“They’re going to let people defraud my grandma!”
That’s what a friend of mine, an experienced securities attorney, said, when she heard about Congressional efforts to expand crowdfunding into the entrepreneurial space.
Crowdfunding offers a welcome source of funding to small companies that are unable to get bank loans, access the formal capital markets, or that just want to give the public a piece of the company. However, crowdfunding also creates an attractive platform for widespread small-scale fraud. Where people invest only small amounts of money, they are unlikely to want to pay lawyers to pursue fraudsters, and class action lawyers are unlikely to think such cases worth their while. State Attorneys General and the SEC are not going to have the resources to chase any but the most egregious cases.
This is where CrowdCheck comes in. CrowdCheck offers a weapon against potential fraud and helps investors make good investment decisions. CrowdCheck does the basic “due diligence” that a reasonable person would do when investing small amounts of his (or his grandmother’s) own funds, and lets investors see the results of this due diligence in an easy-to-understand Report. This helps the entrepreneurs seeking funding too: they can show they mean business.
Plus, the CrowdCheck process walks the entrepreneur through the complicated disclosure process so that they know they meet all the legal requirements and aren’t likely to get in trouble later for saying the wrong thing—all without the big legal bill.
CrowdCheck’s founders are business lawyers and entrepreneurs, and our team includes very experienced securities attorneys. I am the CEO and I’ve been doing due diligence on companies that want to raise money for almost three decades. Our researchers, who help guide the entrepreneur through the disclosure and due diligence process, include securities lawyers and skilled investigators. We think the capital markets offer great potential to improve everyone’s financial situation, but only if we all work together to keep the markets honest.
by Sara Hanks