Monthly Archives: October 2013

CFB Exclusive interview with CrowdFunding movie producers Hulo Films

CFB Exclusive interview with CrowdFunding movie producers Hulo Films

Stephen Huszar and Ryan Lockwood of  Hulo Films are producing a family friendly feature film called Milton’s Secret written by bestselling author Eckhart Tolle. The producers are raising the money for the project on Indiegogo where they have already raised over $250,000 toward a goal of $1 million. On November 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM Eastern, the producers will join CrowdFundBeat for a live discussion. The producers provided this brief synopsis: MILTON’S SECRET is a coming of age story about an 11-year-old boy growing up in an economically depressed suburb, and the elder quest of his grandfather. His mother and father are workaholics with marital and financial…

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How Crowdfunding Is Putting The Social Back Into Social Entrepreneurship

How Crowdfunding Is Putting The Social Back Into Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll World Forum In the lead up to the 2013 Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll World Forum is featuring the ideas and innovations of several speakers and delegates, all of whom are writing on entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social issues. Organized by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative, the Summit takes place on November 9th at Harvard University. View the full series here. Bre DiGiammarino is the Education and Social Innovation Director atIndiegogo. Grey Frandsen wants to make you invisible to mosquitos.  He received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and has worked for years developing…

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CrowdFunding Good for Investors?

CrowdFunding Good for Investors?

  BY TIMOTHY SPANGLER,  Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission set new rules for people seeking to use online platforms to raise money for their companies. Soon, some startups could start raising funds not from venture-capital firms or wealthy individuals, but from the general public. Think Kickstarter, the Web site that helps artists raise donations to fund their work, but for businesses. It’s part of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, signed by President Obama in April of 2012, and the goal is to spur economic growth. There will be several limits to protect investors. People who earn less than a hundred thousand dollars a…

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Could Crowdfunding Help This Man Walk Again?

Could Crowdfunding Help This Man Walk Again?

By Queen Muse  Steven Quigley never expected to be the victim of a tragic accident. But on one fateful night in 2011, the then 37-year-old New Jersey native was brutally attacked and knocked unconscious by unknown assailants after an outing with friends in Old City. Coming to grips with the brutality of his mysterious and still unsolved attack was only half of the battle for Quigley. After learning that the attack had left him with a quad spinal injury and a prognosis of life in a wheelchair with a 10-percent chance of ever walking again, Quigley later became aware of the hefty medical expenses he would soon…

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Sir David Attenborough launches first crowdfunding campaign to save mountain gorilla

Sir David Attenborough launches first crowdfunding campaign to save mountain gorilla

By Miranda Prynne, Sir David Attenborough has launched his first ever crowdfunding charity campaign to help save the mountain gorilla. The wildlife expert aims to raise £110,000 by December 11 to supportFauna & Flora International’s work in protecting the critically endangered species. Launching the fundraising drive, he said: “If we are to ensure the survival of mountain gorillas, it is vital that the global community supports our efforts.” Conservation charity Fauna & Flora work closely with local communities in African countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda where the gorillas are found and helps them to monitor and protect the rare creatures.…

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Alan Patricof is a Believer in CrowdFunding

Alan Patricof is a Believer in CrowdFunding

Crowdfunding a pro for startups? On CNBC Alan Patricof, Greycroft LCC, explains why he thinks crowdfunding will open up a whole new door for startups. Alan Patricof is the founder and managing director of Greycroft LLC. A longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital, Alan entered the industry in its formative days with the creation of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor to Apax Partners – today, one of the world’s leading private equity firms with over $41 billion under management. See the interview on CFB Video… See the interview on CFB Video section https://crowdfundbeat.com/video/?p=4561  

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I-Bankers Direct Partners with Film Producer Lisa Katselas

I-Bankers Direct Partners with Film Producer Lisa Katselas

I-Bankers Direct Partners with Film Producer Lisa Katselas on New Horror Movie “Somewhat Dead” in First Investment Opportunity of its Kind Under New JOBS Act New York, NY (October 30, 2013): I-Bankers Direct (www.ibankersdirect.com) announced today its first film industry offering in partnership with award-winning producer Lisa Katselas (Richard III, Mrs. Dalloway) for the new horror film, Somewhat Dead. This marks the first time a film will be financed using new SEC regulation 506(c), which allows private film producers to advertise private placement financing opportunities for film productions. “After analyzing the investment potential of a well-made, low budget horror film in this booming genre, we felt it made sense to…

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CrowdFunding Research Gets Real

CrowdFunding Research Gets Real

by Press Office on October 31, 2013,  In what might be a first for a British university, a new researcher will have the chance to practice what they preach by crowd-funding their own salary. The researcher will effectively be among the first to understand how the research landscape might change in the wake of crowd-funding. The University of Portsmouth is advertising for a research fellow whose role will be to examine the type of academic research that successfully generates crowd-funding support and whether crowd-funding has the potential to decide what research is carried out. Once their tenure is up the researcher could keep their job for an…

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CFB Exclusive interview with Realty Mogul CEO Jilliene Helman

