What happens if you don't monitor? The money you gave them gets wasted on buying ping pong tables or hiring sushi chefs. "FitzGerald notes that people have been losing money for ages in all sorts of ways, not just by investing in a small business. "The reality is, people have much riskier ways to spend their money than investing in a local restaurant and putting in $2,000," he says. "I would rather see people put their capital behind start ups than in casinos or fantasy football or anything of that nature where you can lose your money just as easily. ""Every time you have a massive disruption like that, there's going to be some fallout. But ultimately, Adidas Gazelle Indoor Green White
his research demonstrates that fraud rarely occurs in crowdfunding even without enforcement: Less than 1% of funds and 4% of the projects he studied showed signs of fraud.
it's for the greater good. " FitzGeraldBesides, the SEC will require crowdfunded start ups to file financial Adidas Gazelle reports as a way to weed out bad seeds. "That may be, frankly, a good thing," FitzGerald says. "It requires a level of sophistication and diligence that anybody, when they are accepting any sort of capital, should be able to provide. If you can't take that small step it shows you'r.
Kobe beef jerky product. While it was able to pull in a few hundred thousand dollars quickly, someone eventually pointed out that all Kobe beef had tags for authenticity and asked the start up to produce tag numbers, Mollick says. His point: A lot of people are funding projects who understand the business they are getting into, perhaps even more so than traditional venture capitalists. "The crowd is pretty good at detecting fraud and finding projects with signals of quality," he notes. But even if the start up is above board, Taylor believes professional investors should still be the preferred backers because they can offer benefits the small investor cannot, such as the ability to better monitor these start ups, provide management advice and grant access to a professional network. "They have the time and incentive to do it," Taylor says. "Crowd investors aren't going to do that.
just seem too ambitious to be taken seriously but have attracted a following. For example, Taylor points to a crowdfunded company called Terrafugia, which has raised $10. 4 million to build flying cars. "This is a very sexy product. We all have an idea of what a flying car would be like because we drive. So it's sexy enough to work," Taylor says. "But should my grandma be investing in flying cars? I don't think so. I say leave it to the pros. "The idea that small investors are easily fooled is not a given in the age of social networks. With information openly shared online, crowd intelligence does act to curb fraud, observers note. Mollick says Adidas Originals Gazelle Indoor Sneakers Black
With so many people looking at a business, "if something's suspicious, somebody raises an alarm," he states. Think of a piece of open source software. "With enough eyes, all [computer] bugs" tend to be discovered quickly, he adds. Consider a start up that used crowdfunding to raise money for a Adidas Originals Gazelle - Trainers - Blue
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