Monthly Archives: April 2013

Is Donald Trump Trying To Copy Kickstarter?

Crowdfunding sites are on the rise, and Donald Trump wants a piece of the action. Trump is drumming up business for Learning Annex founder Bill Zanker’s new crowdfunding site, FundAnything. The new site had a launch party at Trump Towers this week, and Trump promised to fully fund certain projects he finds admirable. If you take a look at how FundAnything works, beyond the Trump endorsement, it’s all too similar to Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Zunker told AllThingsD that he wants to bring crowd-funding to people outside of the creative and tech fields: ““What I’m trying to do is bring crowdfunding away from the Brooklyn hipsters…

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Amanda Palmer to Morrissey: Let me help you crowdsource your next album

Morrissey (Credit: Facebook/Perou)

Dear Morrissey, I will tell you: I am a passionate admirer of your songwriting, your singing and your recordings. I’ve bought tickets to see you lots of times. You shaped my head and my heart as a teenager, and to this day continue to impact my various artistic forays. You helped open me, you taught me that I could be brutally honest in my songs and that I didn’t need to wait for anyone’s permission. You helped teach me that I could sing about anything I wanted to. So, no matter what you are, what you do or what you become, I’ll feel forever indebted…

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Taking a closer look at the internet based funding model

For local artistic groups or up-and-coming musicians and film makers, one of the biggest challenges can often be money. A lack of funding can mean projects are abandoned before they have a chance to begin but over the last few years, an interesting funding model has emerged. “Crowd funding” has become somewhat of a popular phenomenon, providing an avenue of funding for projects ranging from small community events right through to larger scale productions. Using the the internet, it involves outlining the story of your project, offering incentives and reaching out to crowds of potential backers. Arts Council of Australia content producer, Elliott Bledsoe, joined…

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More and more people are putting their money where their mouse is

Public Enemy

Forget banks and traditional lenders. These days, crowdfunding platforms seem to be all the rage when it comes to finding creative sources of financing. Established businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs, up-and-coming athletes and even struggling musicians are increasingly creating profiles online and seeking funds from regular individuals to back all sorts of projects. In countries such as France, the Netherlands and New Zealand, sports fans are contributing money through specifically to support athletes in need of cash to pay for training courses, equipment and other costs., which is looking to expand throughout the Arab region, links funders to micro-entrepreneurs in Egypt who sell products in…

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Crowdfunding can help businesses, investors

The Asbury Park Press’ May 1 article, “Crowd concerns,” did a good job in pointing out some of the concerns and potential pitfalls of crowdfunding, a method of soliciting money over the Internet as a way for start-ups and other small companies to raise money and create jobs. It should also be noted that crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter have been around for some time. The difference between these sites and the “equity or loan”- based versions now being proposed in the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act is that the current sites arrange for individuals to make donations or contributions to projects, ranging from…

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Bill Clinton Touts Potential of Crowdfunding at Creativity Conference

Bill Clinton

Speaking at an MPAA, Microsoft and Time event called the Creativity Conference Friday, former President Bill Clinton talked up crowdfunding as a potentially important avenue for filmmakers and others to “make more messages that we want to go viral.” Clinton, delivering the keynote address, singled out the documentary “Bridegroom,” which he introduced at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York earlier this week. The project, directed by Clinton’s longtime friend Linda Bloodworth Thomason, tells the story of two gay men from conservative families and the hurdles they face. When one of the men dies in a tragic fall from the rooftop, his partner is denied…

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Crowdwatch: Could Crowdfunding Save The U.S. Economy?


In its purest form, crowdfunding creates options for companies and organizations looking for ways to raise capital — a significant variable in an economy with close to 8 percent unemployment and slow GDP growth. According to the Mass Solution Crowdfunding Industry Report, these campaigns raised $2.7 billion last year, an amount expected to double this year. That’s an 81 percent increase from 2011. Furthermore, crowdfunding loans doubled from $555 million last year to $1.17 billion this year, and crowdfunding-for-rewards grew from $62 million to $383 million and are expected to quadruple this year. Virginia Senator Mark Warner appears to be bullish on crowdfunding platforms in…

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Churches & Ministries Bank on New Funding Trend

May 4th - World Give Day

May 4th is World Give Day to increase volunteer work and charitable giving to the causes of the world and is encouraging Churches and Ministries to prepare to use the newest trend in fundraising—crowdfunding. “The bank’s cash is constipated for both profit and not-for-profit businesses.” said Connie Jay, an author and trainer on crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the collective effort of people who network and pool their money and other resources together to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. These supported efforts can be anything from disaster relief and non-profit support or startup companies seeking funds. “Crowdfunding is the people’s funding solution.” she said.…

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Crowdfunding may be more bust than windfall

