Dara Albright is one of the bona fide leaders in the investment crowdfunding world. She’s passionate about the potential crowdfunding has to accelerate the economy and to democratize capital by allowing ordinary investors to buy shares in startups and other offerings traditionally available only to the wealthy.
Dara says, “My mission is to provide a workable framework for unaccredited crowdfunding so that smaller investors can access the same opportunities as the financially privileged.”
“Given that Title III is cost-prohibitive for smaller issuers, Title II discriminates against unaccrediteds and the small cap IPO has died, Reg A+ (Title IV) may just provide the most pragmatic solution,” she adds.
Regulation A+, defined under Title IV of the JOBS Act passed in 2012, allows companies to raise up to $50 million without being subject to the full pantheon of SEC regulations for a traditional IPO.
“I just don’t understand the logic behind the existing framework that permits average citizens to purchase stocks only when “sophisticated” investors are ready to dump them,” she concludes.
On Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:00 Eastern, Dara will join me for a live discussion about regulation A+. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.
More about Dara Albright:
Since 2011, Dara Albright has been helping set the direction of the crowdfinance industry through leading-edge industry articles and acclaimed conferences and webinars that introduce crowd-driven asset classes such as crowdfunding and p2p lending to the financial community. She produced the very first crowdfunding conference in January 2012 which was headlined by key JOBS Act architects: Congressman Patrick McHenry and Dave Weild. That event birthed the crowdfinance movement and led to the founding of the industry’s trade and leadership organizations. In 2013, she co-founded LendIt which went on to become the largest and most recognized global p2p & online lending conference organization. Some of the most prominent figures in the financial industry as well as the legislature continue to participate in Dara Albright events.
Dara Albright is a recognized authority, thought provoker and frequent speaker on topics relating to market structure, private secondary transactions, next-gen IPOs, P2P and crowdfinance. Albright has held a distinguished 22 year career in IPO execution, investment banking, corporate communications, financial marketing as well as institutional and retail sales. She is a visionary who continues to introduce rising asset classes and crowd-structured financial products to the Wall Street community.
Through her NowStreet blog, Albright was one of the earliest voices covering the JOBS Act and advocating for greater democracy in the equity and credit markets. She produced the very first crowdfunding conference in January 2012 which was headlined by key JOBS Act architects: Congressman Patrick McHenry and Dave Weild. That event helped birth the crowdfinance movement and led to the founding of the industry’s trade and leadership organizations. In 2013, she co-founded LendIt which went on to become the largest and most recognized global p2p & online lending conference organization. Some of the most prominent figures in the financial industry as well as the legislature continue to participate in Albright’s events. Her leading-edge articles that have helped shape the direction of the crowdfinance industry can be found on Equities.com, Crowdfund Insider, Seeking Alpha, Investing.com and Business Insider. She has been featured in Forbes, ABA Banking Journal, Thestreet.com, Private Wealth Magazine as well as in a number of leading industry trade publications. Albright continues to help issuers, investors as well as financial service providers across the globe capitalize during this unprecedented period of financial industry disruption and regulatory reform.
Prior firms she worked for include: Unterberg Towbin, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Divine Capital and Citigate Dewe Rogerson. Albright is a proud board member of SparkMarket, the nation’s first bona fide crowdfunding portal allowing unaccredited investors to legally crowdfund via intrastate exemption. She is a graduate of the George Washington University and holds securities industry Series 7, 24, 31 and 63 licenses.