“Reading Rainbow” Finishes at Over $5.4M Raised Crowdfunding

Reading Rainbow

Well, it’s OVER! The “Bring Reading Rainbow For Every Child, Everywhere” campaign has finally reached the finish line on Kickstarter and raised a total of $5,408,816 from 105,857 backers! Just days before it reached the stretch goal, the campaign’s organizer and former host, Mr. Burton stated, “If the project reaches its $5 million stretch goal in the… Read More

European Crowdfunding Stakeholders Forum Lists 40 Members

European Union Growth

The European Crowdfunding Stakeholders Forum (ECSF) has finalized their initial members and posted their proposed rules that are expected to be present at the groups first meeting.  The deadline for applications was May 16, 2014 with the announcement being made by the EC this past week.  The segment of the EC that has over site… Read More

Firelily Launches Crowdfunding For Disaster Recovery

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Firelily announced on Wednesday the launch of its new crowdfunding platform for individuals and communities impacted by disaster can access information on disaster recovery, connect with donors who want to aid in their recovery process, and tell their story. Co-founder of Firelily, Paul Lewis noted, “Every year hundreds of thousands of people in the United States… Read More

Brief: Lovespace Recognized at UK Business Angel Association

LOVESPACE

The best equity crowdfunded – Angel deal award was present to Lovespace at the UK Business Angels Association award ceremony last night.  Lovespace overfunded on Crowdcube easily exceeding their £600,000 objective and then found additional capital from DN Capital who added a significant £250,00 to the till.   The company had been previously recognized as one of the “UK’s… Read More

Ringly Smart Jewelry Exceeds Pretail Goal, Adds New Eight New App Partnerships

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As a result of its highly successful launch, Ringly has not only exceeded its pre-sales goal of $60,000, but has also initiated the most successful pre-sales campaign for women’s connected jewelry, reaching over $100,000 in sales in under 24 hours. The company has already sold out of the emerald stone style “Into the Woods,” but… Read More

Texas Prepares for Equity Crowdfunding

Texas State Capital Building in Austin

Earlier this year, the Securities Board of the State of Texas had proposed rules on intrastate crowdfunding As previously reported, the new legislation will go into effect next month and as with other state investment crowdfunding laws, the intent is to facilitate capital to small businesses and startups – companies that are vital to the… Read More

Indiegogo’s Anastasia Emmanuel Shares Details About “Go Crowdfund Britain”

Anastasia Emmanuel Go UK

Over the past few weeks, Indiegogo UK has been on-the-go thanks to its Go Crowdfund Britain campaign. As previously reported, this new initiative was launched on June 23rd and is seeking to raise a million pounds to get Britain’s best ideas, coolest inventions, brightest young businesses and the most creative music, fashion and arts projects crowdfunded on… Read More

Parko Uses the Crowd to Fix Parking Woes; Raises $1.1 Million

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Equity Crowdfunding Platform OurCrowd Joins Seed Round Investment. Parko, an Israeli startup, has raised $1.1 million in a seed round to fund their technological approach to fix parking problems.  The company has developed a “parking ecosystem” to assist drivers in discovering parking spots and leverages “crowd wisdom” to solve the dilemma.  Through their smart algorithms,… Read More

Prosper: Options for Fixing Your Debt (Infographic)

$50 Grant

The graphic elves at peer to peer lender Prosper have put together an interesting infographic on fixing your debt problems. Unfortunately it is true.  Too many people in the United States (and some other countries) spend more than they can afford.  The spending binge is inevitably followed by the payment hangover which is far less… Read More

Chinese E-commerce Giant Jingdong Launches Crowdfunding Platform

Jingdong Fenziqian

E-commerce and internet giant Jingdong (JD) launched a new crowdfunding platform this week.  Called “Feniziqian” the site has listed 12 initial projects and is similar in approach to Demohour – presently the largest Chinese crowdfunding site. Described as “Kickstarter-like” a report in TechinAsia, Fenziqian is outlined as a serious competitor to other similar portals in… Read More

