Governance

We are reaching out to our angel community seeking nominations for both the Angel Capital Association’s FY 2025 Board of Directors and committee volunteers to help ACA continue to grow and support our work on angel investing.
On Monday, October 30, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Along with issuing the Executive Order, President Biden spoke to industry leaders, members of Congress, and members of his Cabinet to highlight the five pillars of this Executive Order (EO). These pillars are summarized as follows.
The CTA is intended to assist law enforcement in combatting money laundering, tax fraud, financing of terrorism, and other illicit activity through anonymous shell and front companies. Learn more here!
While not the only factor in determining the success of a start-up company, having a knowledgeable and active Board member can help drive success in a start-up company and is a factor that should be evaluated.
We all collectively dodged a bullet after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank which threatened to destroy a whole generation of startups. Had the US Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank not intervened quickly, many companies would have lost their hard-won deposits and the market collapse would have made it extremely difficult for them to access new financing. Many more companies in and outside the tech sector would have struggled as their products and services stopped working because of reliance on these newly defunct tech companies’ products. While the short-term impact would have been dramatic for our entire economy, the long-term impact would have been far greater because it would have likely resulted in an unparalleled mass extinction event covering a whole generation of companies.
The near-term crisis has largely been averted with the Federal Reserve, Treasury and FDIC regulators announcing that depositors regained access to 100% of their money starting Monday and that no losses will be borne by the taxpayer. The move should restore confidence and keep startups solvent and their employees employed, but there likely will be some longer-lasting psychological effects relating to capital risk that we should all be on the lookout for.
How the Accredited Investor Definition Unfairly Limits Investment Access for the Non-wealthy and the Need for Reform.

Angel Capital Association Announces Partnership with Millennium Trust
***For Immediate Release*** 

The Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world’s leading professional association for angel investors and startup entrepreneurs, has announced a partnership with Millennium Trust Company, a leading financial wellness solution platform. With an overall goal of educating and supporting angel investors, the ACA and Millennium Trust Company have forged a new 12-month partnership jointly believed to be of great benefit to the angel investment community.

John Guy, Manager, Emerging Companies Section Policy at Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Five years ago today, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act was signed into law. This important piece of legislation included several provisions helpful to start ups like small biotechs, including permanently extending both the R&D Credit and the Small Business Stock Gains Exclusion (Tax Code Section 1202), providing both investors and the companies they invest in security without worry of losing access to the critical incentive in the future. 

By: Dror Futter, Legal and Business Adviser to Startups, Venture Capital Firms and Technology Companies

The SEC announced a series of amendments (likely to be effective early next year) to the rules governing private offering exemptions – by far the most frequent path for venture fundraising.  The amendments retain the same “menu” of exemptions but make incremental improvements. For the early stage community, the amendments include a very useful provision that excludes “Demo Days” from being considered general solicitations provided certain conditions are met. 

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