When you visit our Online Services, we receive and collect certain information about you. The information we collect will generally relate to business entities rather than consumers obtaining a product or service for personal, family or household purposes. We may collect contact and other information relating to potential investors in businesses that use our platform. Businesses seeking investment also may provide information regarding the business, often through one or more pitch videos posted on the platform. Investors may seek through the platform additional information from a business.
We may use information loaded on the platform for a number of purposes, for example, to better service requests and/or inquiries, monitor Online Services usage and/or performance, improve the customer experience of our Online Services, ensure technological compatibility with your computer and protect against fraud or identity theft, or conduct aggregate analyses on usage patterns. Information loaded to the platform may also have identifying characteristics removed and aggregated with other data relating to investors or businesses.
Every time you visit a website, some information is automatically collected from you. For example, this information may include some or all of the following items: your computer’s Internet protocol (IP) address and/or domain; type and version of Internet browser software and operating system you use; date, time, and duration of your Online Services access; specific pages, buttons, images, videos, links, or forms that you access while visiting the Online Services; and demographic information concerning the country of origin of your computer and the language(s) used by it.
In addition to using cookies, we or our third party advertising service providers may also use similar technologies to track users’ interactions with our Online Services. Some of these technologies include web beacons (transparent graphical images placed on a website) and flash objects.
We may use these technologies on our Online Services to verify your identity, remember personal settings including your preferences, to offer you additional options or enhance your online experience, and to improve our products and services. We may also use them for marketing site personalization, and tracking of online applications and programs and/or track the effectiveness of advertisements for our products and services, referred to as banner ads, that we may place on our Online Services or other linked and/or partner websites. Cookies used for tracking advertising effectiveness do not collect personally identifiable information. In order to better serve you, some of these technologies allow us the ability to view your past interactions with our Online Services for customer service, troubleshooting, risk analysis and fraud detection, as well as other related purposes. At this time the Online Services do not react differently based on web browser do-not-track or similar signals.
Forms of communication such as e-mail, text messaging, our Online Services Contact Us or similar forms and other forms of electronic communication are inherently insecure. Please refrain from submitting sensitive personal information (such as account number or social security number) via e-mail or similar method of communication.
When you send an e-mail to us, you are communicating with us electronically and consent to receive reply communications from us or our providers electronically. We may retain the content of the e-mail, your e-mail address, and our response in order to better service your needs or for legal and regulatory reasons.
We respect the privacy of your children and encourage all parents to supervise their children’s computer usage. We do not knowingly collect or retain personal information from children under the age of thirteen. We advise all visitors to our Online Services under the age of 13 not to disclose or provide any personally identifiable information on our Online Services. To learn more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act (COPPA) please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html.
Our Website may contain links to third party Online Services. These links and pointers to third party websites are not part of our Online Services. We do not make any representations or warranties regarding these third party websites. We are not responsible for any losses or damages in connection with the information, security, privacy practices, availability, content or accuracy of materials of such third party websites. These third party websites might have privacy policies different from us and third party websites may provide less privacy and/or security than our Online Services. We encourage you to review the privacy and security policies of all third party websites before you share any personally identifiable information.
If you reside outside the United States, any information you provide to us on our Online Services will be transferred out of your country and into the United States. If you do not want your personally identifiable information to leave your country, do not provide the information to us. By providing personally identifiable information to us, you explicitly consent to the transfer of your information to the United States.