Crowdfunding: Title III of the JOBS Act

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Blog by: Michelle Greenwood  A Down to Earth Look at Title III of the JOBS Act There is a natural tension between the character of place-based investing and the virtual world. But, almost from the beginning, the idea of serving our Slow Money beliefs through crowdfinancing was fundamental to our Slow Money SoCal approach. As […]

EQUITY CROWDFUNDING FOR THE 99%

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Blog by: Kathleen Minogue of CROWDFUND BETTER “EQUITY CROWDFUNDING FOR THE 99%) (Part 2 of a series on recent changes in the crowdfunding laws) Eighty-two years ago our government sought to protect us from snake oil salesman and hustlers trying to sell us blue sky. While well-intended in a time when communication was limited and our […]

INVESTMENT CROWDFUNDING

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Blog by Jenny Kassan: INVESTMENT CROWDFUNDING “One More Tool in the Tool Box” – (Part 1 of a series on recent changes in the crowdfunding laws) The Securities and Exchange Commission has finally released the rules for the crowdfunding exemption of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. My involvement with what ultimately became […]

Green Pastures for The Slow Movement

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Green Pastures for The Slow Movement: inspiration from Slow Money 2014 national gathering  By Brent W. Collins Hey you – healthy person! Good news! Demand is through the roof for food that is healthy for you and good for the environment! Consider yourself part of the highly coveted “SLOH Food” segment – the Smart, Local, Organic […]

Seven paths to invest Slow Money in food businesses

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By Arno Hesse, of Slow Money NorCal You decided to find a better place for your money? How to bring money back down to earth? Slow Money investors have used various mechanisms to put money into sustainable food businesses. Here is a (grossly simplified) overview about the seven main “modes”: Purchase Support a business one […]

Seven paths to invest Slow Money in food businesses

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(by Arno Hesse) You decided to find a better place for your money? How to bring money back down to earth? Slow Money investors have used various mechanisms to put money into sustainable food businesses. Here is a (grossly simplified) overview about the seven main “modes”: Purchase Support a business one purchase at a time. […]

A closer look at royalty financing

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(by Marco Vangelisti) In a prior article “A New Funding Structure for Slow Money Projects” I introduced the idea of using royalty financing for Slow Money projects. Such structure presents advantages for both investors and entrepreneurs. Investors get to participate in the success of the enterprise with a self-liquidating investment, therefore greatly reducing their liquidity […]

Appropriate Funding Mechanisms for Slow Money Projects

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(by Marco Vangelisti) Slow Money projects and businesses are building a restorative economy by improving the livelihood of their communities, by valuing the uniqueness of place and by restoring the fertility of the soil either directly or by supporting activities that do so. The funding challenges that any business faces are augmented by the focus […]

Comparing Royalty Financing to Debt and Equity financing

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(by Marco Vangelisti) Royalty financing, whereby investors receive a percentage of revenues, relieves the entrepreneur of the implicit pressure early equity investing creates to grow rapidly towards an “exit” and avoids dilution of the original owners. Royalty financing is more appropriate than debt in the early stages of a business since repayments are based on […]