Direct Public Offering or DPO was a legal way for entrepreneurs to directly solicit investment from the public without filing with the SEC to become a public entity.   It was rarely used.   Then Crowd Funding came along.   Crowd Funding as a label is very confusing in the market place.  You usually have to add a slew of other words in order to explain what type of crowdfunding you are talking about -- there are 5 ways -- and depending on who you talk to, they may have a negative impression of it.   So what is the difference and why didn't entrepreneurs just continue to use the long standing Direct Public Offering vehicle?

This episode of the Compassionate Capitalist Podcast with host Karen Rands will explore this timely topic.   Entrepreneurs will gain greater insight into how to use the different methods for raising capital from the general public and investors will learn how they can invest in companies at different stages, using the different methods, to match their own risk/reward profile.

To read the transcript and get links to topics and shows referenced in the podcast, click and download this free whitepaper on Direct Public Offerings.  DPO White Paper

Karen is the best selling author of Inside Secrets to Angel Investing.   It is the definitive guide for men and women seeking to invest in the entrepreneurial dream of prosperity without all the risks of starting a business.   Visit to learn more and get a free excerpt -- 12 of the 44 secrets shared in the book are available to you when you visit that page.

Karen has been working with entrepreneurs and investors for over 15 years, teaching them the principals of wealth creation through funded innovation.   She launched the Compassionate Capitalist Movement to bring attention to this neglected investor asset class.   You can reach her at