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Identifying “Bad Actors” In Private Offerings under Rule 506

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This article part one of a two part discussion on Identifying Bad Actors for private placements. In 2010, as part of the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, Congress adopted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. While most of the Act addressed the financial services industry, one significant provision targeted… Read More

Canada’s CTV Announces Production For New Reality Series Pilot “Dream Funded: Let the Crowd Decide”

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The customer is always right! CTV announced today from Prime Time in Ottawa the start of production on the new one-hour reality series pilot, Dream Funded: Let the Crowd Decide, produced by CTV in association with Entertainment One (eOne), Highway Entertainment, and United Artists Media Group. The pilot is the first project from Bell Media’s partnership with United Artists Media Group… Read More

Smackdown: Steve Case on Mark Cuban “His View is Skewed by the Circles He Runs in” as Cuban Criticizes Crowdfunding

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Steve Case, a staunch proponent of investment crowdfunding and advocate of access to capital for SMEs, called out billionaire pundit Mark Cuban on CNBC this morning. Ostensibly the discussion was on the Tech Bubble “Yes or No” polemic but discourse ended up being a bit of a backdrop for a discussion regarding the efficacy of crowdfunding for SMEs…. Read More

Brief: LeVar Burton to Be Honored at 35th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Following Kickstarter Success

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Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes announced LeVar Burton will be honored with the Innovator’s Award at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium. The event will take place during the 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, one of the nation’s largest public literary festival, which will be held on USC’s campus April 18th and 19th. Times… Read More

AgFunder Reports $2.36B in 2014 Investments

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AgFunder, an equity crowdfunding platform for agriculture technology, today announced the release of its AgTech Investing Report 2014: Year in Review, covering $2.36 billion raised across 264 deals in the AgTech industry for 2014. From precision agriculture to biotech to drones, venture capitalists made investments in companies across the agriculture value chain. Co-founder of AgFunder,… Read More

Massachusetts Schedules Hearing on Crowdfunding Exemption, Solicits Comments from the Public

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The state of Massachusetts, under the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, enacted “emergency” crowdfunding regulations this past January. Secretary William Galvin, previously identified as highly skeptical of investment crowdfunding having vocally criticized the new form of finance, surprised industry followers when the rules were released.  One commentator called the released regulations as a“breath… Read More

GE FirstBuild’s Connected Paragon Induction Cooktop Set to Be Featured at 2015 International Home + Housewares Show

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FirstBuild, GE Appliances’ new global co-creation community, will showcase its Indiegogo project Paragon Induction Cooktop along with Chantal cookware at the International Home + Housewares Show on March 7th-10th at McCormick Place in Chicago. FirstBuild and Chantal have partnered to bundle cutting-edge mobile technology with elegant induction cookware that together allow anyone to achieve professional… Read More

Indiegogo’s Slava Rubin to TrustedReviews: Expect the First $1bn Crowdfunding Project By 2020

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Revealing what he expects in the future of crowdfunding, co-founder and CEO of Indiegogo Slava Rubin stated that he believes a single project using the funding method will generate more than $1 billion by end of this decade. During his recent interview with TrustedReviews, Rubin stated that crowdfunding services and project will continue to grow… Read More

Indiegogo’s UK Film & Creative Miranda Fleming Reveals Crowdfunding Secrets at Aesthetica Short Film Festival

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Offering up some advice on how to receive crowdfunding success, award-winning producer and UK film and creative at Indiegogo, Miranda Fleming sat down with Aesthetica Short Film Festival to discuss key strategies to earning the cash filmmakers need for their projects. During her interview, Fleming revealed why crowdfunding is so important: “Crowdfunding in film not only… Read More

Brief: City A.M. Teams Up With Crowdnetic to Launch a Website Dedicated to UK Crowdfinance data

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On Thursday (March 5th), media outlet City A.M. announced it has partnered with Crowdnetic to launch a new website, CityAmCrowdwatch, which is dedicated to UK crowd finance data. According to City A.M., CityAMCrowdwatch features information on private UK-based companies that are publicly raising capital online through crowdfunding portals. Through the website, investors are able to… Read More

