Indiegogo Success & InDemand Participant Silent Beacon Set to Unleash Smartphone Application

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Silent Beacon, Inc., an innovator in personal protection, announced today that its personal safety app is now live, with the Silent Beacon device coming out next month. The startup surfaced last year on Indiegogo and has since raised well over $70,000 in pre-orders. Designed to provide immediate aid to those in need, the Silent Beacon… Read More

Made by Many & Map Team Up to Launch Kickstarter For New iPhone-Connected Hackaball

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On Tuesday (March 3rd), innovation acceleratorMade by Many and industrial design company Map have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Hackable, a smart and responsive iPhone-connected ball for 6-10 year olds. The goal of the crowdfunding effort is to raise $100,000 to put Hackaball into production and begin shipping in time for the 2015 holiday season…. Read More

SeedInvest to SEC: Please Enact Final, Simple, Crowdfunding Rules

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SeedInvest, a widely respected investment crowdfunding platform that operates under Title II accredited crowdfunding (for now), has just submitted a comment letter to the Securities Exchange Commission pleading with he agency to “keep Title III crowdfunding simple”. The JOBS Act was signed into law almost 3 years ago yet final rules for retail crowdfunding under… Read More

Smart Lock Sesame Scores Over $400,000 in Less Than A Week on Kickstarter

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Last week, Candy House launched a Kickstarter campaign for Sesame, an instant smart lock. Not only did the lock met its funding goal of $100,000 in nine hours, It has also raised over $400,000 from more than 3,000 backers in less than one week. Sesame allows users to lock and unlock their doors using the app on… Read More

Brief: Indiegogo’s Slava Rubin Shares Insight on Jolla at Mobile World Congress (Video)

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During his time at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, CEO of crowdfunding giant Indiegogo, Slava Rubin, weighed in on the success of tablet Jolla, which raised over $1 million on the famous platform just a few months ago. While chatting with ShinyShiny’s Holly Brockwell about Jolla, Rubin stated,“I think [the creator of Jolla] have done a… Read More

Kimbia’s New Crowdfunding Demographic Report Reveals How Campaigns Draw Ideal Backers

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Kimbia, the single-day crowdfunding event platform for nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions, has released their Crowdfunding Donor Demographics Report. The report includes donor demographics from all 2014 Kimbia-powered giving day and crowdfunding events including the industry’s largest events such as Give Local America which raised $53.7 million in its inaugural event, sixth annual North Texas… Read More

Colorado’s Stryd Hits Kickstarter For Wearable Running Power Meter; Captures Over $50,000 in Four Hours

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Starting today, runners and coaches can get their hands on Stryd, a wearable device to measure running power, through a campaign on crowdfunding giant, Kickstarter. Created by Princeton engineers and backed by some of the biggest names in endurance sports, Stryd gives runners a way to accurately measure run intensity across varied terrain using the sports watches and… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Will Top $2.5 Billion in 2015 as Sector Takes Off

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One of the fastest segments of crowdfunding is the real estate sector. A perfect marriage of asset class with the convenience of online investing, real estate crowdfunding will completely alter the real estate finance industry.  Previously only an elite group of institutions and family offices had access to some of the most lucrative, on a… Read More

RetailCapital Hires Tina Chan Reich as Chief Data Scientist

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RetailCapital has announced the appointment of Tina Chan Reich as the new Chief Data Scientist and Risk Officer. RetailCapital is a new direct lending platform that utilizes data science and analytics to improve the lending process. According to the company, Reich’s responsibilities will include developing and driving RetailCapital’s core data strategy, incorporating big data analytics and… Read More

MsGenuity Launches New Crowdfunding Platform Dedicated to the Mom and Family Consumer

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On Tuesday (March 3rd), Florida-based MsGenuity launched a reward-based crowdfunding portal developed solely for the mom and family consumer. The site enables both funding and consumer input into the development of innovative product designs, creative projects and worthy community events. By serving an untapped market, the mom community that controls 85% of the $1.5 trillion… Read More

Pebble Watch Kills Kickstarter Again.

