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Biotech to baseball, websites to wine. Howard Leonhardt can’t stop inventing and innovating. Why should he?

Hey, it’s a natural for the North Bay, right? You take biotech, business innovation, mix in a little baseball and wine, and you come up with…what?
To find out, you have to start with a whirlwind of a fellow by the name of Howard J. Leonhardt, who’s something of an inventor, something of an instigator, something of a…well, he launches things, really. He’s a launch pad kind of guy. He gets things going, from new biotech ideas and a new way...
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The ‘next Facebook’ will be a crowdfunding platform

The leading social network service is ... Facebook. The leading micro-blogging service is ... Twitter. What's the 800 lb gorilla in online services for startups? ... There isn't one. There is no one place 'everybody' goes online for startups.  And thus:
  • You can't access a 3rd party app market and related APIs.
  • There is no 'search' for startups.
  • There is no central ecosystem for all the related players (office rentals, IP lawyers, accountants, benefits companies, employees, ...)
  • There is no way to apply deep quantitative models and...
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Crowdfunding Micro no more

THE idea of collecting cash online through a mix of patronage and prepayment sprouted informally a few years ago. Initially bands used it to raise money for studio rental and the production costs for releasing an album. But the idea took off and is now offered by a plethora of middlemen, and embraced by all manner of creative types. In 2011 Kickstarter, the most successful of the online enablers, received nearly $100m in pledges for over 27,000 projects launched at...
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So how exactly does the JOBS Act affect startup entrepreneurs?

So how exactly does the JOBS Act affect startup entrepreneurs?  It makes it easier for them to obtain investors without having to file an Form S-1 Registration Statement with the Securities & Exchange Commission and meet all the stringent SEC disclosure and reporting requirements. However, it is not a free ride in any respect. The JOBS Act creates a new category of issuer — an emerging growth company, or EGC. An EGC is a company that has had its first registered...
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How Offerors Can Act Regarding the JOBS Act — Methven & Associates

In the prior two pieces I discussed how the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act” (the JOBS Act) requires the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC0 to adopt new regulations to allow public advertising of Rule 506 offerings and to allow crowdfunding.  This article discusses how real-estate syndications, start-ups and other companies wanting to raise money (offerors/issuers) may want to act based on the bill. (As always, you may unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the "manage your subscription link" at the...
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