Tag Archives: David Drake


Crowdfunding Our Natural Resources: A Way to Ethical Mining? #crowdfundmining

By David Drake   Natural resources, which include  minerals, metals, oil or gas, occupy a central role in our everyday life. Minerals are essential to our economic development. The minerals, particularly the metals, have specific properties such as high strength, durability, conductor of heat and electricity and aesthetic appeal that endear them to the  industries, and us.   Figure 1, […]

On The Rise: The Next Moguls like Donald Trump will come from the Crowd – but they will not be Crowdfunding

By David Drake   Direct Public Offering, also known as Regulation A+, is poised to significantly bring down the cost of raising capital for businesses in the US when it becomes legal. And when it does, it could overshadow even its more popular regulatory sibling under the JOBS Act – Crowdfunding.   Such incidences like paying up to $250,000 in […]

Investment Outlook 2014: Are you Ready to Race with Stallions?

By David Drake, The Soho Loft   The year 2014 will be full of change and innovation in the finance and investing landscape as many newcomers will enter the game of finance. Here are some of the changes and trends that we see for the year 2014:   1. JOBS Act   SEC will try to make it clear for […]

Angels Lead Crowd Investors through Syndicate Funding

By David Drake. This is what I want to see: The likes of Angel Capital Association (ACA) and European Business Angel Network (EBAN) embracing and starting to take a proactive role in the new ecosystem where deal flows are coming in quicker and proof of concept brings in regular people investing alongside the angels. Angel investors, through syndicate funding, are […]

A Storm is Coming: PE Funds Fall Under Reg D 506

By David Drake In spite of prior delays, on August 29, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission finally issued its first proposals for rules under the Jobs Act that would relax general solicitation for accredited investors. Signed into law on April 5 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups (JOBS) Act makes revolutionary changes to federal security laws that are over […]

Stepping on the Peers

Guest Post by David Drake. David Drake is the founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a New York City private equity firm, and The Soho Loft, a global event-driven financial media company helping funds advertise for investors. You can reach him directly at David@LDJCapital.com.  Institutional investors are taking over the nascent peer-to-peer lending industry, and in doing so, taking the “peer” […]

Advertise for LPs: QIBs This or That – Who Cares If You Have $100 Million?

Guest Post by David Drake. David Drake is the founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a New York City private equity firm, and The Soho Loft, a global event-driven financial media company helping funds advertise for investors. You can reach him directly at David@LDJCapital.com.  Actually, we care very much about Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIBs), investors with $100 million+ assets under management, especially […]