Dealstruck Hurdles Milestone, Recognizes 100th Small Business Loan

Dealstruck Approved

Crowdlending platform Dealstruck, has now provided more than 100 loans and credit lines to growing, profitable small businesses. The young company shared this accomplishment in a recent company statement. Ethan Senturia, Dealstruck co-founder and CEO commented on this achievement stating; “We’re proud to reach several milestones not even one year after the launch of our… Read More

CoolMiniOrNot Launches 12th Kickstarter Campaign

Zombicide

Creator of the highly addictive “Zombicide,” CoolMiniOrNot, has launched their twelfth crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $100,000 for “Zombicide Season 3:Rue Morgue” on July 27th. After just four days, the campaign not only surpassed its original goal, but has scored well over $860,000 from 5,544 backers. Much like the other seasons, “Zombicide Season 3: Rue… Read More

Realty Mogul Adds Elizabeth Braman to Executive Team

Elizabeth Braman

Elizabeth Braman Joins Realty Mogul as Chief Production Officer Spearheading Equity and Debt Investments.  Brings over 15 Years of Real Estate and Technology Experience. Realty Mogul, a real estate crowdfunding platform for accredited investors, has announced that real estate executive Elizabeth Braman is joining the company to expand Realty Mogul’s real estate offerings. Ms. Braman has been nationally… Read More

Kickstarter’s 4th Annual Film Festival Set to Hit New York City, Los Angeles, & London

Kickstarter Film Festival

Ready to share some details about its 2014 Film Festival, global crowdfunding platform Kickstarter revealed the films, locations and dates earlier this week. Organizers of the event took to the platform and wrote, “Our celebration of features, shorts, documentaries, animations, and other video art made by Kickstarter creators. We held an open call for submissions… Read More

Daughter of Brewer Launches Campaign to Bring Back Famous American Ale

New Albion Brewery Company

Cleveland, Ohio resident Renee DeLuca has launched a crowdfunding campaign on CrowdBrewed to resurrect the New Albion Brewing Company’s iconic American ale. The project is seeking to raise $75,000 to contract-brew the original recipe. The campaign’s website reads, “The very first American Ale, New Albion has a deep gold appearance. Its subtle malt character complements… Read More

“Reading Rainbow” Breaks Kickstarter Record For Most Backers

Reading Rainbow

With less than 24 hours until its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter comes to a close, “Reading Rainbow” has broken the all-time record of backers on the crowdfunding giant’s platform.  On Tuesday, the campaign reached over $4.8 million and has a total of 98,298 backers, which beats out the 91,585 investors who funded the “Veronica Mars” movie in… Read More

PENSCO Welcomes Stephen J. George to Its Board of Directors

PENSCO

PENSCO, a leading alternative asset custodian helping investors buy, hold and divest non-publicly traded investments in tax-advantaged accounts, today announced that Stephen J. George, founder and managing partner at Omaha-based Panorama Point Partners, an innovative private equity partnership, has joined the company’s Board. Mr. George’s appointment comes as PENSCO reports growing demand for private equity…. Read More

ProtonMail Reveals PayPal Has Frozen Accounts, Asks “Is This Legal?”

ProtonMail

Last month, the exciting new Switzerland-based encrypted email service ProtonMail, which says it is “NSA-proof,” signed up 200,000 users for their service. It also launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and raised over 290,000. Unfortunately, the website is now experiencing complications with PayPal. On Monday, the ProtonMail team took to the site’s blog and wrote, “This morning, we… Read More

Crowdfunding Day in Indiana as State Exemption Goes Live

Indiana Small Businesses Engine of Economy

A growing number of states have taken it upon themselves to push forward with investment crowdfunding while the SEC still ponders Title IV and Title III of the JOBS Act. While Title II of the fabled bill has been in effect since September of 2013 – this crowdfunding exemption serves only to cater to the… Read More

University of Hawaii Uses Indiegogo to Support Athletics Travel

University of Hawaii Sports

Once you think about it – its quite obvious. The University of Hawaii has the highest cost in the nation for their collegiate sport teams.  While it may be great to lives someplace with blue skies and warm weather year round (not to mention great surfing) its cost a pretty penny to get there.  If… Read More