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Crowdfunding site CircleUp raises its own $7.5M Series A

CircleUp

In a push to grow their crowdfunding platform CircleUp has raised $7.5 Million in a Series A round of investment.  Led by Union Square Ventures (USV), other participants included Google Ventures, Maveron and Rose Park Advisors. It is notable that Rose Park Advisors participated in this round as this is the investment vehicle for Clayton Christensen, the… Read More

The Disruptive Power of Equity Crowdfunding

$50 Grant

Online marketplaces have already eliminated so much inefficiency in our world.  Dating (OK Cupid, Match.com), restaurant reservations (OpenTable), buying most physical goods (eBay) and countless other marketplaces serve both sides of the marketplaces (i.e. buyers and sellers) and provide value- typically making it more efficient to transact (or date!).  Other marketplaces are eliminating inefficiency we… Read More

The Godfather of Disruptive Innovation and Crowdfunding

Worlds Top Management Thinker Clayton Christensen

Clayton Christensen is a business thought leader who is standing on the shoulders of some of the great economists of our times.  Schumpeter, a Professor of  Economics at Harvard, focused on the importance of entrepreneurism to modern economics.  But it is Christensen who applied Schumpeters basic thesis to the empirical experiences of contemporary business. In… Read More

Crowdfunding in a Networked Age

The Nature of the Future Dispatches From the SocialStructured World

Interesting excerpt from a book review in the Economist, an example is taken from The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World authored by Marina Gorbis where she is making the declaration; One example is Kickstarter, a crowdfunding site for creative projects. In 2011 the amount of money raised through Kickstarter exceeded the annual… Read More

The Crowdfunding Crowd Is Anxious

Candace Klein (NYTimes.com)

RYAN CALDBECK was stumped. A director at a private equity firm, he was taking part in a panel discussion at a consumer goods conference last summer in New York when an entrepreneur raised his hand with a question: Where could a young company with just a few million dollars in sales go for money to grow. Mr…. Read More

VC in 2013: Whitney Johnson of Rose Park on the Wisdom of Crowdfunding

Whitney Johnson Disrupt Yourself

As 2012 comes to a close, we asked several venture capital investors to reflect on the past year and give us their outlook for 2013. Continuing our series is Whitney Johnson, angel investor and co-founder of Boston-based Rose Park Advisors. Johnson speaks about the opportunities in seed-stage investing, the promise of crowdfunding and the need for more… Read More

CFI Perspective: Crowdfunding and the Capitalist Machine

Pacer Economy:  "The unconventional styling, inadequate cargo space and relatively low performance from the six-cylinder engines were cited as factors in the Pacer's lack of success."

  In a recent article in the Economist, the sensible Schumpeter columnist spoke about the need to fix the American capitalist machine.  They noted that during the 1950s GDP grew by 3% a year.  After a painful period of stagflation, the Reagan Revolution re-ignited entrepreneurism and the growth rate was elevated once again.   This machine… Read More