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Equity crowdfunding is the online offering of private company securities to a group of people for investment.

The benefits are that you can join an existing investment syndicate (often managed by professional business angels or VC funds), invest broadly ETF-like (with Angel), that you're protected by the platform that acts as your nominee, and that you don't have to look for investment opportunities privately, which is a hugely time-consuming and difficult job.

The risks are that well, it's more like gambling than actual investing as most startups fail and that it's probably the most illiquid investment there is, and usually for at least 5-10 years.

Some of the most notable platforms include www.Angel.co, www.SeedInvest.com, www.Microventures.com, or www.Seedrs.com in Europe.

Any experience with equity crowdfunding? Results to share? Opinions? Other thoughts?
 

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Just a opinion - not experience:
Same as social lending.

First it will bring real startups that will at least try to earn money.
Then "easy money" seekers will come and decrease value of the whole industry.

If you start soon you can earn, but as i said - it will go social lending path.
 
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I believe this might be already happening, @Kid. Equity crowdfunding is not that new and I think that on some platforms it's fairly easy to list your startup. There are some that only accept a very small percentage of startups, though, so these are probably safer and more valuable. Still, the risk is definitely super high.
 
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