Monthly Archives: January 2015

Silicon Valley CrowdFunding Conference to be held on March 5-6

Tilt changes dynamics of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding for Real Estate Projects in 2015 and Beyond?

By Susan Airst,  CrowdFunding Beat Guest Contributor, Co-Founder | Managing Principal | Investor at Exceedant Crowdfunding (alternately, crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, crowd-sourced fundraising) is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Crowdfunding is used in support of a wide variety of activities, including disaster relief, citizen journalism, support of artists by fans, political campaigns, startup company funding, motion picture promotion, free software development, inventions development, scientific research, and civic projects. Crowdfunding can also refer to the funding of a company, property or asset by selling small amounts of equity…

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Crowdfunding Small Businesses: Update on Title III of JOBS Act

The seduction of a “new asset class” is killing “unaccredited investor” Equity Crowdfunding

by PAUL NIEDERER CrowdFunding Beat Sr. Guest Editor, on JANUARY 22, 2015, While in Thailand on holiday I noticed that having your own stall, stand, shop or business is often the difference between survival and poverty. There are hundreds of thousands of businesses like this. Imagine if you had a business that was valuable to the village and you wanted to raise funds by getting a some village folk to invest. Equity Crowdfunding. Imagine your disappointment if you were told your business is part of a potential “new asset class” and as such  you may pay up to $80k to enable a few mates to invest in their business! Sounds incredulous but it happens every…

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WATCH: Bitcoin CrowdFunding : Digital-Currency Revolution [Infographic]

WATCH: Bitcoin CrowdFunding : Digital-Currency Revolution  [Infographic]

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, Similar to how Kickstarter revolutionized crowdsourcing projects through e-payments, Lighthouse hopes to move that into the undertapped Bitcoin sphere of influence starting yesterday (Jan. 21), when the site went public on Mac, Linux, and Windows. Conceived by creator Mike Hearn, with a huge investment from noted Bitcoin entrepreneur Oliver Janssens, Lighthouse hopes to create a “specialized wallet” for decentralized crowdfunding using the blockchain that has made Bitcoin so attractive.   Like Kickstarter, Lighthouse allows people to donate to causes they believe in by pledging a certain dollar (or bitcoin) figure to the project. This amount is released to the project’s organizers once…

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The Bad News About Lending Club..

By James Alexander, CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, Capital Formation for Direct Lenders. …Is Really Good News for Borrowers and Possibly Investors “It’s only the beginning” – that’s how Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, nicely summarized the state of marketplace lending today. The bad news is, the incumbents have set a high bar and created a cacophony of also-ran pretendants, challenging investors to find the winners in this high-potential sector. Also brewing on the horizon are uncertain economic times, sure to present their own challenges in the near future. Following are some recommendations of platforms which might warrant investor attention. We particularly focus on those platforms with:…

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Accredited CrowdFunding

“The Rise of Alternative Finance” Silicon Valley Conference March 5th 2015

CrowdFunding Beat Media, Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference on March 5th-6th. We are pleased to host the conference at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Entitled “The Rise of Alternative Finance”, we will explore new methods of finance, from peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunded small business and real estate finance, as well as review existing and developing legal considerations and international initiatives. In bringing together industry thought-leaders, this is destined to offer unique and valuable insights to this growing industry. Limited to 300 attendees, we are offering you the opportunity to become one of our elite sponsors for this exclusive…

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Alternative Investing and the Next Phase of Crowdfunding

By Steve Cinelli, CrowdFunding Beat Sr. Editor  Those that keep track of investing activities have witnessed large institutional investors  allocating larger levels of their portfolios to alternative investments. Driven by a series of internal and exogenous factors,  alternatives are no longer an increment of a broader strategy, they have become a fundamental part.   According to a recent McKinsey report, those institutions, such as pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign funds with over $10 billion in AUM, the allocation is approaching 30%.  Those with less that $10 billion are moving quickly also, nearly 26% of their portfolios are moving into alternatives. So why is the allocation to alts…

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Crowdswapping Income-Contingent Payments for Non-Cash Favors

By Bill Matson, CrowdFundBeat Sr. contributor MBA, CFA, CPA (Retired), CFP, FLMI. If you or your company could share in a promising entrepreneur’s future income in exchange for doing a favor that costs you little or nothing, would you take that deal? Conversely, if you were that promising (albeit impecunious) entrepreneur, might you be willing to trade away a small fraction of your personal income for the next ten years in exchange for a major favor – a referral to a prospect who becomes your biggest customer, for instance? How about if you didn’t have to pay out a dime in years when your income…

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Crowdfunding physics and astronomy

HEADLINE NEWS

ForbesHow One Startup Raised 10 Times Its Original Crowdfunding GoalForbesRunning a successful crowdfunding campaign isn't easy. The odds are heavily stacked against you, as very few end up succeeding. "Statistically, up to 89% of campaigns fail. Kickstarter has the highest [...]

ForbesThe Ultimate Pre-Launch Crowdfunding ChecklistForbesCrowdfunding is not limited to the platform where you launch your campaign. Instead, it has become a valuable way to transform your idea into a mainstream business. In order to head in that direction, you must execute a number [...]

Eater LondonFat Macy's Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Open Restaurant in PeckhamEater LondonFat Macy's — a food social enterprise which aims to train young Londoners living in temporary housing — have launched a crowdfunding campaign. Their aim is to raise £55,141 to fund a [...]

Realnoe vremyaEveryone pools: Elvira Nabiullina to look closer at crowdfundingRealnoe vremyaThe Central Bank has seriously started fighting against crowdfunding platforms. The regulator told the gradual imposition of control of the sector won't begin earlier than in 2018. But mar [...]

Devon LiveCrowdfunding campaign launched to save adopted Romanian puppy who needs £8000 for vital surgery to save its lifeDevon LiveSam has started a crowd-funding campaign to try to help meet the £8000 cost of the surgery. It's a tall order, but every little helps. Sam had been [...]

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 [...]

The AustralianIgniteme heats up crowdfundingThe Australian“The only other comparable film that raised money through crowdfunding would be Crocodile Dundee, but not all funding came from the crowd.” Mr Morello said the idea behind the platform was relatively simple — giving new and bud [...]

UKTN8 simple steps for a successful equity crowdfunding campaignUKTNTom Horbye, senior campaign development associate at Seedrs, shares his top tips for a successful equity crowdfunding campaign. Here are eight easy-to-follow tips to help you devise and launch a successful equity crow [...]

LivemintFinding the right balance on crowdfundingLivemintSecurities market regulator Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has been trying to get a handle on digital platform-based crowdfunding since at least 2014, when it issued a cautiously positive consultation paper. It fl [...]

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 [...]

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