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Political Crowdfunding: Building a Community Instead of a Campaign

By Anum Yoon, Crowdfund Beat Media Guest Editor, Throughout the past few years, crowdfunding has become a source of fundraising for charities, life-saving surgeries, new products, individual travel goals, research projects and more. With crowdfunding platforms and social media, it’s easier than ever to set up a page where friends and family can donate to whatever it is you’re passionate about or need money for. But does this new fundraising fad have a place in politics? Politicians who are starting campaigns or building platforms need money, and it’s a fairly new possibility that this money could come from small individual donations from people on crowdfunding…

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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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Fintech Fundings: 26 Companies Raise $270 Million

The fintech sector attracted $266 million in new capital the second week of August. Half went to Finovate/FinDEVr alums including: $56 million to customer service specialist Interactions $52.5 million to alt-auto-title lender Finova Financial $17 million to Upguard for its cybersecurity technology $5.8 million went to Finovate alum Pindrop to further its phone-based fraud solutions $5 million to CUneXus to expand its consumer lending platform The number of deals totaled 26, slightly below the YTD average of 28 deals per week. The YTD total now stands at 895, about 400 more than last year’s 484. Total dollars raised YTD is $19.9 billion, nearly double the…

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A New Era begins for Equity Crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act

By Sydney Armani, CrowdFund Beat CEO & Publisher On May 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) crowdfunding rules under Title III of the JOBS Act go into effect, allowing early stage and growth companies, which may be unable or unwilling to raise capital from institutional or private investors, to gain access to another source of capital. “Title III of the JOBS Act was originally meant to be a game changer for growth companies, adding another way businesses could raise capital in today’s marketplace,” said Alex Castelli, partner and leader of the National Liquidity and Capital Formation Advisory Group at CohnReznick, a top accounting, tax,…

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The rise in crowd-investing

By Adi Gaskell , CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor Editor, Crowdfunding has been expanding at quite a pace in recent years, but whilst I suspect most of you are familiar with the likes of Kickstarter, there is a slightly more serious form of the art growing in popularity. Since President Obama passed the JOBS Act in 2012 there has been a steady growth in crowd-investment platforms.  Whereas Kickstarter et al might reward backers with a freebie or some other gift associated with the project, with crowd-investing platforms, the return is more akin to that associated with traditional investments. I’ve written previously about investment platforms for real estate in…

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Community Banking, The Crowd and CrowdFunding

By Steven Cinelli, CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. Editor, CEO PRIMARQ/REMARQ Personally, I have enjoyed the whitepaper series on community banking and its positioning and potential opportunities by aligning with the “crowd space”.  I believe the biggest takeaway for members of community banking industry is that “times continue to change” and the fundamental principles, practices and disciplines of banking have shifted so new models need be pursued for not only profitability but survival.   Let’s assess the banking industry.  In 1985, there were over 14,000 banks in the US.  Now, in 2014, we have less than 7000.  And it wasn’t the big banks that have failed.  In 2012,…

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SBA to start online training on Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire , An introduction to crowdfunding for entrepreneurs. SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education provides this self-paced training exercise as an overview of crowdfunding (also commonly referred to as ‘crowd financing’ or ‘crowd sourced capital’). You will find the course easy to follow and the subject matter indexed for quick reference and easy access. It will take about 30 minutes to complete the course. As audio is used throughout the training, please adjust your speakers accordingly. A transcript and keyboard shortcuts are available to further assist with user accessibility. The highlighted next steps at the conclusion of the program will help you apply…

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HEADLINE NEWS

TIMECrowdfunding Campaign Raises $40000 for Homeless Man who Helped Manchester Terror Attack VictimsTIMEA series of crowdfunding campaigns have raised more than £31,000 ($40,000) in support of a homeless man who said he rushed to the aid of people wounded in Monday night's suicid [...]

seattlepi.comCrowdfunding campaign hopes to save Belltown grunge meccaseattlepi.comLess than a week after the death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, another piece of Seattle's rock history is in danger of being lost. 2316 2nd Avenue, the building housing blacksmith shop Bla [...]

QuartzDonating to my older sister's friend: Crowdfunding is paying for urgent healthcare in ChinaQuartzHolding her six-year-old son, Deng Na's looks into the camera, her face both tired and determined. The picture accompanying the online crowdfunding call for her son Chen Ju [...]

Hollywood ReporterAdam Carolla Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for 'No Safe Spaces' MovieHollywood ReporterComedian and podcaster Adam Carolla and radio host Dennis Prager have been filming their movie about political correctness at universities for several months, but now th [...]

New York MagazineFacebook Rolls Out Crowdfunding to EveryoneNew York MagazineDepending on your perspective, the rise in popularity of crowdfunding is either a fantastic new way that the internet lets strangers help each other out, or emblematic of the decay of institutional safeguards [...]

Business InsiderA crowdfunding campaign to support the families of Manchester attack victims has raised £750000 in a single dayBusiness InsiderA crowdfunding campaign to raise money to provide support for the families of those injured and killed in the Manchester terrorist attack has [...]

KTALTexas lawmaker starts crowdfunding campaign for school lunchesKTALAUSTIN, TX - A Texas state lawmaker is looking for donations to pay off debt Texas students rack up in school cafeterias. Partnered with Feeding Texas, Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, launched a statewide crowd fundi [...]

Marketplace.orgCrowdfunding has created a whole new consulting industryMarketplace.orgWhen crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo first got their start, the idea was that all an entrepreneur needed was a cell-phone camera and a dream.and more » [...]

CurbedNew real estate crowdfunding site focuses on community developmentCurbedCrowdfunding has existed for years, and other firms, such as FundRise and Realty Mogul, have focused on property development, but the Small Change model offers a new spin for the real estate space. For years [...]

The Australian Financial ReviewPrivate companies face public conundrum under new crowdfunding rulesThe Australian Financial ReviewThe Federal Budget extended crowdfunding opportunities to private companies, but a closer look at the amended legislation reveals they may still be forced [...]

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