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That was fast.   There is an interesting correlation between the Pebble watch announcement and Kickstarter crashing.  A quick visit to the Kickstarter status page indicates a “Partial Outage”. As it stands right now Kickstarter appears to be back online, but still struggling to serve pages after a brief downtime. Perhaps this is a consequence… Read More

P2P Lender StreetShares Appoints General George Casey to Board of Advisors

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Peer-to-peer lender StreetShares has announced that General George Casey will be joining the direct lender on its Board of Advisors. Casey’s appointment expands the Board to three members, alongside Fenway Summer, LLC’s Managing Partner, Raj Date, formerly of the CFPB, and SoFi Co-Founder, Pete Hartigan. General Casey’s extraordinary 41-year military career included command of the Multinational Force-Iraq,… Read More

Pebble Announces Pebble Time Steel, New “Smartstraps”, As it Nears Kickstarter Crowdfunding Record

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Pebble Set to Challenge Forthcoming Apple Watch with New Design, 10 Day Battery Life & “Smartstraps” Pebble, the leader in the smartwatch space, launched a second round of crowdfunding on Kickstarter at the end of last month.  The project rocketed immediately, easily topping its half a million dollar “goal” and now stands at over $12… Read More

Amsterdam + Crowdfunding = Crowdfunding Day 2015, Largest EU Crowdfunding Event

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Save the date: Crowdfunding Day 2015, the largest crowdfunding event in Europe, will take place in Amsterdam on May 12 of this year. Douw&Koren, a crowdfunding consulting company, is taking crowdfunding offline by hosting this event with Erick Derksen from the Event Department, according to a recent post by the Amsterdam Economic Board. According to the Crowdfunding… Read More

FundedHere: Singapore’s First Equity Crowdfunding Platform Launched By Andy Lim

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Singapore’s first true equity crowdfunding platform, FundedHere, launched today its platform to facilitate equity-based funding and venture debt for start-ups in the region from as low as S$5,000 (US$3,700). The new investment platform is viewed as a “springboard to fund projects in the region”. FundedHere is being sponsored by serial entrepreneur Andy Lim who founded… Read More

UK Report Indicates Need for Education on New Forms of Finance

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The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published its Small Business Survey (SBS) 2014.  The document indicates an improving environment for SME’s largely coinciding with the improving economy.  There is one area though that indicates a greater need for outreach and education by investment crowdfunding platforms.  Under the area of access to capital, new… Read More

3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference to Discuss “Rise of Alternative Finance”

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The 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference is scheduled to take place later this week in Mountain View, California. The inaugural event launched on the eve of the signing of the JOBS Act three years ago. The marquee gathering for CrowdfundBeat Media boasts several big names as presenters in the crowdfunding space for this years event…. Read More

Creators of From Bedrooms to Billions Returns to Kickstarter For New Feature Film About Commodore Amiga

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This past weekend, creators of Kickstarter alum From Bedrooms to Billions, Nicola and Anthony Caulfield, took to the crowdfunding giant once again to raise £50,000 for their new project, From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years. Sharing details about the 90-minute feature film, the filmmaking duo stated, “[From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years] will explore… Read More

Flow Hive Crowdfunding Tops Indiegogo for Largest International Campaign Ever

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According to Indiegogo, the Flow Hive project is the new record holder for the largest internatial crowdfunding campaign ever on the global platform.  The Australian based project has raised an impressive $4.2 million in just 9 days.  Over 10,000 backers have committed funding so far.  This amount beats the previous amount by 92% – so it is… Read More

Stick-and-Shoot Camera Podo Quickly Hits the Spotlight on Kickstarter

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On Monday (March 2nd), Podo, the self-dubbed first app-controlled, “stick-and-shoot” camera, launched a campaign on crowdfunding giant Kickstarter. Early backers will be able to pre-order Podo and receive product by August. Podo will be available to the mass market in the fall. The pocket-sized Podo is the first camera to use “microsuction” technologies, which allows it… Read More