Tag Archives: David Drake


Money Laundering Proof Your Company: AML Check

“The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimate that global money laundering constitutes about to 3 to 5 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. In nominal terms that’s a staggering $2.17 and $3.61 trillion dollars in a year.” By David Drake Money laundering is the act of attempting to conceal proceeds from illegal activity thereby making them […]

Leviathan of Nano Metal Powders and 3D & 4D Printing

By David Drake     He looked at me with his penetrating gaze, through his gold rimmed glasses, as he removed his cigar from his mouth, puffed the smoke into the air, and said with a hybrid, English accent,  ‘One of the rare privileges we have in Canada is the ability to smoke a good Havana, legally.’   Kamran M. Khozan […]

4D Printing: How to Disrupt the Disruptive 3D Printing Technology

By David Drake   Even before people can fully comprehend the impact of  3D printing technology, 4D printing is poised to further revolutionize this disruptive technology. 3D printing did not only disrupt the printing industry but several other industries as well,  inclusive of the manufacturing and construction sectors. Now in its embryonic stage, 4D printing is a dimension above and […]

Private Equity: Real Returns, Real Risks

Private equity has quickly become a global industry.  In the past three decades, private equity has accounted for $2.6 trillion in total assets from all sectors and almost all regions of the world.   Private equity’s growth in both size and returns has attracted the interest of many new players, including family offices that represent high net worth individuals and […]

Going into Crowdfunding? Discover 3 Success Stories that Dared to Say No to the Banks

Going into Crowdfunding? Discover 3 Success Stories that Dared to Say No to the Banks   By David Drake     Crowdfunding works like a cockfight where you raise your bet and anybody from the crowd takes the challenge.  The only difference is that in a cockfight it is a 50:50 win-loss probability.  In crowdfunding,  risk is spread into different […]

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 […]