Star Citizen Wallpapers: High-Res Artwork From The Upcoming Crowdfunded Game

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According to a recent backer update, Star Citizen was prominently featured in a recent article in PC Games magazine in Germany. Cloud Imperium urged all of their German fans to pick up a copy, but they also shared some artwork that was featured in the article. If the screen captures are any indication of where the gameplay is… Read More

From Idea to Execution, HWTrek Wants to Bring Hardware to Life

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Taipei based HWTrek (Hardware Trek) has announced their new consumer electronics community platform aimed to enhance the communication and data exchange between hardware inventors, design and manufacturing experts and financial backers to bring next-generation hardware dreams to market. The new feature enables hardware inventors in the wearable, sports, toys/games, cameras/AV, family and home automation, mobile device… Read More

Geostellar Helps Homeowners Find & Finance Solar Power Solutions, Now Seeking Investors Via Return On Change

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Saying a web site is the Match.com or Airbnb of some niche has become a bit clichè, but in the case of Geostellar it is probably most apt to call it the Kayak of solar installations. Part search engine and part matchmaking service, Geostellar aims to streamline the due diligence process for homeowners interested in… Read More

Sir Richard Branson Backed E2Exchange, Welsh Innovation Centre to Launch Crowdfunding Platform

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Ice-Dragons crowdfunding site will connect sophisticated investors with high quality startups. E2Exchange, which has Sir Richard Branson as its Honoray President and includes leading business figures such as Darryl Eales, CEO of leading private equity house LDC, and Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, is working with the Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise (ICE) to launch… Read More

Research Reveals Business Owners Use Personal Credit Cards for Financing

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Data provided by Peer-to-Business (P2B) crowdfunding platform rebuildingsociety.com indicates that small business owners continue to use their personal credit cards to finance their companies.  The UK based lending platform shared their research showing: Nearly two out of five (37%) SME’s planning to borrow in next 12 months will use a personal credit card Personal credit card is… Read More

Product of the Year on Crowdcube JIVE Bike Accepting Pre-Orders

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Jive Bike, by Jam Vehicles LTD, was recognized by equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube as the product of the year for 2013.  Jive is an electric, folding and chinless city bicycle that is perfect for urban commuters. The company raised £160,05 from 57 investors in early January 2013 to raise funding for their unique product. Well… Read More

18 lessons to learn from crowdfunded start-ups

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Jeff Lynn, co-founder and CEO of leading equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs, shares his advice for entrepreneurs looking to attract crowd investors… What makes a good crowdfunding pitch? The attractive alternative to traditional sources of finance is in rude health. Recent figures found the alternative finance sector exceeded over £1bn in transactions for 2013. So, fresh… Read More

QuantuMDx Looks to Crowdfunding to Fund Handheld Medical Lab

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British biotech firm QuantuMDx is prepping to launch a crowdfunding campaign to support development and clinical trials of our handheld DNA sequencer described as a handheld lab. This device is said to diagnose infectious disease in under 15 minutes, tell a healthworker exactly which drug will tackle that strain of disease, and save millions of… Read More

IndieVoices Introduces Phased Flexible Funding for Media Campaigns

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Crowdfunding Platform for independent media IndieVoices has announced a new structure for campaign funding in an effort to more closely align backers and campaign creators commitment to a project.  Called “Phased Flexible Funding” campaigns will now allow funding to be raised in stages thus allowing monies contributed may be released sooner and work may begin… Read More

Listing on Angels Den Predicted to Break Crowdfunding Record

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Online food discovery startup, Flavourly, is expected to break crowdfunding records when it launches on Angels Den on Monday, February 10, 2014. Flavourly, which intends to turn over a million pounds this year, intends on raising £116k by crowdfunding on Angels Den. But at a SpeedFunding event in London a record 15 investors have already… Read More

The New Craftsmen Raises Funds on Crowdcube

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Called, “The Coolest Collection of Crafters in the Land”, Company Raises Equity on Crowdcube. The New Craftsman launched their crowdfunding round of funding on February 6th 2014, the emerging luxury retail business wants to raise funds for the fit out and opening of their new retail space in Mayfair, London. The move combines two zeitgeists… Read More

Private Mission to Mars is Short of Goal on Indiegogo

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Crowdfunding on Indiegogo Mars One, which hopes to be the first private mission to Mars, is set to close at the end of the day short of hitting their $400,000 goal.  The campaign is a flexible funding project so all funds will be received by the organizers regardless of the amount contributed.  While not quite… Read More

SEC Chair Mary Jo White Talks JOBS Act in Testimony to Senate

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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White testified before the Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee this past week.  In her prepared comments, entitled “Oversight of Financial Stability and Data Security“, she addressed a litany of challenges and initiatives presently being addressed by the commission. While much of the discourse addressed the… Read More

Crowdfund Bookie: Video Game Crowdfunding Goes Cold In January (Infographic)

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Joystiq’s Crowdfund Bookie report for the month of January is out, and the findings are pretty stark. Mike Suszek’s monthly breakdown of crowdfunding in video games suggests a 63% drop in funding from December to January on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The drop is largely attributed to what Suszek describes as a lack of a “marquee”… Read More

Champion of “Made in Britain”, East End Manufacturing, Successfully Raises Equity

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Crowdfunding on equity platform Crowdcube, East End Manufacturing has closed their funding round raising £250,000 for 24.79% ownership in the company.  East End Manufacturing had initially targeted a raise of only £108,000 but was significantly over-subscribed.  Investors numbered 231 with the single largest amount being £15,130.  The company produces clothing which is manufactured in London… Read More

Crowdfund Global Expo 2014 (Photo Gallery)

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  Several hundred people participated in the Crowdfund Global Expo 2014.  Organized by Coastal Shows and co-sponsored by the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA), the event provided attendees with a global perspective on the fast growing innovation of crowdfunding.  Coastal Shows expects to organize a series of events across the United States regarding crowdfunding during… Read More

Lending Club’s New Stat Charts For Investors Carry Big P2P Lending Lesson

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Lending Club has announced the addition of two new statistical charts aimed at helping their investors understand trends in returns. Notably, both charts seem to actively encourage investors on Lending Club to have at least 100 notes in their portfolio for the purposes of diversification. See the new Lending Club charts here Chart one shows… Read More

Quora Roundup: Tips On Big Rewards, Glowing Plant Dangers, Github Crowdfunding & Rule 506 Strategy

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There are a bunch of interesting crowdfunding topics on Quora, so we wanted to round up a few of the best recent answers and share them here. First, how can crowdfunders use expensive rewards to find success? Some thoughts… Read Quote of Kevin Flint’s answer to What are expensive perks that worked better than expected… Read More

Brief: Texas Legislature To Weigh Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption

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The intrastate crowdfunding exemptions just keep coming. The latest state said to be considering an intrastate bill is Texas. Crowdfunding is part of Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss’s legislative agenda for this coming year. Various state news outlets report that just such a measure will be debated within the state legislature soon. Strauss reportedly called… Read More

Troops Rallying For Smarter Rules Around Equity Crowdfunding

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There are a lot of people with high hopes for the equity crowdfunding industry in the United States, including the legislators that saw the JOBS Act through. However, it seems there is also increasing concern that the entire exemption could fall flat without some serious changes. I’ll avoid the temptation to collect the various articles… Read More