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 CrowdFundBeat   Media Financial contributions from online investors, sponsors or donors to fund for-profit or non-profit initiatives or enterprises. Crowdfunding is an approach to raising capital for new projects and businesses by soliciting contributions from a large number of stakeholders following three types of crowdfunding models: (1) Donations, Philanthropy and Sponsorship where there is no expected financial return, (2) Lending and (3) Investment in exchange for equity, profit or revenue sharing.

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Crowdfunding & Investment Banking

Crowdfunding & Investment Banking

by Shomari D. Hearn, CFP®, EA, CrowdfundBeat Guest post, As the holiday season approaches, it seems inevitable: Our social media feeds will begin to fill with appeals to support our friends – or friends of friends – in their latest projects on Kickstarter or GoFundMe. Crowdsourcing has gone from something of a curiosity to a well-established tool for a variety of entrepreneurs and artists, from board game designers to online video creators to organizers of charitable causes. I recently contributed to a Kickstarter campaign, launched by a college professor at my alma mater, for the creation of a card game about social science experiments and…

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Real Estate CrowdFunding Due Diligence ?

Real Estate CrowdFunding Due Diligence ?

By Mark Robertson CrowdFundBeat  Sr. Contributing Editor. President at CrowdDD, LLC, A member of our email real estate Crowdfunding email list Robert C, recently shared his list of due diligence tips investors should follow while evaluating real estate investments.  Most of this advice came from Jeremy R., a full time real estate investor. I strongly believe if you follow this advice, your chances of success  will increase.           *Strong cash flow is key (vs. speculation development with no cash flow) Min 9% cash on cash year 1 and 11% cash on cash over term Don’t look at IRR, just gravy Look closely at cap rates JR…

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Lending Club Opens to Retail Investors in Selected Cities

LendingClub CEO: Peer To Peer Lending Revolution

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Lending Club (NYSE: LC), the world’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, announced today that its marketplace is now available to retail investors in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., bringing the total number of states open to retail investors to 42 plus the District of Columbia. Lending Club’s platform was previously available to accredited investors only in Kentucky. “Individual investors continue to be key to the long term growth and efficiency of the Lending Club marketplace, and are fueling many of the network effects that have helped the platform to double again over the…

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Has Facebook Quietly Entered Crowdfunding?


By Josef Holm, founder- CEO Krowdster, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Editor The already pretty crowded crowdfunding space just got A LOT more crowded, putting platforms for non-profit fundraisers like GoFundme, Generosity, Crowdrise and many others under extra pressure. Last year, YouTube set out to get their slice of the crowdfunding pie by allowing YouTubers to accept donations via their fully integrated Fanfunding model. YouTube realized that crowdfunding is already huge and that it is only going to grow further. They also know that they are a huge source of traffic and consequently donations to many crowdfunding campaigns. Unsurprisingly, they want to keep as much of that activity as…

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Crowdfunding, The SEC Needs Positive Feedback

Crowdfunding,  The SEC Needs Positive Feedback

By Sara Hanks , CrowdFundBeat  Sr.contributing Guest Editor  CEO/Founder, CrowdCheck, Inc. Here’s hoping that everyone in the crowdfunding community is planning to respond to the SEC’s proposals on Rule 147 and 504. Even if they think the SEC got it right. And that they will comment on all aspects of the proposals, even the bits that the SEC got right. Here’s why. Let’s say the SEC proposes a rule that says companies must disclose whether pets are permitted at the company’s offices. Let’s imagine nearly everyone thinks “Well, that’s reasonable. I want to know how pup-friendly a company is.” They don’t comment because they assume the SEC…

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Elio Motors Launches $25 Million Stock Sale; Regulation A+

Elio Motors Launches $25 Million Stock Sale; Regulation A+

CrowdfundBeat Media, Group PHOENIX, Nov. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Elio Motors announced it will launch a $25 million stock sale at 4 p.m. Eastern Time today after receiving qualification from the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Regulation A+ ruling in the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startup (JOBS) Act. Elio Motors is seeking to raise $25 million to move closer to production, including building and testing an additional 25 vehicles that will be used for final engineering steps and validation. Since June 19 of this year, Elio Motors has been in what’s known as the “testing the waters” phase, gauging the level of interest from…

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Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurship Report


CrowdfundBeat Data Center “Crowdfunding is no longer just a niche form of financing for creative projects. In 2015, transactions across donations, lending, reward, and equity crowdfunding is expected to cross $34 billion, and overtake the VC industry in size. The genie is well and truly out of the bottle.” Crowdfunding for Entrepeneurship Report

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Survey: Cambridge-Chicago Americas Alternative Finance


