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house Bill H.R. 4498

Should it be Easier for Startups to Pitch Their Plans to Angel Investors?

Argument in favor

For startups to grow and create jobs they need access to capital early in the process. This bill would accomplish that by making it easier for them to connect with investors through a commonsense, bipartisan reform.

Esteban's Opinion
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04/26/2016
Angel investors providing capital choose what they do with their money. Governments job in this is to keep the business world in equal opportunity and equal chance not equal culmination. Let the market do as it wishes and let these investors use their money as they wish.
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johninky's Opinion
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04/28/2016
If Angel Investors want to risk their own money and business startups want to risk their own futures, that's their prerogative. The government should not stand in the way. In the end, businesses with good ideas and stable leadership will succeed and those without will fail, in all cases.
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ptcdcs's Opinion
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04/29/2016
We should be promoting the development of small businesses in order to grow the economy.
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Argument opposed

This bill muddies the waters surrounding the SEC’s definition of accredited investors, and as a result it diminishes important investor protections. Plus the SEC already allows an exemption for certain pitch events.

Trevor's Opinion
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05/13/2016
Sounds like tech people want to be able to raise money from everyday people without full disclosure or following current guidelines intended to protect investors.
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Brittany's Opinion
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06/20/2016
There are too many false startups at the moment, creating a bubble that's sure to burst. The startups that are worthy of funding will receive the attention they deserve from the right people at the right time.
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trinoserous's Opinion
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04/28/2016
Seems like it's easy enough with the implementation of new forums like gofundme, kickstarter, etc. to get the attention any startup might need. Easing restrictions might lead to scams.
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    Angel investors providing capital choose what they do with their money. Governments job in this is to keep the business world in equal opportunity and equal chance not equal culmination. Let the market do as it wishes and let these investors use their money as they wish.
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    If Angel Investors want to risk their own money and business startups want to risk their own futures, that's their prerogative. The government should not stand in the way. In the end, businesses with good ideas and stable leadership will succeed and those without will fail, in all cases.
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    Sounds like tech people want to be able to raise money from everyday people without full disclosure or following current guidelines intended to protect investors.
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    We should be promoting the development of small businesses in order to grow the economy.
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    I support it.
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    There are too many false startups at the moment, creating a bubble that's sure to burst. The startups that are worthy of funding will receive the attention they deserve from the right people at the right time.
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    Millennials are the most risk averse generation, due in large part to the fact that the cost and permitting processes of starting new business has never been more prohibitive. Additionally, the premise that certain investors should be disallowed opportunities of wealthier investors is prejudicial in and of itself. That is to say, because a less wealthy investor has less to invest, that he/she inherently is not as qualified to make their own investment decisions. This bill is a win/win!
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    While some investors may lose their hats only the sophisticated investors should be playing this game. However, I wonder does this include crowd funding? At any rate this has my vote b/c entrepreneurs need access to capital.
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    Capital flows are getting so liquid as to turn to steam. Don't evaporate the economy! Restrict flows until there are procedures to protect people.
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    Sounds like a good idea
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    Sounds like a good idea but this is still government influence on the free market. More people starting businesses=More tax revenue. The best thing government can do for an economy is get out of the way. Any new "law" "regulation" or "committee" is just more government and less freedom.
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    Will reduce barriers to raising capital - will help economic activity and improve equality by making lucrative investment opportunities available to a larger group of people
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    Yes
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    Yes government needs to get out of the way
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    Start-ups have the ability to create potential jobs for Americans and that is something we desperately need so we should make it as easy and accessible as possible for these start-ups to pitch their ideas to angel investors and potential create jobs.
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    Absolutely, successful small business is a microcosm for a healthy national economy.
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    Sounds good but why does fed have to get envolved
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    Startups are inherently risky and often times the products or services are still in design when they are seeking funding. It's pretty clear and explicit usually, and the appropriate investors are often sought by startups themselves, not just for their funding but for their experience and knowledge in particular businesses. We should be encouraging our entrepreneurs by making investment and, thus, growth easier and with less red tape in the way. Oversight, of course, but not government obstruction.
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