March 24, 2017

Future of Venture Capital: Crowdfunding

3/24/2017

Venture capital provides financing to early stage emerging companies with high growth potential in exchange for equity / an ownership stake. The risks VCs take investing in disruptive technologies or business models yield higher returns their limited partners (or investors) require. Since beginning of the 20th century, venture capital has been the domain of wealthy individuals and families. A typical LP based in a venture fund would be institutions, pension funds, endowments, family offices, etc. 

However, the 2008 Financial Meltdown led to a liquidity crises for entrepreneurs, companies, LPs, & VCs. Fewer IPOs in the market means no exits for VCs, no returns for LPs, and as a result venture funds were on a decline. No new funds means less startup funding, low employment, and slow economic growth. Thus on April 2, 2012 The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) was introduced which enables crowdfunding for all Americans and that's how NIN Ventures (or NIN.VC) came into existence. 

Crowdfunding is a practice of funding a project or venture by raising contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. Since 2014 the crowdfunding industry has grown from $16 billion to an estimated $34 billion in 2015 and is doubling or more every year, and according to the World Bank estimates, crowdfunding will have a global market of $96 billion by 2025 - 1.8 times today’s global venture capital industry.

Crowdfunding is spread across several types of funding models including rewards, donation, equity, and debt / lending. The two most popular types of crowdfunding methods are Reward and Equity. For rewards based crowdfunding, entrepreneurs pre-sell a product or service to launch a business, and some times even in return for gifts or thank you notes. For equity crowdfunding, the backer receives share of a company, usually in exchange of the money pledged. For NIN Ventures (or NIN.VC), it would be limited partner interest in the NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund. To learn more about various crowdfunding models, read Crowdfunding Matrix

However, there is a major flaw with crowdfunding in general and that is what NIN.VC is solving. I come from an entrepreneurial family so I can speak on their behalf. Entrepreneurs are brave and courageous bunch that are determined to change the way an existing industry functions. On that journey they need lot more than just financing. They need guidance or domain expertise, help with PR/marketing, recruiting, viable exit strategy, more often follow up financing, etc., which crowdfunding portals are not able to support.

On the other hand crowdfunding exposed investors to a whole new asset class, which the normal population never had the knowledge or expertise to invest in. About 99% of startups fail, on top of that low minimum investments like $1,000 does not give them a say or a board seat, putting investors at high degree of risk.

At NIN.VC we solved all of those issues. NIN.VC provides diversification, we take board seat on all our investments and lend the necessary support that an entrepreneur needs to build a business, like they would get at a traditional venture capital fund. And are also in a position to gauge and be a part of the valuation process when it comes to addressing dilution and follow up financing rounds. However, the most IMPORTANT part that investors cares about is the ability to direct invest and enjoy direct returns, which is not the case with a traditional venture capital fund.

NIN.VC has the best of both worlds. We’re a hybrid between a traditional venture capital fund and a crowdfunding portal. Another feature that is unique to NIN.VC is transparency. Investors can attend our monthly calls, check our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, NIN Ventures TV, etc. for more recent activities at NIN.VC. 

NIN Ventures is a unique and first of its kind crowdfunded technology venture capital fund to be marketed, raised, managed, and reported online. The General Solicitation and general advertising, under the JOBS act and rule 506 (c) of the US Securities Act made it possible for us to raise this fund. This rule came into effect Sep 23, 2013 and we were the first ones to go live with a website and videos about our fund. NIN Ventures also became the first venture fund to be seen on a billboard, which was followed by in taxi ads and other social media facilitated marketing. 

NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund is currently available to "accredited" individuals / firms for a minimum amount of $100,000 using multiple investment options like self-directed IRAs, defined benefit plan, digital currencies (E.g. Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin), or a regular checking / savings account. NIN Ventures invests in series A & B rounds of 3D printing, the 4th industrial revolution, cloud computing, education software, and other disruptive technology companies.

