Monthly Archives: February 2014

CrowdFunding boost for cocktails duo NiteOwl

CrowdFunding boost for cocktails duo NiteOwl

By Jo Blakemore A North East company that sells chilled smoking cocktail systems for bars has boosted its global business after turning to crowdfunding website Kickstarter. NiteOwl, founded by Colin Myers and Rob Funder in 2009, developed a bar top machine called JetChill that injects dry ice into the bottom of its drinks glasses to produce two chilled smoking cocktails at a time. But when it couldn’t access enough funding from traditional banks, it launched a Kickstarter campaign which attracted 27 new backers and exceeded its funding target of £25,000, raising £27,149 in just 60 days. “Kickstarter is an excellent high-profile platform and we were…

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Equity CrowdFunding eyed for start-ups

By Mike Freeman, Young San Diego companies sometimes bemoan the difficulty of raising investment capital locally, which forces them to court venture firms in hotly competitive Silicon Valley or elsewhere. Can the rise of equity crowd-funding websites give these entrepreneurs an additional avenue to raise money? There’s a movement afoot to find out. At a San Diego Venture Group event this week, former Qualcomm executive Jeff Belk said he’s joined with Israeli crowd-funding firm OurCrowd as a venture partner targeting San Diego companies. Belk’s new venture, Bright Light Management, aims to find and evaluate early stage firms, bringing them to the OurCrowd online platform for…

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CrowdFunding Rule Comments Under SEC Review

CrowdFunding Rule Comments Under SEC Review

By RUSS GARLAND,Crowdfunding rules that would let ordinary investors back startups are moving closer to adoption by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Agency staff are just starting their review of comments on a nearly 600-page proposal issued in October to implement a mandate in the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. Comments were due Feb. 3. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White has said that completing the rules are a priority this year. Startups and entrepreneurs, who stand to benefit from greater access to capital, are concerned that the proposed rules would deter smaller companies from using crowdfunding, as The Wall Street Journal reports. A key…

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Bright Light Management and OurCrowd team up in local venture

Bright Light Management and OurCrowd team up in local venture

E’quity crowd-funding eyed for SD start-ups Mike Freeman | FEB. 28, 2014 | UT San Diego – Young San Diego companies sometimes bemoan the difficulty of raising investment capital locally, which forces them to court venture firms in hotly competitive Silicon Valley or elsewhere. Can the rise of equity crowd-funding websites give these entrepreneurs an additional avenue to raise money? There’s a movement afoot to find out. At a San Diego Venture Group event this week, former Qualcomm executive Jeff Belk said he’s joined with Israeli crowd-funding firm OurCrowd as a venture partner targeting San Diego companies. Belk’s new venture, Bright Light Management, aims to…

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Understanding crowdfunding’s caveats

Understanding crowdfunding’s caveats

BY ROSS RUBIN , Crowdfunding has been a boon to companies that are bringing some of the most exciting and innovative devices to market. But sometimes things go wrong. Last March, the first of a two-part Switched On discussed some of the foibles about crowdfunding in the wake of Kickstarter proclaiming that it was not a store. The column highlighted three products, two of which (the Syre Bluetooth iPod nano watchband and the Jorno folding keyboard) had seen long delays, but still seemed to have hope of shipping. Nearly a year later, neither has. And there is no telling when or if either will. To the credit of…

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CrowdFunding & Beer

CrowdFunding & Beer

ByBrian Feldt St. Louis Business Journal, Beer and podcasts mark second chapter for entrepreneur DreamFundMe.com, just months after its initial launch in September, saying users were creating campaigns that were essentially asking for free handouts with little work. But a series of new ideas has Becker back on track in the crowdfunding realm. And his new crowdfunding portals are looking to help entrepreneurs in two separate industries. Becker will begin funding campaigns on St. Louis-based PodFund, which will let aspiring podcasters raise funds from the masses, beginning Monday. Then, in the spring, Becker hopes to launch another crowdfunding website designed at attracting money for craft…

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CrowdFunding Real Estate In North Texas

CrowdFunding Real Estate In North Texas

BY Lauren Silverman, The crowdfunding trend – where people pool their money to back everything from arts projects to new gadgets – has hit home. Literally. Investors are now pooling their money online to buy real estate. And the first crowdfunded real estate transaction just took place in Dallas. A group of 46 investors now own a 267-unit apartment complex in Mesquite. The complex, called Trinity Place, will soon be re-branded “Park Centre,” that’s centre, c-e-n-t-r-e. New playgrounds are going in, barbecue grills, exterior kitchens, and an upgraded duck pond. A duck pond at the apartment complex in Mesquite, which will be redone now that…

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How States are Changing the Crowdfunding Landscape

