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Wealthforge Powers New Niche Crowdfunding for Broadway on Maxolev

New York Its A Helluva Town Maxolev

Wealthforge, a company that started life in part as a crowdfunding platform and then successfully morphed into a crowdfunding service provider – is powering a new investment crowdfunding niche: Broadway. Earlier this month, Howard and Janet Kagan announced a new investment crowdfunding platform that is offering equity in Broadway productions.  Operating under the auspices of… Read More

Uncool Startup Liquidity Nanotech Taps Nearly $8.5M on RockThePost: Let it Flow

Liquidity Makes the Best Water Purification Cartridges

Opting for a 506(c) Regulation D private offering, Liquidity Nanotech Corporation has generally solicited its crowdfunding efforts with much success, to date raising over $8,481,800 on RockThePost. The California-based Liquidity Nanotech Corporation is an early-stage product in the B2B industry. According to its campaign, the company already enjoys revenue, clients and strategic partners, in addition to… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: emberlight, Geco Hub & Adventurers Hammock

Crowdfunding Mailbox Featured 8.23.14

For those of you interested in the crowdfunding space there is an interesting movement afoot. Retail  equity crowdfunding, a form of investment that is not limited by wealth or income, was signed into law way back in 2012. The regulatory process has dragged on though – so most of the population cannot invest in equity… Read More

StartEngine’s CEO Urges Crowdfunding Leaders to Push SEC to Release Title III Rules

Mary Jo White 865 days and Counting

On Wednesday (August 20th), more than 40 participants from the crowdfunding industry gathered on a call to discuss key topics about the industry’s future. Those on the call were urged to join the #VoteOnCF movement, a campaign that urges the SEC to vote on the proposed rules of Title III.  In a recent article on… Read More

Kreyos Smartwatch Called Scam As Backers Demand Refunds or Resolution

Kreyos on Wrist

Here is another crowdfunding campaign that is being labeled a “scampaign”.  Android Police published an article  last night on the odyssey of the Kreyos Smartwatch.  This was preceded by a post on Medium by Jonathan Barronville – another backer. Kreyos ran an enormously successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in June of 2013.  Labeled the ONLY smartwatch… Read More

Perspective: Investors and Markets Could Benefit from Revising the Accredited Investor Definition

Accredited Investor Qualifcations featured

When Congress passed the JOBS Act lifting the ban on general solicitation in offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D, it turned these so-called “private” offerings into potentially very public ones.  Since Reg D offerings involving general solicitation can only be sold to “accredited” investors, it also amplified the already central role that the accredited… Read More

How This Traffic Generation Strategy Made Over $100,000 Crowdfunding on Indiegogo

Crowd Fans Audience Traffic

If there’s one big lesson about crowdfunding I’ve learnt in the past 8 months, it is that pre-launch marketing can make or break your campaign. I’ve gone from knowing next to nothing about crowdfunding, to running a successful Indiegogo campaign at a previous startu  p that raised $106,830. Allow me to share with you our story…. Read More

Reports Indicate Law Firms are Noticing Crowdfunding

And What of Crowdfunding Attorney

Several recent reports have noted the increase in attention law firms are paying to the crowdfunding space. The various sections of the JOBS Act, specifically Title II, Title III and Title IV, have perked interest by the legal industry as they see new opportunity to expand their business and target a new market.  While only… Read More

Hubbub, Crowdfunding for Universities, Raises Equity on Crowdcube

Be a part of Hubbub

Hubbub is a crowdfunding platform.  They offer their services to universities and other educational entities to fundraise for student projects, faculty or just about whatever the institution desires.  Their core product is a white label offer that is branded to work with engaged communities. Now they are looking to expand.  So what do they do?… Read More

Federal Reserve: Peer to Peer Lending Poised to Grow

P2P loans are increasing as Traditional loans decline

Our friends at the Cleveland Federal Reserve have published a report on the Peer to Peer lending industry (P2P).  They  have come to the conclusion of just about everyone else but have incorporated some interesting data points.  P2P lending is expected to grow and will be filling gaps left by the traditional lending industry.  The… Read More

One Man Spent the Past 4 Years, 16 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week, Animating a Film He is Crowdfunding Now