* An accredited investor is an individual with an income of more than $200,000 per year, or a joint income of $300,000, in each of the last two years and expect to reasonably maintain the same level of income OR have a net worth exceeding $1 million, either individually or jointly with his or her spouse, excluding the primary residence. For an Entity, any trust, with total assets in excess of $5 million qualifies.

February 15, 2017

Qualities NIN.VC (or VCs) Looks for in a Company

2/15/2017


Venture Capitalists are known to invest in unicorns that prove to be home run for their LPs, but now that crowdfunding is turning everyone into a VC, how does one identify those winners? While there is no secret recipe for success, here are a few things NIN.VC looks for while investing:

1. Disruptive Technology
A disruptive technology is an innovation that changes the way an exisiting industry functions and also helps create a new market and value network, displacing an earlier technology or a way of doing business. E.g. 3D printing has been used for rapid prototyping and is being applied in a number of industries today, including manufacturing, automotive, consumer, aerospace, defense, and especially healthcare. As the accuracy and materials market have improved, the medical space shows great potential for this technology. There are about 123,851 people currently on the organ recipient list in United States; that list grows on an average of 12% annually. On the other hand, organ donor increases about 1-2%, and 21 people die every day because they cannot find a right organ. What if 3D printing tissues can help save some of those lives?

Every sector at some point is up for disruption. E.g. Traditional TV has been on a decline for the past few years, because the consumer behavior patterns are changing. People are spending more time on their personal devices like phone, tablets, & PCs. An average American spends about 3 hours everyday on their personal devices, and this is the first time, the time spend on personal devices have surpassed time spent watching TV. So what does this mean for the Ad Tech Industry? The current digital advertising market is $75 billion and traditional TV advertising is $112 billion, and as the consumer migrates to watching more digital TV or on demand content, this $112 billion will migrate to digital advertising, which is a huge opportunity and disruption for the ad tech industry. 

2. Revenue Model
Great ideas / technology needs to be backed by a solid revenue model in order to attract customers as well as attain profitability for the company to be an attractive investment opportunity for a VC.

3. Industry Analysis & Competitive Landscape
A startup needs an ecosystem to thrive upon, thus it is very important for a company to understand the market dynamics, its impact on their industry, product, and also have a good understanding of the competitive landscape in order to achieve long term success. A disruptive technology needs to scale and a through analysis helps gage those risk and rewards.

4. Entrepreneur / Team
CEO is the captain of the ship; and at NIN.VC we start with an entrepreneur because entrepreneurs build companies and not the other way around. Some of the qualities VCs look for in an entrepreneur are ability to dream big with ideas that scale, certain personality traits and work ethics like being focused, disciplined, and hard working. It’s important to have industry expertise and knowledge or surround yourself with people that compliment. However, flexibility and choices an entrepreneur / the team makes determines the future of the company.

5. Execution Strategy
An amazing entrepreneur with a disruptive technology, a solid revenue model, and good understanding of the competitive landscape goes to vain, if the company does not communicate effectively or has a good execution strategy.


February 5, 2017

Startup Crowdfunding Decoded

2/05/2017

Startup Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project at the angle / seed stage by raising contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. Since 2014 the crowdfunding industry has grown from $16 billion to an estimated $34 billion in 2015 and is doubling or more every year, and according to the World Bank estimates, crowdfunding will have a global market of $96 billion by 2025 - 1.8 times today’s global venture capital industry.



Crowdfunding is spread across several types of funding models including rewards, donation, equity, and debt / lending. The two most popular types of crowdfunding methods are Reward and Equity. For rewards based crowdfunding, entrepreneurs pre-sell a product or service to launch a business, and some times even in return for gifts or thank you notes. For equity crowdfunding, the backer receives share of a company, usually in exchange of the money pledged.

For NIN Ventures (or NIN.VC), it would be limited partner interest in the NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund. NIN.VC is a unique and first of its kind crowdfunded technology venture capital fund to be raised under rule 506 (c) of the US Securities Act. NIN.VC invests in early / growth stage (Series A & B) 3D printing, the 4th industrial revolution, cloud computing, virtual reality, financial services, education software, and other disruptive technology companies. 

