Brief: SyndicateRoom Not Affected by Heartbleed

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The global internet community woke up in shock earlier this week as it was learned a massive vulnerability existed in a majority of internet instances around the world.  The Heartbleed bug is probably the most ubiquitous and pervasive example of the fallibility of security technology -something the majority of us take for granted.  As Sys-Admins… Read More

Tech Incubator 1871 Takes Crowdfunding Message to White House

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Chicago tech incubator 1871 visited the White House this past week and took the crowdfunding gospel to the Obama administration asking for help.  As part of an entrepreneurial summit, five of 1871’s most successful businesses joined 1871 CEO Howard A. Tullman in our nation’s capital on Thursday, April 10th. In a statement Tullman made the… Read More

Sharknado 2 is Coming & Yes they are Crowdfunding

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Sharknado is a made for TV movie that took the film world by “storm” airing on SyFy in July of 2013.  The sheer audacious nature of the plot of this now classic B horror film quickly became social fodder and iconic camp. Any producer that can create and finance a film about tornados that picks… Read More

Equity Crowdfunding Canada: Proposed Exemptions (Infographic)

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There have been a couple of infographics produced explaining the regulatory situation in Canada following “crowdfunding” day when all of the provincial securities regulators banded together to make a joint announcement on their proposed approach towards investment crowdfunding.  On March 20, 2014, 7 of the provinces published statements on crowdfunding with a commenting period ending… Read More

How To Create A Great Crowdfunding Pitch Video: Tips From Seedrs

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UK-based equity crowdfunding stalwart Seedrs has released a blog post on how to create a great crowdfunding pitch video. The post is a must-read for anyone looking to raise money via crowdfunding no matter what the model – equity, rewards or via donations. At Seedrs, we review hundreds of campaigns every month and have a… Read More

Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin Responds To Healbe Criticism

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Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin has issued a blog post tackling some of the concerns raised in the examination of the Healbe campaign. Some – including PandoDaily staff writer James Robinson – have accused the campaign of being a scam. According to Rubin, the revelations surrounding the campaign have resulted in an opportunity for Indiegogo to garner… Read More

Crowdfunding sites are letting you get something new: slice of profits

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Facebook’s $2.3 billion deal for Oculus VR left the 9,522 backers of the startup’s online fund-raising campaign with T-shirts and trial products. Initially, Oculus raised cash on Kickstarter, a service that rewards donors with test versions of its wares and other token compensation. But newer crowdfunding sites are giving investors the chance to earn something… Read More

Brief: Loomio At 80% Of Crowdfunding Goal With 5 Days Left

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We first reported on the crowdfunding campaign for Loomio in March. The forthcoming application aims to provide a social voting and implementation mechanism for ideas. The campaign is currently live on Crowdtilt Open and has raised over $80,000 on a $100,000 goal. The Loomio team has five days left to close the gap, but they’ll… Read More

Brief: Seedrs Not Impacted by Heartbleed

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Equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs has posted a statement noting their transactional platform was not impacted the the Heartbleed security vulnerability.  Heartbleed, as the world now knows, impacted OpenSSL – something a majority of systems utilize today in transmitting encrypted information.  Sys Admins around the globe have been scrambling in panic to address this unfathomable security… Read More

Fantoo Wins Dell’s Start-up in Residence Competition

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Fantoo ran an equity crowdfunding round on Crowdcube at the end of 2013 raising £173,000 for the small company.  Fantoo, “the future of email”, has now become one of the first two winners of Dell’s “Start-up in Residence” competition and will soon work out of Dell’s UK headquarters for the next two years.  They will… Read More

The Micro 3D Printer Easily Cruises Past $2 Million Crowdfunding

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The Micro 3D printer rocketed past $1 million in the first hours of their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and now only 4 days into their funding project stand at over $2.2 million.  Approximately 8000 backers have contributed to the rewards based campaign indicating a growing consumer interest in affordable 3D printing. In a backer update,… Read More

Crowdsourcing Week Singapore Update

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This third day of conference has been devoted to Crowdfunding (and Digital Currencies). As promised by the organizers, much discussion and speeches take place throughout the day. Introductions and states of the market are being provided by event organizer Epi Ludvik Nekaj and Mr. Paul Niederer (ASSOB, Australia). Later in the day, discussions about crowdfunding… Read More

An Education in P2P & P2B from Assetz Capital plc

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London based Assetz Capital Shares Insight into Fast Growing Peer-to-Peer Lending Sector. During my time in London, in addition to touring Westminster Abbey and the National Portrait Gallery, I was fortunate enough to speak with Stuart Law and Luke O’Mahony of Assetz Capital plc who explained the state of P2P lending in the UK and… Read More

truCrowd, Zacks Form Strategic Alliance

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truCrowd and Zacks CF Research have partnered up to bring independent valuation reports to companies seeking to raise money from non-accredited investors. “We’re pleased to announce this partnership. We look forward to working with truCrowd to bring additional transparency to the companies [that] choose truCrowd to list their crowdfunding [campaigns],” says Howard Orloff, vice president… Read More

AgFunder Closes First Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Platform

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AgFunder, the first equity crowdfunding platform for ag startups, has closed their $800,000 round for OnFarm, an agtech big-data company. This raise not only provides capital for OnFarm’s growth as a farm data management system, but also establishes AgFunder as a disruptive capital provider in the agriculture and agtech space.  OnFarm, a Fresno, California based… Read More

FundRazr & Fundica Partner Up on Funding Roadshow

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Two of Canada’ crowdfunding platforms, Fundica and FundRazr, have partnered to put together a 2014 Funding Roadshow.  Powered by FundRazr, the “Fundees Crowdfunding Competition” will be unveiled in both Toronto and Guelph, Ontario. Two Canadian startups will win a prize worth $10,000.  The competition will run from May 5 to June 23, 2014.  Campaigns may… Read More

Echt Klasse: Foodist Delivers Success in Second Round Crowdfunding on Companisto

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With 13 days remaining on Foodist’s second Companisto crowdfunding campaign, 376 investors have bought 24,493 shares, raising over €122,000. Funding from this equity campaign will promote the Foodist’s internationalization, grow their customer base, and exploit the potential within the B2B market. Subscribers of Foodist receive a mid-monthly box containing 6-8 European-made delicacies priced at €24… Read More

Watch: The Trailer For Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-Funded Film Is Here & It Looks Amazing

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I’m no authority on films by any means, but I’d like to think I can spot a winner. If this trailer for Zach Braff’s upcoming film Wish I Was Here is any indication, I have some pretty high expectations for the effort. It looks awesome. Braff famously raised over $3 million on Kickstarter for the film,… Read More

Digital Currencies and Crowdfunding: The Next Big Thing?

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Today at the Singapore Crowdsourcing Week conference, were discussions about digital currencies and there relative advantages. These discussions touched upon how digital currencies fit with crowdfunding operations. The panel gathered; Alexis V Nicosia of Seedcoin, James Cox of Ripple and David Moscowitz of Coin Republic. Seedcoin is a Payment mechanism that also enables anyone to… Read More

Invesdor Selected as a 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Europe

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Finland based investment crowdfunding platform Invesdor has been recognized by Red Herring as one of Europe’s Top 100 startups.  The recognition event was held in Amsterdam this past week. Since 1996, technology industry executives, investors, and strategists have seen the Red Herring 100 lists as an instrument for discovering and advocating the most promising private… Read More