment.
The JOBS Act was passed in 2012, but it’s taken years for companies to launch their crowdfunding platforms under its provisions. In 2016 alone more than 50 such platforms have launched across all 50 states, most of which are equity-based offerings.
While these platforms have helped thousands of entrepreneurs raise millions of dollars from everyday investors there is still much room for growth. Only about $3 billion has been raised through these platforms (compared with $3 trillion raised by venture capital firms).
There you go!
The JOBS Act was a significant step forward in regulating investment and entrepreneurship. It opened up new opportunities for investors to support startups, allowing entrepreneurs to raise capital more efficiently. However, there are still many challenges ahead as the SEC works to implement these changes. And make them work properly in practice.