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The Equity Crowdfunding Paradox

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By Jorge Sanchez III Partner, Nouvantage.com, Crowdfund Beat Guest Contributor, Crowdfunding is a broad classification used to categorize a variety of modern digital funding activities aimed at engaging wide networks of people. In this article I will refer to the equity crowdfunding of venture capital. Investing is a risk-taking endeavor where return on investment is the premium harvested by investors for allocating funds to a venture executing a business plan and confronting the risk of failure and loss of capital. The uncertainty of the outcome that the business pursues gives rise to the primary barrier to investment, information asymmetry. Investment decisions are information driven and based…

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Crowdfunding with Self Directed IRA?

Daft or Deft – Trump the National Debt

National Debt

By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Editor, @stevecinelli Can the political narrative get any stranger, and in many ways, even incredulous?   First off, the country is undergoing an election season wherein the two front runners are disdained by the majority of Americans.  One (the Dem) purports to have experience, but seriously, she merely has had “exposure”:  yes, a nice (planned) resume, but has she actually accomplished anything as a statesperson or legislator?  Ask about “her” treaties or “her” laws or initiatives that have translated into real progress or meaning, domestically or abroad. Seems to be a goose-egg. But give her credit for marketing…  Then the other…

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Understanding Securities Law to Start Your Business?

Understanding Securities Law to Start Your Business?

By Samuel E. Whitley,  Whitley LLP Attorneys at Law. CrowdFund Beat Guest post, The following is a guest post written by Samuel E. Whitley, a valued WealthForge partner and managing partner at Whitley LLP Attorneys at Law. YES. Or you need to hire someone who does. While some small businesses may not deal with public or private offerings, many companies do. Often a company will want to raise capital through a public offering, or via the Internet (crowdfunding) for instance. Because of this, all business owners should have a working knowledge of securities law.       What are Securities? Essentially, a “security” is defined as…

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New Academic Research on Crowdfunding

New Academic Research on Crowdfunding

CrowdFund Beat News Wire, PRESS RELEASE California Management Review Publishes Special Issue on Crowdfunding Popular opinion suggests that major crowdfunding platforms serve to democratize the process of innovation, enabling entrepreneurs and creators in a way that could not be supported under traditional models. But emerging research paints a more nuanced picture. The popularity of crowdfunding among entrepreneurs and investors has opened up new opportunities that would not have been possible in the pre-internet era. For example, pre-sales on Kickstarter allow would-be creators to get a sense of demand for their product before investing heavily in development and manufacturing. Other crowd-based platforms like LendingClub actively seek to…

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Social Media & CrowdFunding Busienss

Social Media & CrowdFunding Busienss

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, There are numerous advantages of utilizing social media marketing to grow a business:Cost-Efficient System Social media marketing is exceptionally cost-compelling and might even be done successfully with nomoney related commitment in light of the fact that most, if not all prevalent social systems are allowedto utilize. Businesses can right away make their own business page and begin pulling in fans, supporters,or adherents in a flash. It is similar to owning a free virtual promoting land in a prime area where thereare many people. Come to a Wider Audience A best aspect concerning social media marketing is that just about everybody these days…

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Coming to Roost?

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By Steven Cinelli, CrowdFunding Beat, Sr. contributing Editor About three weeks before the Lending Club IPO, I had written a piece concerning the valuation placed on the fin tech platform. Similarly, the review might apply to the other alternative finance platform, OnDeck Capital, which also made their public entrance.    The basic thesis was whether the market was valuing such new forms of alternative finance as technology companies or within the body of financial services.  As shared, if one looks at the metrics used to value finance stalwarts like Wells Fargo or Visa or Capital One, which participate in the same markets, we see multiples of profits, revenues and asset…

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Kool Things – control your whole home from your phone?

KoolThings – Haven’t you always wanted to seamlessly control your whole home from your phone?

Introducing the new “iWanditAll” platform. It is a combination of KoolThings and Smartphone resulting in KoolApplications for IoT or Internet of Things. KooThings consists of multifunction, multisensory KoolWand and KoolBridge. KoolBridge acts as a bridge and converts WiFi / Bluetooth / BLE commands from Android or ios mobile devices to Infrared / Bluetooth / BLE signals for the purpose of controlling variety of your electronic home appliances or devices wirelessly or via IR blaster cable. KoolBridge also receives triggering events from BLE sensors for sending notifications and messages to mobile devices so as to provide additional cloud services. KoolWand acts as tool for child safety,…

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FREE GPS/GNSS for the Makers Launched on CrowdFunding Site

