Global Crowdfunding Convention 2014 (Slideshow)

3rd Global Crowdfunding Convention GCCB2014

The 3rd annual Global Crowdfunding Convention took place in Las Vegas last week.  The three day event spanned the spectrum from investment to donations based crowdfunding.  Participants came from around the world to talk crowdfunding and the future of this new approach to capital formation. Headline speakers included Kevin Harrington and Scott McKain while well… Read More

DirecTV’s New Music Channel Uses Crowdfunding To Help Musicians Make it Big

NMC

DirecTV is ready to give up and coming musicians a chance to grab some attention through a new television channel. Last week, the television provider debut its New Music Channel, also known as NMC. The channel uses a form of crowdfunding to push musicians into the spotlight. According to People Magazine, NMC launched last Monday… Read More

New York Startup Launches Indiegogo Campaign For Smartest, Connected Carry-On; Reaches Over $550,000 First Week

Bluesmart

Last Monday (October 20th), a New York-based company, Bluesmart, hit Indiegogo to raise $50,000 for what’s considered the world’s “first” smart, connected carry-on suitcase. Within the first few days, its crowdfunding campaign raised well over its goal and is currently sitting at nearly $561,000 thanks to over 2,000 backers. According to its campaign’s website, the company’s… Read More

New Crowdfunding Platform Launches to Connect Accredited Investors with Restaurants

Equity Eats

Seeking to help connect restaurateurs with investors, a group of Washington D.C.-based entrepreneurs launched their very own equity crowdfunding platform, known as Equity Eats, on Monday (October 27th), to become the ultimate platform for restaurant campaigns. According to the Washington Post, Equity Eats offers four Washington-based restaurants concepts, giving culinary entrepreneurs a platform to raise… Read More

First Feature Length Movie for Oculus is a Horror Film (Video)

Banshee Chapter Oculus Film

The Oculus Rift is one of the most well known rewards crowdfunding campaigns ever.  The VR headset that is a gamers dream raised over $2.4 million on Kickstarter as thousands backed the campaign.  Oculus went on to raise many millions from VCs – only to be acquired by Facebook in a deal that valued the… Read More

Brief: OurCrowd Schedules Global Investor Summit

OurCrowd Global Summit

Global equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd has scheduled an investor summit for this December to be held in Jerusalem, Israel.  The OurCrowd team will convene with angel and venture capitalists from around the world.  The event will also bring together over 40 startups from the OurCrowd portfolio to showcase their companies.  ReWalk, the first OurCrowd portfolio… Read More

Intelligent Crowd TV to Launch Weekly Equity Crowdfunding Show

Shane Smith Announces IntelligentCrowdTV

Described as “crowdfunding meets Dragons Den & X-Fractor, last Friday, UK based Intelligent Crowd TV announced the launch of a weekly show to bring together entrepreneurs and investors, nationwide. The website goes live today (www.intelligentcrowd.tv) for Entrepreneur auditions, and the first episode is scheduled to air in January 2015. The show will be hosted by… Read More

Calgary-Based Company Launches New Global Action Wall Crowdfunding Website

Global Action Wall 2

This weekend, Calgary-based Nodano launched its Global Action Wall, a crowdfunding tool that will be used to develop a new platform, dedicated to bringing together people and organizations from around the world and enabling them to take a stand against human suffering. The Global Action Wall will allow individuals to purchase customizable “bricks”, where they… Read More

Poland’s InPay Allows Backers to Buy Equity By Using Bitcoin

InPay

Last week, Warsaw-based bitcoin payment solution provider, InPay, launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Beesfund to raise 200,000 zloty, which is around $60,000, so it may be able to develop and expand to other markets. Through the platform, the company will be allow backers to use the cryptocurrency to purchase its stock. According to CoinDesk, one of… Read More

UK FinTech Firm Fireflock Launches Premium Crowdfunding Platform

Fireflock 2

On Monday (October 27th), one of the UK’s premier FinTech firms, Fireflock, launched a premium crowdfunding platform designed to match high net worth and sophisticated investors with start-up, early stage and developed companies looking to raise capital. Founded by seasoned investment professional Callum Campbell, Fireflock’s primary objective is to establish itself as a leading source of growth… Read More