How States are Changing the Crowdfunding Landscape

Guest post by Social Enterprise Associates, www.socialenterprise.net, a consulting firm using the power of the marketplace for good. This registered B Corporation helps companies get ‘game ready’ to raise capital and position for success. The firm fosters ‘triple bottom line’ solutions to generate financial, social and environmental returns. Contact Drew Tulchin, drew@socialenterprise.net @SocialEntAssoc While investors and entrepreneurs have been waiting on federal action around equity crowdfunding rules, several states have been drafting their own crowdfunding laws that would prevail over proposed federal guidelines – so long as both the issuer and investor are local. Motivated by a desire to create local jobs, the trailblazer was the Invest Kansas Exception in 2011. Soon…

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CrowdFunding Economy, just getting started

CrowdFunding Economy,  just getting started

By Kyle Chayka, The Internet has broken down a lot of barriers in the world of what we have euphemistically deemed “content creation.” With websites, newsletters, and social media profiles, anyone can publish and promote anything, from blogs to books and feature films. In a perfect world, this means that the usual barriers to entry blockading creative people from reaching a public audience have fallen. But in the wide-open world of digital publishing, we’ve also all become a lot more accustomed to getting our media for free. Such is the dilemma: Getting everything for free from creators who are only rewarded with exposure is unsustainable, but…

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3 WAYS TO Socialize CrowdFunding Campaigns

3 WAYS TO Socialize CrowdFunding Campaigns

By: Mandy Cummings, WildRock A surprisingly common myth about crowdfunding is that once you make your project live, affluent beneficiaries will come flocking to fund your idea. In reality, it takes strategy and foresight to seek out the crowds that will be interested and passionate about your cause, and time invested in building that online community,before your campaign launches. A proven way to foster that community and excitement for your project is through effective use of social media. In fact, according to crowdfunding platform Fundable, social media is a critical factor in crowdfunding success, citing that for every order of magnitude increase in Facebook friends (10, 100, 1000),…

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Richard Branson on Finding Funding

Richard Branson on Finding Funding

BY RICHARD BRANSON Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur Richard Branson regularly shares his business experience and advice with readers. Ask him a question and your query might be the inspiration for a future column. Q: I am a social entrepreneur, striving to develop a business in Africa that makes a difference, but my struggle is the same as that of millions of others: finding funding. I come from Denmark, and potential investors always tell me, “The idea is great, but please prove that your business model works first, and then come back.” Should I look abroad for funding instead? — Christian Høegh-Guldberg Hoff, Nairobi, Kenya More and…

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WildRock Launches CrowdFunding Services

WildRock Launches CrowdFunding Services

  CrowdFund Beat News PR and marketing agency on the forefront of booming industry Fort Collins, COLO. (Feb. 27, 2014) – On the cuff an industry poised to reach $93 billion by 2025, WildRock Public Relations & Marketing® has launched new services specific for crowdfunding campaigns. In a space where social media, strategic communication and digital marketing has been proven essential to success, the full service agency now offers services for crowdfunding project owners. The official launch of WildRock’s crowdfunding services follows a series of successful campaigns, partnering with both local and national organizations to get the funding boost they need. The PR and marketing…

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NPRAfter Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise ...NPRThe popular crowdfunding service Patreon has backed off plans to change its payment structure, after widespread, vocal and passionate opposition from creators and their fans. Last week, the site announced it woul [...]

EntrepreneurWhy Some Small Business Owners Are Turning to Crowdfunding to Save Their CompanyEntrepreneurMany owners of beloved local businesses, especially in pricier cities, have been forced to swallow their pride and appeal to their customers in times of crisis -- a process streamli [...]

TechCrunchHow hate speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online ...TechCrunchIf you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you're probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech. Fortunately there's Ha [...]

Crowdfunding bid to cut car cover for millennialsThe TimesAn insurance start-up that claims it can reduce premiums for millennials will launch a £15m initial coin offering (ICO) next month in another sign of the growing frenzy over digital currencies. InsurePal will use the funds rais [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding Do's And Dont's From iFundWomen's Karen CahnForbesDuring our conversation, she was transparent in sharing that her first software company, VProud, failed because she “did everything backwards” and spent too much time trying to perfect the product. “Pe [...]

CoinDeskKickstarter ICO? Don't Count On It Says Crowdfunding Leader ...CoinDeskThe company most widely associated with crowdfunding, Brooklyn-based Kickstarter, has no plans to get into the initial coin offering (ICO) business. Coming in response to the news yesterday that compet [...]

TechCrunchFormer Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.comTechCrunchWhile Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month [...]

Crowdfunding For French CastlesNPRYou too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: What if I told you that for about $60, you cou [...]

CryptoCoinsNewsCrowdfunding Giant Indiegogo Looks to Make ICOs MainstreamCryptoCoinsNewsCrowdfunding platform Indiegogo has a plan to help initial coin offerings (ICOs) break into the mainstream, even as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is ramping up its oversight of [...]

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