Monthly Archives: January 2015

Silicon Valley CrowdFunding Conference to be held on March 5-6

Tilt changes dynamics of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding for Real Estate Projects in 2015 and Beyond?

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By Susan Airst,  CrowdFunding Beat Guest Contributor, Co-Founder | Managing Principal | Investor at Exceedant Crowdfunding (alternately, crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, crowd-sourced fundraising) is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Crowdfunding is used in support of a wide variety of activities, including disaster relief, citizen journalism, support of artists by fans, political campaigns, startup company funding, motion picture promotion, free software development, inventions development, scientific research, and civic projects. Crowdfunding can also refer to the funding of a company, property or asset by selling small amounts of equity…

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Crowdfunding Small Businesses: Update on Title III of JOBS Act

The seduction of a “new asset class” is killing “unaccredited investor” Equity Crowdfunding


by PAUL NIEDERER CrowdFunding Beat Sr. Guest Editor, on JANUARY 22, 2015, While in Thailand on holiday I noticed that having your own stall, stand, shop or business is often the difference between survival and poverty. There are hundreds of thousands of businesses like this. Imagine if you had a business that was valuable to the village and you wanted to raise funds by getting a some village folk to invest. Equity Crowdfunding. Imagine your disappointment if you were told your business is part of a potential “new asset class” and as such  you may pay up to $80k to enable a few mates to invest in their business! Sounds incredulous but it happens every…

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WATCH: Bitcoin CrowdFunding : Digital-Currency Revolution [Infographic]

WATCH: Bitcoin CrowdFunding : Digital-Currency Revolution  [Infographic]

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, Similar to how Kickstarter revolutionized crowdsourcing projects through e-payments, Lighthouse hopes to move that into the undertapped Bitcoin sphere of influence starting yesterday (Jan. 21), when the site went public on Mac, Linux, and Windows. Conceived by creator Mike Hearn, with a huge investment from noted Bitcoin entrepreneur Oliver Janssens, Lighthouse hopes to create a “specialized wallet” for decentralized crowdfunding using the blockchain that has made Bitcoin so attractive.   Like Kickstarter, Lighthouse allows people to donate to causes they believe in by pledging a certain dollar (or bitcoin) figure to the project. This amount is released to the project’s organizers once…

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The Bad News About Lending Club..

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By James Alexander, CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, Capital Formation for Direct Lenders. …Is Really Good News for Borrowers and Possibly Investors “It’s only the beginning” – that’s how Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, nicely summarized the state of marketplace lending today. The bad news is, the incumbents have set a high bar and created a cacophony of also-ran pretendants, challenging investors to find the winners in this high-potential sector. Also brewing on the horizon are uncertain economic times, sure to present their own challenges in the near future. Following are some recommendations of platforms which might warrant investor attention. We particularly focus on those platforms with:…

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“The Rise of Alternative Finance” Silicon Valley Conference March 5th 2015


CrowdFunding Beat Media, Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference on March 5th-6th. We are pleased to host the conference at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Entitled “The Rise of Alternative Finance”, we will explore new methods of finance, from peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunded small business and real estate finance, as well as review existing and developing legal considerations and international initiatives. In bringing together industry thought-leaders, this is destined to offer unique and valuable insights to this growing industry. Limited to 300 attendees, we are offering you the opportunity to become one of our elite sponsors for this exclusive…

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Alternative Investing and the Next Phase of Crowdfunding

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By Steve Cinelli, CrowdFunding Beat Sr. Editor  Those that keep track of investing activities have witnessed large institutional investors  allocating larger levels of their portfolios to alternative investments. Driven by a series of internal and exogenous factors,  alternatives are no longer an increment of a broader strategy, they have become a fundamental part.   According to a recent McKinsey report, those institutions, such as pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign funds with over $10 billion in AUM, the allocation is approaching 30%.  Those with less that $10 billion are moving quickly also, nearly 26% of their portfolios are moving into alternatives. So why is the allocation to alts…

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Crowdswapping Income-Contingent Payments for Non-Cash Favors

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By Bill Matson, CrowdFundBeat Sr. contributor MBA, CFA, CPA (Retired), CFP, FLMI. If you or your company could share in a promising entrepreneur’s future income in exchange for doing a favor that costs you little or nothing, would you take that deal? Conversely, if you were that promising (albeit impecunious) entrepreneur, might you be willing to trade away a small fraction of your personal income for the next ten years in exchange for a major favor – a referral to a prospect who becomes your biggest customer, for instance? How about if you didn’t have to pay out a dime in years when your income…

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Crowdfunding physics and astronomy


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 [...]

Mountain XpressFaces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initatives | Mountain XpressMountain XpressEach week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a feature ...and more » [...]

Crowdfund InsiderMassive Rule 147 Amendments May Be On The Horizon Impacting Intrastate CrowdfundingCrowdfund InsiderAlmost a year ago, the SEC proposed certain amendments to the current Rule 147 which were intended to help foster, and increase the viability of, Intrastate crowdfundin [...]

AZCentral.comTiny companies lure investors under Arizona crowdfunding lawAZCentral.comInvestors who make bets under the state's one-year-old crowdfunding law certainly have the potential to get in on the ground floor, but they must be patient and might not receive any returns. Th [...]

MarketWatchWhy a crowdfunding site is giving out $10,000 scholarships ...MarketWatchIt's another indication that families are struggling with college costs.and more » [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 For HelpRomperCouples des [...]

EntrepreneurIs Crowdfunding Right for You? Answer These 7 Questions to Find ...EntrepreneurLess than a third of crowdfunding campaigns reach their financial goals. Will yours be one of them?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 [...]

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