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Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://onforb.es/20N0sDG.

Last fall, the SEC issued long-awaited rules for investment crowdfunding. FINRA also issued its rules. The new rules become effective on May 17, 2016. It’s time for entrepreneurs to start thinking seriously about whether and how to take advantage of the them. I’ve invited three experts to comment and offer suggestions.

Richard Swart of UC Berkeley,  notes that “Regulation Crowdfunding is far from perfect – but it will allow the first inning of retail equity crowdfunding to begin. Expect legislative changes soon, but at least we now have opportunity for local and community oriented crowdfund investing.”

“The single biggest misconception about Regulation Crowdfunding is that is is somehow an alternative to Venture Capital,” he adds. “Regulation CF will function at the seed round – or as an alternative to debt.  Rapidly scaling high-growth potential technology firms are unlikely to use it.”
“Congress made one huge mistake,” he says, referring to the fact  that unlike Title IV of the JOBS Act, the new rules issued under Title III don’t allow for entrepreneurs to “test the waters” or solicit expressions of interest in an offering prior to conducting a full offering.
Sara Hanks, CEO and Founder of Crowdcheck, offers a few tips to those considering a crowdfund offering:
Remember that what you are allowed to say about the offering anywhere except on the intermediary’s site is very limited. Know the rules about communications before you start the campaign. Don’t hire communications or PR experts to publicize your campaign unless you know that they know the rules too.

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Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe recently announced the formation of a foundation named in honor of his father, The Dr. Louis G. Lamothe Foundation. The Foundation will fight social injustice in Haiti and complement the work he is already doing through LSL World Initiative.

“The Dr. Louis G Lamothe Foundation is an organization that aims to carry on my father’s work as a socially responsible activist in the fight for an inclusive and united Haitian society,” Lamothe said. “Decades of poverty, squalor, violence, economic insecurity and dictatorship have ravaged our country. As a result, Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with a limited capacity to respond to the effects of political and social instability and natural crises. This Foundation is essential and long overdue as it will focus on providing the Haitian people with opportunities to transform their own country – something my father believed in and fought for.”

Lamothe is also a social entrepreneur and impact investor who leads the LSL World Initiative, which works to arrange innovative financial resources for developing countries around the world. The Foundation will give Lamothe another tool for helping the people of his homeland.

He told me, “I started LSLWI to provide solutions for innovative financing based on my personal experience in the private sector as well as former Prime Minister of Haiti where I had to a do a lot with little, and innovative financing helped a great deal.”

He notes that the success of LSLWI will give “governments the resources to reduce poverty and level the playing field for all their citizens.”

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Laurie Lane-Zucker is building an ecosystem for social entrepreneurs in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts. Laurie hopes the model can be replicated across the country and ultimately around the world.

He explains the need for creating a healthy environment for impact-driven entrepreneurs. “The conventional business paradigm lacks global sustainability context and mission-driven entrepreneurs seeking to innovate solutions in general do not have a supportive ecosystem within which to grow their social and environmental impact businesses.”

The ecosystem begins with a new way of looking at things. “I am working with others to build an ecosystem, indeed an entirely new paradigm, for business founded upon ‘the rigorous application of blended value’ — my definition, and that of my Impact Entrepreneur Network, for the term ‘impact.’ I am currently advancing a new regional impact ecosystem model, which integrates aspects of the Impact Hub with the enterprise/empowerment zone — the ‘Public Benefit Enterprise Zone.'”

Laurie has a clear vision for the future of his effort. “The prototype Public Benefit Enterprise Zone that I am working to build in the Berkshires of Massachusetts will be replicable in other regions around the country and world. When enough mature PBEZs are active, then a process can be undertaken of knitting together PBEZs to create macro-regional, national and global impact economies that have authentic sustainability context, effectively serving the needs of the planet and its peoples.”

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Every day, an average of 22 veterans take their own lives. This tragic reality motivated Josh and Lisa Lannon and Tom Spooner to do something.

