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Up until the last few years, startup investing was limited to the ultra-wealthy and hard-to-access investment funds. For one thing, regulators imposed restrictions that were designed to protect smaller investors from complex investments or, worse, scams. Those protections are well-intentioned, but, as investors became acutely aware that much of the gains in high-growth companies come before the IPO, they demanded a more equitable system. The most widely available solution to this is equity crowdfunding.
Platforms like Republic and Wefunder allow nearly anyone to invest as little as $10 in startups that they support and believe will grow to become something big. It’s a win-win, as investors now have easy access to thousands of interesting startups,…