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Send in Your Comments on the Future of Crowdfunding

Rodrigo Mejia

Crowdfunding has grown into a powerful mechanism for small businesses and creative projects alike, and now the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing a new set of rules to regulate the practice, making it safer for investors.

Among the rules, the SEC is placing a $1 million cap on the amount of equity a company can raise through crowdfunding and requires those raising more than $500,000 to "file more detailed information to the SEC."

The proposal also places a limit on the amount a single investor can commit to a crowdfunded business and restricts purchases of securities to online crowdfunding portals, "a new class created by the SEC," writes Christine Lagorio-Chafkin of

But nothing is in stone, yet. Over the next 90 days the SEC is asking the public to comment on the new rules before they come up for a vote.

Crowdfunding is all about democratizing the marketplace. Now's your chance to apply some democracy to crowdfunding.

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  • RoCSang

    Comments are going to be so important in this process as the SEC is really looking to the public realm to get the rules right. This is a call to arms for all social entrepreneurs to pick up their pens (and keyboards) and provide your thoughts on the rules. There are things such as the proposed requirements for audited financials for raises larger than $500k that we need many voices to restructure or improve upon!

    It's really up the 'crowd' to make crowdfunding a viable and sustainable financing tool.

    • Rodrigo Mejia

      Agreed. This is a unique opportunity to shape the dialog before energy is lost dealing with unforeseen fallout from inefficient policy. This debate is much like the broadband infrastructure fight going on right now. Everyone agrees that internet service could (and should) be leagues better than what is offered now, but there's so much work to be done untangling policy that is restricting that progress.
      Crowdfunding and startup business models have all the momentum for the future. Its important to ensure whatever rules are adopted NOW make that future transition as friction-less and secure as possible.
      Thank you for commenting on the SEC's call for comments. Best of luck with Return on Change. Please let us know how things are shaping up.

      • Grace Kim

        Agree. Thanks Rodrigo for the well wishes! Will definitely keep you posted on how things shape up, and if you have any questions we'd love to chat and connect with you anytime. You may also be interested in our blog, where we share a lot of our thoughts on the crowdfunding industry and what's going on. Let me know what you think!