Brief: Securities Regulators In India Set To Release Crowdfunding Guidelines

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Crowdfunding may be coming to India according to recent statements made by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Chairman U. K. Sinha. We are coming out with guidelines on crowd-funding soon, because we want to encourage young entrepreneurs to raise capital. Our aim is to help young people raise capital very smoothly.U. K…. Read More

Ten Backers Just Dropped $6,000 A Pop For The “World’s First Atomic Watch” On Kickstarter

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Bathys is a company based in Hawaii that specializes in making watches, but their latest creation is a completely different spin on the watch. It’s been hinted for a long time (See this TechCrunch piece for example) and it’s finally here. Well, it’s sort of here in that it came and went already. Ten backers willing to… Read More

Watch: Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey On The “Why” Of The Facebook Acquisition

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Reviewed.com caught up with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey to talk about his company’s recent acquisition. When Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion, it ignited a firestorm that left many backers of the famed Oculus VR headset Kickstarter campaign crying foul. Luckey doesn’t see it that way at all, and he says that the response to… Read More

Investor Advisory Committee Reviews Crowdfunding Recommendations (Video)

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The Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting was held last week on April 10th at the SEC.  The agenda, previously published, indicated the IAC would address retail crowdfunding and review their recommendations as part of the rule making process. The meeting started with SEC Chair Mary Jo White opening up the committee gathering.  The other SEC… Read More

SeedInvest Crowdfunding $1 Million On Their Own Platform For Series A

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When you’re a prominent equity crowdfunding platform, how do you raise a Series A? You get a bunch of venture capital firms to hop into the round and open a portion of the raise to the crowd, which is precisely what SeedInvest has done. Better yet, they’re crowdfunding on their own platform. SeedInvest is calling… Read More

OurCrowd Equity Crowdfunding Platform Schedules Series of Events

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Israel based, global crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has scheduled a series of events as part of their ongoing initiative to share the benefits of investing in their accredited investor platform. OurCrowd, one of the largest platforms of it’s size in the world, has aggressively marketed their service to both investors and quality companies seeking to raise… Read More

P2P Lender Landbay Opens Doors to UK Consumers

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The Beta launch of Landbay was announced today.  The young company is a new peer-to-peer (P2P) finance option for the UK’s frustrated savers and investors who have long struggled to secure low risk returns at rates above inflation, whether from cash accounts, savings accounts, bonds or other traditional financial products. Borrowers seeking a buy to let mortgage,… Read More

Pono Leaps Past $6 Million on Kickstarter

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With just over a day to go in their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the Pono Music player now stands over $6 million with contributors number over 17,600.  The 35 day project is now firmly anchored in the number 3 position as one of the top campaigns on the global crowdfunding platform.  While easily besting the… Read More

Figuring Out Crowdfunding: Should We Support Open or Closed Markets?

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  As the European Union continues to monitor crowdfunding developments, countries in Europe, like France and the U.K., are already developing legislation in an attempt to establish a cohesive government approach. These developments make an interesting case study that can help to decide whether or not to strictly guide and possibly slow down crowdfunding expansion,… Read More

Winners at One Spark Crowdfunding Festival Announced

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The winners of the second annual crowdfunding event were announced today at One Spark in Jacksonville, Florida.  The total attendance for the event was set at 235,000 with the most attendees hitting the streets of Jacksonville this past Saturday. According to the Florida Times Union, the winners were as follows for the popular vote where… Read More

Alabama Governor Signs Crowdfunding Bill Into Law

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As was widely expected the Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, signed into law the states’ crowdfunding exemption bill.  The new law allows businesses and  located in Alabama to raise up to $1 million.  Investments are capped to $5000 for non-accredited investors. The law passed both the House and Senate without a vote against it.  The… Read More

Startup Incubator “Incubus” Raises Funds on Seedrs

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Crowdfunding on Seedrs now is a novel approach for a startup incubator.  Incubus is an incubator program located on a traditional London double decker bus. Founded by two entrepreneurs with startup experience, George Johnston and Rishi Chowdhury, the aim of Incubus is to develop young innovators to start and grow companies. The business was founded… Read More

Brief: Pozible Announces Change to Fee Structure

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Australia based crowdfunding platform Pozible has recently adjusted their fee structure lowering the total cost to larger campaigns raising funds on their platform.  This is not the first time the site has adjusted their approach but as they enter new markets and challenge a growing list of competitors platform costs can be an important differentiating… Read More

The New Craftsmen Successfully Funds on Crowdcube

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The New Craftsmen has closed their successful equity crowdfunding round on Crowdcube having raised £171,580 from 70 investors.  This represents 6.18% equity in the young company.  Organizers originally targeted a raise of £150,000.  The single largest contribution was posted at £100,000. The funding round was launched this past February.  The company, founded in 2012, was… Read More

The Oculus-Facebook Buyout: The Best Ad For Equity Crowdfunding Ever

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I have written about the misconception by some members of the general public that equity crowdfunding and rewards-based crowdfunding are the same thing.  Many people are misinformed and do not understand that Title III of the JOBS Act has nothing to do with rewards-based crowdfunding. If you don’t believe me, read some of the comments… Read More

Crowdsourcing Week Singapore: Crowdonomic, Crowdtivate & CoAssets

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While at Crowdsourcing week I had the unique opportunity to hear from three very different crowdfunding platforms:  Nicola Castelnuovo from Crowdonomic (Crowdfunding and Enterprise Innovation Portal), Getty Goh from CoAssets (Real Estate Crowdfunding) and Crowdtivate:  each shared their insights regarding their respective business models in Asia. Crowdonomic has had a long standing presence in Singapore.  The… Read More

Brief: Kickstarter Not Impacted by Heartbleed

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Kickstarter was quick to note their platform has not been impacted by the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug that has caused panic around the world as the “crown jewels” of millions of servers were opened up to just about anyone. On the Kickstarter status page the systems administrators quickly assured their users there was no threat of… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Geek Wave, iXtreme for iPhone & Tamagear

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We have two great tech products this week for the Crowdfunding Mailbox plus some hot outdoor / active apparel from Colorado. First up we have Geek Wave – a device that improves the audio of your smartphone while giving it a charge.  I must note that the team at Geek Wave, Light Harmonic, are old… Read More

UK’s CrowdBoxTV Shares Forthcoming Schedule

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This week on the United Kingdom’s crowdfunding programme, CrowdBoxTV, will present a diverse group of projects encompassing technology, art, fashion, science, film and more. Airing every Sunday at 5pm on Sky, Freeview and Freesat, CrowdBoxTV looks at what’s hot in crowdfunding across the globe. Famous entrepreneur and tech business advisor, Stella English, presents some of… Read More

MyDream RPG Closes Fully Funded on Kickstarter but Short of Stretch

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Crowdfunding on Kickstarter, MyDream an RPG that has set out to challenge industry leader MineCraft closed their crowdfunding round on Kickstarter today having raised over $117,000 on a goal of $100,000.  While 370 supported this project, the vast majority of support rolled in from high dollar supporters. According to the campaign page 7 contributors donated… Read More