Google Surprises D.C. Teachers By Flash Funding All Classroom Requests On DonorsChoose.org

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On Thursday (September 4th), famed search engine Google announced it is fully funding the classroom requests of every Greater Washington, D.C. area teacher on the education crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose.org. As a result of the $232,009 ”flash funding,” 276 D.C. area teachers will receive materials for their 31,362 students — ranging from paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments… Read More

Investor Protection: Why You May Want to Reconsider Your Real Estate Crowdfunding Investment

No Guarantees in Real Estate Investing

Do you remember that scene from the movie Tommy Boy where the store manager rants about the importance of having a guarantee on the product box “calling out, I’ll never let you down, but if I do I’m gonna make things ALL better.” I can’t help but be reminded of that scene whenever I see… Read More

Indiegogo Hits Toronto for International Film Festival

TIFF Indiegogo Happy Hour

Indiegogo is doing their annual pilgrimage up north to Canada hitting the streets of Canada’s largest city for the Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF. As the cottagers slip back into their Fall routines one thing they may look forward to are the cool films at the Fest starting this week.  The 11 day “whirlwind”… Read More

Wix Founders Invest in give2gether Crowdfunding Platform

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Wix.com, a web site development platform that boasts “millions” of users, has stated that company co-founders, Giora Kaplan, Avishai Abrahami and Nadav Abrahami have personally invested in the donation based crowdfunding site give2gether.  The Wix co-founders will not  be taking an active role in the company’s day-to-day operations.  give2gether claims to be the first crowdfunding… Read More

Entrepreneur & Author Lisa Gansky Joins Mosaic Board of Directors

Lisa Gansky

In a bit of a coup, solar energy peer to peer financing platform Mosaic has announced that Lisa Gansky will be joining its board of directors. Lisa is a noted entrepreneur and author of the book Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing which was published in 2010.  She was a founder at Ofoto,… Read More

CoAssets Announces Payout on Thai Condo Project

The Lai Thai

Southeast Asian real estate crowdfunding site CoAssets has announced that The Lai Thai will be making their first payout to crowdfunders in Sep 2014. This 7% payout is to investors who co-funded a unit a year ago. “We are happy to learn that the developer of The Lai Thai will be making a payout to… Read More

Realty Mogul Raises Over $1 Million for Industrial Park with Brennan Investment Group

REALTY MOGUL, CO.

Realty Mogul has announced today that it has successfully crowdfunded a large industrial real estate transaction in Indiana. Realty Mogul’s accredited investors contributed more than a million dollars through the online crowdfunding platform to acquire Jackson Industrial Park with Chicago based Brennan Investment Group.   The total investment was $8.7 for the property. “We are excited… Read More

Saglo Lists Real Estate Crowdfunding Offer on EarlyShares

Saglo Central Plaza on Early Shares

EarlyShares investment crowdfunding platform, has listed an equity investment opportunity for Saglo Development Corporation, a Miami-based retail shopping center investment and management company.  The new offering allows accredited investors the opportunity to purchase equity ownership in Central Plaza, a prominent shopping center in a high-traffic location in St. Petersburg, Florida. Saglo is raising $3.2 million… Read More

Ritot Projection Watch Finishes Crowdfunding at Over $1.2 Million; Then Extends Campaign on Indiegogo

Happy Ritot Wearer

Ritot, the worlds first “projection watch” closed earlier this week having raised over $1.2 million crowdfunding on Indiegogo. The organizers pretty much crushed their initial goal of raising $50,000.  Over 6900 backers joined in to make this one of Indiegogo’s biggest funding rounds ever. The organizers, based in Ukraine and US posted; “Dear contributors! You… Read More

Draper University: 5 Incoming Students Are Crowdfunding their Tuition

Olya Prodaniuk

Draper University has published a releasing announcing that 5 members of the incoming Fall class are crowdfunding their tuition and travel expenses.  Located in Silicon Valley, Draper University is the brainchild of “free-spirited” venture capitalist Tim Draper, and co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Fund. Draper U. sees this Freshmen students as particularly smart, thought-provoking,… Read More

