Paul Spinrad

Paul is a former editor at MAKE and Wired magazines and Timeline News. He previously worked as a software developer, and he has parlayed his fear of competition into a pretty good track record for pursuing new things that become important.

by Paul Spinrad

The following opinion piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. “Information wants to be free” is a beautiful rallying cry, but Stewart Brand’s original quote also says that information wants to be expensive because it’s so valuable. Publishers have always […] more »

by Paul Spinrad

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission published its long-awaited proposed rules for the most radical part of the JOBS Act of 2012. These rules set the terms for what’s called Regulation Crowdfunding, under which the general public will be allowed to invest limited amounts in small, unregistered securities. Regulation Crowdfunding represents one of the […] more »

by Paul Spinrad

A major change in federal securities regulations takes effect this week, and many people are wondering how it will turn out. It’s now legal — with the proper filings and for the first time in over 80 years — for businesses to publicly advertise for investors. Proponents hope that this change will spur entrepreneurship, job […] more »

by Paul Spinrad

Kickstarter pioneered a set of rules and an uncluttered visual grammar that has become the familiar frame for online fundraising, and many other such crowdfunding portals have since copied or adapted their formula — even sites that started earlier. Now, an explosion of cheap and easy new tools and services makes crowdfunding more democratic than […] more »