With the uptick in the overall economy, as an active startup adviser, I’m seeing a whole new surge of proprietors and startups, with the commensurate scramble for funding. There just aren’t enough Angel investors not to mention VCs to go around. As a result I’m getting much more questions on innovative mechanisms, like crowd funding, as well as an old one rather long out of popularity, the so-called “reverse merger.” A reverse merger is the acquisition of an already public company (usually a dormant shell) to dodge the Initial Public Offering (IPO) process as well as cost, to swiftly get your startup on a public exchange for fund raising through visibility as well as selling stock.