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2017 State of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding- The Good, The Bad & The (really) Ugly

By Shane Liddell is the CEO and chief Crowdfundologist at Smart Crowdfunding LLC,. Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Part 3 –The (really) Ugly Introduction In Part 1 I covered all of the good things that we have seen as crowdfunding continuously gathers momentum across the world. The future looks bright indeed! In Part 2 I wrote of changes within the industry, especially within rewards based crowdfunding – the competition which makes it so much harder for the small guys and the Indiegogo platform now giving preferential treatment to corporates, allowing them “…to pay for special placement on Indiegogo’s site, making them more discoverable than other campaigns”.…

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Crowdfunding Platforms Expand Financing to Regions That Suffer From Venture Capital Drought

By Anum Yoon, Crowdfund Beat Media Guest post, Venture capitalists tend to back entrepreneurial firms that reflect their own ideas and match their social and educational experiences. This type of financing has resulted in a concentrated amount of funds for business endeavors in specific locales. Venture capitalists are typically wealthy investors, investment banks and other financial institutions with similar interests. Silicon Valley and Boston benefit greatly from venture capitalism, while struggling entrepreneurial startups across the country are suffering from a venture capital drought. However, the industry is changing with the expansion of crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, helping to level the playing field. A recent…

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IPO Fintech Startup ClickIPO Will Bring Initial and Secondary Public Offerings to Main Street Investors 

By Jorge Sanchez, Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor,   The Initial Public Offering(IPO) has long been one of the most honored and revered business milestones. For entrepreneurs, early employees and investors IPOs are seen as the ideal liquidation event. But it is also seen by many as more, the IPO represents the ultimate validation of a business: a metamorphosis of a private company into one subjected to the democracy of the public equity market. As monumental as an IPO is, both for the company and members of the public which support the business, investing in an IPO is anything but public or democratic. ClickIPO Securities, a FINRA…

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NextGen Crowdfunding Video Awards

Crowdfund Beat News Wire, Public Will Vote on First Round of Contestants to Determine Winners of New Online Awards Shows January 19, 2017 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NextGen Crowdfunding®, the leading company that helps people explore new types of crowdfunding, announces the season one premiere of the Crowdfunding Video Awards (CVAs). This new, six-part series of online awards shows will showcase videos from both rewards-based crowdfunding campaigns featured on Indiegogo, Kickstarter and other platforms, as well as equity crowdfunding campaigns. “The campaign videos we’ll be showing viewers over the course of this season showcase creativity, passion and the entrepreneurial spirit.” Season one…

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Targeted IRRs in Crowdfunding

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC.   Targeted internal rate of return, or IRR, is used widely to advertise deals on Crowdfunding sites, real estate and otherwise. While target IRR means something to sophisticated sponsors and investors, its widespread and uncritical use makes me a little uneasy, for the following reasons: If pressed, many people don’t know what IRR really means. Investors assume that a higher IRR is better than a lower IRR, but many couldn’t explain exactly why or how. IRR can be misleading. For example, a bond purchased for $100 that pays interest of $10 at the end…

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Crowdfunding: Can It Work for Brick & Mortar?

By Cheryl Clements, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, Founder + CEO of PieShell – Crowdfunding for food + beverage, Having a store front or restaurant is expensive, especially when you’re just getting started. Between build-out and equipment costs, starting inventory, licenses, fees, and working capital, starting a brick and mortar business can easily add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s because of this that many people say that rewards-based crowdfunding isn’t a good option for brick and mortar businesses, but we beg to differ. Crowdfunding is a great option for restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and more (if it’s done in the right way and on…

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Crowdfunding Beat Media Announces 2017 Conference & Expo USA Tour

  You are invited to attend: Crowdfunding Beat Media, Conference & Expo Tour 2017 New York – Silicon Valley – Washington DC.-  Denver By Sydney Armani, Founder / CEO / Publisher / Speaker,  Happy Holidays  Crowdfunding Beat Media, Conference & Expo – Tour 2017 will explore new methods of finance, as well as review existing and developing legal considerations and international initiatives. We will bring together investment community and the new generation of social entrepreneurs – crowdfunders. The event offers you unique opportunity to promote your business in the center of private investments and innovations. We have several options available for those who will participate in the conference.…

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HR 3784 – SEC Office of Small Business Advocate – Is Now the Law of the Land

By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate On December 16, 2016, President Barack Obama Signed into Law HR 3784 – SEC Office of Small Business Advocate, creating an independent Office of Small Business Advocate at the SEC, reporting directly to the full Commission and Congress. This legislation was first introduced into Congress in October 2015, where it was originally co-sponsored by former House Representative John Carney (D-Del) (now Governor-Elect of the State of Delaware) and Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wisc) and was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives in 2016. It was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2016,…

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First Crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA

By Alexandra Perry  Crowdfund Beat Guest post, On November 2, 2016, FINRA terminated the FINRA registration for UFP, LLC (“UFP”), making UFP the first crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA.   UFP ran an online funding portal, uFundingPortal.com, where it acted as an intermediary in debt and equity crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules.  FINRA’s investigation into UFP alleged that from May through September 2016, UFP violated various SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules and FINRA Funding Portal Rules. As a result of FINRA’s investigation, UFP pulled its website and submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (the “AWC”) in order to…

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SEC Makes Intrastate Crowdfunding A Little Easier

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC. The SEC just adopted rules that should make intrastate Crowdfunding easier, at least if State legislatures do their part. To understand how the new rules help and how they don’t, start with section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933, which has been, until now, the basis for all intrastate Crowdfunding laws. While section 5 of the Securities Act generally provides that all sales of securities must be registered with the SEC, section 3(a)(11) provides for an exemption for: Any security which is a part of an issue offered and sold only to persons…

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SEC Adopts Final Expanded Intrastate Crowdfunding Rules

By Samuel S. Guzik, CrowdFundBeat special guest editor,  Guzik & Associate Today the SEC unanimously adopted amendments to Rule 147 and Rule 504, and adopted a new Rule 147A, intended to modernize and facilitate local offerings by companies in their home state.  The final rules are much improved from the proposed rules issued in October 2015, in response to virtually unanimous views of rule commentors. The only fly in the ointment is that most states will need to update their legislation in order to be able to take advantage on the new, relaxed rules allowing broad internet solicitation. However, sales are still limited to investors in…

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Forbes7 Crowdfunding Keys For Social EntrepreneursForbesLots of people hold themselves out to be crowdfunding experts. I haven't met anyone who has raised more money in on Kickstarter and Indiegogo than Funded Today's Zach Smith. He reports raising over $110 million total ov [...]

PGH City Paper (blog)WQED's Rick Sebak launches crowdfunding campaignPGH City Paper (blog)At a time when funding for public broadcasting is at risk, one Pittsburgh legend is looking to bring more programming to WQED through alternative means. This week, Sebak launched a Kickstart [...]

Yahoo FinanceHapbeat Begins Kickstarter Crowdfunding Project for Wearable Device "hapbeat"Yahoo FinanceHapbeat, a start-up company formed at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, will begin a crowdfunding campaign (https://goo.gl/j6g0oy) on Kickstarter for the production of rev [...]

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 [...]

People's Light launches crowdfunding campaign on play about ...The PhoenixMALVERN >> This month, People's Light launched a month-long crowdfunding campaign around the world premiere production of “Project Dawn,” a vital new ...and more » [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 » [...]

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 [...]

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