Crowdfunding News Roundup: October 21, 2013

crowdfunding-news-roundupMashable | Social Web for Good: Crowdfunding Better Communities

This article tells the story of Virginia Ramos, who has made a side job of selling her homemade tamales in San Francisco bars. She was banned from doing so by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, but the crowd came to her defense. See how this instance – and others – light the way for the future of neighborhood development by neighborhood inhabitants.

angellist-logo2GigaOM | How we skipped the VCs, crowdfunded our Series A — and raised nearly $2M online

A Y Combinator alum with mid-five-figure monthly revenues and 25% month-over-month growth should have no problem raising venture capital, right? Well, not in the case of SendHub, but instead of getting discouraged the company shunned VCs and used AngelList to raise $2 million.

Upstart Business Journal | VC firms step into brave new crowdfunding world

Meanwhile, some VCs are actually deciding to try and use crowdfunding to their advantage. This article explores Launch Angels, a firm with plans to drive $1 million into opportunities on equity crowdfunding platforms.

circleupForbes | The Biggest Crowdfunding Criticisms

CircleUp CEO Ryan Caldbeck directly addresses some of the common criticisms of crowdfunding as a means of capital formation, albeit with a decided slant toward his own platform.

Medium | My First Crowdfunding Project (And the feelings I got after pressing Publish)

Joshua Kevin took to Medium to discuss some of the thoughts swirling through his head as he launched his first Indiegogo project. The blogger is seeking $2,000 to launch a daily, curated newsletter about tech in Asia.

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