The Law & Economics of the Series A Gap

“Scholars agree that crowdfunding regulations in Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act are broken. My latest article addresses their concerns and proposes a solution for crowdfunding based on a deeper understanding of the startup fundraising market—a solution called “bridgefunding” for its ability to provide capital to startups at a particular time when they need it most. The broader theme is that a new exemption from securities regulation should consider how a new entrant will fit into an existing market. A narrower point is that startup funding may have a persistent market failure that regulations could solve. This post focuses on that narrower point and raises for discussion some reasons that the startup funding market might not be functioning as efficiently as one might hope.”