by: Paul Higgins
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This week on the Everyone Funding Startups podcast we spoke to Sara Hanks, founder of the crowdfunding due diligence company, CrowdCheck. Sara is an attorney with 30 years of experience working in the corporate and securities fields. She recently stepped down as the General Counsel of the Congressional Oversight Panel, the overseer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which was chaired by Professor Elizabeth Warren.

Sara brings a wealth of legal expertise in securities and startups to the emerging crowdfunding marketplace, and her new company, CrowdCheck, is designed to protect against fraud by performing due diligence checks on entrepreneurs. She was also a panelist at the SEC’s recent Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, talking about Title III of the JOBS Act.

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  • 00:50 How did you originally get involved in working with the SEC?
  • 02:49 What made you start your company, CrowdCheck?
  • 03:59 Could you tell us a bit more about your reports that provide background checks, disclosure, and due diligence for crowdfunding?
  • 05:08 Could you summarize the current state of the JOBS Act as we come to the end of 2012?
  • 07:05 Will the resignation of Chairman Mary Schapiro and others have an impact on the SEC’s implementation timelines for the JOBS Act?
  • 09:00 What do you think the SEC is wrestling with as it implements Title II at the moment?
  • 11:20 What will the everyday American notice when these new regulations come into effect?
  • 13:28 Why do you think crowdfunding will have a significant impact on minority and women-led companies?
  • 15:49 What impact do you think it will have on traditional support industries like accountants, law firms, or consultancies?
  • 19:57 Is the best place to start for people coming into the industry now the various industry associations that have sprung up in the US?
  • 23:18 How can listeners get in touch with you and CrowdCheck?
  • 24:15 End

You can get in touch with Sara and the CrowdCheck team at, and you can follow them on Twitter @crowdcheck and on Facebook.

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Paul Higgins COO of Crowd Valley. Experienced with early stage companies, expertise in b2b software business and sales in Europe, North America, and South America. Paul has 5 years’ experience working as an advisor and consultant to startups as part of Rapid Innovation Group, a specialist advisory firm on strategy and business development for technology startups worldwide, based in London. In that time he has worked with two startups that achieved 8-figure exits; he has been a regular blogger on entrepreneurship and innovation; and he has contributed to numerous business and technology publications in the UK and the US as an expert on growth-stage strategy, marketing, pricing, and business development. Previously Paul worked in technology and marketing roles at eBay, IBM, UBS, and Barclays. He has lived and worked in Portugal and speaks fluent French and Portuguese. Follow Paul on Google+ and Twitter.

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