Strategy

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

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  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”

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

Crowd Investors Corner: Size Matters

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According to a recently released white paper by Offerboard – a leading online marketplace for private placements – as a result of the implementation of Title II of the JOBS Act, the number of Reg D investors increased 50% over historical averages during the past year. As a growing number of retail investors allocate their… Read More

The Crowdfunding Escalator: How to Pick the Right Crowdfunding Platform

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As Alternative Investments emerge as an exciting new asset class for institutions and retail investors, entrepreneurs have a wide choice of options on crowdfunding model and platform for their campaign. What are the key factors for Entrepreneurs to consider in their decision?  Introducing the concept of the Crowdfunding Escalator.  The escalator is a device to… Read More

Crowd Investors Corner: Recycling Yesterday’s News

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As a growing number of entrepreneurs and even corporations turn to crowdfunding as way of accessing capital and increasing brand awareness, a new breed of eager retail investors known as “investumers” are standing by with open checkbooks, looking to invest in the companies that make products that they consume. But while the industry has seen an influx of resources and books aimed… Read More

Rewards, Equity, and a Crowd in Between

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“Let’s be clear… Reward- and investment-based crowdfunding are VERY different funding models. The underlying economics are simply too different to ignore, and we have to keep that in mind and be clear on what model we talk about when we discuss CROWDFUNDING.” A little while back, MIT Professor Christian Catalini shared this point of view… Read More

Crowd-Investors Corner

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As a growing number of entrepreneurs and even corporations turn to crowdfunding as way of accessing capital and increasing brand awareness, a new breed of eager retail investors known as “investumers” are standing by with open checkbooks, looking to invest in the companies that make products that they consume. But while the industry has seen an influx of resources and books aimed… Read More

Crowdfunding Campaign Discovers Copied Project on Kickstarter While Raising Funds on Indiegogo & Fights Back

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This past November Dawn Sole was named one of South Florida’s winning startups by the South Florida Business Journal.  Pluck N’File was described as the “Swiss Army Knife of the tweezer world. The multifaceted tool launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo seeking to raise $25,000 in a flexible funding project.  The campaign just closed this… Read More

Orchard Shares Favorite Data Visualizations for 2014

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Orchard is all about data and managing data effectively.  The platform was one of the first (if not the first) to figure out how to tap into the growing number of peer to peer lending (or marketplace lending) platforms and put their code magic to work.  The results now assist many different institutions as they… Read More

2015 Crowdfunding Trends: Mergers, Acquisitions & Extensive Collaborations

Foreseeing the Future of Crowdfunding

The crowdfunding industry in 2014 has experienced immense growth. In the last three years crowdfunding has tripled according to Clearity, and according to NESTA the growth percentage even was an amazing 400%. The expectations of a $10 billion crowdfunding industry are hardly a month away from being realized. Logically, most of the debate regarding crowdfunding… Read More