Independent Filmmaker Announces The Launch of An IndieFilmIt Crowdfunding Platform MyTalentNetwork

My Talent Network

On Sunday (October 26th), former actor and independent filmmaker, Joe Fossum-Perez, announced that a new   IndieFilmIt crowdfunding platform will be launching next month. MyTalentNetwork is a single window online crowdfunding platform that has been tailored to serve all specific requirements of independent filmmaking. It has a plethora of attractive features that can help aspiring filmmakers… Read More

Brief: Fundrise Raises $1.4M from 33 Investors for Multi-Family Portfolio in Bushwick, Brooklyn

fundrise

Real estate crowdfunding platform, Fundrise, announced on Monday (October 27th) it has raised $1.4 million from 33 accredited investors for a multi-family portfolio at 290 and 294 Harman Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Participants provided anywhere from $5,000 to $500,000 and are projected to receive a 12 percent gross annual return on their projected three-year investment. The Fundrise… Read More

Brief: ClickStartMe & CrowdItForward Hacked

ClickStartMe Hacked I Love You Isis

Two crowdfunding related sites ClickStartMe and CrowdItForward have been hacked.  The sites have been replaced with an “I Love You Isis” page. The part Arabic and part English page advocates the state of Islam and the elimination of “America and the allies of the infidels”.  The hijacked page is accompanied by some Arabic music in… Read More

An Open Letter to Chair White: It’s time to Lead the Crowd (funding)

Mary Jo White A Time for Leadershp

  The place: Washington, D.C. – the occasion: the swearing in of a new federal agency head – one charged in part with regulating the flow of capital to small businesses.  President Obama and others listened with a hopeful ear. Her words were inspiring, especially to small businesses and budding entrepreneurs: This country was founded… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Packed Pixels Extra Monitor, Sonic Decanter & Tespack Solar Power

Crowdfunding Mailbox October 26 2014

Three super practical products for this weeks #CrowdfundingMailbox.  We have the Packed Pixels “Extra Monitor” for your laptop when you are on the go, Sonic Decanter for all of the wine lovers out there, and Tespack solar panels that may be the solution to your charging problems when you need it most. So Packed Pixels… Read More

InvestPeer Launches Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding in Texas

Houston-downtown InvestPeer

InvestPeer Launches Website in Texas Following New Crowdfunding Regulations. Following the announcement by Texas lawmakers approving Texas Intrastate Crowdfunding, InvestPeer Real Estate Holdings has announced the beta launch of a commercial real estate crowdfunding platform which will provide accredited investors and average citizens an opportunity to invest corporate backed single tenant leased properties. InvestPeer states… Read More

Scripps Research Institute Scientist Nears $100,000 Crowdfunding Goal in Fight Against Ebola

Ebola

Over the past few weeks, the Ebola virus has not only hit the U.S., but has been the cause of panic through major cities in Texas, as well as Ohio. Although some scientists have begun to look to the crowd to help fund their study on the virus, not many have managed to be successful…. Read More

American Homeowner Preservation Will Sponsor Second Edition of RealCap Chicago

American Homeowner Preservation AHP

Chicago-based real estate crowdfunding platform, American Homeowner Preservation (“AHP”), announced this week that it will be sponsor the upcoming second edition of RealCap Chicago: Introducing Online Capital to Real Estate Entrepreneurs. The single-day conference will be produced by the Soho Loft Media Group and will be held at One Financial Place in downtown Chicago on January 27,… Read More

BitLendingClub Gets Seed Investment for P2P Bitcoin Platform

BitLendingClub logo

BitLendingClub, a bitcoin peer to peer lending platform has reportedly received €200,000 in seed funding from LaunchHub.  BitLendingClub is a Bulgarian based p2p company that was officially launched in 2012.  The site facilitates borrowers to get loans in Bitcoins and claims the “most competitive rates and the lowest transaction fees”.  The process is a “dutch auction”… Read More

:Qounter Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign to Bring its Social Cashback Platform to the U.S. Market

Qounter 4

Social cashback integrated platform, :Qounter, has launched a Series A round on  equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder to enter the US market. :Qounter is set to “disrupt” the cash back space by enabling businesses to attract not only individuals but also their social network by offering social cash back on both online and in-store purchases. The platform has already… Read More