What Does the Future Hold for Equity Crowdfunding?

Thanks to the JOBS Act, the average investor can get a stake in early-stage startup businesses. We're less than a year into this "new world," but that doesn't mean the space is staying static.

In this clip fromIndustry Focus: Tech,Motley Fool analyst Dylan Lewis interviews Indiegogo founder Slava Rubin and MicroVentures founder and CEO Bill Clark about potential changes they see coming for equity crowdfunding in the next few years.

A full transcript follows the video.

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Dylan Lewis: Slava,you mentioned how there might be some changes in how VCs areinvolved. Are there any other shifts that you could see happening in this spacein the next couple years? It could be on the deal formation side, it could be on the route thatcompanies take to go public, or anything like that in the pre-public formats?Slava Rubin: Hopefully,some of the terms of Reg CF willevolve. For example, right now, it's a $1 million limit. Hopefully that'll raise to $5million to $10 million. Then, there's some other terms, like being able to test the waters inadvance of actually launching, so you can promote it in advance ofstarting your raise, or being able tonot have each individual investor beindividually on the cap table, but rather funnel them into one SPV or one investor, all combined.Lewis: And would that be for simplicity andbeing able to make it easier to manage?Rubin: Yeah,for sure,as well as staying within the rules of not going over 2,000 investors, as well, as it relates to having to go public. But, yeah, also forsimplicity from management.Bill Clark: To add to that,I think that over the next few yearsyou'll see Title III as the first fundraising, and Reg A as a potential second fundraising when the company needs to raise $10 million to $50 million. And that will bemore accepted.

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