How You Too Can Become a Venture Capitalist

It can be as simple as buying shares in a business through a crowdfunding portal.

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Thanks to a slew of crowdfunding portals that let individuals buy shares in budding businesses, now you can be a venture capitalist. At least 11 sites are up and running, with 25 more in the works pending approval from regulators. Here’s a look at some of the opportunities—all of which are highly speculative.

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Thomas H. Blanton
Reporter, Kiplinger's Personal Finance