What is the JOBS Act, and why does it matter? (infographic)

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For all those who wonder what the heck the JOBS Act is and why President Barack Obama signed it into law, here’s an infographic for you.

Short form: It’s a way to let more people of modest means become micro-investors in startup companies.

It’s a step in the right direction, probably, but investors still need to be accredited. And some crowdfunding experts say that the way the Securities and Exchange Commission has implemented the new law actually makes investing harder, not easier.

Here’s a quick visual primer from Fundable, a crowdfunding startup, on what the act is, how the changes could affect the 565,000 businesses started every month in the U.S., and how those startups raise money.

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