The Global Fight to Democratize Access to Capital - SXSW Interactive 2013 by SXSW published on 2013-04-22T17:15:50Z A global fight is currently underway to democratize access to capital for entrepreneurs. With over half of the world population engaged in self-generated work, the outcome of this is critical. With the passage of the JOBS Act (legalizing debt- and equity- based crowdfunding), suddenly an entrepreneur’s dream to tap into worldwide resources with people aligned to their vision has become a reality. Job creation is not just an American issue – small businesses create over 65% of all jobs – and access to capital disproportionally affects the poor. Sherwood Neiss is leading the global fight to legalize equity-based crowdfunding. As one the authors of the Crowdfunding Framework used in the JOBS Act, he has not only changed the domestic landscape but continues his mission abroad through working with foreign governments and organizations to help citizens in many countries gain access to the capital they need to develop their ideas and thrive.