Why should people be interested in crowdfunding venture capital?

Yale is currently the best performing endowment fund in the United States. Since 2008 to 2015, Yale has increased its asset allocation in Private Equity / Venture Capital from 20.2% to 33.0%, out of which 16.3% is venture capital compared to 13.7% in 2014. In general, most people have a three dimensional portfolio (i.e. stocks, bonds, and money market), but if you look at Harvard and Yale’s portfolio, they a take a long-term approach and invest in alternatives like venture capital. Historically, if you look at USVC Index and S&P 500, USVC Index tends to outperform the S&P 500. And not only that, they have an inverse relationship. This type of investment strategy allows them to achieve true diversification and also helps mitigate the risk involved in having only a stock-bond portfolio.

Most people are indirectly invested in venture funds via a pension fund or any other investment vehicle, crowdfunding allows them to directly invest in a fund of their choice, and by eliminating the middle man i.e. the pension fund and their management fee, allows them to generate higher returns.

How is NIN.VC different and / or better than crowdfunding portals and traditional venture capital funds?

The 2008 Financial Meltdown led to a liquidity crises for companies, entrepreneurs, LPs, and VCs. Fewer IPOs means no exits for VCs, no returns for LPs, and as a result venture funds were on a decline. No new funding means less startup funding, low employment, and slow economic growth. To avoid this, the JOBS Act was introduced in 2012, which enables companies to crowdfund from accredited (and now even non-accredited investors).

However, there is a major flaw and that is what NIN.VC is solving. I come from an entrepreneurial family so I can speak on their behalf. Entrepreneurs are brave and courageous bunch that are determined to change the way an existing industry functions. On that journey they need lot more than just financing. They need guidance or domain expertise, help with PR/marketing, recruiting, viable exit strategy, more often follow up financing, etc., which crowdfunding portals are not able to support.



On the other hand crowdfunding exposed investors to a whole new asset class, which the normal population never had the knowledge or expertise to invest in. About 90% of startups fail; and with the shrinking number of startups that receive follow on Series A funding and dwindling number that manage to achieve an exit, and a low minimum investment like $1,000 which does not give a say or a board seat, puts investors at high degree of risk.



Here are some of the other differences between direct investing in a company using a Crowdfunding portal and the NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund.


For detailed explanation on Company vs. Fund investing visit our earlier blog post: Crowdfunding Matrix.


At NIN.VC we solved all of those issues. NIN.VC provides diversification, we take board seat on all our investments and lend the necessary support that an entrepreneur needs to build a business, like they would get at a traditional venture capital fund. And the most IMPORTANT part that investors cares about is the ability to direct invest and enjoy direct returns, which is not the case with a traditional venture capital fund.


NIN.VC has the best of both worlds. We’re a hybrid between a traditional venture capital fund and a crowdfunding portal. 

Who can invest in the NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund?
NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund is available to accredited investors for a minimum amount of $100,000 using multiple investment options like self-directed IRAs, defined benefit plan, digital currencies (E.g. Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin), or a regular checking / savings account.

An accredited investor is an individual with an income of more than $200,000 per year, or a joint income of $300,000, in each of the last two years and expect to reasonably maintain the same level of income OR have a net worth exceeding $1 million, either individually or jointly with his or her spouse, excluding the primary residence, qualifies as an accredited investor.

Recently, the SEC approved Title III JOBS Act, Equity Crowdfunding for non-accredited investors, which allows any U.S. citizen, regardless of income, to make direct investments via a crowdfunding portal. However, investment in a fund like ours is still limited to accredited investors. Given funds are a less riskier asset class compared to crowdfunding in companies, perhaps it’s time to revisit their investor eligibility and alter the definition of an accredited investor, in a way that it also allows funds to grow bigger in size.

