Tagged: venture capital

The Real Difference Between VC and Crowdfunding? Investment Marketing

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A few weeks back the value of VC’s for the crowdfunding industry was extensively discussed. Why? Because there are lot of areas where crowdfunding and VC’s can connect. And though traditional funding and alternative funding are not as rigorously separated as many want to believe, there are some inherit differences that characterise crowdfunding as a… Read More

CTQuan Raises $4M for Crowdfunding Platform

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CTQuan Simultaneously Launches Overseas Investment Fund. Chinese equity crowdfunding platform CTQuan recently raised approximately $4 million in financing round. Established in 2011, the platform was founded by top Chinese investors Lei Jun, Xiaoping Xu, and Kaifu Lee. It helps startups find their investors by leveraging the data analysis of startup data and its social network of investors…. Read More

3D Printing Developer Raises $1.5M Through MicroVentures Campaign

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Austin-based technology company Structure Polymers has announced it successfully raised $1.5 million in a seed funding round to advance the development of speciality polymer powders for the burgeoning 3D printing industry.  Of the $1.5 million, $1.2 million was raised in less than a week through equity crowdfunding platform MicroVentures. Structured Polymers and MicroVentures’ investors expect… Read More

NCFA Canada Launches Equity Crowdfunding & Venture Capital Cross-Country Tour

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On March 20th, a total of six provincial regulators announced two main proposals for new crowdfunding prospectus exemptions that would allow early stages companies such as startups and SMEs to raise up to $1.5 million of capital online through the issuance of securities. This kind of situation now represents a significant leap forward and positive… Read More

Oculus Didn’t Respect The Process And It May Cost Them Their Early Adopters: Three Lessons

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So did you hear that Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion? It’s the story that the entire tech world was talking about, and for good reason. Oculus is a clear leader in the world of virtual reality hardware. It’s one of the poster children for the ever-growing crowdfunding industry, a grassroots story that had… Read More

Realty Mogul Raises $9M Series A Round Led By Canaan Partners

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Realty Mogul has raised a $9 million Series A round led by Canaan Partners. This news comes on the heels of an announcement that Realty Mogul has funded properties totaling $100 million in value. “Our goal is to bring the $11 trillion commercial real estate market into the 21st century,” said Jilliene Helman, CEO and… Read More

NIN.VC is New Web Based Fund with Low Entry Point for Investors

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Chicago Based, NIN Ventures, wants to transform the VC fund industry and the are publicly crowdfunding to achieve their goal.  Generally speaking venture capital funds accept investments from individuals or entities willing to pony up amounts in the 7 figures.  With the new legislation enacted regarding general solicitation for 506(c) private placements learning about investment… Read More

Some Oculus Supporters Less Than Thrilled About Facebook Acquisition

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Mark Zuckerberg just announced Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR in a post to… you guessed it. Post by Mark Zuckerberg. WOW. Early investor Chris Dixon lauded the team… I can’t say enough about the Oculus team. Palmer, Brendan, John, Nate, and the rest of the team are true technology visionaries. They’ve assembled an incredible group… Read More

Naval Ravikant Presents Framework For Unregulated Crowdfunding

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AngelList co-founder and CEO Naval Ravikant took to his blog over the weekend to outline what could be a new paradigm in funding startups. It melds the crowdfunding model with a novel cryptocurrency that in theory could allow a company to “go public” without the accompanying red tape. The bullet points are as follows… Write… Read More

Mattermark Ranks FundersClub Second For VC Portfolio Momentum

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Here’s an eye opener… This is a ranking of portfolio momentum among major VC firms. Second on the list: online venture capital firm FundersClub. That’s some impressive growth. Here’s an explanation of the meaning of this extrapolation from Mattermark’s blog… Firms receive points based on an average of the Mattermark Score for each of their portfolio companies. This score… Read More

