Strategy

A Guide to Peer to Peer Investing

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This peer to peer lending guide (embedded below) is designed to introduce financial advisors, and those more financially sophisticated types, to the world of peer to peer investing. Peer to peer investing is the new hotness in the financial world. The efficiency of allocation generated by applying technology to the lending process has delivered compelling results… Read More

Kickstarter Shares 96 Reward Ideas That Will Bring More Funding Success to Campaigns

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Offering up new ways for campaigns to become more successful, global crowdfunding platform Kickstarter recently unveiled its 96 Reward Ideas to help achieve funding goals. Team members, Carol Benovic and Sid Orlando, took to the platform’s blog and wrote: “Offering great rewards is one of the best ways to encourage support for your Kickstarter project. It’s always good to offer copies… Read More

Crowd Supply Closes Seed Round, Raises $585,000

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Portland, Oregon based Crowd Supply has announced seed funding in the amount of $585,000 led by the Portland Seed Fund with participation from SOSVentures, Inspiration Ventures plus several Angels. Launched in 2013, Crowd Supply is a “full service crowdfunding and product development platform for hardware engineers and product designers”. The company raised an initial seed investment round… Read More

Orchard: Best Practices to Investing in Marketplace Lending

Marketplace Lending Investing Challenges

Orchard, the nexus of institutional investors into the marketplace, or peer to peer lending space, has published a list of best practices to invest in this new asset class. The early days of P2P was slow to grow as platforms experimented and solidified processes and platforms.  Only the advent of institutional capital, initially challenged by… Read More

The Crowdfunding Death Zone – How to Avoid It!

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5 Must-Know Things Before You Launch Your #Crowdfund One glance at this u-shaped graph of 200,000 crowdfunds is enough to tell the story to anyone who’s seen many crowdfunds succeed and fail. It confirms what we know – but shows it’s far starker a picture than even we’d thought. Statistically only one in four campaigns… Read More

Indiegogo’s John Trigonis Talks Crowdfunding Strategy in New TEDx Talks (Video)

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Last month, Indiegogo’s Campaign Specialist and writer of Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign, John T. Trigonis, offered up his funding advice during a TEDx event in Jersey City. The discussion’s description reads: “Ever since the Statue of Liberty, crowdfunding has been bringing people together in unprecedented ways. Most recently, this phenomenon of online fundraising has… Read More

Learning from the Best Kickstarter Crowdfunding Videos

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The wildly popular Kickstarter crowdfunding platform has revolutionized project funding. More than a hundred projects have raised over a million dollars. What do the most funded Kickstarters have in common? They used video to capture people’s imagination and convinced strangers to give them money for a product that doesn’t exist yet. Credibility When someone becomes… Read More

Interview: FluxMob Co-Founder Alan Tran Takes Charge: Kickstarting and Partnering with eBay’s Innovators Collective

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With an increasing number of start-ups launching with crowdfunding platforms, eBay has turned into a logical “step two” for entrepreneurs like FluxMob’s cofounders who are looking to expand their product’s reach.  Alan Tran and his childhood friend Justin Zito swiftly raised $90,253 in initial funds for their tech gadget company, FluxMob, through Kickstarter, overfunding with the help of… Read More

Kauffman Foundation: The Funding Myth for Startups (Deck)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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