CLBR #151: Crowdfunding and the Jobs Act with Crowdfunder’s James Richardson



In 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act which had severeal provisions designed to spur crowdfunding, from changing rules for advertising and solicitation of private investment offerings and allowing companies to raise up to $1M through crowdfunding platforms.

Crowdfunder Vice President James Richardson discusses the growth of crowdfunding in the US and worldwide and the impact of the JOBS Act changes.


Yelp logoYelp’s 9th Circuit’s Victory:  Business Practices Not Extortion

For years Yelp* has been plagued by charges that it engages in extortionate practices in which it promises to provide a more favorable mix of reviews should a business advertise with Yelp* or conversely retaliate should it not.  The Ninth Circuit has just affirmed a dismissal of a case based on these claims.

California Law Bans Companies from Penalizing Consumers for Reviews

The new law says that a consumer contract “may not include a provision waiving the consumer’s right to make any statement regarding the seller or lessor or its employees or agents, or concerning the goods or services.”  The law is just one more example of how Kleargear’s attempt to do so has backfired.

Court Finds Adobe Data Breach Class Action May Proceed 

As Home Depot disclosed what could be one of the largest data breaches in history, a California federal court found that a class action lawsuit against Adobe for their own data breach may proceed.

Impact of Slowdown Day

Net Neutrality surpassed “Nipplegate” as most commented FCC issue.

FYI .XYZ gTLD Surpasses 500,000 Registrations

It becomes the first new gTLD to do so.

Shout Outs

scorpionCongratulations to CLBR Veteran Walter O’Brien on Scorpion Premier

John Sullivan’s “Fort Bliss” Screens at Arlington Cemetery Tonight

Vote for Sin – 7 Sins of Affiliate Marketing for ASW 2015

I have a pending speaking proposal for Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas in 2015.  Voting is open through September 19th. Click the link above to vote.

Today in History

Constitution Day

Antietam:  Bloodiest Day in American History (still)