White Tiger Legend

Kory Martin Juul has worked on some blockbuster films.  His credit role includes: Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Spider Man, The Hobbit, Star Trek, Star Wars and more.  He has earned his stripes as a visual effects artist at the highest level.  Passionate about his metier, Kory has worked almost single handedly for four years,… Read More

Crowdfunding Asia Conference is an Impressive Success

Crowdfunding Asia Featured Audience

The very first crowdfunding conference in Asia took place earlier this month.  A diverse and impressive group of regulators, high ranking politicians, portal operators and entrepreneurs gathered to discuss the benefits of crowdfunding in Asia.  Over 300 individuals attended the two day “Crowdfunding Asia 2014” event that tackled both rewards and investment based crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding… Read More

SmartThings Raised $1.2 Million on Kickstarter, 2 Years Later The Company is Acquired by Samsung for $200 Million

SmartThings on Kickstarter

Just saw the coolest Kickstarter project.. Mind. Officially. Blown. SmartThings will let you run your world by Smartphone. The above are some of the accolades piled upon SmartThings, a young company seeking capital and market approval just 2 years ago.  Crowdfunding out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, SmartThings raised an impressive $1.2 million on a $250,000 crowdfunding… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: iRBeacon, Demigods Rising, Father Nature Outdoors & HYDAWAY

Crowdfunding Mailbox Featured August 15 2014

Thank you to everyone who emailed in their crowdfunding campaigns this past week.  We had a lot of emails with some really creative projects.  I expect things will pick up even more after Labor Day as everyone gets back into the swing of things after the summer break. Unless you are into board games you… Read More

Glowing Plant Grafts with Y Combinator: VC’s First Biotech Investment Reignites GMO Debate

Glowing Plant Project on Kickstarter

Kickstarter’s first synthetic biology project, the Glowing Plant, which was launched April 2013 by Antony Evans, Fulbright Stanford post-doc fellow Omri Amirav-Drory, PhD and Kyle Taylor, PhD (from Stanford) has made the news again for its syncing with Y Combinator.  The Silicon Valley venture capital firm makes investments of $120K in a large number of startups… Read More

Academics Discuss Crowdfunding: What the Ivory Tower Has to Say

Plato and Aristotle Talk Crowdfunding

Emerging issues in Crowdfunding Research Are Topic of Discussion as Crowdfunding is Dissected at Leading Academic Conference. How far we have come! Two years ago crowdfunding was seen as little more than an interesting phenomenon, not particularly worthy of study. At this year’s Academy of Management Conference (for those of you outside of academia – this… Read More

Updated: Neil Young’s Pono Music is Now Equity Crowdfunding Following $6.2 Million Kickstarter Hit

Pono on Crowdfunder with Three Players

PonoMusic raised over $6.2 million on Kickstarter this past April, a campaign that saw just about every living rock star endorse the innovative product. Now with strong consumer demand, Pono has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder seeking to raise a minimum of $2.5 million in equity.  Accredited investors may support Neil Young’s Pono project… Read More

Nine Senators Submit Letter to SEC Opposing State Blue Sky Preemption

Nine Senators Opposed to State Preemption Blue Sky Title IV JOBS Act

In the ongoing debate about various aspects of the JOBS Act that legalizes equity crowdfunding, nine US Senators have submitted a comment letter to the SEC opposing the move to preempt state “Blue Sky” review.  The pre-emption of state review under Title IV of the JOBS Act, also known as Regulation A+, has been recognized… Read More

FCA Consultation on Social Media Use Met with Trepidation

Beware of Twitter Social Media

The Financial Conduct Authority has just released their guidance consultation on social media use within the financial industry and some crowdfunding industry followers remain concerned about the direction the document is taking. Sharon Flaherty, founder of boutique content marketing consultancy BrandContent, shared her opinion on the FCA guidance publication; “As predicted, the long-awaited social media… Read More

Renaissance Brewing Soft Launches Equity Campaign as Snowball Effect Readies Go Live on August 13th

Renaissance Brewing Snowball Effect

Renaissance Brewing announced they were planning to raise capital via equity crowdfunding way back in April of this year.  Their revelation came right around the time that New Zealand legalized investment crowdfunding.  Renaissance has soft launched their equity crowdfunding campaign and may be the first ever campaign to offer shares in New Zealand as the… Read More