Chase Bank is not affiliated with Freedom Benefits

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I am responding to a telephone caller who presumed that my trademarked business name Freedom Benefits was associated with a credit card program apparently offered by Chase Bank. Over the years I’ve received a number of calls from consumers and even one from the FBI years ago investigating consumer reports of someone using the name in an […]

The benefits of Kickstarter

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Wharton Professor Ethan Mollick  explored the impact of Kickstarter through a large email survey designed to document the impact of  Kickstarter crowdfunded projects. Kickstarter has received some bad publicity lately in stories that allege that 1 in 3 of the platform’s backers never receive the benefit promised by successful project sponsors. Since its launch, Kickstarter has […]

Crowdfunding article bibliography

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Crowdfunding, Financing, Investment, News and Politics, nonprofit

Are you a small business owner thinking about crowdfunding? Crowdfunding issues have become an increasingly frequent part of my day-to-day discussions with small businesses – both for profit and nonprofit – and the investors who finance them. Many of my recent blog posts reflect this trend. Most of these blog posts focus on very basic concepts of […]

Trump is absolutely right about banking regulation

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When Bernie Sanders made big bank regulation the focus of his campaign platform, this point became the sharpest distinction between him and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Clinton has a long history of big bank support despite the strong evidence that these powerful special interests are hurting innovation, job growth and small businesses across America, We […]

State lawmakers tinker with crowdfunding: helping or hurting?

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LexisNexis reported yesterday that “Texas securities regulators this month are considering tweaks to state crowdfunding rules that would lift escrow requirements for smaller investments, changes that attorneys say demonstrate the state’s continued eagerness to fine-tune crowdfunding”. Other media sources covered the advancement of crowd funding in North Carolina this week. Many other states are also […]