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4 Myths of Equity Crowdfunding: How to Become an Angel Investor

By Zack Miller, CrowdFunding Beat guest Contributor, General Partner and Head of the Investor Community at OurCrowd. Equity crowdfunding is quickly finding its legs. For 2014, we estimated upwards of$700 million of capital invested in startups would be through equity crowdfunding platforms. Investors who have already migrated to these platforms are the early adopters, quick and flexible and open to trying an innovative new way to invest in the next Google, Facebook and Apple. However, many investors are still reticent to getting their feet wet since it’s still not entirely clear how equity crowdfunding works. This article dispels four myths about equity crowdfunding to offer investors a new investment track…

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Holiday Crowdfunding Campaign

By Heather Hairgrove , CrowdFunding Beat News, Guest Editor,  Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions aren’t just for the big retailers.  Get creative and come up with a promotion for your crowdfunding campaign. Typically, a Black Friday or Cyber Monday promotion offers a product at a greatly reduced price.  You can also do this for your crowdfunding campaign.  Just add a new reward tier for an item that’s already done really well, or a higher priced item that maybe hasn’t done as well as you’d like.    Be sure to put a reasonable cap on how many you’re willing to part with at the reduced price.  Once a reward has been…

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The Power of the Crowd

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire, An edit of the CeBIT Global Conference 2013 panel talk about crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. Following the success of his Berlin Boombox crowd-funding project on Kickstarter, Axel Pfaender got invited by CeBIT global conference to share his experience at this panel talk entitled “The Power of the Crowd” See where the Berlin Boombox stands now: http://www.berlinboombox.com/

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P2P Lending in China: Regulation or Not?

P2P Lending in China: Regulation or Not?

58 billion Yuan ($ 9,5 billion) is the estimated market value of P2P lending in China as of last August. Certainly, a lot smaller than the UK’s or the US’s. However, considering that this value increased almost 90% since January 2014 and that it has already surpassed the value estimates made at the beginning of the year, it is clear that the phenomenon is growing at fast speed. Nevertheless, the situation for Chinese P2P lending is not yet so rosy as it may appear. In fact, as Crowd Valley reported in this previous article, many Chinese platforms went bankrupt during last months, most likely due to…

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How Crowdfunding will Change the Business World

How Crowdfunding will Change the Business World

By Eric Michaels, Financing a project through online contributions, also known as crowdfunding, was initially met with skepticism and its detractors were repeatedly stunned by every success. Now, however, it has proven to be far more than a fad and everything from major motion pictures, to personal vacations has been successfully crowdfunded. When it comes to the business world, the implications are just as big. Here’s how crowdfunding could change the way business gets done. A shift in financing power “In the ’90s, you would raise $5 million or $10 million in an IPO, but those days are gone, and that has created this black…

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How to Do it Wrong in Crowdfunding

By Mark Roderick, CrowdFunding Beat Sr.guest editor, Flaster/Greenberg P.C.  An SEC enforcement order came across my desk that illustrates how to operate a Crowdfunding portal if you want to meet people who work for the government. The order, with names removed, is available here. As a preface, everything I know about this portal comes from the SEC’s enforcement order. It is possible that the SEC’s allegations are false – even though the portal agreed to a settlement, without admitting wrongdoing – and that the portal actually was in full compliance with all applicable laws. With that said, here’s what the portal did, or is alleged to have…

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OurCrowd Global Investor Summit December 9-10th, 2014 Jerusalem, Israel

OurCrowd Global Investor Summit December 9-10th, 2014 Jerusalem, Israel

Crowdfunding Beat News Wire,  The  Global Investor Summit is the first of its kind, bringing together angel and VC investors from around the world to meet our team and each other, as well as over 40 startups from OurCrowd’s portfolio – across sectors and stages.  Join us to hear from Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (early investor in Check Point – Israel’s premier cyber security success), industry experts and keynote speakers about technology, start-up investing and the future of crowdfunding.  Experience the cutting edge technologies that make up the OurCrowd portfolio, includingReWalk Robotics, OurCrowd’s first IPO on NASDAQ, which enables paraplegics to walk. Participate in offsite tours to see firsthand the companies that power…

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THE DIFFERENT FACES OF A CROWDFUNDING

BY ADIS, As crowdsourcing has taken off, there have been numerous attempts to try and understand who engages in crowd based activities, what motivates them, and how they go about their work.  One area that hasn’t received quite such intense scrutiny is in the crowdfunding market. That isn’t to say that the market hasn’t been studied of course.  There have been studies comparing crowdfunding with venture finance, explorations of successful campaigns, and even whether discrimination existed in crowdfunding. In terms of exploring the actual investors themselves however, a recent paper is probably the first to venture into that territory. The research especially wanted to explore whether there were any visible differences…

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Crowdfunding: Opportunities and Potential Roadblocks for Startups

