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Will the S.E.C. Kill Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding has the potential to provide new funding options for small businesses and stimulate job growth, and yet the S.E.C. has stalled on crowdfunding Rulings. Other countries are off and running with equity crowdfunding, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Why is the U.S. still stuck in first gear and lagging behind the pack? Aren’t we innovators and leaders in entrepreneurship? What’s going on with the S.E.C. crowdfunding Rulings, as spelled out in the JOBS Act? Why are they stalled? Will the S.E.C. abort crowdfunding before it gets a fighting chance? Earlier this month on February 5th, leaders in government and…

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Investing in our community can pay big dividends

I recently attended the North Carolina Main Street Conference in Salisbury, N.C., where speaker Todd Barman introduced us to the term “Locavesting”. He recommended a book by this title written by award-winning journalist Amy Cortese. Locavesting is a new and different term, but it’s such an interesting concept, I’d like to explain it by using ideas from Cortese’s website. Rebecca Cross: What is locavesting? According to Cortese, it’s a term she coined to describe the local investing movement taking root across the country. The idea is to earn profits while supporting your local community. She writes, “Locavesting is about investing in Main Street, rather than…

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Crowdfunding 101: Q&A With CircleUp CEO Ryan Caldbeck

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Venture capital firms don’t have much appetite for consumer-goods products in their portfolios. CircleUp Network Inc. Ryan Caldbeck, right, CEO of CircleUp, shown with COO Rory Eakin and an array of products from companies funded through their crowdfunding platform. According to Dow Jones VentureSource, venture firms invested a mere $116.6 million in food and beverage companies in all of 2012. By contrast, they invested $738.4 million in media and content companies during that period. CircleUp Network offers “reg-D crowdfunding” for these businesses—a form of crowdfunding that allows accredited investors to back companies through an online platform in exchange for a stake in a business. (Read…

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Crowdfunding Businesses and Startups: The Ultimate Guide

As a result of recent successful multimillion-dollar online fundraising campaigns for products such as the Ouya, Pebble E-Paper Watch and Amanda Palmer’s Theater is Evil album/tour, which have captivated audiences worldwide, crowdfunding is quickly becoming a business staple. Hailed by many entrepreneurs as a better alternative to venture capital or angel investment, interest has also been piqued by the recent passage of the JOBS Act, which legalizes the crowdfunding of limited equity transactions. In essence, crowdfunding is a disruptive process that empowers creators and inventors to showcase projects publicly in the form of text descriptions and video pitches, and to solicit everyday Internet users in…

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The Risks and Rewards of Crowdfunding

There are a number of caveats to consider before jumping in. Investors may demand a say in how you run your company. It is also possible that an inexperienced small business leader could quickly burn through a funding round without achieving measurable results.

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SEC: Don’t Make Crowdfunding Useless for Main Street

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Scott Shane: Washington needs to remember that uncertainty hampers hiring and investment, as I’ve explained here before.

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HEADLINE NEWS

BBB Tip of the Week: Giving to crowdfunding sitesThe Spokesman-ReviewThere is a good chance if you are on social media or have an email account that you have been sent a link to a crowdfunding site to support an individual or organization. GoFundMe.com, YouCaring.com, Kickstarter.com [...]

messenger-inquirerLaw change could boost state crowdfunding lawsmessenger-inquirerVideoscore owner Darryl Ingram decided to seek Wisconsin investors through a process called state crowdfunding, a relatively new and underused tool available to small businesses. What he didn't real [...]

NanalyzeSelf Crowdfunding and the Failure of PlastcNanalyzeDeath is a sad thing when if befalls the people around us, and there are 5 stages of grief that people go through when they are mourning the loss of a loved one. There is now a 6th stage of grief that seems to have appeared la [...]

Madison.comLaw change could boost little-used state crowdfunding lawsMadison.comDarryl Ingram of Racine founded a consulting business, Videoscore, that helps high school athletes connect with college teams. He hopes relaxed federal rules for state crowdfunding makes it easier for entr [...]

PR Newswire (press release)Vodi's Crowdfunding Round Reaches More Than $60,000 Raised in ...PR Newswire (press release)The next-generation mobile messaging app eclipses its first fundraising milestone with more than 70 investors on the WeFunder platform.and more » [...]

Daily MailCrowdfunding for 'off-road wheelchair' for Luke WoodDaily MailA student left in a wheelchair and unable to communicate after a horrific car crash is trying to crowdfund £15,000 to buy a 'life-changing' wheelchair that will let him leave his rural home whe [...]

Black EnterpriseWomen Are Crowdfunding Their Maternity Leave in DrovesBlack EnterpriseWith only three states (California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) mandating paid family leave, expecting parents are turning to crowdsourcing platforms to fund maternity and paternity leave after the [...]

Mitchell Chapman: Crowdfunding proves to be no panaceaBerkshire Eagle (subscription)PITTSFIELD — Since the establishment of crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Patreon, individuals and teams on the internet have been able to subvert traditional means of publishing an [...]

NewsOK.comVideo: Crowdfunding campaign launched on behalf of Jimmy LaFave, who has rare terminal cancerNewsOK.comRed dirt music pioneer Jimmy LaFave, who came of age in Stillwater and went on to become an Austin, Texas, music icon, has been diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cance [...]

MetroMP crowdfunding election campaign raises thousandsMetroJess Phillips, who represents Birmingham Yardley, asked people 'to 'give as little or as much as you can' to help her retain her seat in June's general election. She claimed that elections in her constitue [...]

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