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The Current State of Crowdfunding


This event is free to attend.

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The event location is the West Side Dining Hall.  Follow the signs on campus.

The Securities Exchange Commission has finally gotten around to finalizing regulations implementing certain provisions of the JOBS Act designed to make the process of raising money less painful, but has proposed new regulations that may end up taking more than they give. 

Nevertheless, recent SEC guidance may have opened the floodgates for the sale of securities through on-line portals.

Roger Royse of Royse Law Firm will summarize the state of the law and the current market for private securities placements.

There will also be a guest appearance by Manny Fernandez of SF Angels.  He will provide an investor's perspective on the current state of crowdfunding.

During the networking portions of the event, there will be demo tables featuring startups and service providers for startups. If you would like to have table space, please send an email message to:


While there will be some food and refreshments available courtesy of our sponsors, attendees are encouraged to bring food and drinks to share -- in the spirit of community, collaboration, and crowd sourcing.  : - )

(pizza, soda, juice, bottled water, fruit)


6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Networking, Food, Demo Showcase Tables

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm   Presentation, Q & A

8:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Announcements, Networking

About the Speakers

Roger Royse, Attorney,  Royse Law Firm

Roger Royse has practiced tax and corporate law since 1984. He provides services to a wide spectrum of clients, from newly formed startups to publicly traded multinationals, in a broad range of industries. He also practices in the area of angel and venture fund formation.

Roger is widely published on technical tax topics, is a regular speaker for the California CPA Education Foundation and has been an adjunct Professor of Taxation (Property Transactions and International Taxation) for Golden Gate University. Prior to founding the Royse Law Firm, he practiced with the Silicon Valley law firms of GCA Law Partners LLP (formerly General Counsel Associates LLP) and Berliner Cohen, and the New York City office of Milbank Tweed, Hadley and McCloy. Roger is an active member of the American Bar Association Tax Section and Business Law Section.


• J.D., B.S. (Accounting), University of North Dakota 

• LL.M. (Taxation) New York University School of Law

Admitted To Practice: 

• Nevada, California, New York, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota 

• U.S. Tax Court 

• United States District Court, Northern District of California


• American Bar Association 

• Santa Clara County Bar Association 

• State Bar of California 

• Palo Alto Area Bar Association 

• North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants


Manny Fernandez

Manny is an active angel investor, serial entrepreneur and a partner at SF Angel, Inc.  SF Angel is an early-stage seed fund that invests in early stage startups.

Manny has been successful in investing in his own ideas, then taking companies from startup status to exit. His success as an entrepreneur, his investing experience and his leadership skills inform his decisions as an angel investor/ early-stage VC and serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.  Manny attended Stanford University.

SF Angel’s latest investment was in


Enter the campus from El Camino Real.  Park in either lot to the immediate right or left after entering.  Follow the signs to the West Side of the Dining Hall.

After SFAngel pre-screens and makes an investment in an early-stage startup, the startup is placed on the investment platform to open it up to over 1,000 accredited investors. These angel members can then make a co-investment of as little as $5,000 into the startup. 

-SEC legally-complaint platform

-A member of the Angel Capital Association (ACA)

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  • Roger R.

    Thanks for attending. If you would like a copy of the slides, please email me at [masked]

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just right, some examples or case studies or more mechanics of the process MIGHT have added, but not fully necessary.

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    did not get much out of it.. was it meant for investors only ????

    October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I thought it was a good review of concerns and particulars around the entire concept. What else would you want - plans on how to attract the funding? I guess a follow up beyond this structural lesson could be to outline some methods that have worked for entrepreneurs, but that has way more variables.

      October 15, 2013

  • Rob

    While there will be some food and refreshments available courtesy of our sponsors, attendees are encouraged to bring food and drinks to share -- in the spirit of community, collaboration, and crowd sourcing. : - )

    (pizza, soda, juice, bottled water, fruit)

    October 15, 2013

  • Rob

    Menlo College students are actively seeking internships with startups.

    If you would like table space to promote your product or service, or to recruit interns, send an email to:


    Table space is free for startups, but tablers are asked to support the event by bringing food to share. : - )


    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Anthony A.

    This is going to be awesome. I've been writing about crowdfunding since last year and I love getting more info:

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Irina

    looking forward

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Elina Elek, CEO at T.

    Awesome topic by a great speaker.

    3 · October 10, 2013

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