Investor Concerns Arise in Equity-Based Crowdfunding

While the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012 helped to spur crowdfunding into an exciting industry, questions have continued surrounding investor protections and the legitimacy of companies using this method to raise capital; SeedInvest CEO Ryan Feit recently told the New York Times: “I’m legitimately concerned that a lot of people are going to be losing money; investing in startups is really risky, and it’s very different than buying a used couch. We definitely do not think you should treat it like Craigslist.”; investors don’t necessarily understand the investment and companies are not following the rules fully, causing many in the industry to legitimately worry about the way forward.  Source