Jun 7, 2016 • 18M

#417: 5 Tips For Evaluating Crowdfund Investments

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Some of the world's great changemakers join host Devin Thorpe to share leadership lessons you can use to increase your impact.
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Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://onforb.es/1WCFV1K. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwitunes or on Stitcher by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwstitcher. Alex Thaler is an entrepreneur who saw a problem and immediately saw a solution. Ordinary investors are now allowed to invest in startups and other private issuers via crowdfunding portals, but need help. He created Stratifund to solve the problem. Today, he offers five free tips for evaluating crowdfund investments. Thaler, with an MBA from Wharton and experience with Life Time Fitness and Boston Consulting Group, says that Stratifund was formed in 2015 and just started operations coincident with the effective date for Regulation Crowdfunding (JOBS Act Title III) investing last month. The revenue model is a monthly subscription that costs participants just $10 per month. As the first revenues are just being recorded, he says he can’t yet measure margins meaningfully. He approaches the crowdfunding market with a sense of mission and purpose. He says, “Our mission is to drive the equity crowdfunding business.” He sees transparency lacking in the space and hopes to be the one to address it. Crowdfunding enthusiasts, like me, have long argued that crowdfunding itself is a form of social entrepreneurship, breaking down traditional barriers to capital for women and minorities who have been largely boxed out of the venture capital market. Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://onforb.es/1WCFV1K. Please consider whether a friend or colleague might benefit from this piece and, if so, share it.