Tagged: risk

Indiegogo’s Reputation May Hinge On Outcome Of GoBe Campaign

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Put simply, the significance of automatically calculating calories consumed and burned cannot be overstated. Currently, calorie databases such as MyFitnessPal require manual input, and prove laborious when calculating home-cooked meals or more exotic cuisines. While the utility of food-logging with weight loss has been supported by medical literature, it requires sustained discipline. The ability to record calorie… Read More

PayPal Calls For More Disclosure For Pretail-Powered Crowdfunding Campaigns

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In a blog post published yesterday, PayPal Chief Risk Officer Tomer Barel announced a set of changes regarding how PayPal will approach crowdfunding as a payment provider. Consider this excerpt, emphasis ours… Together with the crowdfunding sites, we identify if campaigns are strictly fundraising or preselling merchandise. We enable their campaigns without interrupting payments under… Read More

Crowdfunding & What You Should Know About Online Payments Before Launch

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Throughout 2013, PayPal and crowdfunding project creators repeatedly found themselves at odds. First it was Lab Zero Games, the company behind the hugely popular campaign for Skullgirls. Paypal froze Lab Zero’s account only to later release all but $35,000 of Lab Zero’s Indiegogo cash. It actually led Lab Zero to file a complaint against PayPal… Read More

Only The Beginning, Maybe: Putting Kickstarter’s Insane Growth In Perspective

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For a lot of people, crowdfunding is Kickstarter. That is just how big New York City’s rewards-based crowdfunding stalwart has grown. Yesterday saw the release of Kickstarter’s 2013 recap. We covered it here on Crowdfund Insider, and it was inevitably picked up by just about every blog and tech pundit in the world. Wire service? Not when… Read More

Crowdfunding and Climate Innovation: The Next Steps are in Funding Impact Investing

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The future of Impact Investing and Crowdfunding was on display in Nairobi, Kenya last week.  At the World Bank/infoDev’s annual funding meeting their budget was divvyed up among the creation of Climate Innovation Centers (CIC) in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Vietnam and the Caribbean and the new funding mechanisms to allow the Bank to effectively… Read More

Crowdfunding News Roundup: November 4, 2013

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The links in today’s roundup are kind of gloomy, but they do include some interesting and arguably valid concerns about crowdfunding moving forward. Do you think any or all of these concerns are valid? Let us know in the comments. PostCrescent.com | Crowdfunding trend gets green light in Wisconsin, but there are still caution flags… Read More

Crowdfunding News Roundup: October 19, 2013

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VentureBeat: WePay’s API pays off, handles 648% more crowdfunding volume than last year The headline says it all… WePay is seeing some pretty impressive traction providing payment services to crowdfunding campaigns, but they’re quickly moving toward robust solutions for platforms as well. A provided API has driven growth for WePay in the crowdfunding sector. The payment… Read More

NASAA’s 2013 Top Investor Threats Include Warning About Crowdfunding Platforms

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Under the direction of Ohio Division of Securities Commissioner Andrea Seidt, the NASAA has recently released an updated list of their top investor threats for 2013. Among them: “unregulated third party service providers,” a category that would include crowdfunding portals. Seidt explained the reason for caution in the wake of the JOBS Act. “With the… Read More

Crowdfunding Risk Management Provider Asurvest Hires Two C-Level Execs

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Crowdfunding risk management firm Asurvest Inc. announced that Nicole S. Robinson and Robert Lougen have been hired as new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), respectively. With Mr. Lougen leading all corporate operations and strategy, Ms. Robinson will work to further define the Company’s marketing plan. Both will share responsibilities over Human Resources and Administration as… Read More

Crowdfunding A Focus At M&A Conference Next Week

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The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors is holding their annual conference in Chicago next week, and for the first time ever the conference will include a large panel on crowdfunding. The AM&AA is comprised of 900 independent professionals – CPAs, attorneys, investors, M&A advisors, etc. – who are involved in the day-to-day activity of… Read More

Crowdfunding Is More Than a New Source of Capital

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Crowds have already demonstrated their value as a source of capital for start-ups. Support via donations or pre-purchasing on sites like Kickstarter has set high expectations for equity-based crowd funding in the United States. Discussions often focus on how crowds can and will compare to traditional institutions like venture funds or angels. One can argue… Read More

Crowd Funding and Lotto: Which Is Worse?

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The Securities and Exchange Commission is finalizing its work on implementation of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012. Concerns that common folks will lose money if they invest in crowd funded ventures are one of the main issues. Let us assume that the proverbial average Joe… Read More