Small businesses looking for a windfall of investor money from crowdfunding may find that it’s more of a bust. President Barack Obama and members of Congress have touted a law that makes crowdfunding, a method of soliciting money over the Internet, as a way for startups and other small companies to raise money and create jobs. A year after the law was passed as part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act, entrepreneurs wanting to raise as much as $1 million annually from online investors are still waiting to get going. The Securities and Exchange Commission is in the process of writing rules…

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CNBC Gets Into Crowd-Funding Business With ‘Crowd Rules’

Crowd Rules

The New York-based series is the latest unscripted effort, debuting at 9 p.m. May 14, for the financial news network under the “CNBC Prime” umbrella. In each episode, three small businesses compete in front of an audience of 100 who vote to decide who wins the $50,000 grand prize. Jewelry designer Kendra Scott and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, along with an expert provide advice and help the studio audience — made up of MBA students, consumers and business owners — vote on which company takes home the money. “This idea is an intersection of two things that were going on in the last year. ……

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The state of the crowdfunding industry: stronger than ever

Crowdfunding has once again become a hot topic in the financial world, given the recent one-year anniversary of the JOBS Act on April 5. The JOBS Act legalized equity- and debt-based crowdfunding in the U.S. However the SEC has missed congressionally mandated deadlines to complete the rulemaking process to the detriment of capital-seeking entrepreneurs. While the parts of the JOBS Act that legalized equity crowdfunding for accredited and unaccredited investors may not be implemented until late this year, the crowdfunding movement has seen explosive growth. The entire crowdfunding market grew by 81 percent last year, funding more than one million campaigns, according to Massolution, which…

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Crowdfunding opens doors for entrepreneurs

Like most entrepreneurs, Lester Mapp is a busy man and if you’ve ever heard of an iPhone bumper made of material used in the aerospace industry, you know why. Mapp, of Aventura, developed the AL13, a bumper case for iPhone 5 and 4/4S. “I got the idea when I went to a trade show and woke up the next morning thinking about what I wanted in an iPhone case and I got my friends involved to brainstorm ideas,” said Mapp, 27. “We wanted to make a premium case but at a mid-range price, so we also had the challenge of searching for material suppliers and…

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BloombergCouples Desperate For Children Turn to Crowdfunding FertilityBloombergCrowdfunding has become a popular mechanism for many couples who can't afford the high costs of IVF, or adoption and surrogacy. “It's not an easy thing to share publicly,” says Crystal Barrett, 33 [...]

BBC NewsNHS trust 'relies' on crowdfunding to equip wardBBC NewsAn NHS trust has launched a crowdfunding appeal to buy equipment for a new hospital unit because "it cannot get started without donations". The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, n [...]

MarketWatchWhy a crowdfunding site is giving out $10000 scholarshipsMarketWatchCrowdfunding site GoFundMe announced Thursday that it will award $10,000 to 10 students with pages on their site that fundraise for education. The award is part of a contest the site held throughout Septemb [...]

MottoIVF: More Couples Crowdfunding to Pay for Procedure - MottoMottoMore and more couples are turning to crowdfunding to fund costly in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, Bloomberg reports.More Couples Who Can't Afford IVF Are Turning To Crowdfunding ...RomperCouples desperat [...]

Huffington PostReal Estate Crowdfunding's Pathway of ChangeHuffington Post“Crowdfunding is just the Internet,” stated Attorney Mark Roderick as he opened last month's RealCap Chicago. RealCap is an annual conference that joins crowdfunding leaders and innovators to propel th [...]

WestwordProgressive-Rock Band Marillion Pioneered CrowdfundingWestwordThat was the beginning of crowdfunding for us — and for every band, really.” When it came time for the recording and release of the followup to the 1999 record, Kelly and the band realized that one of [...]

CoinTelegraphCrowdfunding vs. ICO: Experts Question Legitimacy and Guarantees ...CoinTelegraphThe simplistic idea behind crowdfunding a non-existent software or system has become a trend in the cryptocurrency industry, but most Bitcoin experts are highly ...and more » [...]

ForbesVenture Crowdfunding Revisited: An Update with NIN VenturesForbesI am about to head off to attend the Global Crowfunding Convention (GCC) 6 in Las Vegas. It will be my fourth time attending. The crowdfunding industry has grown from $16 billion in 2014 to $34 billion in 2015, and [...]

EntrepreneurIs Crowdfunding Right for You? Answer These 7 Questions to Find Out.EntrepreneurCrowdfunding is a popular and increasingly accessible way to put your prospective product or business in front of millions of people. And, thanks to the visibility of massive success stories, t [...]

Crowdfund InsiderOn Investment Crowdfunding, Diversification & the Wisdom of the CrowdCrowdfund InsiderOne of the cardinal rules of investing is diversification – a critical ingredient for long-term portfolio growth. This rule applies with equal, if not greater, force when investi [...]

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