Realty Mogul is one of the key players in the rapidly developing real estate crowdfunding space. CEO Jilliene Helman will join CrowdFundBeat for an exclusive interview on October 31, 2013 at 1:00 Eastern. According to Realty Mogul: Jilliene is the CEO and Co-Founder of Realty Mogul responsible for strategic direction and operations. Previously she was a Vice President at Union Bank, where she spent time in Wealth Management, Finance and Risk Management. Jilliene is a Certified Wealth Strategist®, holds a Series 63 license and has a degree in Business from Georgetown University. Devin D. Thorpe, CrowdFundBeat contributing editor, is the author of Crowdfunding for Social Good. Readers…

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The Biggest Trends in Franchising

The Biggest Trends in Franchising

BYKevin Harrington,  When you break it down, franchising is simply a proven method of distributing products or services. But franchising happens to be a business approach that is booming at a time the rest of the U.S. economy is treading water. “The franchise sector continues to grow adding 184,000 jobs over the past 12 months,” said International Franchise Association President & CEO Steve Caldeira. The IFA recently rolled out its glowing 3rd Quarter Franchise Forecast for 2013. Highlights of the report: The franchise sector accounted for roughly 10% of all new jobs over the past 18 months – that boosts the total jobs in the industry to…

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Govt releases crowdfunding proposals

Govt releases crowdfunding proposals

  Draft reg ulations governing the practice of crowdfunding suggest such offers should be limited by a “principal purpose” test to ensure crowdfunding services match issues with investors who have small amounts to invest. The proposal is one of hundreds of draft regulations released for consultation and submissions by December 5 to give effect to the new Financial Markets Conduct Act. The Act represents a total rewrite of financial market conduct rules, simultaneously seeking to tighten investor protections while removing barriers and costs of raising capital for businesses seeking to grow. On crowdfunding, a discussion paper on the regulations says limiting crowdfunding offers through a principal purposes…

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Grow VC Group Makes Strategic Investment in Crowdbaron

Grow VC Group Makes Strategic Investment in Crowdbaron

Hong Kong, October 31, 2013 – Grow VC Group announces it has made a strategic investment in Crowdbaron, a crowd investing service specializing in global real estate. Crowdbaron continues its existing crowd investing operations, with plans in place to expand and grow the business. Crowdbaron today is Asia’s leading crowd investing service. It has successfully opened doors to global real estate investment to aspiring landlords in Asia. It aims to allow investors to diversify their investments in fast growing real estate markets around the world. With an initial focus in London real estate, Crowdbaron has already helped investors build a property portfolio worth an estimated USD$3.0 million. Additionally,…

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Baltimore SunHarford still opposes crowdfunding sites for school donationsBaltimore SunRaising money through online crowdfunding sites is an ideal way for teachers to find the funds to purchase classroom materials and should be restored, the head of the Harford County teachers' u [...]

U.S. News & World ReportNo Cash for Hate, Say Mainstream Crowdfunding FirmsU.S. News & World ReportThe block on mainstream crowdfunding is just the latest blow to far-right activists operating online. In the last 24 hours, neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer had its domain regi [...]

LITTLE GUIDANCE FROM IRS ON TAXING CROWDFUNDING CONTRIBUTIONSBloomberg BNAWhether it's a musician raising money to produce an album, an inventor with a great idea, or a family in distress that needs help, crowdfunding through platforms such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter has become [...]

Crowdfunding: Funding ideas the right wayReuters (press release) (registration)The term “crowdfunding”, or “crowdsourcing”, refers to an open call made to the world via the Internet to solicit funds from interested parties to finance a business or social project. The funds received ma [...]

Crain's Cleveland Business'Smaller' gifts can go long way for Clinic's crowdfunding platformCrain's Cleveland BusinessFor an institution accustomed to securing multimillion-dollar donations, Cleveland Clinic's latest fundraising effort has some relatively [...]

What do you think of crowdfunding campaigns?Japan TodayI think that if there is a responsibility and guarantee of sorts that the crowdfunding site will actually act with the users to go after companies which waste money or run off with it, then it would be a great thing for the future [...]

ForbesWhat Works In Equity Crowdfunding -- Insights From ResearchForbesAs we have recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of the signing of the JOBS Act into law, it is a good time to take stock of the effect that the legislature had on equity crowdfunding in the United States. It [...]

VentureBeatAmid Silicon Valley crackdown on alt-right, Gab social network ...VentureBeatAs high-tech firms have begun taking steps to weed out some of the most offensive right-wing hate groups, alternative social network Gab has seen a surge in ...Gab is becoming a haven for hate spee [...]

FortuneIndiegogo's Difficult Path to Offering Equity CrowdfundingFortuneIndiegogo founder Slava Rubin discusses how Indiegogo's equity crowdfunding service has been performing since its launch in 2016. Photograph by Indiegogo. E-mail; Tweet; Facebook; Linkedin. Share icons. [...]

The HinduKoodiyattam centre goes for crowdfundingThe HinduThe goal is to raise the sum through the crowdfunding platform BitGiving (https://www.bitgiving.com /nepathya) to train a new generation of artistes in what constitutes the only surviving form of ancient Sanskrit theatre in the [...]

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