Crazy Looking “Halfbike” is Crowdfunding on Kickstarter Now

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________________________________ I must admit I was a bit mesmerized watching people zip around on this new type of cycle.  I am a committed biker so I was intrigued to see a bike (tricycle?) with a joy stick zooming around the country. Created by a startup called Kolelinia, the two cofounders – Martin Angelov and Mihail… Read More

Super Retro Squad Successfully Raised Funds on Kickstarter but 2 Years Later There is No Game

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Crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Super Retro Squad raised $53,509 on a goal of raising just $10,000.  In the world of crowdfunding these are pretty small numbers but for the 1,853 backers who as of yet have seen a game it means a lot.  Two years on after closing in August 2012, the game creator Jay Pavlina,… Read More

Brief: Members of Crowd Racing, Crowdcube Gather For Race Horses

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Crowd Racing is the first investment platform for race horses. The UK based operation is powered by the same technology that equity platform Crowdcube utilizes for their investment listings.  Crowd Racing offers shares in individual horses to the general public, allowing for anyone to participate in the sport of kings.   Race horse trainers and… Read More

Report States that High Net Worth Investor Confidence is Returning

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High-net-worth (HNW) investor confidence has surged to its highest level since the global economic crash of 2008, reveals a poll by one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organizations. deVere Group reports that 57 per cent of those surveyed stated they were feeling bullish about the investment outlook for the next 12 months. This… Read More

Real Funds Wants to Offer a “Democratized” Version of Real Estate Investing

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According to RealFunds the future of Real Estate investment is not decided by large banks but by the investors.  RealFunds wants to create an environment where users may choose to invest according to their own values and budgets. RealFunds wants to facilitate people who are willing to invest £10,000 to £20,000 in real estate developments…. Read More

‘Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter Backers Angry at Rewards

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Some Veronica Mars fans who helped make the movie version of the short-lived TV series break numerous records on crowd-funding site Kickstarter – including most project backers in the history of the site and all-time highest-funded film – are reportedly getting some of their money back. Many fans who pledged $35 or more were set… Read More

Launch Angels “Where Angels Fund” Signs First Investment Deal

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Boston based Launch Angels has announced their first investment for their WHERE Angels Fund (WAF). Klymit, which ran a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2012 crowdfunding more than $50,000 on the rewards based platform,  has now been the beneficiary of an investment from the angel group. Klymit was raising equity in a series B round… Read More

Real Estate Crowdfunding Company RealtyMogul Nears $15 Million Invested

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Platform Has Grown 400% Since last July. RealtyMogul, one of the early leaders in real estate crowdfunding, is approaching the $15 million mark having funded 58 properties since launching their platform in 2012.  RealtyMogul just surpassed the $10 million hurdle at the close of 2013 as uptake for this new asset class has increased. The… Read More

Razoo is Crowdfunding to End Sex Trafficking in US

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Razoo, a crowdfunding platform for causes, has launched the Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives campaign which will raise funds for nonprofits focused on ending the sex trafficking of minors in the U.S.  The campaign originated from a TED Challenge Group that formed at TED 2013, where a group of attendees was asked to seek solutions for… Read More

Wareness: The Masters of Hardware Crowdfunding

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Wareness.io is a studio division of VSC, a global PR firm based in San Francisco.  Wareness came about as a type of epiphany on the power of crowdfunding in creating a successful hardware product. Founded by Vijay Chattha, VSC (or Visibility, Strategy, Creativity) is one of the leading PR firms in the San Francisco Bay… Read More

Updated: European Commission to Release Comments on Crowdfunding

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As has been widely expected, the European Commission (EC) will release their comments on March 27th regarding a public consultation on crowdfunding that started in October of 2013 and ended on December 31st.  The initiative was to discover the “added value” of potential EU action regarding the innovative form of capital formation. Crowdfunding has expanded… Read More

BackerKit Has Tools for Crowdfunding Success

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BackerKit, a maker of software tools for successful crowdfunders, has launched a beta of its Crowdfunding Partners platform, which makes it easy for fulfillment houses, e-commerce tools, and other services to build apps for crowdfunders. The platform gives businesses an API to plug directly into crowdfunding projects, enabling a wide range of possibilities. According to… Read More

Demystifying The JOBS Act: How Startups Can Raise Capital with Equity Crowdfunding (Deck)

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Last Thursday, March 13th, Crowdfund Insider, along with equity crowdfunding platform ReturnOnChange, hosted two of the leading legal experts on the JOBS Act and investment crowdfunding for a presentation and discussion. Taking place at the Center for Social Innovation in New York City, Sam Guzik, of Guzik & Associates, and Georgia Quinn, of Seyfarth Shaw,… Read More

Crowdsunite Leader Organizes Class on Rewards Based Crowdfunding

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Taking place on April 1st in New York City, Alex Feldman, CEO and founder of Crowdsunite, has organized a session to train individuals on how to operate a rewards based crowdfunding campaign.  The event is titled Reward Crowdfunding:  Everything You Need to Know for Success, and will also be taped by Reality Crowd TV.  So… Read More

Neota Logic & SeyfarthLean Consulting Partner on Disclosure Dragon

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Neota Logic, creators of a platform for rules-based legal process applications, has announced their collaboration with SeyfarthLean Consulting, a subsidiary of law firm Seyfarth Shaw, in development of the recently launched Disclosure Dragon software for the crowdfunding industry. Disclosure Dragon is an advanced document assembly tool that assists companies and crowdfunding portals with the legal… Read More

APTA Biosciences Funding Round to Close Sunday After Raising £1.6 Million

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They Syndicate Room has had a growing number of Health / BioTech equity crowdfunding offerings run through their platform.  Recently they launched a campaign to raise capital for Time for Medicine which has quickly jumped to over 50% funded.  Now they have announced that Apta Biosciences will be closing their crowdfunding round this Sunday having… Read More

Zuvo Water’s Indiegogo Campaign Almost One Year Late, Backers Seeking Refunds

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Design to Matter has placed their name on two dubious crowdfunding campaigns. We reported on both in the Summer of 2013 and pointed out that the scenario raised some ethical questions about crowdfunding. Their first campaign, a Kickstarter for the Instacube, is actually said to be very close to delivering if recent project updates are… Read More

Lending Club To Crack Down On Screen Scrapers, Automatic Investment

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According to Lending Memo’s Simon Cunningham, Lending Club is planning to crack down on third party tools making use of screen scrapers. More specifically, Cunningham points to tools that automatically invest on behalf of the user by faking that user’s actions. Note that screen scraping has always been against Lending Club’s Terms of Service, but… Read More

On Indiegogo: Clinic Vandalized For Providing Abortions Raising Money For New Location, Transition

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A family healthcare facility in Montana was recently vandalized and suffered extreme losses including extensive damage to medical records and property. That facility is now seeking donations via Indiegogo, and the campaign is fully-funded with almost a month left to go. All Families Healthcare provided a suite of family planning services. One service the clinic… Read More

KarmaKrowd Wants to Cater to Inventors

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Expecting to launch in the next few weeks, KarmaKrowd is a new crowdfunding platform that will cater to inventors and entrepreneurs that want to protect their intellectual property (IP).  KarmaKrowd is currently accepting applicants for up to 25 campaigns.  Each beta tester company will have zero upfront costs on legal services. “Once KarmaKrowd goes live… Read More