What are some of the other concerns with crowdfunding?
One of the major concerns with crowdfunding is education both for investors and the press in general. When investing in public company stocks, investors have stock estimates and research reports from various different analysts, which is not the case with private company investing. More startup / technology coverage by media outlets will create investor awareness on this topic. However, journalists should be required to attain a license or certification in order to do so.

At NIN.VC we put a lot of emphasis on education and another feature that is unique to NIN.VC is transparency. Investors can attend our monthly calls, check our social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc. for more recent activities at the firm.

December 21, 2016

Democratize Venture Capital with NIN.VC

12/21/2016



NIN Ventures (or NIN.VC) is a unique and first of its kind crowdfunded technology venture capital fund for accredited investors who can invest in the NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund with a minimum amount of $100,000 using multiple investment options like self-directed IRAs, Defined benefit plan, digital currencies (E.g. Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin), or a regular checking / savings account. NIN Ventures invests in early / growth stage 3D printing, the 4th industrial revolution, cloud computing, virtual reality, financial services, education software, and other disruptive technology companies.

HOW IS NIN.VC DIFFERENT AND / OR BETTER THAN CROWDFUNDING PORTALS AND TRADITIONAL VENTURE FUNDS?

The 2008 Financial Meltdown led to a liquidity crises for companies, entrepreneurs, LPs, and VCs. Fewer IPOs means no exits for VCs, no returns for LPs, and as a result venture funds were on a decline. No new funding means less startup funding, low employment, and slow economic growth. To avoid this, the JOBS Act was introduced in 2012, which enables companies to crowdfund from accredited (and now even non-accredited investors).

However, there is a major flaw and that is what NIN.VC is solving. I come from an entrepreneurial family so I can speak on their behalf. Entrepreneurs are brave and courageous bunch that are determined to change the way an existing industry functions. On that journey they need lot more than just financing. They need guidance or domain expertise, help with PR/marketing, recruiting, viable exit strategy, more often follow up financing, etc., which crowdfunding portals are not able to support.

On the other hand crowdfunding exposed investors to a whole new asset class, which the normal population never had the knowledge or expertise to invest in. About 99% of startups fail, on top of that low minimum investments like $1,000 does not give them a say or a board seat, putting investors at high degree of risk.

At NIN.VC we solved all of those issues. NIN.VC provides diversification, we take board seat on all our investments and lend the necessary support that an entrepreneur needs to build a business, like they would get at a traditional venture capital fund. And the most IMPORTANT part that investors cares about is the ability to direct invest and enjoy direct returns, which is not the case with a traditional venture capital fund.

NIN.VC has the best of both worlds. We’re a hybrid between a traditional venture capital fund and a crowdfunding portal. Another feature that is unique to NIN.VC is transparency. Investors can attend our monthly calls, check our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. for more recent activities at NIN.VC. 

We would love to hear from you, please do post your comments on this blog…

*For White Paper requests email: info@nin.vc


October 26, 2015

Crowdfunding Matrix

10/26/2015

The Crowdfunding industry has grown from $16 billion in 2014 to an estimated $34 billion in 2015. However, many still wonder, what is Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project by raising contributions from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. The market is flooded with various types of Crowdfunding options like donation, reward, lending, equity, royalty, and even hybrid versions.

The two most popular types of Crowdfunding methods are Reward and Equity. For Rewards based Crowdfunding, entrepreneurs pre-sell a product or service to launch a business, and some times even in return for gifts or thank you notes. E.g. Pebble Technology Corporation used Kickstarter to raise $10.3 million in order to develop the Pebble smart watch and pre-sold it to contributors.

For Equity Crowdfunding, the backer receives share of a company, usually in exchange of the money pledged. E.g. Neil Young used Crowdfunder to raise over $6 million in order to continue development on PonoMusic. In case of NIN.VC, it would be limited partner interest in the NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund.

So what is the difference between direct investing in a company using a Crowdfunding portal and NIN.VC?

