Crowdfunding News Roundup: October 30, 2013

fraudDealbook | Trepidation and Restrictions Leave Crowdfunding Rules Weak

This is a pretty scathing indictment of the SEC and capital formation in the United States. I think this quote says it all: “…because of Congress’s straitjacket and the S.E.C.’s fear of innovation, we have a proposal that seems likely to have significant problems, if not with fraud than simply with how investors will get their money back, let alone make money.”

Huffington Post | Top Ten Reasons Crowdfunding Campaigns Fail (and What Can Bring Them Back)

These articles always serve as great reminders regarding crowdfunding best practice and how to execute a successful campaign. This one shares ten high-level reasons campaigns fail. Perhaps the most important tip in this article has to do with trying again if you fail the first time, which I tend to agree with wholeheartedly. | Can investment crowdfunding deliver Sustainable Energy for All?

This dovetails nicely with yesterday’s top story about space solar power and crowdfunding. This is a bit of a deeper look at Abundance Generation in the UK and what they are doing to align investor interests with sustainable energy initiatives.

TechCrunch | Indiegogo’s European Presence Grew 300% In The Last Year, 30% Of Funding Now Outside U.S.

Indiegogo is seeing some pretty phenomenal growth in overseas markets thanks to their aggressive growth strategy. Slava Rubin divulged some statistics at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe yesterday, and author Darrell Etherington summarizes here.

REEL SEO | 10 Simple But Effective Ways to Kickstart Your Kickstarter Video

More tips! Here, REEL SEO shares ten tips for creating a great pitch video and includes a couple of examples they think are particularly good. Remember, campaigns with a pitch video are far more likely to succeed. This is one of the most important early deliverables crowdfunders have to worry about when creating a campaign strategy.

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