Founded in 1985, Puget Sound Venture Club (PSVC) is the oldest angel group in Seattle. Even prior to founding the organization, Gary has been a valuable resource and a supporter of the Northwest startup community. His stories are educational as well as entertaining. Moreover, it is his insight into the process of raising angel funds that make this a very special opportunity.
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If you are a founder of a startup, you may be excited about the proposed new changes to the SEC general solicitation rules that were part of the JOBS Act for all accredited offerings under Rule 506. Don’t worry, it’s okay to be excited, I am too. But there is a whole lot you need to know before you do anything in regards to these proposed rules, which are not final yet. Continue reading →
The SEC has finally issued proposed rules that would eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and advertising in Rule 506 offerings. The proposed rules are good news for startups because they offer broader access to investment capital sources, and the SEC should be applauded for its reasoned and reasonable approach in the new rules.
There was a lot of handwringing and blog ink spilled over what the SEC might do with Section 201 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”). Recall that the JOBS Act directed the SEC to amend Rule 506 of Regulation D to permit general solicitation or general advertising in offerings made under Rule 506, provided that all purchasers of the securities were accredited investors. Section 201 of the JOBS Act went on to require that the SEC’s rules require the issuer to take reasonable steps to verify that the purchasers of the securities were accredited investors, using such methods as determined by the SEC.
I have highlighted some of the most significant quotes and points from SEC Release No. 33-9354 below. Continue reading →