Republic is an investment (or equity) crowdfunding platform, meaning that on Republic people invest expecting a return. All companies offering investments on Republic will have been through background checks of key officers and owners, and there are clear links provided to the relevant SEC filings made by the offering company. Republic is an SEC registered Title III Funding Portal, which means they are subject to a range of rules and obligations around investor education and due diligence. In contrast, sites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo are only offering you a one-time perk or a product for your donation or pledge. I'm convinced Republic is on track to completely disrupt early-stage fundraising for tech startups. It represents your financial interest in the company. The Crowd SAFE ™ Crowd SAFE is an investment agreement between founders and investors that most companies use on Republic. There are several types of securities sold by companies on Republic. Most startups on Republic elect to use a security called the Crowd SAFE, which entitles you to a return if the startup does well and certain conditions are met. It's simple and super founder-friendly, allowing founders to maintain control while bringing in the funds needed to achieve their growth milestones. All funding-portal activities are conducted by OpenDeal Portal LLC doing business as Republic, a funding portal which is registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a funding portal (Portal) and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). They find companies they believe will succeed, and buy a piece of the company’s future. How the Crowd SAFE works. Whether you're a first time entrepreneur or one with a proven track record, Republic is now an option you owe it to yourself to explore.