The Crowd-Financed Direct Public Offering – A Unique New Method for Online Stock Sales

The Crowd-Financed Direct Public Offering – A Unique New Method for Online Stock Sales
Tuesday, March 25, 2014:


1:00 - 2:30 pm Eastern US Time

With the passage of the JOBS Act, the Internet revolution has recently begun to touch the financial services industry. Online businesses such as,,, NASDAQ Private Market, and many others have demonstrated remarkable new models for financing all types of companies online. Reaching out to investors through social media networking, these innovative websites and others like them have opened the door to break-through online financing methods that are transforming the securities industry.

Using many of these new rules passed by the JOBS Act, companies can now sell stock directly to their shareholders through a fully registered Direct Public Offering on the Internet – in other words, through a Crowd-financed or Crowd-funded IPO. They can do this while also building massive online communities of loyal customers, fans, and affinity groups.

In this new type of Direct Public Offering, a company markets its own shares online, and this has some tremendous advantages over other types of offerings. Companies using this new method can:

  • Sell stock in an IPO with or without the typical underwriter
  • Advertise and sell their SEC-registered stock online to the general public
  • Market their shares through social media
  • Sell stock to anyone, even non-accredited investors
  • Sell stock through the company’s website or even on its Facebook page
  • Enable investors to buy stock online without the need to pre-fund a typical brokerage account
  • Sell stock efficiently in tiny increments, even as small as a single share
  • Communicate directly with each of their shareholders through email
  • Deliver all documents and facilitate all proxy voting securely online
  • Receive detailed demographic information on each shareholder such as income, Social Security number, and payment information for future purchases through an ACH debit or Credit card
  • Build a massive online community of loyal owners

The new SEC rules enabling companies to sell their stock on their own websites and interact with their shareholders, will prove to be a transformative growth engine for the many companies needing capital and that can benefit from these massive online communities. This new system of raising capital online can even work for newer companies, not just companies that have been funded by VC’s and private equity and have already experienced most of their early growth.

In this webinar, you will spend an hour with four of the individuals who are helping to pioneer these new methodologies. In particular, they will discuss the new rules that allow an issuer to generally solicit and sell stock to both accredited and non-accredited investors in online public offerings. Please join us for this very important webinar that explains how companies can get funding from their fans, customers, users, or affinity groups through online public offerings.


Gene Massey, CEO, MediaShares and Its Subsidiary, QwikShares

Blaine McLaughlin, VP Business Development and Sales,Folio Institutional

Bruce Ryan, Vice Chairman, Source Capital Group, a FINRA brokerage

Richard J. Salute, CPA, Retired Partner and Outside Consultant, CohnReznick










Erin Dolleris

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How It Works

The 90 minute session is interactive and you will be able to submit questions -live- to our esteemed speakers - via computer during the session. However, please note that since this is a discussion and not a formal presentation the only visual elements will be the information contained herein.
You will receive confirmation of your registration via email.
A separate email sent a (business) day before the webinar will include a toll free dial-in phone number and access code to dial into the seminar. It will also include the Internet address and login instructions to access the webinar.
At the time of the interactive session, you will call into the toll-free number via phone or speakerphone and log in to the special website. You will follow the presentation on the web; the Instructors will manage the timing and page changes of the presentation directly.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions at specified times during the presentation. All participants will be able to hear both the questions and answers.

Single Connection: $99.00
Additional Connection at the same Organization: $50.00

A site connection allows a single connection to the web conference. That connection is open to any number of users in a collaborative setting. Because there are no travel expenses and only a single registration fee is required, each additional participant lowers the cost per participant significantly.

By purchasing a site connection, you can invite as many people as you would like to view and participate in the session from a single location. Set up the session in a conference room and project the presentation and chat on a large screen. You also have rights to distribute copies of the presentation materials to everyone involved. Please note that audio is received via the phone line and must be broadcast to your group.

If for any reason a relevant stakeholder cannot co-locate for the session, we encourage you to include that person by purchasing an additional connection at the reduced fee of $50 per session. This will ensure that every member of a team receives the same relevant, timely information in the most efficient way. If you have any technical or purchasing questions, please contact us at (818) 888-4444.

Should you be unable to attend, a refund, less a $50 administrative charge, will be made for cancellations received via letter or fax at least 3 working days before the event. We regret cancellations will not be accepted after that date. However, we will be pleased to transfer your registration to another member of your company or credit the registration fee to another Infocast conference if you register within 6 months from the date of this conference. In the event the conference is canceled, Infocast’s liability is limited to the refund of the conference registration fee only.

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