  By Roger Royse CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor, In 2012 the President signed the JOBS Act, which introduced the concept of letting the wisdom of the crowd instead of the regulator determine the sale of securities. The crowdfunding movement (as expressed in the JOBS Act) is the result of the perfect storm of technology, legislation and market acceptance of the idea of leveraged fundraising models. There are now several new ways to raise money, and selecting the right approach, and avoiding the wrong one, is an important consideration for every startup entrepreneur. What do the new developments mean for a startup seeking capital? The past few years have…

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Title III Supporters to meet in DC

By Ron Miller,  I wanted to make sure that you are aware of a few very important events in Washington DC next week. Even if you cannot physically be there, I am asking that she show your support by phoning in to the events listed below. This will be a critical week for Title III and I want you to be a part of the action 1. CFIRA Lobby Day on Wednesday, November 19th from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. If you are interested in being part of the CFIRA lobbing day please email Kim Wales at info@cfirg.org. 2. Growth Capitalist Summit on Wednesday, November 19th from 2:00 PM…

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How Darma Raised $100K in the First Day of their crowdfunding Campaign

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire,  Kickstarter campaigns are often employed by entrepreneurs to showcase their products online through videos, graphics, and text on one page. Founders can set funding goals and deadlines, obtaining backers (supporters) who donate money to help creators launch their product or creative project. Some campaigns fail miserably using this tactic to raise funding, while others soar pass their goals. However, the Founder Institute has birthed a rare Founder who falls into the latter category, raising $200,000 within a month of launching a Kickstarter campaign, rocketing far beyond the $40,000 goal. This founder, Dr. Junhao Hu, a Singapore Founder Institute Graduate, was incredibly successful in creating…

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Equity crowdfunding – a new way of financing early-stage startups

Equity crowdfunding – a new way of financing early-stage startups

By Vali Birzoi October 17, 2014, Crowdfunding websites raised last year no less than $5.1 billion and this newborn industry is expected to grow by more than 92% in 2014. No wonder that it exerts both attention and attraction and we couldn’t miss to address the matter at How to Web Conference 2014. In the last five years we witnessed the ‘democratization of investments’ through platforms such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo and crowdfunding became quickly a convenient alternative to raise money for financing early-stage product development. But as the phenomenon evolved to more complex forms and begun funding early stage startups not just product development,…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Boulder foam snowshoe makers launch crowdfunding campaignBizWest MediaNow, Crescent Moon is raising capital to make the molds for the foam shoe, a small one that will fit most men and women. Thamm said the company is committed to making the shoe, which they're calling the Eva, wh [...]

Crowdfunding launched for Cho-Sargent memorialLewiston Sun JournalA crowdfunding campaign on the popular site GoFundMe was launched late last week toward a memorial garden project in honor of Foley's son, Jayden Cho-Sargent, just a few days after the family was told the current m [...]

Danbury News TimesNoteworthy Chocolates turns to crowdfunding to pay for patentDanbury News TimesThe Sauvageaus are also no strangers to running successful crowdfunding campaigns, having raised more than $28,000 from 390 supporters on Kickstarter last spring to launch the business. Th [...]

Siliconrepublic.comSugru begins £1.5m crowdfunding bid to ramp up global expansionSiliconrepublic.comThe DIY mouldable glue sensation Sugru, invented by Inspirefest 2017 speaker Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, has eyes on going global, with some help from a £1.5m crowdfunding campaign. Founde [...]

Publishers WeeklyBritish Indie Tests New Biz Model with Crowdfunding CampaignPublishers WeeklyThe U.K.-based New Internationalist Publishing, which has been an employee-owned cooperative for decades, earlier this month launched a crowdfunding campaign that allows contributors to be br [...]

BenzingaPsychological Thriller 'Braid' Brought To You By Bitcoin CrowdfundingBenzingaThe team behind the movie is partnering with ConsenSys, a blockchain application development, to use its crowdfunding platform WeiFund to raise capital. Through the partnership with WeiFund, [...]

THE BUSINESS TIMESLocal crowdfunding platform to tap 'mass affluent' with easing of MAS rulesTHE BUSINESS TIMESLocal crowdfunding platform FundedHere, which has been offering crowdfunded equity and loans to wealthy "accredited investors" in Singapore, wants to open [...]

Crowdfund InsiderHow to Start a Real Estate Crowdfunding PlatformCrowdfund InsiderThose hoping to raise angel or VC capital for a real estate crowdfunding platform have, in my humble opinion, missed the boat by a couple of years. Today there are thousands of real estate crowdfunding p [...]

London-based Tech Startup Juggle.Jobs Launches Their Public Crowd Funding Campaign With Focus on Gender ...Yahoo FinanceAngel investors and a top micro-VC firm have already committed 75% of the £350,000 round, but crowd funding is enabling others, including Juggle.Job's own profe [...]

Forbes4 Dirty Little Secrets Of Crowdfunding And Why You Should Still Do ItForbesI wasn't prepared for what would happen when I jumped into the murky crowdfunding waters. Before you end up splashed with cold water like I was, here are ...and more » [...]

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