Inside Crowdfunding Ep. 4 Preview: Crowdfunding Lobbyists On Capitol Hill

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After covering Nick Meehan’s crazy idea to crowdfund lobbyists in the United States, I knew I wanted to have him on Inside Crowdfunding. Well, he’s agreed to be our guest this week, so click here to go RSVP for the live Google Hangout and come ask questions about the idea, politics, the Occupy movement and… Read More

“We Want to Be a Solution for Startups” (Video)

Seedrs DNA

Seedrs representative Ricardo Sequerra, recently presented at the TechChill Baltics and Mini Seedcamp in Latvia.  Outside of some updated information regarding the platform statistics, the video gives an excellent overview of Seedrs and their equity crowdfunding operation.  Seedrs wants to be a “life cycle manager for your company” by managing the process for the seed… Read More

Barry James: Breaking The Missing Link Could Kill 20,000 New Jobs in 2014

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Tens of thousands of new UK jobs and many millions in new investment are riding on UK regulators’ ability to come to grips with a changing economy. With regulators in the US and around the world increasingly coordinating their activities, deadlines and announcements, the implications run far wider. It’s emerging from the very latest research… Read More

Crowdnetic Launches JOBS Act Deal Aggregator “CrowdWatch,” Announces $1.6M Seed Round

Crowdnetic

Crowdnetic has announced the official launch of CrowdWatch, a deal aggregator for offerings made possible by the JOBS Act. Pricing for the service is set at $129 per month with a 14-day free trial available. Crowdnetic has also announced partnerships with EarlyShares and EquityNet. Deals from these two platforms will be shared through a CrowdWatch-powered… Read More

Crowdsourcing Week 2014 Global Conference Prepares for Singapore

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The Crowdsourcing Week 2014 Global Conference wants to aid a whole new generation of thinkers, innovators and leaders to learn and practice a crowd-centric business approach. Taking place in Singapore from April 7-11, 2014 the week-long event, themed “Crowd-Impact: Empowering Transformation”, is designed to help business leaders transform their organisations from within, with a little… Read More

GiveToBenefit Partners with Local Merchants to Boost Crowdfunding Impact

GiveToBenefit we are open

“By elevating the role of the merchant, we are evolving the crowdfunding model for the better.”  Based in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, GiveToBenefit, a start-up social enterprise that helps nonprofits and other causes raise money online, has recruited more than 40 businesses to the GiveToBenefit Merchant Partner program. The program – which they believe is the… Read More

Hybrid Crowdfunding Site Vision Launch Schedules March Go Live

Vision Launch

Vision Launch has  announced that it will be presenting projects for funding in March of 2014. The website is currently accepting applications for the following categories: Film & Video, Music, Health & Wellness, Fitness, Arts, Entrepreneurial, Fashion, Photography, Games, Performing Arts, Publishing, Technology & Design, and Web-Based Concepts. The company has partnered with crowdfunding marketing and… Read More

The Definition of “Accredited Investor” Must Be Updated

A Crowd of $100 Benjamin Franklin

There has been a lot of uproar about new rules requiring additional steps to verify accredited investor status (i.e. checking tax returns) as a condition to using the new 506(c) rules permitting general solicitation. The real problem here is that the definition of accredited investor is out of touch with reality and is based on very sensitive personal… Read More

International Women’s Day Celebrated on Indiegogo

International Womens Day Indiegogo

Beginning March 3rd, Indiegogo will engage in partnerships, host events and showcase campaigns in health, entertainment, cause and technology on each day of the week. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Indiegogo will launch an initiative to promote and support campaigns that empower women.  On the first day of the initiative, Indiegogo will give $1… Read More

American Homeowner Preservation Acquires Non-Performing Mortgage Pool

American Homeowner Preservation AHP

American Homeowner Preservation (AHP) has acquired a pool of non-performing mortgages made to borrowers with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). The mortgages are secured by homes in more than eight states, with the greatest concentrations in Illinois and Indiana. AHP utilizes a real estate crowdfunding platform to raise capital from accredited investors to purchase distressed… Read More

