SEC Greenlights Equity Crowdfunding, So Anyone Can Invest In Startups

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Editor’s Note: Chris Tyrrell is the chief executive of OfferBoard Group, and Chair of the industry trade association CFIRA.  

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new set of rules implementing Title IV of the JOBS Act.

These changes affect Regulation A small public offerings, and are colloquially referred to as “Reg A+”.

The release of these final rules further advances one of the core principles and goals of the 2012 law: to create an environment where emerging enterprises can raise public capital efficiently.

The rules approved by SEC commissioners on Wednesday lift the ceiling on the amount of capital a business can raise in a Regulation A offering from $5 million to $50 million, split into two “Tiers” — up to $20 million in 12 months (Tier 1) and up to $50 million in 12 months (Tier 2).  Companies raising less than…

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Powerful films from 5 young people: What health inequality looks like in the US

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By Michael Painter. 

For some of us, it’s easy to choose to be healthy. We can’t control whether disease or accidents strike, but we can decide where we live and what we eat, as well as if, when and how much we’ll exercise. Some of us live in a culture of health — a time and place where, for the most part, we have the real hope and opportunity to live a healthy life.

But for many more of us, it isn’t — we don’t have that choice. We live in unsafe neighborhoods. We don’t have strong families to help us through life’s challenges. We can’t readily get nutritious food. We don’t have easy ways to exercise. It’s difficult — or even impossible — to keep our children safe.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was at TED2015 in Vancouver last week, where the theme was Truth & Dare. And we took…

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“Walking across America”

While I was driving, I saw a man near the intersection where I was stopped at the light. I noticed he had a vest, tan pants and was walking at a rather fast pace. As he turned the corner, I could see he had a sign on his back, which read: “Walking across America.” “Hmmm,” I thought.

I continued to observe and noticed he seemed to stop about every ten feet to take a picture of the standard road signs, such as speed limit or neighborhood watch placed along the road in the direction he was going. I started to laugh out loud (LOL), since if his pattern was to continue and his natural inclination was to stop to take pictures that frequently, I wondered how on earth that man thought he was going to walk across the street let alone America! Sight of this man serves as a reminder to us all that pacing ourselves is a requirement if we expect to get anywhere. The world is in constant commotion and often in a non-lineal direction. “Hurry up and wait,” is often the phrase we hear. To where, you say and smartly ask. While it may not be our place to know the destination, we can be more in control of the journey.

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Terri Schiavo and the right to death with dignity movement

Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube was pulled on March 18, 2005, more than 15 years after her husband found her unresponsive and without a pulse in their St. Petersburg home. The public debacle and series of legal actions between husband and Terri’s family gave many people reason to talk about having the “right to death” with dignity as an option.

Ten years after Terri’s death, three states, Oregon, Washington and Vermont have passed Right to Death with dignity for terminally ill patients. Oregon and Washington States acquired their “dignity laws” through voter initiatives and Vermont passed its right to die by legislative action in 2013. While it is still up to patients and qualified physicians, the issue of dying is as troubling as it is human. We can plan and protect our children and families.

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