Crowdfunding

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Be Careful What You Ask for: Fundraising Strategies in Equity Crowdfunding

We use equity crowdfunding data to ask how fundraising amounts can be explained by what entrepreneurs ask for, versus what investors want to invest. The analysis exploits unique features of crowdfunding where entrepreneurs not only set investment...Read more

Thomas Hellmann
Ilona Mostipan
Nir Vulkan
14 December 2019

Startups and Company Law: The Competitive Pressure of Delaware on Italy (and Europe?)

US corporate law and, in particular, Delaware law, which leaves ample room to freedom of contract, has been one of the reasons for the successful creation and financing of startups in Silicon Valley. We analyze the Italian attempt to modernize...Read more

Paolo Giudici
Peter Agstner
14 December 2019

Regulatory and Market Challenges of Initial Coin Offerings

This article analyzes the main problems and the solutions adopted in the market for Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), an alternative financing solution that has experienced spectacular growth and notoriety in recent years. This market relies on the...Read more

Pablo de Andrés
David Arroyo
Ricardo Correia
Alvaro Rezola
14 December 2019

Fintech and the Financing of Entrepreneurs: From Crowdfunding to Marketplace Lending

For the last decade economists have been preoccupied with the decline in bank financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs. This effort has produced a better understanding of the obstacles to external financing. We examine the market and ...Read more

Joseph McCahery
Erik Vermeulen
14 December 2019

The Promise and Perils of Crowdfunding: Between Corporate Finance and Consumer Contracts

‘Crowdfunding’ — raising capital through large numbers of small contributions — is a burgeoning phenomenon, spurred by the internet’s capacity to reduce communication costs. Its still-evolving status is reflected in diversity of contracting...Read more

John Armour
Luca Enriques
14 December 2019

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