01. Diversification
As a fund NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund makes multiple investments in companies in different sectors (i.e. 3D Printing, Cloud Computing, Education Software, etc.) during Series A and / or B financing, this strategy helps diversify the fund’s portfolio, which is not the case when one invests in a company directly. Think of it as investing in a Mutual Fund vs. Stock.

02. Low Risk
Given the diverse portfolio the fund reduces it’s risk, where as direct investing in a company exposes that investment to higher degree of risk, an appropriate analogy would be to put all your eggs in one basket.

A logical follow up argument would be, what if one makes multiple direct investments in companies of their choice using a Crowdfunding portal over investing in NIN.VC? Given 90% of the startups fail, even if one invests in several companies via a Crowdfunding portal, it becomes solely a numbers game i.e. Quantity over Quality. On the other hand the fund management invests in an Entrepreneur because Entrepreneurs build companies and not the other way round. We (NIN.VC or any venture fund) not only provide adequate financing (including follow up financing rounds and access to our syndicate partners), but also lend our domain expertise and network of partners to help companies with recruitment, PR and marketing, and a viable exit strategy. 

03. Professional Management
Direct investing in a company requires time, expertise, due diligence, constant follow up and / or monitoring. On the other hand NIN.VC acts like a financial advisor and works for the investor and in the fund’s best interest. The fund also provides quarterly audited financial statements to the investor on the progress at the fund.

04. Board Representation
A $1,000 direct investment in a company using a Crowdfunding portal does not give an individual enough rights, while as a fund we take board seat on all our investments. Thus we are in the loop with the company management when it comes to keeping tabs on the progress at the company and are in a position to help / make suggestions on several occasions. And also in a position to gauge and be a part of the valuation process when it comes to addressing dilution and follow up financing rounds. 

05. Liquidity at Exit
When one invests in the NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund, they are locked in with the fund and the management for a good 10 (+2) years. Redemptions are extremely rare and liquidity happens as and when the fund makes an exit in a company via an IPO or M&A transaction. On the other hand direct investment in a company can be offered in the secondary market for a transfer of ownership, but valuation, timing, and the choice of investment will dictate that transaction.

May 20, 2015

Five Reasons to Invest Digital Currency

5/20/2015

In January 2015, NIN Ventures let Bitcoin owners attain liquidity via SnapCard in return for investment in the NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund. Given the popularity of that initiative and the momentum behind other digital currencies, we have now opened doors for Litecoin and Dogecoin owners to invest in NIN.VC.

Bitcoin is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen. From a user perspective, Bitcoin is pretty much like cash for the Internet. Bitcoin can also be seen as the most prominent triple entry bookkeeping system in existence. Bitcoins current market capitalization is approximately $ 3.31 billion.1

Litecoin is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency and open source software project released under the MIT/X11 license and inspired by Bitcoin. Litecoin differs from Bitcoin in aspects like faster block generation rate and uses a proof of work scheme. Litecoin has a current market capitalization of approximately $ 57.17 million.2

Dogecoin is a peer-to-peer open source digital currency and falls under the category of altcoins. Dogecoin is scrypt based (i.e. based on a password key) and enables fast payment to anyone across the globe. Dogecoin has a current market capitalization is approximately $ 13.33 million.3

So why should digital currency owners invest?

Digital Currency Instability
Bitcoin has plummeted about 80% in value since its peak just over a year ago and has been gradually declining ever since. At it’s peak on November 30, 2013 the price of Bitcoin was roughly $ 1,124.76 and on May 19, 2015 the price was $ 232.79.4


At its peak on December 4, 2013, the price of Litecoin was $ 39.59 and on May 19, 2015 the price had dropped to $ 1.45, which is a 96% decrease in value.  Litecoin is also gradually declining in value given it is highly influenced by Bitcoin.5

At its peak on January 21, 2014, the price of one DogeCoin was $ 0.0019. A year later on May 19, 2015, the price was $ 0.0001, which shows a 94% decrease in value, as it follows Bitcoin and Litecoin.6

Liquidity
There are many vendors that accept Digital Currency eg. Target, Apple, Tesla, but NIN Ventures is a unique opportunity for them to invest or attain liquidity instead of just spending it.

