Strategy

ECN Released Joint Declaration on the Capital Markets Union: Speaking with “One Voice”

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The European Crowdfunding network (ECN) released a Joint Declaration on the Capital Markets Union, together with seven other significative European federations representing capital market players and SMEs including AFME, EBF, Eurochambres, EBAN, EBN, European Issuers and Business Angels Europe and the European Crowdfunding Network. “Joining forces for the first time with other organizations representing capital market players… Read More

When to Pivot, When to Fold: What Every CEO & Investor Needs to Know

Pivot or Fold Question

The thing that excites me most about today’s crowdfinance-inspired path of capital formation is its unprecedented ability to mitigate shareholder risk and groom more productive businesses. It does this by allowing companies to gauge consumer demand and presell products prior to it outlaying any manufacturing,… Read More

Aligning Entrepreneur and Crowdinvestor Interests

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  Crowdinvesting has contributed to the development of new organizational forms that in particular affects entrepreneur – investor relations. In this new reality, it is normal for startups to have an average of 125 investors. A potential burden for small founder teams, but also a… Read More

FirstBuild: Crowdfunding By GE

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More corporations are recognizing the efficacy of capturing consumer feedback by using crowdfunding to pretail forthcoming products.  General Electric, a multi-national corporate behemoth is one of these companies. They don’t need your money – they want your advice. FirstBuild is GE’s “co-creation community”.  Described as a… Read More

Lending Club’s Approval Rate for Loans Has Declined While Volume Has Increased

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The correlation between risk and reward is an important relationship for all asset classes. The popularity of marketplace lending has been driven by the solid returns generated at a perceived lower level of risk.  Lending Club, the largest peer to peer lender in the United States, has… Read More

MIT Professor: Syndicates Are Best Approach for Equity Crowdfunding Investors

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MIT Sloan Assistant Professor Christian Catalini has targeted his research on the economics of innovation, entrepreneurial finance and crowdfunding.  Catalini is part of an elite few academicians who are analyzing the emergent investment crowdfunding space, so when he shares his findings, and associated perspective, it is… Read More

The Trouble with Self-Directed IRAs

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A fintech-focused SDIRA newcomer who embraces technology will likely obsolete present-day providers Don’t get me wrong. Self-Directed IRAs are the greatest thing since sliced bread. They allow us to dramatically diversify our retirement portfolios with the asset classes typically reserved for the wealthy: real estate,… Read More

SeedInvest Will Remove Legal Review Fees for Startups Using KISS Legal Documents

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Yes KISS means Keep It Simple Stupid, but in this case it means Keep It Simple Security. SeedInvest, a leading investment crowdfunding platform, has announced they will no longer assess legal review fees to startups using KISS Convertible Note documents. SeedInvest is a highly selective… Read More

Understanding Today’s Capital Raising Options (Infographic)

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They say that there is no such thing as bad press but I am not so sure that I agree with that statement. While this may be the case for the Kardashians, I don’t think the same holds true for the crowdfunding/P2P lending industries. In… Read More

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

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

Fluxmob Partners with Ebay

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… 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… 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… Read More