Strategy

Nesta: Alternative Finance More than Doubles for 2014

Average Growth of Crowdfunding by sector 2014

Nesta, a  UK based innovation charity and staunch proponent of entrepreneurship and creativity, has published an update on the alternative finance industry in the United Kingdom.  The report is a joint effort between Nesta and the University of Cambridge.  The report notes this new financial sector, that includes crowdfunding, peer to peer (P2P) lending, and… Read More

Crowdcube to Boost 100,000 Strong & Growing Investor Community with ‘Taking over Bank’ Ad Campaign: Hopes to Add 50,000 Investors in 12 months

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The UK’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, launched its first high-impact advertising campaign to boost its growing investor community, which reached the 100,000 mark last week.  The advertising campaign, created by ad agency, Chapter, will see Crowdcube take over Bank Tube Station from 3 November, along with 100 branded taxis throughout the capital. Crowdcube’s forecasts suggest that… Read More

How to Attract Crowdfunding Fans Before Your Campaign Becomes Another Failure

Destroy Crowdfunding with Missle

It’s quite natural for people to put their self-interests above others, in an ultra competitive world.  Business leaders think: How can I get the most gain out of opportunity X, on a purely transactional basis? Top business universities preach a similar gospel, that success is correlated to the amount of advertising effort you put in.  Primetime… Read More

Why valuation is only part of the story: A Conversation Between the Entrepreneur & Investor

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During the process of early stage fundraising, Entrepreneurs face a dizzying array of financial concepts and methodologies, often putting them at a disadvantage in negotiations. The following hypothetical conversation between an Entrepreneur, Angel investor and Venture Capital Partner is intended to offer an illustrative example of the problems this can cause. L0ve & Money –… Read More

Post Seed Conference Set for December: Hosted by Bullpen Capital, Venture51 and Vator

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Khosla Ventures’ Keith Rabois, Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon and AngelList founder Naval Ravikant will be the keynote speakers at this year’s Post Seed Conference, a one-day event that gathers investors, entrepreneurs and the startup press to discuss early-stage financing. Hosted by Bullpen Capital, Venture51 and Vator, Post Seed, (formerly known as Venture Shift), will take place in San Francisco on December… Read More

Convertible Loans as a Band-Aid Solution to the Valuation Problem in Equity Crowdfunding

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What’s happening: the industry wants equity It’s ironic that crowdfunding makes it possible to set up companies that otherwise never would’ve come into existence, only to ruin them later by postponing the valuation issues that any start up will have to solve sooner or later. Might the positive start of crowdfunding come to a halt… Read More

5 Tips for Preparing a Food Company to Raise Capital Online

Wafu Spicy Mayo

My company, WAFU Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of Japanese-style dressings and mayos, recently became the first company to launch a simultaneous cross-border (US/Canada) accredited investor equity crowdfunding offering through CircleUp in the United States and Optimize Capital Markets in Canada, I have been asked by many of my colleagues for a simple checklist on… Read More

Orchard Platform’s CEO Matt Burton Discusses P2P Lending Market Development: Invest in Loans with Intelligence, Speed and Scale

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An Interview with Orchard Platform’s CEO Matt Burton Founded in 2013, the tech company Orchard Platform enables Direct Lending originators and institutional investors to optimize and scale Direct Lending at a global level. The Orchard Platform Advisors, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Orchard Platform (Orchard App, Inc)) is a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC… Read More

Ranger Capital Sees Traditional Banks Benefitting from Peer to Peer Lending

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Ranger Capital, a company that offers traditional and alternative investment opportunities , sees the rise of peer to peer (P2P) lending as an opportunity for traditional banks, not a form of distintermediation.  Ranger Capital, along with banking executives Scott Reed and Brian Jones believe that banks may expand their loan portfolios and existing lines of… Read More

PUT OUT THE “FOR SALE” SIGN – New Version of C&DI 141.05: Allows General Advertising By Issuer In An Intrastate Offering

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In a prior post “SEC Releases New Guidance On Intrastate Offerings,” I briefly reviewed Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“CDIs”)  numbers 141.03, 141.04 and 141.05 released by the SEC in April relating to securities offerings made pursuant to Rule 147 and Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933 (a/k/a the “intrastate offering exemption”). While C&DI… Read More

3 Tips for Companies Raising More Than $1 Million on Asian Crowdfunding Sites

Asia Crowdfunding

Many stakeholders are becoming more aware of the potential crowdfunding has. Specifically, some see this as a viable avenue for projects and start-ups that are looking to raise funds of between S$1million and S$5million. When it comes to million-dollar deals, established crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter has successfully funded several projects. At the time of writing,… Read More

Fundrazr: Building Social Equity for Crowdfunding (Infographic)

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Crowdfunding portal and software provider Fundrazr has created another infographic for those interested in crowdfunding.   This time they are talking about building social equity.  If you don’t have it now – don’t start your crowdfunding campaign because it is imperative to have social reach to be successful in getting the message out.  We all… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Patch of Land on Investor Protection

Risk versus Reward

Recently crowdfunding thought leader Anthony Zeoli published a thought-provoking piece entitled “Why You May Want to Reconsider How “Secure” You Feel About Your Real Estate Crowdfunding Investment.” Patch of Land sincerely appreciates the learned issues that Zeoli points out in his article; this piece intends to respond to his points, provide clarification on the nature… Read More

RealityCrowdTV’s Creator Talks About Crowdfunding Television Series

Manolis Sfinarolakis

University of Connecticut graduate Manolis Sfinarolakis, recently shared details about his RealityCrowd TV, which is all about crowdfunding. The show aims to share exactly what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and what is needed to run a successful funding campaign, specifically highlighting crowdfunding as a way to finance costs. During aa interview, Sfinarolakis stated,… Read More

Investor Protection: Why You May Want to Reconsider Your Real Estate Crowdfunding Investment

No Guarantees in Real Estate Investing

Do you remember that scene from the movie Tommy Boy where the store manager rants about the importance of having a guarantee on the product box “calling out, I’ll never let you down, but if I do I’m gonna make things ALL better.” I can’t help but be reminded of that scene whenever I see… Read More

On Who Gets Funding: Common Sense and Nonsense

Herd of Sheep Stampede

Recently, a man raised $55,492 on Kickstarter to make potato salad. While this campaign gained widespread attention, it is one of the strange and somewhat senseless campaigns that have been funded far past the initial goal amount. This drives the question: is crowdfunding being led (or misled) by a misguided herd mentality? Media tends to… Read More

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

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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

BNN Gets Crowdfunding Campaigns Trending on Twitter

BNN and Twitter

When The Breaking News Network (BNN) mobilizes its 350 city Twitter feeds to tweet a message, it can often get the message up to Twitter trending topics according to @TrendsmapUSA. Using a recent example, through a single tweet distributed across 350 cities garnering an aggregate social reach of 600,000, the hashtag #infinityboxes and the Memorial… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo Boosts Platform with New Facebook Social Features

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Crowdfunding is all about innovation and creativity.  Finding a way to do something better and getting people to believe in the dream is the unique power of this new form of finance.  But the innovation part doesn’t stop with the creators – the platforms themselves are always seeking new ways to make it easier for… Read More