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Why You Should Never Invest in a Crowdfunded Startup

Why You Should Never Invest in a Crowdfunded Startup

By Wilton Risenhoover, CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor,EIR @ Idealab, Investment Committee @ UCLA Venture Capital Fund  @risenhoover On October 23, 2013, the SEC published its proposed rules (“Regulation CF” aka “Crowdfunding Regulations”) that will allow the general public to invest in privately-held companies for the first time in over 80 years. Considering there is significantly more wealth held by the general public than the professional venture capital funds, this change has the potential to transform the early stage financing environment. However, there are significant risks in these types of investments that many people might not recognize. Let’s not forget that the SEC restricted the public from these…

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When Crowdfunding Your Startup


CrowdfundBeat Media, Letting the crowd fund your startup doesn’t mean allowing your business plan to go unwritten. In the business world, approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month and funding those businesses comes from a variety of sources. Most recently, startups are beginning to utilize crowdfunding sites to promote their ventures and raise the capital they need through online platforms. Similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank, startups have the opportunity to present their business to a number of “backers” who can potentially finance their business. Such crowdfunding websites are making it easier for new business owners to spread the word of their company and search for…

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

How Darma Raised $100K in the First Day of their Kickstarter 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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500 Startups Partners with SeedInvest for White Label Platform

500 Startups Partners with SeedInvest for White Label Platform

CFB News Wire, 500 Startups, the most active venture capital fund and accelerator in the world, whereby SeedInvest will power a white label investment platform for the prominent accelerator’s funds and portfolio companies. In short, 500 will be able to generally solicit their funds as well as easily allow investments from their LPs into their funds and portfolio companies on their own branded platform. SeedInvest has built an investor verification system and state­-of-­the-­art white label solution which enables venture capital funds to easily manage their own fundraising activity and investor bases. “500 Startups is already widely recognized by the entrepreneur and investor community as one of the most innovative VC funds in the world. Making this change in our fundraising process…

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Audiodraft, The Crowdsourcing Platform For Sound And Music, Raises $400K From 500 Startups & Promus Ventures

Audiodraft, The Crowdsourcing Platform For Sound And Music, Raises $400K From 500 Startups & Promus Ventures

Audiodraft, a platform where brands or anybody else can commissions custom music or sounds, just closed $400,000 in a funding round led by 500 Startups and Promus Ventures. The best analogy for what the startup does is 99Designs for sound. Founded three years ago, the company has grown a community of about 20,000 sound designers and music composers who are available to create music or sounds for different advertising agencies and clients on commission. There’s also a library on-hand tracks so that customers can drop by and buy licenses for music for anywhere from $400 to $2,000. Then there’s also a way to host contests. (Here’s…

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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 [...]

ForbesHow Crowdfunding Can Supercharge Your Campaign In 2016ForbesCrowdfunding has helped a lot of businesses recently. Want to join the queue? Here's how to raise funds for your projects.and more » [...]

The Jewish Press » » Funny Jewish Women's Crowdfunding Video ...The Jewish PressThe Women's Performance Community of Jerusalem and OU Israel are creating harmony among the women of Greater Jerusalem through the creation of a ...and more » [...]

BdailyAndy Murray has invested in UK startups WeSwap and Perkbox through the Seedrs crowdfunding platformBusiness InsiderTennis star Andy Murray has backed two more early stage UK tech companies on crowdfunding platform Seedrs, bringing his startup portfolio up to 17 companies. The wo [...]

Corporate Counsel (registration)FTC Hears From Company Leaders as Crowdfunding Grows ...Corporate Counsel (registration)"You're going to see people developing an expertise and really move on from this initial stage of everyone kind of exploring crowdfunding in a more general [...]

Singularity HubHow 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 » [...]

KNWACrowdfunding Sends NWA Family to Wrigley - Story | NWAHomepageKNWAThis World Series matchup features the two franchises with the longest world series title drought, a combined 176 years without a championship.and more » [...]

BillboardCrowdfunding for His Life: How GoFundMe Helped Save a Punk Legend's LifeBillboardSo on the advice of a close friend, Julian -- like an increasing number of aging musicians without a lucrative record contract -- turned to crowdfunding, launching a campaign on the No. 1 pl [...]

Minneapolis Star TribuneSEC releases new, relaxed rules on investment crowdfundingMinneapolis Star TribuneNew rules announced this week will make it easier for small companies to raise capital from small-time investors, another step forward for Minnesota's fledgling investment cr [...]

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 [...]

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