NativeFlow Builds Upon OurCrowd Raise, Nets $7.5M Total Investment

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Back in December OurCrowd shared a list of six companies that had used the Isreali equity crowdfunding platform to raise over $1 million. NativeFlow topped that list at $2.1 million raised. Now it has been revealed that NativeFlow has raised $7.5 million to date. Jerusalem Venture Partners provided the remainder of the funding according to an… Read More

Inside Crowdfunding Ep. 2 Preview: Adam Draper Of BoostVC

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We’re moving full steam ahead with Inside Crowdfunding, and we’re excited to announce that the guest for episiode #2 will be Adam Draper, CEO and founder of Boost VC and fourth generation venture capitalist. Why am I excited to have Adam on the show? Because Adam knows Bitcoin! (And I don’t) He has been one… Read More

Indiegogo Initiative Will Boost Crowdfunding For Female Creators In March

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Indiegogo’s stats show that the platform (and crowdfunding in a more general sense) is a powerful tool for directing capital toward female-founded businesses and endeavors… In fact, we’ve found that about 47% of campaigns that reach their funding goals on Indiegogo are run by women. To put that into perspective, that number is nearly 4… Read More

Celery Nabs $2M Round To Help Crowdfunders Transition To Pre-Commerce

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When we first reported on payment startup Celery, the company had just come out of Y Combinator (by proxy via Airbrite) to launch a payment solution for crowdfunding project creators who had already closed a crowdfunding round. We did an in-depth interview with Chris Tsai and Brian Nguyen a to explore what the company was… Read More

UK Peer Lending Platform Zopa Raises £15M

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London-based peer lending platform Zopa has closed a £15 million funding round led by Arrowgrass Capital Partners. Augmentum Capital, Wellington Partners and Balderton Capital also took a stake. As part of the deal, Arrowgrass CEO Henry Kenner will receive a seat on the board. Zopa has raised over $56 million in venture capital since inception… Read More

WATCH: Steven Dresner, Bob Rice Talk Crowdfunding On Bloomberg

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Bob Rice is Managing Partner at Tangent Capital Partners and Bloomberg TV’s Alternative Investment Editor. He sat down with Steven Dresner of Dealflow.com to discuss crowdfunding, the JOBS Act and some perhaps unforeseen hangups for equity crowdfunding in the US. Interestingly, Rice and Dresner discuss something venture capitalist Brad Feld is calling “The 99 investor problem.”… Read More

Brief: Andreessen Horowitz Invests $20 Million In Teespring

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Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has invested $20 million in Teespring, an innovative crowdfunding platform for t-shirts. RELATED | Teespring Crowdfunds T-Shirt Preorders Teespring is a Y Combinator alum and has seen some pretty insane growth early in its lifecycle, so it is no huge surprise that one of the largest VC firms in the country has… Read More

Entrepreneurs Are Building Brands On Multiple Crowdfunding Rounds

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The fact that David Toledo and Power Practical are about to close a successful Kickstarter campaign for the PowerPot X isn’t necessarily remarkable in and of itself. The campaign has doubled a $30,000 and still has almost a week left. What is remarkable is that this will be the third time in two years that… Read More

Misfit Wearables Spent $20,000 Making Their Crowdfunding Pitch Video

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Misfit Wearables CEO Sonny Vu recently spoke at Seattle Pacific University, and as a part of his visit he sat down and was interviewed about his experience in running Misfit Wearables. He shares revelations including the fact that Misfit had VC backing before they launched the Misfit Shine, which would go on to successfully raise… Read More

Crowdfunding, The Main Street VC Make List Of Bold 2014 Predictions

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Among ten bold predictions for 2014 made by Dominic Basulto in the Washington Post, one crowdfunding-related prediction sticks out: your next-door neighbor becomes a venture capitalist. It encapsulates some of the highest hopes among crowdfunding industry stakeholders and pundits. The forthcoming ability for anyone to invest in early-stage companies could create the proverbial “Main Street… Read More