Monthly Archives: February 2015

Report: Real Estate Crowdfunding Set to Be $2.5 Billion Industry in 2015

Report: Real Estate Crowdfunding Set to Be $2.5 Billion Industry in 2015

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire, Real Estate Crowdfunding Set to Be $2.5 Billion Industry in 2015, Finds Crowdfunding Research Firm Massolution. Report Forecasts Real Estate Crowdfunding to Nearly Triple in 2015  LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 3, 2015) – Massolution, the leading research and advisory and firm specializing in crowdsourcing and crowdfunding solutions for private, public and social enterprises, has announced the release of its comprehensive 2015CF-RE Crowdfunding for Real Estate report, which will provide the first ever detailed look at the intersection of real estate and crowdfunding. The 158-page report features data on the exponential growth of real estate crowdfunding, the emergence of specialized real estate crowdfunding platforms…

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From Silicon Wadi to Silicon Valley

Film & Video Crowdfunding: Which Platform Is Best For Your Project?

Film & Video Crowdfunding: Which Platform Is Best For Your Project?

By Josef Holm CrowdFunding Beat Sr. Editor CEO  www.tubestart.com  Crowdfunding has reached just about every conceivable industry and product category. From wearable technology and tailgating coolers, to social-oriented causes and artistic projects, the power of crowdfunding has enabled a host of individuals to tap large crowds in order to fund, market and promote their goals. And while the reach of crowdfunding is broad, its effects have not been altogether even, and some campaign categories face unique challenges in crowdfunding. Film and Video projects, for instance, face a number of unique challenges. First, such campaigns often have difficulty coming up with concrete rewards for their supporters. In other…

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Silicon Valley to meet with CrowdFuning Expert

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire,  “The Rise of Alternative Finance” 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference on March 5th-6th. will take place later this week in heart of Silicon Valley at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Crowdfunding advocates will gather to discuss the state of the industry and of the signing on the JOBS Act 3 years ago – legislation that put into motion an entirely new and innovative form of capital formation. Participants at the event will have the opportunity to learn about the recent rise of the crowdfunding industry and hear from some of the top experts in the burgeoning field. Representatives from venture capital to business…

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Prosper Marketplace Announces Partnership With Western Independent Bankers

Prosper Marketplace Announces Partnership With Western Independent Bankers

CrowdfundBeat News Wire,  SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Prosper Marketplace, a leading marketplace lending company, today announced that it has signed an exclusive WIB Endorsed Program partnership with Western Independent Bankers (WIB). This deal will give WIB member banks, which include more than 160 independent and community banks in 13 western states in the U.S., unprecedented access to affordable consumer loans through the Prosper platform. “Independent banks are essential to the health of the American economy, but in order to compete and win customers, they need to be able to offer compelling products that are competitively priced and easy to understand,” said Aaron Vermut, CEO at Prosper. “Prosper has…

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How Fintech Can Help Fund Your Retirement

How Fintech Can Help Fund Your Retirement

BY CHRISTOPHER ORR CrowdFunding Beat Guest Contributor, Like many people who are born and raised in San Francisco, I’ve been interested in start-ups since I was young. While choosing a career in finance might seem like the last place to work if you’re interested in technology and innovation, you’d be wrong. Today, we are witnessing a rapid rate of financial services disruption as entrepreneurs and start-ups use technology to challenge the status quo and bring more transparency to finance. This opportunity is not being lost on investors. Global investment in financial-technology (fintech) ventures more than tripled from $928 million in 2008 to $2.97 billion in 2013, according to…

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A letter from Crowdfund Beat

A letter from Crowdfund Beat

By Sydney Armani CEO & Publisher of CrowdFund Beat Media Group. It has been an active three years since we introduced CrowdFundBeat, as the voice of the crowdfunding industry.  In recognizing, the development of this nascent and disruptive methodology, we find it increasingly important to be a comprehensive beacon of news, opinion, and trends, as its impact is already being felt within the world on entrepreneurial endeavor and financial services.  We are in the early innings of this game, as we observe that the “crowd”, originally defined as natural persons, is now characterized by institutional investor participation.  Is this still a “crowd” or has this…