FREE GPS/GNSS for the Makers Launched on CrowdFunding Site

Hsinchu, Taiwan, December 23, 2013 – SkyTraq Technology Inc., a leading fabless GNSS positioning technology company, is undertaking a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to explore if there is sufficient interest in applying GPS/GNSS processor technology beyond traditional ways by offering NavSpark, a small, powerful, thumb-sized, 32bit, microcontroller development board with GPS/GNSS receiver as onboard peripheral. With price approaching 8bit microcontroller development board, the GPS/GNSS receiver is effectively provided to users free of charge. They are seeking $27,000 in funding until February 6, 2014. NavSpark features: 100MHz 32bit RISC Processor with 16Kbyte I-Cache and 2Kbyte D-Cache IEEE-754 Compliant Floating Point Unit 1MByte Flash Memory 212Kbyte SRAM…

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If Crowdfunding is the New Day Trading, Look Out

Paul Volcker famously said the only financial innovation to improve society in recent memory was the ATM. Not everyone agrees. In an essay earlier this week on the evolution of money and finance, GigaOM founder and venture capitalist Om Malik argued that crowdfunding will be the new day trading, the latest financial innovation to “cut costs and [drive] wider participation in a previously closed and clubby market.” Advocates of crowdfunding had better hope not. To be clear, Malik isn’t talking about Kickstarter where funders make a donation that acts like a pre-order. He’s talking about the public buying stock in private companies, something that may…

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Scientists Compile ‘Census Of The Galaxies’ Using Power Of The Crowd

Scientists Compile ‘Census Of The Galaxies’ Using Power Of The Crowd

Astronomers have sought the aid of enthusiastic amateurs to help them take on the Herculean task of studying the cosmos. Cutting-edge instruments allow us to peer deep into time and space. But back on Earth, there are still just 24 hours in a day. That’s the conundrum researchers have increasingly faced in recent years, as the quantity of images returned by telescopes has outpaced attempts at organizing them. Now, an international group of scientists is tackling that problem by harnessing people power, plus the Internet, to help them take on the enormity of the universe. The result is “Galaxy Zoo,” a project determined to catalog…

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New crowdfunding platform targets Drupal development

New crowdfunding platform targets Drupal development

A new crowdfunding platform – Drupalfund – is intended to make it easier to contribute to Drupal and accelerate development work on the open source content platform, according to Jozef Toth. Toth, a co-founder of Drupalfund and the CEO of Slovakia-based Web development agency Mogdesign.eu, said that a large portion of Drupal development has been based on individuals and companies donating time and money to the CMS. “The majority of this development, even core development, is done during developers’ free time, even in many cases cutting into time that could be spent on paid work,” Toth said. “While this generosity is laudable, it still means…

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HEADLINE NEWS

Yahoo FinanceCan Equity Crowdfunding Be Fixed? - Yahoo FinanceYahoo FinanceWith the adoption last year of the Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF) exemptions by the Securities and Exchange Commissionprivate companies can now raise ...and more » [...]

Funerals paid for by crowdfunding are on the riseBBC NewsCharles Wells, chief operations officer for JustGiving, said: "Thinking about the costs of a funeral is the last thing a grieving family wants to do but with the cost of funerals rising JustGiving has seen increasing number [...]

Phys.OrgCrowdfunding expands innovation financing to underserved regionsPhys.OrgThe study found that crowdfunding in a region, and in particular successful technology campaigns, appeared to cause an increase in venture capital funding in the region. This occurs as venture capitalists [...]

Telegraph.co.ukWellesley to freeze crowdfunding campaign as it courts City investorsTelegraph.co.ukPeer-to-peer property lender Wellesley is suspending its crowd-funding efforts as it courts City investors to help fund its expansion. Wellesley is set to pause its campaign that asked s [...]

Business Insider UKLondon startup Pact Coffee moved out of its office after failing to raise a £1 million crowdfunding roundBusiness Insider UKPact Coffee's move comes after the startup failed to hit a £1 million crowdfunding target last March. The Crowdcube campaign was terminat [...]

The Herald-Times (subscription)Interfaith Winter Shelter providing volunteer training, creates crowdfunding campaignThe Herald-Times (subscription)Bedding for Interfaith Winter Shelter guests is seen in 2009 at First United Church. The shelter, which rotates among area facilities, has [...]

SBC NewsPeople Power – Crowdfunding in igamingSBC NewsNathan Rose is the Director at Assemble Advisory, a company which specialises in helping start-ups and companies with their equity crowdfunding campaigns. He's also the author of Equity Crowdfunding. When asked what advice he [...]

UpNorthLive.comLocal businesses turn to crowdfunding for supportUpNorthLive.comAnderson said crowd funding can be a good way for some companies to raise money if they don't fit into certain categories for bank loans. “That was one way, or a family member, or a friend, a private e [...]

Amanda Todd's mom nears crowdfunding goal to attend Netherlands trialCTV NewsThe mother of a B.C. teen who died by suicide after being sexually exploited online is raising money to travel to the Netherlands for the trial of a Dutch citizen who will eventually be extradited to Can [...]

Mountain XpressFaces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives | Mountain XpressMountain XpressUPBEAT ENTERTAINMENT: Window Cat brings its feel-good tunes to local hangouts like Salvage Station, The Bywater and Ben's Tune Up with frequency.and more » [...]

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