CrowdFundBeat Data Center ,         The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth School of Business have launched the 2015 Americas Alternative Finance Benchmarking Study. This study serves as the first comprehensive and empirical assessment of the alternative finance marketplace across the Americas, and will focus on crowdfunding, marketplace lending and other forms of alternative finance across North, Central and South America                 The 2015 Cambridge-Chicago Americas Alternative Finance Benchmarking Survey It is our view that comprehensive, data driven research will enable…

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Crowdfunding First Fraud Enforcement Action SEC v. Ascenergy

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By Irwin G. Stein, Esq. CrowdFundBeat Guest Post, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought its first fraud enforcement action that occurred on a Crowdfunding portal  http://Ascenergy LLC et al. (Release No. LR-23394; October 28, 2015).  The Commission alleges that a Texas oil company called Ascenergy raised $5 million from 90 investors on at least four Crowdfunding portals including,, and Ascenergy claimed to be raising funds to drill oil wells on leases that it had evaluated and secured. The investors were defrauded because Ascenergy had not secured any leases. The person whom the company claimed had evaluated the leases had not…

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A New World


By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli Simply face it. The world has changed.  Certainly the horrific events in Paris last Friday underscore a revised Western calculus, but recent episodes in Lebanon and Turkey, and of course the downing of a Russian airline more than suggests there has evolved a new world order, or possibly disorder. We are a capitalistic and multi-cultural people, where differences are to be valued, leading to brisk, and hopefully healthy, competition, such being predicated on creativity, innovation and invention. Competition should lead to better products and outcomes, improved lifestyle and a hoped for ascendance of economic and political opportunity.  We…

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Crowdfunding is a Big Buzzword in the Real Estate Space Right now


by Robert Freedman , Real Estate to Benefit as Crowdfunding Gets Boost, How viable is crowdfunding as a capital source? Last year is was viable enough to generate $16 billion to small businesses. When you consider all venture capital funding in the U.S. last year was about $45 billion, according to some estimates, $16 billion stands up pretty well. In any case, analysts predict crowdfunding to get quite a bit bigger once the SEC rule takes effect. And, in some respects, there’s no downside, because individuals who invest money though a crowdfunding platform are not necessarily the same investors who put money into more typical Wall Street…

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ForbesHow Crowdfunding Can Supercharge Your Campaign In 2016ForbesThey say that there are about 7.45 billion people living in this world right now. Imagine that if you could get each of these seven-and-a-half billion people to contribute one cent to your project, well, you know what I [...]

How Crowdfunding Has Changed the Startup Game - Singularity HUBSingularity HubThe development of innovative technology — from virtual reality headsets to space exploration to solar-powered roadways — is no longer the province of ...and more » [...]

Crowdfund InsiderWhen It Comes to Retail Crowdfunding, SAFEty FirstCrowdfund InsiderOn September 22nd, Crowdfund Insider published a post summarizing the arguments presented in our new essay entitled “Crowdfunding and the Not-So-Safe SAFE“ (forthcoming in Virginia Law Review Online). [...]

The GuardianCrowdfunding: the new buzzword for academics needing research moneyThe GuardianArchaeologist Dr David Petts, from Durham University, has also used crowdfunding, raising almost £25,000 to fund a project on Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast. The dig, in June, led to [...]

The Daily DotHey buckaroos, Chuck Tingle and Zoe Quinn are crowdfunding a ...The Daily DotErotic ebook legend Chuck Tingle and game developer Zoe Quinn are almost ready to unleash the biggest tingler of them all. The two have teamed up for a full ...and more » [...]

Bitcoinist.netVulture Capital Hits Crowdfunding Minimum for 'Listen Carefully'Bitcoinist.netHowever, in light of achieving its minimum crowdfunding goal, Hedley Productions has decided to move up the start date for Listen Carefully's filming from its late 2017 estimate [...]

“Beyond the Void” Announces New Crowdfunding VenturenewsBTCRTS-MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game Beyond the Void has joined forces with crowdfunding platform OpenLedger to build a new funding series for what is being touted as the “world's first MOBA game ICO.” The crow [...]

ThinkAdvisorSEC Approves Intrastate Crowdfunding RulesThinkAdvisorAs SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White explained in her Wednesday remarks, the agency over the last few years has adopted “several important” new rules to facilitate capital raising by smaller issuers, including new provisions [...]

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 [...]

CNNMoneyDorothy's fading red slippers saved by $300000 in crowdfundingCNNMoneyThe ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in the beloved 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" are set to undergo a major conservation effort following a successful crowdfunding campaign. The Smithson [...]

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