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What’s in a Word: Crowdfunding

BY CHRISTOPHER ORR , CrowdFunding Beat Guest Contributor, The word crowdfunding made its way into Merriam-Webster’s dictionary in 2014, but the explosive growth of the industry means it is now being used as a blanket term to describe all sorts of online fundraising efforts. But before putting money behind a crowdfunding campaign it’s important to understand what type of crowdfunding you’re participating in and what you can expect to receive, if anything, for handing over your money. When people hear the word crowdfunding they often think of Kickstarter or Indiegogo where participants pledge money online to support to a fledgling business or product. In return they receive a “reward,”…

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2015 Who’s Who of CrowdFunding Industry Professionals

2015 Who’s Who of CrowdFunding Industry Professionals

                                       CrowdFund Beat who’s who in CrowdFunding World Sponsored by 2015 CrowdFunding World Tour Conference & Expo Silicon Valley Meets CrowdFunders Conference 2015 Not in the list? Register for 2015  Don’t miss out! For sponsorship opportunity contact: CFB@CrowdFundBeat.com  or call 1 888 580 6610 Name Last Name Comapany/Title Contact Jay Abraham Business Growth Strategist Dara Albright CEO / Founder, Dara Albright Media. @tothestoics Kendall Almerico Crowdfunding and JOBS Act Expert @FundhubBiz Antonio Arias CEO and Co-Founder Healthy Crowdfunder Corp -@alamidas – @healthvcfunder Sydney Armani Publisher of CrowdFundBeat Media armani@crowdfundbeat.com Nav Athwal Realtyshares.Com nav@realtyshares.com…

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Michigan Gets Its First Equity Crowdfunding Platform Under Intrastate Law

Michigan Gets Its First Equity Crowdfunding Platform Under Intrastate Law

CrowdFundBeat News Wire,  Salt Lake City, UT – February 24, 2015 –MichiganFunders.com, built on the CrowdEngine crowdfunding platform, announced the launch of the first M.I.L.E. Act Equity Crowdfunding platform. Under the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption or “M.I.L.E. Act”, state residents can now invest up to $10,000 per investment, per year, in startups, existing businesses, and real estate via crowdfunding platforms. “CrowdEngine is proud to have been part of many crowdfunding ‘firsts’, and this is another key milestone in bringing equity crowdfunding to the world. This is the same technology trusted by investors and entrepreneurs around the world, but now we’re enabling a new investment experience…

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CROWDFUNDING A REIT

CROWDFUNDING A REIT

by Mark Roderick, CrowdFunding Beat Sr. Guest Editor, By People sometimes ask “Will Crowdfunding replace REITs?” That’s not exactly the right question. A REIT – an acronym for Real Estate Investment Trust – is not a function of real estate law or corporate law. A REIT is solely a function of tax law. Section 856 of the Internal Revenue Code defines a REIT as a corporation, trust, or association that satisfies certain criteria, including these: At least 75% of the entity’s assets must consist of real estate assets or cash. The entity must have at least 100 owners. Interests in the entity must be transferable. No more…

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

WRAL Tech WireBack story: How, why investor Mark Easley brought crowdfunding platform Localstake to NCWRAL Tech WireRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Earlier this week, WRAL TechWire broke the news that Triangle investor and crowdfunding advocate Mark Easley was bringing Localstake, a crowdfun [...]

Crowdfunding via Customers: Is This The New Startup Capital?Customer ThinkWith more and more companies in a variety of sectors developing new crowdfunding campaigns, it makes sense to ask whether crowdfunding is likely to replace startup capital in the near future. Crowdfunding is qui [...]

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 [...]

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