EarlyShares Partners with Crowdnetic

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EarlyShares, the funding platform that connects smart investors with unique opportunities, today announced the expansion of the distribution network for its investment offerings. Through a new partnership with Crowdnetic, EarlyShares’ investment offerings in private companies will be published on MarketWatch.com, an online resource for business news and personal finance information that is owned by Dow… Read More

Funding Unsuccessful for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen on Kickstarter

Pantheon Rise of the Fallen Warrior

Crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Pantheon Falls Far Short of $800,000 Goal. Pantheon:  Rise of the Fallen, an MMO game crowdfunding on Kickstarter, set out to raise $800,o00 over 40 days but closed their campaign having raised $460,000 – far short of their intended objective.  The campaign rifled out of the gate raising over $50,000 in the first… Read More

Katherine Heigl Proposes Crowdfunding for “Jenny’s Wedding” on Indiegogo

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With 30 days left, Katherine Heigl’s flexible funding crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for her new independent film “Jenny’s Wedding” is slowly gaining momentum. In the last day, more than 100 backers have added their financial support.  With still $117K to raise, plenty of time remains for more backers to support the project.  The film is being produced in… Read More

OurCrowd: “No Better Time to Invest in Israeli Tech” (Video)

Jon Medved on Bloomberg

Jon Medved, CEO and founder of equity crowdfunding portal OurCrowd CEO, was recently interviewed during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  Medved states that “it is a great time to be a tech investor” and that Israel is a “startup nation” with lots of venture capital.  Israel has experience 5 -billion dollar exits in… Read More

Crowdcube Celebrates Three Years of Equity Crowdfunding

Crowdcube Celebration

Crowdcube Has Raised £20 Million, Invigorating British business. Worlds first equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, is celebrating their third birthday this month. Since their launch in February 2011, the company has raised over £19.9 million for 103 start-ups as well as small and growing businesses. These companies are set to boost the British economy with the creation… Read More

Crowdfunding Can Lessen the Wealth Gap. If Regulated Correctly.

United States Capital 2013 Crowdfunding Can Work

Now that we have seen what real turbulence is with the financial crisis of 2008, fear and panic are drivers of economic behavior. Strengthening the financial markets for America’s small businesses and closing the wealth gap amongst the crowd is a must. Now is not the time to gesticulate the good intentions embedded in the… Read More

Equity-based crowdfunding: Will the US overtake the UK?

British Pounds Sterling

“Kickstarter is crowdfunding with training wheels.” For many, equity-based crowdfunding is the final stage of crowdfunding’s evolution. The United Kingdom was an early adopter of equity crowdfunding. Less than two months after President Barack Obama signed the JOBS Act in 2012, dubbed the “Crowdfunding Bill”, UK platform Escapethecity.org had already raised £500,000. While equity crowdfunding… Read More

Hubbub Makes Education Crowdfunding Platform Free for Students

Hubbub Education

Hubbub.net (formerly Sponsorcraft), a crowdfunding network for education, believes that free crowdfunding is inevitable, and that the new wave of crowdfunding platforms will need to explore alternative revenue models. In light of this they have taken the bold decision to lead the way and drop their fees to 0%. Hubbub was recently acknowledged by PWC as… Read More

HWTrek Releases Crowdfunding Guide

HWTrek Crowdfund and Build

Taiwan based HWTrek, a global community for digital electronics, has released their new Request for Quotation (RFQ) Tool and comprehensive Crowdfunding Guide. These features will further augment HWTrek’s newly launched community platform.   The tools enhance ease-of-use, streamline the RFQ process and provide best practices for successful crowdfunding campaigns for hardware inventors seeking to bring… Read More

How to Avoid a Crowdfunding Backlash

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I recently wrote about the backlash some retailers, including the Chocolate Room, have experienced while trying to raise money through crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter. Because the Securities and Exchange Commission has yet to approve the final rules for “equity crowdfunding,” the money raised through sites like Kickstarter is essentially a donation. Creators seek funds for a specific project… Read More