If It Ain’t Broke … SEC Investor Advisory Committee Tackles Non-Problem

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On July 10, thanks to the Dodd-Frank Act which mandated its reinstitution, the revived SEC Investor Advisory Committee met in a public forum to discuss certain securities law issues, including a subcommittee’s initial proposals on the definition of “accredited investor” (as defined in Section 501(a) of Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933, as… Read More

Frame Again Quickly Funds on Seedrs After Turning Down Dragon’s Den Offer

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Frame Again hit the “biggest mover by percentage raised” status soon after appearing on BBC’s Dragon Den.  The startup up quickly surpassed their £20,000 crowdfunding goal on Seedrs. Co-founders Jake Hayman and Joe Kenyon appeared on the long running show offering up 20% equity in their company for £60,000. Their new company allows people to… Read More

Dash Crowdfunds on AngelList: Techstars-Funded App Tracks Car’s Fitness

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Fitbit for Cars App Makes for a Smarter Car It’s no wonder that Techstars NYC’13 alum Dash was voted one of  Entrepreneur’s “10 Startups to Watch in 2014.” The startup’s app turns any car built after 1996 into a smart car.  As a self-avowed “hardware agnostic” company,  Dash encourages its users to purchase low-cost hardware… Read More

Fund Dreamer Wants To Focus On Women & Diversity Groups

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Los Angeles based Fund Dreamer, Inc., is a crowdfunding platform helping women and diversity groups fund their dreams.  A social enterprise focused on changing startup dynamics, the young platform is on a mission to provide a crowdfunding environment for women and diversity focused projects. Co-founded by Ellie Shapiro, an IT veteran with over 20 years of experience, she… Read More

Personal Protection “The Defender” Beats $100,000 Goal in 24 Hours

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Pangaea Services, Inc. announced the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo on Tuesday (July 22nd) for its brand new product, The Defender. The device deters a prospective criminal with an array of self-defense features, including a 24/7 monitoring service, camera, strobing flash, siren, and the highest concentration of pepper spray available to law-enforcement. Originally… Read More

Jilliene Hellman Talks Hard Rock Hotel Crowdfunding (Video)

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Jilliene Hellman, CEO of real estate crowdfunding platform Realty Mogul, hit the screens of CNBC this week as part of the press rounds sharing the success on closing the Hard Rock Hotel crowdfunding offer.  Jilliene shares details of the project that raised $1.5 million (as part of a larger financing round) in equity. Jilliene states… Read More

Zach Braff Records Embarrassing Message for Dentist As A “Wish I Was There” Perk

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Making sure he stays true to his word, Zach Braff shared embarrassing details about giving back to those who contributed to his “Wish I Was There” crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. During a recent interview, the former “Scrubs” star admitted he regrets agreeing to record voicemails for backers after a dentist asked him to take a… Read More

Talk Show Host Jon Stewarts Announces Kickstarter Campaign to Buy CNN (Video)

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On Tuesday evening (July 22nd), host of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart, announced the launch of a $10 billion Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to purchase the television network, CNN. During the show, Stewart discussed Rupert Murdoch’s recent business strategy to purchase CNN’s parent company, Time Warner. Although Murdoch has been unable to purchase the company so… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Loan vs. Bank Loan (Infographic)

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The below infographic is from the creative crew at Funding Circle (in the UK).  Funding Circle is one of the leaders in the peer to peer (P2P) lending space.  The platform just announced a pretty huge investment to juice their global expansion.  Founded in the UK, they have already opened up shop in the United… Read More

3D Printing Startup NVBOTS Launches $150,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Fundable

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Boston-based NVBOTS, a 3D printing startup founded by MIT students, is seeking to raise $150,000 with a crowdfunding campaign on Fundable. The funds from this new campaign, which launched today (July 23rd), will be added to an $850,000 seed funding round that the company has raised over the past four months. NVBOTS builds 3D printers with… Read More

Invested.In Launches INVST: Online Network Offering Institutional Quality Alternative Investments

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INVST Partners With Carillon & Bendigo. Invested.in, a crowdfunding technology company, has announced the launch of INVST, an  online private network offering institutional-quality alternative investment funds.  The company also stated they had formed two significant INVST partnerships with Carillon Capital, LLC, and Bendigo Securities, LLC. Both organizations are led by former E*TRADE Financial executives and provide… Read More

FarmDrop Extends Equity Crowdfunding as it Easily Tops £400,000 Goal

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FarmDrop launched their equity crowdfunding project just a few weeks back but the online farmers market has not had any problems finding investors.  Raising capital on Crowdcube, FarmDrop was hoping to raise £400,000 for 17% equity in the young company.  FarmDrop has quickly passed that mark and stands at over £420,000 today with one investor… Read More

Dealstruck Boosts Executive Bench with New Hires

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Peer Lending Platform Dealstruck Appoints Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy Officer Peer to peer lending platform Dealstruck has added to its senior leadership team to help manage the company’s rapid growth and to execute on its corporate expansion initiatives.  The Dealstruck lending marketplace connects profitable, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with… Read More

Family Robot Jibo Over $1M; Hits Indiegogo’s Top 15 Most Funded

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Less than 10 days following the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Jibo, noted as the world’s first ever family robot, has raised over $1,075,00 from more than 2,300 backers. Has reached the top 15 most funded ever on Indiegogo and has been recognized as one of the top 10 most funded tech projects…. Read More

Kickstarter Suspends Areal Campaign After Passing $50,000 Goal

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West Games’ Areal, one of Kickstarter’s weirdest crowdfunding campaigns to date, hit its $50,000 goal earlier this week and then was shutdown by the crowdfunding platform today (July 22nd). The video game, created by senior ex-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. developers,  features a massive and intricately detailed open world environment that is described as varied and colorful, set in a… Read More

Singapore-based Crowdtivate Launches With 11 Projects

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StarHub’s Crowdtivate, a new crowdfunding platform based out of Singapore, has officially launched with 11 projects that are from across Asia – from assistive tech products to mechanical smart watch. The platform also offers mentorship and consulting to help aspiring entrepreneurs design an effective crowdfunding campaign for their products/services. The platform was first announced as… Read More

Crowdcube Comments on “Record Breaking” Crowdfunding Round

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UK based equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube is claiming a world record with their self-crowdfunding round funding in just 16 minutes.  The Series B round garnered 141 investors with an average investment of £8500 on a post money valuation of £19.5 million.  This funding round on their own platform was part of a larger investment where… Read More

EarlyShares CEO Joanna Schwartz Discusses Title III & Future of Equity Crowdfunding

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Joanna Schwartz, CEO of the Miami-based equity crowdfunding platform EarlyShares, recently sat down with the Miami Herald Newspaper to discussing the crowdfunding industry and which direction she believe its heading. Founded in 2011, EarlyShares is an equity crowdfunding platform that is ready to transform how capital is allocated to small businesses in the U.S. It… Read More

Leonard & Church’s Luxury Watches Raises Over $30,000 in 4 Days on Kickstarter

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Looking for a new way to buy a luxury watch without the high end costs? Leonard & Church are ready to bring fancy timepieces to consumers for half the price of any retail stores. The company decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $75,000. Several friends, sharing the same interest in offering… Read More