What Will the Impact of Equity Crowdfunding be in 2015?


Analysts may very well look back at the year 2015 and see how the investment landscape transformed. At the very least, it has a high likelihood of being the year that investable assets expanded via equity crowdfunding platforms to levels that signify a “no turning back” point for the sector. This rise in equity crowdfunding has led to mass amounts of angel investors to connect quickly and more efficiently with potential investments in the startup sector. Previous hurdles that created a long vetting process for both sides became streamlined thanks to platforms like AngelList, SeedInvest, OurCrowd and several others.

As you probably know, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) of 2012 blew the doors open for this era. With the act passing, FinTech began to revolutionize investing and financial services. While taking slower than some expected to gain traction, the movement took off and the results started pouring in. By 2014, startups were averaging 2.2 new hires post-crowdfunding. New jobs and new equity flourished under the regulations.

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Irvin Goldman is the President of Validity Holdings. Irvin is is an experienced financial services executive, entrepreneur and investor currently based in New Jersey. 

How Set Up Your Ergo Work Station

Good posture reportedly leads to happier employees.  Bad posture causes pain, increased hospital bills and eventually affects productivity in the workplace and employee morale. Be sure to give your employees the best opportunity to do their best work, at work. Setting up an ergonomic work station is not a difficult situation and is a worthy long-term investment in your workers, your company and your bottom line.

The video from CNET goes step-by-step directions on how to set up your workstation with a single or double monitor configuration. From wrists to sitting positions, it’s important to health for employees to take this seriously. It will eventually cut down on medical visits, headaches, body aches and sick days.

On FinTech and Wall Street

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After the global market collapse, FinTech became a hot topic for the consumer market. Since the crash, the market has experienced a rise in startup companies.  The finance and tech industries finally seem to be taking notice of each other, exemplified by the huge tech companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook recognizing the value in bringing top Wall Street executives onboard their teams. For example, we’ve seen shifts of executives such as Ruth Porat, Anthony Noto and David Wehner to the tech industry.

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Irvin Goldman is the President of Validity Holdings. Irvin is is an experienced financial services executive, entrepreneur and investor currently based in New Jersey. 


Use Office Supplies To Stay Fit

Stay fit at work!

Stay fit at work!

People who work in corporate America often do not take care of themselves. From sedentary, long hours to eating fast food at their desks to save time, the nation is seeing a rise of unhealthy and unhappy workers. The Americans work more hours than other nations and they’re paying for it with their bodies and minds. But there are exercises that will keep the heart pumping and the brain firing while in the corporate world.

Take the Stairs

Forget the gym membership or costly stairmaster machines. Which financial office is on the ground floor? Most likely none. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Even if your office is on the second floor, some cardio is always better than no cardio.

Give It A Twirl

Ubiquitous and under-used, the swivel chair can be more than just office equipment. With some effort, you can increase the muscle in your core with oblique abs techniques:

Sit in an erect and upright manner, making sure your feet aren’t touching the floor, use your desk or surface to balance your fingers and thumbs. Then, use your chair’s swivel to go back and forth. You can also contract and retract your stomach muscles at the same time. Start with 10-15 cycles and increase those rounds every week or so.

The Corporate Curl

People have been known to use staplers, mugs or tape dispensers to do some quick curls. Whether standing, walking or sitting, think of the office supply as a dumbbell: curl it towards your chest, do squats, etc. Do it for 10-15 repetitions. If you’re feeling ambitious, bring dumbbells to work or use bottles of soda or water.

Being resourceful and using what’s around you is the best piece of advice. Even if you don’t have a swivel chair, stairs or water bottles anywhere around the office; look around, use what’s close and take your health seriously.



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