Monthly Archives: May 2014

How Crowdfunding Will Change The World

How Crowdfunding Will Change The World

By Tucker Max,  This is the copy of a speech I delivered at a crowdfunding conference in Austin this weekend. It’s similar to the content in the series I did a few months ago. I also did some slides with it, you can download them here if you want to see them: How Crowdfunding Is Going To Change The World When new technologies or ideas come up, people tend to draw a straight line forward. They assume the future will be the past, but just more of it. That’s not how new technologies work. Truly innovative ideas fundamentally alter relationships, which in turn creates entirely new possibilities.…

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Regulator flips as the ePenny drops! Could this presage a sea-change in the USA too?

Regulator flips as the ePenny drops! Could this presage a sea-change in the USA too?

May 31, 2014,  By Barry E James, Founder & CEO at The Crowd Data Center & The Crowdfunding Centre, Founder / Director of The Social Foundation “It’s an imperative for regulators to be standing on the right side of progress… A key objective of the Project Innovate program is to make sure that positive developments, the ones that promise to improve the lives of consumers or clients, are supported by the regulatory environment.” said Martin Wheatley as he announced the launch this week. This marks a sea-change in the UK where government and parliament have repeatedly and publicly urged the regulator to move from what’s been called…

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Lendit 2014: Real Estate Crowdfunding

The harsh truth about crowdfunding

Joel Burke | RGJ | May 30, 2014 – Thinking about raising money through crowdfunding? Stop. Seriously, stop. In the last few years, the buzz around crowdfunding has grown to a roar, and many small business owners see it as the key to easy money and huge growth. Here’s the truth: crowdfunding can help you grow your business and make money, but most crowdfunding campaigns fail and there is no such thing as easy money. Most successful crowdfunding campaigns are built off the backs of friends, family, really cool products and a cause everyone wants to support. If you can’t get 30 percent of your…

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CrowdFunding Hope with Jimmy Jang’s “LOVE IS THE POWER”

CrowdFunding Hope with Jimmy Jang’s  “LOVE IS THE POWER”

CrowdFundBeat News Wire CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, June 1, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ — For musician Jimmy Jang, the harmony of his songs is a way to undo the toxic disharmony that keeps the modern world in a state of brokenness. The songs on his second album, “Love is the Power” are a testimonial to the fact that, despite the hatred that is so prevalent in modern society, Jang believes that love is stronger. In order to finance the recording of eight of the songs on his album, Jang is running a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 by June 8. Jang wrote the music and lyrics…

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Crowdfunding Clash: How Indiegogo Wants to Kick Kickstarter’s @$$

Crowdfunding Clash: How Indiegogo Wants to Kick Kickstarter’s @$$

BY JESSICA HULLINGER | The Fiscal Times | May 30, 2014 – Slava Rubin is no stranger to rejection. He’s the CEO and cofounder of Indiegogo, a crowdfunding site that, after launching in 2008, was turned down by 90 venture capitalists before receiving any institutional money. Fast forward six years to 2014. In January, Indiegogo completed the largest funding round of any crowdfunding startup — $40 million. And last week the site announced millions in new investments from a lineup of tech and innovation heavyweights, including Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group; Max Levchin, cofounder of PayPal; and Megan Smith, vice president of Google[x],…

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Proposed SEC Rule Expected to Eliminate More Than Half of Angel Investment Capital

Proposed SEC Rule Expected to Eliminate More Than Half of Angel Investment Capital

CFB New Wire, Experts Argue Change to Existing Accreditation Standards Will Reduce Growth of New Businesses and Job Creation (Shreveport, LA) – VC Experts (www.vcexperts.com), a leading source of private market investment information, and the Angel Capital Association, (ACA) are questioning an SEC proposal to change the qualifications for accredited investors. Analyses by VC Experts and ACA indicates that the SEC’s plan to make more stringent the financial requirements for angel investors to become accredited is likely to have a devastating effect on startups and job creation. The review of accreditation standards, which is required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act…

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CROWDFUNDING: NEW ASSET CLASS, NEW INVESTOR CLASS

May 27th, 2014 Kim Wales, Crowdfunding is on the rise in today’s re-regulated and democratized global capital markets, and the JOBS Act is proving to be a game-changer for institutional investors. After the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy left the market reeling, some questioned how a single U.S. investment bank could cause global pandemonium. Today, a change of course is underway. The economic turmoil since 2007 has provided a catalyst for change. As a new guard is called into order to rein in provincial finance, the old guard is preparing for life under the regime of the Jump Start Our Business Start Ups Act (JOBS Act). Crowdfunding…

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The Bell Tolls for Title III Crowdfunding

The Bell Tolls for Title III Crowdfunding

May 27, 2014, By Dr.Richard Swart, After more than two years of waiting, the news from Capitol Hill is not good. The JOBS Act was a political compromise passed by Congress in 2012 due to several layered political agendas. Unfortunately, the provisions of the JOBS act, as enacted in Title III, are so unworkable that we now Back Cameramust turn our attention to what options are available for fixing this flawed set of laws and proposed rules. This article is based on a series of off-the-record discussions in Washington, DC. Given the nature of politics, this must be seen as only a discussion of possible…

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Odyssey Airlines launch public US crowdfunding

Odyssey Airlines launch public US crowdfunding

CFB News Wire, London, 29 May 2014 – Odyssey Airlines, Company also confirms appointment of Virgin Atlantic founder David Tait and Dragonair founder Stephen Miller, the new UK-based business-only carrier, today announces the launch of a capital raise on US platform Crowdfunder. It will run concurrently alongside a similar raise on the UK-based platform Crowdcube, which launched earlier this month, with the combined initiative targeting £5 million (US$8.4 million) to support the company’s next phase of development. The company has also confirmed the appointment of Virgin Atlantic founder David Tait and Dragonair founder Stephen Miller to its Executive team. Odyssey’s Crowdfunder investor pitch and funding…

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CFB Exclusive: Crowdfunding Experts with Steve Cinelli

CFB News, Steve Cinelli founded Primarq in an effort to reinvent the business model for home ownership, making homes more affordable to millions of people. Founder, CEO of PRIMARQ Inc., a paradigm shift in the world of housing finance. Our goal is to bring prudence and opportunity into a fundamentally crucial segment of the US and world economies, namely homeownership. Separately, serves as advisor/director to emerging growth companies, providing counsel for enhancing shareholder value through strategic and financial initiatives. All stages within financial services and financial technology, consumer products and services, and high technology, social media, and distribution. As a community give-back, I have produced…

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HEADLINE NEWS

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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