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Jakarta Post

Crowdfunding: Learning from US regulations

  • Rizki Dwianda Rildo

Seattle, Washington   /   Mon, May 30 2016   /  07:39 am

Crowdfunding has been touted as a revolutionary way to connect ordinary individuals with the innovative projects they support. Arguably, it could spur innovation and encourage the next generation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit.

Even nowadays, it is possible for retail investors to become “venture capitalists” and, probably, own shares in the next giant tech company. Credit goes to the new method of raising capital online in exchange for equity ownership in, mostly, start-ups, the equity-based crowdfunding, or equity crowdfunding.

However, this unique method of raising money might face some challenges in Indonesia. First, Crowdfund Insider, the leading news website about crowdfunding, claims that Indonesians have trust issues with money transactions carried out over the internet. Second, there is a lack of crowdfunding edu...