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A New Startup Financing Model and the Passionate Voices Behind It

In 2010 Sherwood “Woodie” Neiss was trying to raise capital for his latest business concept, a data-polling app for smartphones. He had a track record as CFO of FlavoRx–an award-winning medicine-flavoring company he co-founded in 1999 and sold eight years later–and his new idea had won him a… Read More

ICYMI Future of Crowdfunding Panel from SXSW (Video)

The Future of Crowdfunding Panel at Startup America LIVE SXSWi13 Startup America chairman Steve Case, Sen. Mark Warner, Crowdfund Capital Advisors’ Jason Best, SoMoLend’s Candace Klein, and IndieGoGo’s Slava Rubin talk about the benefits and legal hurdles of crowdfunding.

UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership estimates size of crowdfunding market to be at least $3.98B

Fung Institute Estimate includes both Debt and Equity Crowdfunding for the US Market Crowdfund investing will go live later in 2013. With the release of the proposed crowdfunding rules, a wave of small business and startup financing is expected to sweep the nation. In a… Read More


True entrepreneurs don’t just have a business idea, execute it, and then move into a cushy corner office. They must continue to innovate and come up with new plans to disrupt a market. Investors need to start considering what they are backing — the idea… Read More

Waiting for the Crowd’s Cash

When President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act on April 5, 2012, he called it a “game-changing” bill. The game needed changing. After the Great Recession, access to capital became a huge problem for small business, as the percentage of loans under $1… Read More

US Equity Crowdfunding Investment Study Released (Deck)

The crowdfunding industry’s first national study on likely US equity crowdfunding investors, CrowdfundIQ Benchmark Study, was released today.  Sponsored by the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA), Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA) and EarlyIQ, the research displays unique and quantifiable information into the demographics and investment intent of… Read More

Crowdfund Investing 101: 5 Things To Know Before Jumping In

As we prepare for U.S. crowdfund investing (CFI) to go live in 2013, many investors are asking a very important question: “What’s the smartest way to approach this opportunity?” INVEST WITH PEOPLE YOU TRUST A new form of investing, CFI is meant help startups and… Read More

“The State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding” Brings Thought Leaders Together In Washington

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MEDIA ADVISORY: The State of Equity-Based Crowdfunding…Primed, Capitalized and Waiting on the SEC Members of the Media are Invited to Attend a Press Conference at the National Press Club on February 19th Prior to Briefings at Capitol Hill, The White House, and the SEC Washington,… Read More

SeedInvest Launches, Tackles Equity Crowdfunding with a Social Focus

SeedInvest co-founders Ryan Feit and James Han always knew they wanted to start a business, even as they both found themselves working in New York private equity firms. That entrepreneurial drive took them back to Wharton to pursue their MBAs. While at Wharton, Feit read… Read More

Crowdfunding Anticipation Swells

Equity crowdfunding may eventually grow to be a $300 billion industry, as a well-known venture capitalist predicted last year, but there are high hurdles to jump, experts say. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures suggested last May that crowdfunding eventually would take massive market share from… Read More

Why Entrepreneurship and Crowdfund Investing Go Hand-in-Hand in Recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week

This week, countries all over the world are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, honoring those innovative small business owners who historically have created 65 percent of net new jobs in the U.S, according to the Small Business Association (SBA). With access to capital being the primary… Read More

Crowdfunding delayed again, blasted as a ‘top danger’

Yesterday, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) blasted crowdfund investing, listing it among the top dangers on its 2012 list of investor traps. Crowdfunding in its current state is where a large group of people pool small dollar amounts to help fund ideas. Examples of rewards-based… Read More

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