Few would dispute that crowdfunding is enjoying a moment. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, GoFundMe. These have all become household names. They began as ways for creators, artists, and (sometimes) entrepreneurs to present campaigns about their proposed projects or products and to solicit donations from the crowd to bring them to fruition.
Because they were donation-based – save for gifts to backers from a campaign’s organizer – none of the early crowdfunding platforms ran afoul of America’s stringent securities laws and regulations. But that rapidly changed with the emergence of equity crowdfunding.