They founded Warriors Heart, an addiction treatment center that provides peer-to-peer solutions to help veterans, law enforcement and first responders who struggle with addiction and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Josh Lannon took the time to explain the challenges that veterans face, what Warriors Heart is doing and what he hopes will come of their efforts.

Lannon says the VA isn’t the answer. “While the VA (Veterans Administration) has good people, they can’t keep up with the needs of veterans after 14 years of war.”

The program, Lannon says, is holistic in its approach. “We are looking at the “whole body” versus sending a warrior to multiple doctors because so many are dealing with multiple issues including addiction, PTSD and MTBI (mild traumatic brain injury).”

Lannon notes that the focus of the effort is to help those who have helped us. “Our facility specializes in serving Warriors. These are the men and women who are currently active and veteran members from organizations that protect and serve the citizens of the United States, e.g, Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force , law enforcement, fire, paramedics, first responders, hospital personnel and civilian warriors.”

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UPTOGOOD.org is part crowdfunding, part petition platform and partly a platform for committing people to change their behavior, all driven by video stories. Founded by sisters Mika and Emi Onishi, the site is focused on causes.

Mika explains the motivation for creating the site, “Our original inspiration came out of the genuine overwhelm of wanting to do GOOD but not always knowing the best way to direct our desire to help after watching social change documentaries online that tugged at our hearts.”

She notes that many of these stories are important, but are “far from what was breaking the internet.”

Mika and Emi Onishi, courtesy of UPTOGOOD
Mika and Emi Onishi, courtesy of UPTOGOOD

Emi adds, “#StoriesThatMatter,” writing with a favorite hashtag, “often don’t get enough attention in today’s media and is difficult for some to figure out what actions can and should be taken.”

“Users can create a video-based impact campaign designed to bring attention to #StoriesThatMatter and have the opportunity to provide long-term support to the causes they are passionate about with a choice of four UPTOGOOD actions: FUNDit, SIGNit, PROMISEit, SHAREit, offering an easy way for good-hearted people to take action on what they just watched; creating concrete and immediate actions through the click of their mouse,” Emi said.

Mika agrees, “We are making it easier for people to direct their inspired hearts into action that generates more GOOD in this world after watching a story that just moved them.”

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You never know when the poor child in Africa you help to educate might grow up to be the next Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates or Mother Teresa. Vivian Onano is living that story.

Raised in rural Kenya, she founded Africa 2.0 and has become a major player in international circles at a young age. Last year, she was invited to address the United Nations General Assembly. She is an activist working for the rights of women and girls around the world.

Understating things a bit, she says, “I grew up with so little and many people have contributed to my journey, granted me opportunities that have ended up transforming my life in major ways. As a result, I have decided that my purpose in life is to give hope and enable others to have similar opportunities.”

She sees the plight of others as her primary cause. “I have seen women all over the world continue to fall victim to: gender violence, lack of access to education, inequality and discrimination at work, female genital mutilation, and lack of economic empowerment–among many others.”

To better understand her story, I asked about the challenges she’s faced. “Having been born in a community that did not value girls education was a major challenge. This, coupled with coming from a family that had so little, it was almost a given that I was going to be married off like many other girls that I saw.”

“Luckily, that did not happen. My mother strived to make sure I had access to quality education that has enabled me to grow into a global citizen. It was really tough for a girl from an impoverished family to make it, for a girl from the village without an education and I am so thankful that I am no longer a statistic,” she added.

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Devin Thorpe thinks he is the luckiest person alive. After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie—he and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote Your Mark On The World and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream. Now, as an author, a popular guest speaker and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good. His current life isn’t much like his past. As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company.  He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions. Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship during Governor Jon Huntsman’s administration. Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006.  He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business. Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail.  Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).
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  • Self Employed
    Speaker and Author, 2012 - present
  • South China University of Technology
    Professor, 2011 - 2012
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    Chief Financial Officer, 2008 - 2011
  • Thorpe Capital Group
    Managing Director, 2000 - 2007
  • USANA Health Sciences
    Treasurer, 1996 - 199
  • New York State Electric & Gas
    Accounting Intern, 1992 - 1993
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    Managing Director, 2007 - 2008
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