Slidebelt Nears $155,000 On Kickstarter for Awesome Survival Belt

Survivor Belt 3

El Dorado Hills-based company Slidebelts launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign earlier this summer with a mission to raise $60,000 for its all-in-one Survival Belt. The gear has drawn so much attention on the platform that it has reached nearly $155,000 from close to 1,700 backers. According to its campaign website, the Survivor Belt is made… Read More

Kickstarter Shares Coolest Cooler Stats

Coolest Cooler Crowned Most Funded Kickstarter Campaign

As most everyone knows by now, the Coolest Cooler crowdfunding campaign now reigns as the most funded project on Kickstarter ever at $13.3 million.  An incredible amount of backers came together to overthrow the mighty Pebble Smartwatch from the crowdfunding throne.  And who would have thought that a new approach on the common cooler would have… Read More

“Vote for Policies” Beats Crowdfunder target; Raises £23,551 From the British Public

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Vote for Policies, an innovative online voter support service, has crowdfunded £23,551 on Crowdfunder to pay for a state-of-the-art new website to help the British public decide who to vote for in the 2015 UK general election. Initially launched shortly before the 2010 UK general election by social change enthusiast Matt Chocqueel-Mangan, Vote for Policies was… Read More

Nanoleaf Bloom Dimming Bulbs Over $160,000 During Final Days on Kickstarter

Nanoleaf Bloom 3

Setting mood lighting  just got easier, at least that’s what Toronto-based inventors Gimmy Chu, Tom Rodinger, and Christain Yan state anyway. The three self proclaiming “tree-huggers” launched a $30,000 crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for Nanoleaf Blooms, the dimmable light bulbs that do not need a dimmer. During its time on the platform, the project has raised… Read More

Brief: Crowdnetic Adds James A. Jones as Director of Business Development

James Jones

Crowdnetic, a provider of technology and market data solutions to the crowdfunded securities and peer-lending industry, has announced the key hire of James A. Jones as the Director of Business Development for the Americas. James will oversee sales and partnerships for Crowdnetic’s products and solutions in the Americas. He will also assume responsibility for creating… Read More

Vivienne Westwood Becomes Major Shareholder in Trillion Fund, Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platform

Vivienne Westwood

Famed fashion designer and environment advocate Vivienne Westwood has invested £1 million into renewable energy crowdfunding platform Trillion Fund.  According to reports she will not only be a significant investor in the site but an “active ambassador” for the company. As reported in the Telegraph, Westwood stated; “There is no better way of saving the… Read More

Korn Guitarist to Introduce “HOLY GHOST” at Saturday’s World Premiere Experience

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Wanderlust Productions, the independent film studio behind the hit God Adventure trilogy FINGER OF GOD, FURIOUS LOVE and FATHER OF LIGHTS, is challenging Hollywood’s established business model with the debut of its Kickstarter-funded, faith film for Millennials, HOLY GHOST. This coming Saturday, September 6th, Wanderlust Productions is presenting the film’s world premiere experience, a live, one-time digital event… Read More

Switzerland Telecom Provider “SwissCom” Launches Crowdfunding Platform

wemakeit and swisscom

Swisscom Launches Crowdfunding Site Powered by WeMakeIt. Switzerland’s leading telecom provider, Swisscom, has launched a crowdfunding platform as a service for companies and other organizations.  The Ittigen based company wants to create a simple way for other companies, especially banks, to create their very own crowdfunding marketplace.  Swisscom has signed an agreement to work with… Read More

Icontrol Networks, Indiegogo Form Partnership to Boost Smart Devices

Internet of Things

As part of an ongoing initiative to spur innovation across various sectors of the crowdfunding world, Indiegogo has formed a partnership with Icontrol’s OpenHome Labs incubator program.  Now smart home devices launching crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo will have special access to OpenHomes program including: mentoring, customer access and more.  ”This partnership gives us a way… Read More