Crowdfunding in France 2014 (Infographic)

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Crowdfunding in France received a significant boost last year when the government released rules governing the new form of finance. While not perfect the regulations were greeted as a positive first step in establishing a new, more efficient market for capital formation. France has not traditionally been known for a robust innovation sector but entrepreneurs… Read More

Lammily Debuts New Commercial For Crowdfunded “Normal Barbie” (Video)

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Last spring, a company known as Lammily launched a crowdfunding campaign on CrowdtiltOpen to raise funds for Barbie’s realistic doppelgänger, a female doll created in the image of an average woman. The goal of the dolls, as described by creator Nickolay Lamm, is to reinforce the fact that average is beautiful. Each doll has no stick-thin imagery, her… Read More

Brief: Sam Guzik & David Weild to Present on Reg A+ & Creating Liquidity for Crowdfunded Offers

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Crowdfund Insider Senior Contributor, and noted Securities Attorney, Sam Guzik will be joining the former Vice Chair of the Nasdaq, David Weild, for a free webinar next week to discuss the status of Title IV, Reg A+, using technology to enhance deal distribution, tick sizes, venture exchanges and more. Guzik has been a staunch proponent on… Read More

Kiva Launches New Initiative “Back A Dream” in Honor of International Women’s Day

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More than seven billion people live on Earth. That’s seven billion hearts beating. Seven billion bodies breathing. Seven billion minds creating thoughts and ideas all over the world. Yet, so many face struggle everyday all around us. Even so, there is one thing that will never cease to be created regardless of the struggles: dreams. Dreams… Read More

Crowdfunder UK Teams Up With Plymouth City Council to Launch New Initiative Crowdfund Plymouth

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Plymouth community projects and social enterprises will be able to tap into funds as part of a pioneering crowdfunding scheme launched today. Plymouth City Council has set aside £60,000 for projects on Crowdfund Plymouth, which was launched by crowdfunding platform, CrowdfunderUK Projects launching as part of Crowdfund Plymouth, meeting the criteria will be eligible for match funding… Read More

Reelcause Begins Trading as RCIT on the OTC Markets

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Reelcause, Inc. (OTC:RCIT), a Florida based global crowdfunding and fundraising video platform, is pleased to announce that it has reorganized itself as a public company following Board of Directors approval. Reelcause closed a transaction on October 27, 2014, in which Reelcause (formerly named, China Green Energy Industries Inc.) acquired Reelcause Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida by means of an exchange… Read More

Where Have All the IPOs Gone? (Deck)

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Nasdaq CEO Bob Greifeld spoke briefly on CNBC today about the “institutional battle” between the NYSE and Nasdaq in regards to the number of IPOs.  For the record Nasdaq chalked up 189 for $22 billion raised in 2014 while the NYSE listed 129 for total of $70 billion raised. So for this year, if it… Read More

P2PFA Survey Indicates Consumers Want Separate ISA for Peer to Peer Assets

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A new survey from the Peer to Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) indicates that consumers “overwhelmingly” believe that peer-to-peer lending should be separated from traditional Cash or Stocks & Shares ISAs.  According to the P2PFA, the group polled over 4500 p2p investors regarding their preferences. This information comes at a time when the UK will soon decide how… Read More

One Spark Crowdfunding Festival Experiences Dramatic Increase in Tech Creator Projects

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The One Spark crowdfunding festival has announced that 555 “official” projects have signed up to showcase their products and services during the annual festival that will take place in Jacksonville, Florida in April. According to the organizers the technology category saw the biggest increase going from 88 projects in 2014 to 127 tech projects this… Read More

Indiegogo Success & InDemand Participant Silent Beacon Set to Unleash Smartphone Application

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Silent Beacon, Inc., an innovator in personal protection, announced today that its personal safety app is now live, with the Silent Beacon device coming out next month. The startup surfaced last year on Indiegogo and has since raised well over $70,000 in pre-orders. Designed to provide immediate aid to those in need, the Silent Beacon… Read More