Securities Crowdfunding: More than Family, Friends, and Fools?

45 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2017 Last revised: 14 Mar 2017

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Eliot Abrams

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Date Written: January 19, 2017

Abstract

The US securities crowdfunding market opened on May 16th, 2016. I provide the first description of the companies and investors participating in this market using data on the full universe of Regulation Crowdfunding issues. I then demonstrate that investment in an issue is closely tied to economic fundamentals after the first week. This result is consistent with unsophisticated investors arriving in the first week and investing indiscriminately and relatively more sophisticated investors arriving thereafter. Based on this evidence, I conclude that the market provides a promising new way for high quality early stage companies to seek financing.

Keywords: Equity Crowdfunding, Entrepreneurial Finance, New Ventures, Startups

JEL Classification: L26, G29, M13

Suggested Citation

Abrams, Eliot, Securities Crowdfunding: More than Family, Friends, and Fools? (January 19, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2902217 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2902217

Eliot Abrams (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )

5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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