Tagged: circleup

Whatever Happened to the Crowdfunding Patent Lawsuit?

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Back in January of this year, Crowdfund Insider covered a patent lawsuit that sought to challenge many of the prominent US crowdfunding platforms in operation today.  This included both rewards/donations and investment crowdfunding platforms.  AlphaCap ventures, a company that has been described as a patent troll,… Read More

CircleUp Captures $22M to Invest in Consumer Brands That Campaigned on Its Very Own Platform

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Equity crowdfunding platform, CircleUp, recently revealed that it has secured $22 million so that it may invest in consumer brands that previously received funds through its site. According to TechCrunch, CircleUp’s funding round, The Consumer Growth Fund, is set to match investments made on its platform by others, but does… Read More

On CircleUp, Women Founders are 5X More Successful Compared to Raising Money from VCs

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There has been an ongoing discussion regarding the disparity between female and male entrepreneurs. A vital element of this discourse is access to capital.  You cannot startup a business without funding. Just doesn’t happen.  There appears to be some initial evidence that crowdfunding may alleviate… Read More

New PENSCO Report Reveals Key Trends in Equity Crowdfunding & Early Stage Investing

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PENSCO Trust Company released a report today on key trends driving the surging popularity of equity crowdfunding. In the 2015 PENSCO Crowdfunding Report preeminent voices in crowdfunding and early stage investing discuss the leading edge of private equity and provide tips for investors in search of these… Read More

Smackdown: Steve Case on Mark Cuban “His View is Skewed by the Circles He Runs in” as Cuban Criticizes Crowdfunding

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Steve Case, a staunch proponent of investment crowdfunding and advocate of access to capital for SMEs, called out billionaire pundit Mark Cuban on CNBC this morning. Ostensibly the discussion was on the Tech Bubble “Yes or No” polemic but discourse ended up being a bit… Read More

Neurotechnology Start-up truBrain Launches CircleUp Campaign; Makes An Appearance on CNBC’s Power Launch

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truBrain, creator of the world’s first nootropic drink, was featured in this week’s Power Pitch segment of CNBC’s Power Lunch to discuss the company’s traction and growth strategy, as well as their recent equity offering through the crowdfunding platform CircleUp. The segment highlights truBrain’s success in developing novel products… Read More

Re-Introduced Innovation Act May Stop Patent Trolls From Targeting Crowdfunding Startups

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Venture Beat recently reported that on Thursday (February 5th), House Judiciary Chairman, Bob Goodlatte re-introduced the Innovative Act, which is considered a bipartisan bill that may stop “patent trolls” in their tracks. The Electronic Freedom Frontier describes a troll as; “A patent troll uses patents as legal… Read More

Thanks to Solar Charger StrongVolt, You Can Charge Your Devices on Any Sun-Blessed Site

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While you recharge your own batteries by relaxing on some sun-blessed beach, your cell phone could be powering up from the same solar source. StrongVolt‘s solar chargers work as fast as a wall outlet to power up USB devices, be they smartphones, tablets or GoPros…. Read More

Brief: CircleUp Partners with Online Financial Advisor Personal Capital

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CircleUp announced a new partnership with the leading online financial advisor, Personal Capital. Members can track their CircleUp investments in the Personal Capital app, across both desktop and mobile devices. The integration aims to allow investors to centralize their public and private market investments for the… Read More

The Interrelationship Between Failure, Fraud and Execution

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Anyone who has been reading my articles over the years knows that I have been on a fervent mission to help develop a practicable framework for unaccredited investor crowdfinancing. One of the reasons for my vehemence is that I am a staunch advocate of “investing… Read More

Details Emerge on Patent Lawsuit Against Multiple Crowdfunding Platforms

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It was revealed earlier this week that a patent infringement lawsuit was filed against Indiegogo, CircleUp, GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Gust, RocketHub & Innovational Funding  by Alphacap Ventures LLC for a trial by jury in the Eastern District Court of Texas. Alphacap Ventures is based in California but… Read More

Lending Club Executive Joins CircleUp Board of Directors

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Scott Sanborn, Lending Club COO & CMO, Becomes First Independent Director for CircleUp Crowdfunding Platform. Investment crowdfunding platform CircleUp, has announced that Scott Sanborn has joined the company’s board of directors the first independent director for the company. Sanborn will continue his leadership role as chief operating… Read More

CircleUp CEO Ryan Caldbeck Talks Consumer Trends (Video)

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Ryan Caldbeck, co-founder and CEO of investment crowdfunding platform CircleUp, recently shared his view on consumer trends for 2015.  CircleUp targets consumer facing companies on their platform.  CircleUp has a mission to fill a funding gap for promising consumer entrepreneurs.  The site has partnered with… Read More

Four Additional Crowdfunding Platforms Join The PENSCO Marketplace; Unlocking Alternative Investment Opportunities for Self-Directed IRA Investors

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PENSCO has expanded The PENSCO Marketplace with the addition of four new crowdfunding portals – LendZoan, Equity Round, EarlyShares and SilverPortalXchange. The new participants join the original five sites, which are CircleUp, HealthiosXchange, I-Bankers Direct, RockThePost and Zanbato, in the online marketplace, a first-of-its-kind network of crowdfunding providers, products and services, giving individual accredited investors unparalleled access to… Read More

CircleUp Co-Founder Ryan Caldbeck Crashes Cash Crowd to Fund Nomad (Video)

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CircleUp co-founder and CEO Ryan Caldbeck crashed the CNBC Cash Crowd party to fund Nomad, a hardware company that is equity crowdfunding on the CircleUp platform.  He made his appearance after the “super panel” of investors had already gone through their brief funding routine deciding… Read More

Cash Crowd Crowdfunding Series Launched by CNBC. Starts with KosoFresh Raising Capital on CircleUp (Video)

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Financial news network is launching “Cash Crowd” a new series that is combination shark tank / crowdfunding where entrepreneurs get 30 seconds to pitch a product to the “ultimate” panel of investors while simultaneously connecting with “thousands” of accredited investors registered on equity crowdfunding platforms…. Read More

5 Tips for Preparing a Food Company to Raise Capital Online

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My company, WAFU Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of Japanese-style dressings and mayos, recently became the first company to launch a simultaneous cross-border (US/Canada) accredited investor equity crowdfunding offering through CircleUp in the United States and Optimize Capital Markets in Canada, I have been asked… Read More

North America’s First Simultaneous Cross Border Equity Crowdfunding Raise: Wafu

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This is not the first international cross border equity crowdfunding offer, a title claimed by UK based Airline Odyssey, but this is a first for North America as consumer goods company WAFU has launched a duel listing in both Canada and the United States simultaneously…. Read More