Private Money 201 with Gene Trowbridge (Interview Part II)

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Join me today for part 2 of my interview with securities expert Gene Trowbridge (To listen/watch part one, click here)  On this portion of the interview you will learn answers to questions like:

  • When can I legal advertise my private placement?
  • What exactly is crowdfunding?
  • Will it help me grow my real estate business?
  • How to use broker-dealers to scale up your private money campaign
  • What should I consider before jumping into the syndication business

If you are at all interested in how to solve the dilemma of too many opportunities and not enough capital this IS the call for you!

Key Definition for This Call:

Broker-Dealer per

A person or firm in the business of buying and selling securities, operating as both a broker and a dealer, depending on the transaction. The term broker-dealer is used in U.S. securities regulation parlance to describe stock brokerages, because most of them act as both agents and principals. A brokerage acts as a broker (or agent) when it executes orders on behalf of clients, whereas it acts as a dealer (or principal) when it trades for its own account.

Broker-dealers fulfill several important functions in the financial industry; these include providing investment advice to customers, supplying liquidity through market-making activities, facilitating trading activities, publishing investment research and raising capital for companies. Broker-dealers may range in size from small independent boutiques to large subsidiaries of giant commercial and investment banks.

About Author

Douglas Dowell

Douglas Dowell J.D. is a commercial and multifamily investor. His blog will focus on legally raising private money, risk mitigation with due diligence and management science. He is also an avid student of success principles with a focus on modeling success factors.


  1. Thanks for this excellent interview Douglas – its an important perspective that someone like Gene brings to the table….also a great cautionary tale on the care, maintenance and feeding of investors with big private money!

    • Douglas Dowell

      Your welcome Penny,

      This is a great reality check on the downsides of raising private money. Some gurus teach it is shinny happy people holding hands. I think we got a sobering reality check from Gene about the headaches that come with the territory.

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