Monthly Archives: March 2014

Reward vs Equity of CrowdFunding?

Reward vs Equity of CrowdFunding?

Here is Article statement by fundable When planning your crowdfund, determining what type of fundraise is the best fit for your company is an important first step. There are a few factors to take into consideration when making your decision. A successful rewards raise is a great precursor for equity Rewards raises are typically smaller dollar amounts than equity raises but require more backers due to low pledge thresholds. A successful rewards raise is fantastic proof of demand to entice investors during a subsequent equity crowdfund. Consumer-facing companies can offer great rewards The key to capturing pledges during a rewards crowdfund is to offer something…

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Reward vs Equity of CrowdFunding? 9,522 Kickstarter backers on project that sells for $2 Billion to FaceBook

Reward vs Equity of CrowdFunding? 9,522 Kickstarter backers on project that sells for $2 Billion to FaceBook

By Sydney Armani, CrowdFundBeat News, Reward VS Equity CrowdFunding, As controversy heats up over Oculus $2 Billion sale to FaceBook. I think I would have rather bought a few shares of Oculus rather than my now worthless $300 obsolete VR headset. What’s two billion dollars amongst 9,522 friends? I’d be happy with my $300 back. I feel that people right now are just blinded by their hatred for Facebook, I mean… it hasn’t been 10 hours since the purchase and people are already ranting like if someone stole their car. I know that they’ve done lot’s of bad things against their user’s privacy and that…

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7 Seven Crazy CrowdFunding ideas.. that may actually be ingenius!

7 Seven Crazy CrowdFunding ideas.. that may actually be ingenius!

7) Gnome & Bow: Storytelling Bags  A bag that tells stories… who’d be keen on that? A lot of people it seems. These concept-driven men’s fashion bags and accessories from Singapore have already received more than $20k in pledges and still have 24 days to go. Not bad for a first-time crowdfunder! And if you’re wondering how the bags tell stories? Each has its own unique story embedded into the them, i.e. zips that will forever tell the story of the hare and the tortoise. (Source: Pozible) 6) Grilled Cheesus Who can forget this weird and wonderful campaign from Kickstarter, circa Dec 2011? The team behind it crowdfunded…

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Alibaba introduces crowdfunding entertainment product

Alibaba introduces crowdfunding entertainment product

CrowdFundBeat News China’s Alibaba Group Holding, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, announced on March 27 that it will launch a fund that allows customers to invest in entertainment products as part of its bid to expand into innovative finance. Alibaba used Sina Weibo, a microblogging service in China, to announce its latest push into online finance — a form of crowdfunding for Chinese movies. Investors were offered an expected annual interest rate of 7% for putting as little as 100 yuan (US$16) in the fund using their smartphone. The funds will then be invested in film, television programs and online gaming projects through insurance and…

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Should You Do a Crowdfunding Campaign?

Aaron Schwartz | March 28, 2014 | FOXBusiness – Running a crowdfunding campaign is like living one year of a startup on steroids. You need to create a concise story for why folks should support you. Your team must execute a video (not an easy task). And most importantly, you have to hustle every day to get in front of new audiences; unfortunately, people won’t just show up, no matter how amazing your product is. After going through the experience myself, I am starting to believe that all entrepreneurs should do a campaign as well. Whether you use a major site like Indiegogo or Kickstarter,…

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The surprising acquisition…When Crowdfunding multi-billion-dollar company about to be owned by Facebook

The surprising acquisition…When Crowdfunding multi-billion-dollar company about to be owned by Facebook

Victor Luckerson| March 26, 2014 | Time – When Carlos Schulte contributed $300 on Kickstarter to an ambitious project called the Oculus Rift, he never expected this day to come. It’s doubtful anyone did—Oculus VR, the company behind the virtual reality headset, was only asking for $250,000 in its crowdfunding campaign during the summer of 2012. Back then, it was a scrappy startup with a small but passionate base of supporters. Now, it’s a multi-billion-dollar company about to be owned by Facebook. The surprising acquisition announcement Tuesday left many of Oculus’s original backers stunned, and a bit disappointed. “I felt a little used, I guess,”…

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Realty Mogul Raises $9M as Real Estate Crowdsourcing Turns Into Hot Property

Realty Mogul Raises $9M as Real Estate Crowdsourcing Turns Into Hot Property

  Dehorah Gage| March 27, 2014 | Wall Street Journal – Crowdfunding, which has influenced the making of movies, consumer electronics and various types of loans, is now spreading to real estate. Realty Mogul Chief Executive Jilliene Helman Realty Mogul In the second such funding of a real estate startup this week, Realty Mogul Co. raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Canaan Partners, bringing its total funding to $10 million. Valuation is not disclosed. The company is co-founded and led by Jilliene Helman, a 27-year-old former vice president of Union Bank who decided to start Realty Mogul after working in wealth management.…

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RealCrowd Raises $1.6M to Bring Crowdfunding to Real Estate

RealCrowd Raises $1.6M to Bring Crowdfunding to Real Estate

LORA KOLODNY | March 26, 2014 | Wall Street Journal – RealCrowd Inc., a San Francisco startup that’s bringing equity crowdfunding to the real estate industry, has raised $1.6 million in a seed round, according to Chief Executive and Founder Adam Hooper. Investors included Data Collective, Y Combinator Partner Garry Tan, Reddit co-founder and author Alexis Ohanian, Paul Bucheit and a collection of real estate and wealth managers, Mr. Hooper said. RealCrowd is a Y Combinator alumnus. Real estate operating companies–which buy, develop and sometimes lease and manage their assets later–can use RealCrowd to post information about their various projects, seek and receive funding through…

