Strategy

Kauffman Foundation: The Funding Myth for Startups (Deck)

Kauffman Where Does the Money Come from

The Kauffman Foundation is an admirable research and advocacy group that promotes the benefits of entrepreneurism. The organizations ethos is that developing self-sufficient people and a vibrant economy & society are pretty important things, something most level headed people would quickly concur.  Last week Arnobio Morelix from Kauffman delivered a presentation at SXSW during the StartUp Oasis… Read More

Bicycle Gearbox Efneo Rides Sondors eBike with Complimentary Crowdfunding Campaign

Efneo Bike

This is a bit of an interesting strategy.  Efneo, a company based in Poland that is operated by a father / sons team, has created an aftermarket 3 speed front bicycle gearbox. The gears are enclosed so the hardware is pretty sleek looking. This is a perfect upgrade for you single speed, city cruiser. The… Read More

Crowdfunding Guide: European Commission Explains Crowdfunding for SMEs

Traditional vs Crowdfunding Finance

The European Commission has been pushing forward with a diverse array of initiatives to improve economic growth and foster an innovation economy. This is not an easy task but improving the environment for SME’s is clearly the path forward. Last year the Commission issued a statement to develop a “common understanding of the potential for… Read More

VentureCrowd + Sydney Angels = Partners in Crowdfunding

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Many in the crowdfunding world are abuzz with news about Australian startups–from Flow Hive, Indiegogo’s most funded crowdfunding project, to CrowdfundUp, Australia’s first real estate crowdfunding platform. And in today’s news, angel investor group Sydney Angels is partnering with equity-based crowdfunding platform VentureCrowd to offer more Australian startups the chance to access venture capital from sophisticated investors at an early… Read More

Securities & Exchange Commission: Things to Look Out for in Spotting Internet Fraud

SEC Investor Advocates

The Securities and Exchange Commission has a pretty important, and at times overwhelming, task.  Regulating and enforcing the largest securities markets on the planet is a profound responsibility. The advent of the internet has added a new, and quite challenging, variable to the process as well. Communication and social engagement occurs around the clock without… Read More

Lima: Great Expectations and Extensive Delays

Lima Hardware Timeline

Lima, a crowdfunding project that promised to create your own virtual cloud based storage system – using your own hardware, successfully raised over $1.2 million crowdfunding on Kickstarter back in 2013. The funding goal was set at $69,000 – an amount that was topped in just 12 hours.  In the end over 12,000 backers signed up –… Read More

Part II: Due Diligence to Identify “Bad Actors” In Private Offerings under Rule 506

Wanted Poster White Collar Crime FBI Bad Actor

This the second part, of a two part series, reviewing Bad Actors in private placements.  The first article may be viewed here. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new Rule 506(d) in 2013, a rule that bars felons and other specified “bad actors” from participating in private offerings of securities under Rule 506 of… Read More

Identifying “Bad Actors” In Private Offerings under Rule 506

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This article is 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… Read More

Startup Grind: Fail to Succeed in Silicon Valley

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“Nobody wants to fail,” said the chief executive and founder of Fail Forward, Ashley Good, in a New York Times story on failure in Silicon Valley, published last fall. “It’s awful. You will never hear me say to celebrate failure.” But, Good, added, “failing intelligently is an increasingly important skill.” Recently, I attended the final day of the… Read More

Rolling Out: The Crowdfunding Centre Introduces Venture Funding Hubs, Seeks Financial Democracy Across the UK

Venture Hub Diagram

  Venture Funding Hubs, a new project by Barry James and his CrowdfundingCentre, hopes to take financial democracy not to just London but to Manchester and Sheffield and across the north. Venture Funding Hubs are seen as the key to fixing the struggling engine room of growth and jobs for the country and especially the regions,… Read More

Crowd Investors Corner: Be on the Lookout for the Unremitting Storyteller

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Long before it has any products, employees or revenues, a company is nothing but a “story”. One that is typically narrated through an exquisitely crafted power point presentation containing seducing hockey-stick projection charts, statements of colossal market potential and the biographies of superheroes. In its humble beginnings, a company’s “story” is enough to charm investors… Read More

Explanation of Small Business Loan Options (Infographic)

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When you are looking at getting a loan to help fund your small business you have multiple options.  If you happen to be in the decision making process right now and have some questions, this US centric infographic created by Dealstruck may help you take the next step.  Sure going straight to a peer to… Read More

Crowd Investors Corner: Become a Player

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It’s that time of the week where Crowd Investors Corner serves up another due diligence tip in hopes of helping a new breed of retail investors, known as investumers, make more informed investment decisions. Today’s suggestion is sprinkled with fun as it entails channeling one’s inner child. Investumer Tip Number Four “Become a Player” And by… Read More

SOAP Drama Continues: Company Issues Press Release Called “Comeback Kid”

Missle Destroy Crowdfunding

On Friday, the company behind SOAP, a do everything wireless router, issued a meandering press release that is more than a bit cringeworthy. Backing up a bit, Crowdfund Insider covered the first (of several) crowdfunding campaigns for SOAP back in March of 2014. There were so many red flags on this campaign it was pretty… Read More

The Interrelationship Between Failure, Fraud and Execution

Regulating Risk

Anyone who has been reading my articles over the years knows that I have been on a fervent mission to help develop a practicable framework for unaccredited investor crowdfinancing. One of the reasons for my vehemence is that I am a staunch advocate of “investing freedom”. It is my belief that individuals – irrespective of… Read More

How to Run a “Kick Butt” Kickstarter Campaign (Infographic)

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Running a crowdfunding campaign, be it for rewards or other, takes a ton of work. The team at Crowdfund Insider continues to see promising products that fail in their crowdfunding venture mainly due to lack of preparation and the fact that too many creators believe: if we build it they will come. Unfortunately having a… Read More

“Is it a Crowd? Is it a Herd? Is it a Problem?” How Informed Startup (Crowd) Investors Really Are.

Herd Mentality or Crowd Wisdom

Welcome to the Jungle New York City, 1968. Busy street. A group of people have stopped on the sidewalk to look up at a window on the 6th floor of the adjacent office building. No one is in plain sight. No one is trying to make a jump. Nothing. A crowd is forming on the… Read More

Incubators: London vs. Silicon Valley? London’s Fintech Community Overwhelmingly Votes for Their Own

Big Ben at Night United Kingdom (Wikipedia)

London’s fintech (financial technology) community is making waves, according to an article in Startups. Three-quarters of the fintech community there believe that London is a better incubator than global tech hubs like Silicon Valley, according to a recent survey of technology influencers conducted by Seven Hills, a PR and campaign agency. Recent research estimates the… Read More

Playing Copycat Doesn’t Pay Off Long-term: Lending Club Co-founder Soul Htite on China’s Online Lending Industry

DIANRONG.COM

Chinese online ventures rushing into the online lending industry may need to prepare themselves for a Groupon-style fall, suggested Soul Htite, co-founder of the world’s largest online loan broker, Lending Club, in a recent Bloomberg interview. Htite is also the CEO of peer-to-peer lender Dianrong.com, which says it’s it has brokered more than 1 billion… Read More

Dealstruck Compares Loan Options for Small Business Owners (Infographic)

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The signature scent of January is optimism: We will avoid processed food, learn Mandarin Chinese and log at least nine miles before dinner (likely wild salmon atop a quinoa-kale salad). But New Year’s resolutions become realities after taking the first step, whether it’s learning how to boil water or take the stairs. And sometimes, the… Read More