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So You Want to Fund a Startup? Here's What You Need to Know

May 16, 2016View for printing

When big startups go public and all those early investors become gazillionaires, it's like: "Why can't that be me?" Now, with a little bit of luck, it can! Thanks to the newly approved JOBS Act rules, which go into effect today, you no longer have to make $200K a year or have a net worth of $1 million to invest in a startup--you just need to have some cash. You'll do your shopping on a new crop of so-called equity crowdfunding portals, with names like Crowdfunder and Wefunder. Instead of backing a project, as you would on Kickstarter, you're buying shares in a company. But don't just throw your hard-earned savings at any ol' idea. We asked the experts what you need to know to make a smart investment.

Julia Greenberg

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