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Hawaii First State to Propose Civic Crowdfunding Legislation

Hawaii First State to Propose Civic Crowdfunding Legislation

Rodrigo Davies | March 24, 2014 | Rodrigo Davies blog – Hawaii has become the first state to propose a bill supporting civic crowdfunding, as it seeks to raise funds for the maintenance and repair of local schools. HB2631 outlines a pilot program in which two maintenance projects at Hawaii schools are selected for public crowdfunding campaigns. The pilot would be operated by Hawaii 3R’s (Repair, Remode, Restore our Schools), a 501(c)(3) organization started by the late Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye in 2001 to raise private funds to contribute to the backlog in school maintenance projects in Hawaii. Here’s how it would work, if approved:…

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Equity Crowdfunding Site Targets The Gigantic Untapped Consumer Market

Equity Crowdfunding Site Targets The Gigantic Untapped Consumer Market

Gery Stengel | March 26, 2014 | Forbes – If you want more women entrepreneurs to get equity financing and more women to invest in entrepreneurs, give them a tool they want — something simple to use that allows them to dabble and learn before they go all in. Oh, yeah, and someplace where they can collaborate, communicate, and share, which they love doing. That’s just what Portfolia, a crowdfunding site is doing. Now it’s just for accredited investors but when the rules and regulations for Title III of the JOBS Act get sorted out, unaccredited investors can participate, too. Portfolia is not some pink…

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Crowdfunding Site CircleUp Raises $14 Million

Crowdfunding Site CircleUp Raises $14 Million

WILLIAM ALDEN | March 26, 2014 | NYTimes – CircleUp, a crowdfunding website, has allowed a number of fledgling companies to raise money over the last two years. Now, CircleUp has attracted some additional money of its own. The start-up announced on Wednesday that it had raised $14 million in a financing round led by Canaan Partners, a venture capital firm investing in the company for the first time. Previous investors, including Google Ventures and Union Square Ventures, participated in the round. The fresh capital underscores the excitement in Silicon Valley over new ways of raising money. Crowdfunding, in particular, has drawn interest, and other…

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Crowdfunding Site Hosts Big Names – Hanks Film Among First Projects

Crowdfunding Site Hosts Big Names – Hanks Film Among First Projects

Jordan Zakarin | March 26, 2014 | TheWrap – Junction is only open to wealthier investors, and says its projects will be released with or without them Soon, wealthy movie fans will be able to get more than a digital download and a T shirt for investing in films online. The new Junction — which is already raising money for films with Tom Hanks, among others — isn’t a Kickstarter-type site that helps movies get made. Instead, it will allow investors to contribute to films that already have financially backing and will be made regardless of whether Junction participants join in. One of its first…

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The ColumbianCrowdfunding raises $12000 to help Vancouver Safeway workerThe ColumbianCrowdfunding raises $12,000 to help Vancouver Safeway worker. Wayne Hudson was diagnosed with a life-threatening infection and will be hospitalized for at least three months. Popular Cascade Park Safe [...]

Entrepreneur5 Ways to Learn the Nuts and Bolts of CrowdfundingEntrepreneurCrowdfunding is a multibillion dollar worldwide industry that continues to disrupt the traditional world of corporate finance, as well as change the way products go to market. Companies new and old, small and la [...]

Forbes6th Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention Sponsored By ForbesBooksForbesIn 2012, crowdfunding raised $1.7 billion in capital – but last year, total capital raised using crowdfunding reached over $60 billion. This represents a seismic shift in the way that startups, non-profits, [...]

Mirror.co.ukKinky couple set up crowdfunding campaign to raise £50,000 for ...Mirror.co.ukA kinky couple who want to raise money to open a sex club in the heart of a city centre look set to provoke outrage. Business partners Lee Magnetic and ...and more » [...]

Small Business Professor: Use crowdfunding to raise capital for your small businessCircleville HeraldA few of the more popular websites offering crowdfunding services include Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe, all of which will walk you through the process of setting up a funding pa [...]

Forbes5 Crowdfunded Side Projects That Became Million-dollar CompaniesForbesCrowdfunding has also given many side projects a fighting chance, when no one else would. Many startups that originally launched on crowdfunding platforms have gone on to build $100 million businesses from the [...]

Fast CompanyHow Crowdfunding Site Patreon Is Helping Artists Build Media EmpiresFast Company(Yam, who built the original version of the site from scratch in three months, is CTO.) Like other crowdfunding platforms, it allows creators to solicit money from their audiences and share upd [...]

Will Crowdfunding Become a Big Deal in India?Knowledge@WhartonCrowdfunding — the practice of raising small amounts of capital from a large number of people to fund new ventures — is finally gaining traction in India. The question is: Will it deliver like it has in other markets? India [...]

5 Things That Can Make or Break Your Online Crowdfunding CampaignHuffPostWhen it comes to hot, new ideas, crowdfunding is one of the fastest-growing methods of raising startup cash. Like an informal brand of ABC's “Shark Tank,” the pages of crowdfunding sites range in everything [...]

BNNChanges to start-up crowdfunding exemption will increase access to capital for BC issuersMarketwired (press release)VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 21, 2017) - The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) today announced improvements to crowdfunding rules tha [...]

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