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How risky is investing in startups?

Investing in startups and early-stage businesses involves risks including liquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution. For optimal ROI it should be executed as part of a diversified portfolio in accordance with the limits set up by the SEC and FINRA. At Texas Equity Shares we are exclusively addressing you with a full understanding of these risks so you are capable of making your own investment decisions.

To protect you, you will only be allowed to invest with Texas Equity Shares after you have registered and completed the educational requirements.

To make sure you fully understand the risks, we provide free investment educational videos. The courses include 10 videos and the topics cover: steps to invest with Texas Equity Shares, risks associated with investing in crowdfunding securities, types of securities that may be offered via Texas Equity Shares, limitations on the amounts invested via crowdfunding and other equity crowdfunding basic knowledge.

Is there a possibility I will lose my investment?

Many of startup businesses fail and therefore investing in these businesses may involve significant risk. You might lose all, or part, of your investment. You should only invest an amount you are comfortable losing and should build a diversified portfolio to spread the risk.

For example, by dividing $2,000 into 10 separate $200 investments you are spreading risk. If 7/10 investments end up losing money, the three who provide returns may cover those losses many times over. But be aware: if a business you invest in fails, neither the company - nor Texas Equity Shares - will pay you back your investment.
How can I decrease the risk?

The best two ways to decrease risk are diversifying your investments and leveraging the wisdom of the crowds:

1. Diversify your portfolio by making multiple small investments to lessen the risk. 
Remember that even if recommended, diversification will not reduce every type of risk.
2. Leveraging the wisdom of the crowds will give you a clearer idea of businesses that could be successful in the future and worthy of your investment.
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 How many investments should I make?

At Texas Equity Shares we recommend making a large number of small investments as opposed to one or two larger investments.

For example, if you have $5,000.00 to invest it would be wise to make 5 separate $1000.00 investments instead of two $2500.00 investments. 
You will be spreading the risk, and even if only 2/5 investments pan out, you will most likely cover your losses many times over.
How does Texas Equity Shares prevent fraud to protect my investment?

At Texas Equity Shares, all entrepreneurs must provide items of self-disclosure including:

1. Financial condition of the entrepreneur: a description of the financial condition of the startup
The income tax returns filed by the startup for the most recent completed year (if any) Financial statements of the startup

2. Entrepreneur background checks including personal background, experience and credibility information

3. Key business information including:
A description of the company’s ownership and capital structure
Market opportunity analysis
Business plan development
Online (social) and offline presence development
Pro-active due diligence
Start-up valuation
A description of the uses of funds

4. Fundraising target amount and deadline

5. The price of the securities being offered

We follow all guidelines provided by the SEC and Title III to ensure the true identity of all entrepreneur accounts and offerings.