Tap into Venture Capital 
Investing in Venture Capital means investing in groundbreaking technologies that have tremendous growth / return opportunities. Traditionally, venture capital had been the domain of the wealthy and institutions but with NIN.VC digital currency owners can now tap into the venture capital asset class with a low minimum of $ 100,000.

Return on Investment
All digital currencies experience a high degree of fluctuation, thus investing your digital currency can result in a higher degree of stability and / or returns. An individual's traditional portfolio consists of stocks and bonds. Historically, if you look at United States Venture Capital Index and S&P 500 you will notice the USVC Index tends to outperform the S&P 500 and they also have an inverse relationship. Thus adding venture capital to ones portfolio will help mitigate that risk and yield higher returns.

Diversification     
Harvard & Yale are the biggest and best performing Endowment Funds. Their long-term approach and investments in alternatives (e.g. Venture Capital) allow them to achieve true diversification and help mitigate the risk involved in having only a stock-bond or digital currency portfolio. With NIN.VC digital currency owners can now invest like Harvard and Yale.8


     To invest in NIN Ventures using Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Dogecoin via SnapCard, one must first sign up on http://www.nin.vc and verify accreditation. The next step is to complete the subscription documents, then select payment with SnapCard and the type of currency i.e. Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Dogecoin. Given the daily fluctuations in digital currency pricing, the settlement price will be based on the day of the initial / final close of the fund.



 Market Cap, Cryptocoincharts.info
 Market Cap, Cryptocoincharts.info
3  Market Cap, Coinmarketcap.com
 Historical and Closing Price as of May 19, 2015, Cryptocoincharts.info
5  Historical and Closing Price as of May 19, 2015, Cryptocoincharts.info   
6  Historical and Closing Price as of May 19, 2015, Coinmarketcap.com
7  Cambridge Associates LLC, Dow Jones Indices, Standard & Poor’s, and Thomson Reuters Datastream. The Cambridge Associates LLC U.S Venture Capital Index is an end-to- end calculation based on data compiled from 1,420 U.S. venture capital  funds, including fully liquidated partnership, formed between 1981 and 2012. 
8 Harvard and Yale 2008-2013 Endowment Report

February 3, 2015

How to Invest in NIN.VC?

2/03/2015


NIN.VC INTRODUCTION
NIN Ventures (or NIN.VC) is a first-of-its-kind technology venture capital fund to be raised via World Wide Web. NIN.VC will invest in early / growth stage financial services, education software,  internet and digital media, mobile communication, cloud computing, 3D printing, and other path breaking companies. The fund will invest $1,000,000 - $5,000,000 in early / growth stage companies as a part of a syndicate or lead. 
HOW TO INVEST IN NIN.VC?
STEP 1: Log on to www.nin.vc and watch our introduction videos. 



STEP 2: To (1) SIGN UP, enter your first and last name, email address, and acknowledge that you are an accredited investor. Once you are signed in, you will get access to marketing materials and events. The (2) MARKETING MATERIALS page includes our Private Placement Memorandum and Investor Presentation to help you learn more about our fund. You will also get access to our (3) EVENTS and you would able to (4) SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS with our investment team for one-on-one meetings. After carefully reading the marketing materials, click the (5) INVEST WITH US button to start your investment process.

(1) SIGN UP

 (2) MARKETING MATERIALS  

(3) EVENTS
  
   
(4) SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT



STEP 3: The INVEST WITH US button will direct you to our RISK & DISCLOSURE statement. An investor must accept the RISK & DISCLOSURE statement that explains Venture Capital investing and the risks associated with it prior to proceeding. After carefully reading the Risk and Disclosure statement, click the “I agree” to begin your Accreditation process.



