This is from the SEC’s website. Sept. 24, 2014 The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to educate investors about investing in unregistered securities offerings, or private placements, under Regulation D of the Securities Act.  What is a private placement? A securities offering exempt from registration with the SEC…

Reasonable Steps to Verify Accredited Investor Status. Rule 506(c) as adopted contains both a general requirement that issuers take “reasonable steps” to verify that purchasers are accredited investors, as well as a non-exclusive list of methods that can be used to satisfy this requirement. As originally proposed, Rule 506(c) did not mandate a particular verification process…

DealBook reports that Coinbase, a startup that aims to help bitcoin and other virtual currencies gain acceptance, raised $25 million in financing. DealBook reports that “A steady stream of Silicon Valley investors has been building stakes in virtual currency start-ups. Last month, a Chinese Bitcoin exchange raised $5 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners. Google’s venture capital…