STEP 4: Select the appropriate Accreditation form for (1) INDIVIDUAL OR (2) ENTITY. Complete the form and upload satisfactory supporting documents (in PDF format).
(1) INDIVIDUAL


(2) ENTITY




STEP 5: Please download, read, complete, sign and then upload the SUBSCRIPTION AGREEMENT and W9. Proceed to the online payment process.


STEP 6:  There are multiple ways of investing in NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund. A. Checking/Savings account B. Defined Benefit Plan C. Self-Directed IRA D. Pay with SnapCard (Bitcoin).
(A) CHECKING/ SAVINGS
Fill out banking information and payment amount (minimum $100,000).

(B) DEFINED BENEFIT PLAN (RSW)
A Defined Benefit Plan is a retirement plan that can invest in a wide range of securities and investment products including venture funds. All contributions made to this plan and subsequently are top line tax deduction for the business whether it is a sole proprietorship, an LLC, an LLP, a P.C., a C Corp. or an S. Corp. The investment growth is also tax deferred under the umbrella of the Defined Benefit Plan. For this purpose NIN Ventures is working closely with Robin S. Weingast & Associates (or RSW). RSW would help establish this plan using a separate account with a new plan tax id number and RSW would also prepare the legal plan trust documents. RSW will calculate the maximum contribution that could be made to the plan and then the client would invest directly in NIN Ventures as the plan’s investment.

To invest in NIN Ventures using your Defined Benefit Plan, you must first sign up to invest in NIN Ventures by visiting www.nin.vc and verify that you are an accredited investor. Next, establish a Defined Benefit Plan with Robin S. Weingast & Associates. Once the plan is established and the contribution is calculated, you can complete the subscription to the NIN Ventures Private Placement and process your payment online at www. nin.vc
(C) IRA (ENTRUST)

‘Self-directed’ is a descriptive term that is used to describe how some IRA providers administer the assets they hold. With a self-directed IRA the client controls what their IRA is invested in. Self-directed IRAs allow investors to hold ‘alternative’ assets within their tax deferred retirement plan; assets like private placement in a venture capital fund. Like any IRA investment a self-directed IRA has built in tax deferred growth and thus an individual will not pay capital gain tax on the growth of the investment. The return will flow back to the self-directed IRA and will not be taxable to the account holder. A self-directed IRA allows for true diversification that is not otherwise achievable in a standard IRA portfolio. In order to facilitate this NIN Ventures has teamed up with The Entrust Group, which will help set up an IRA with the Entrust Group and direct that investment into NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund. 

To invest in NIN Ventures using your IRA account, you must first sign up on www.nin.vc, begin your investment process, and verify that you are an accredited investor. Then, set up a self-directed account with The Entrust Group. After setting up and funding your self-directed IRA Account, you will be able to direct Entrust to invest in NIN Ventures. Once the investment is made, NIN Ventures will report quarterly activity to The Entrust Group, and Entrust will then update the IRA and that change in value will be reflected on your Entrust IRA statement.
(D) BITCOIN (SNAPCARD)

Bitcoin is emerging as a new form of alternative payment and a global currency. NIN Ventures understands the significance of this change and has teamed up with SnapCard to let Bitcoin owners tap into venture capital. We allow Bitcoin owners attain liquidity via SnapCard in return for investment in the NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund.

To invest in NIN Ventures using SnapCard, you must first sign up on www.nin.vc and verify that you are an accredited investor. The next step is to complete the subscription documents, then finally select payment using SnapCard. Given the daily fluctuations in Bitcoin pricing, the settlement price will be based on the day of the initial/final close.

Note: At the moment, NIN Ventures Technology (QP) Fund is only open to accredited US investors and entities. Dates for both initial/final close will be notified to investors in advance. The initial close will be when the fund reaches $$10 million and final close at $25 million.


STEP 7: Once you have completed the subscription process and your documents and payment are verified, you will gain access to our Fund Performance Reports.