Monthly Archives: April 2015

WATCH: Crowdfunding sites warn to watch out for schemers

The Rise of Pre-Commerce, Oomi Smart Home Raises $461,268 in 8 days

CrowdFund Beat Media and Marketwired Announce News Distribution Partnership

CrowdFund Beat Media and Marketwired Announce News Distribution Partnership

April 29, 2015 15:30 ET Collaboration Opens New Doors for Both Organizations in the Rapidly Growing Crowdfunding Arena SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – April 29, 2015) – CrowdFund Beat Media International (CFB), a leading online source of news, information, events and resources for crowdfunding, and innovative newswire and communications leader Marketwired have formed a news distribution partnership. As part of this partnership, CFB’s website, CrowdFundBeat.com, and its Canada, UK, Italy, Germany, France andHolland editions will all feature a custom Marketwired newsfeed with content relevant to readers interested in the crowdfunding industry. Crowdfunding platforms raised $16.2 Billion in 2014 and are forecasted to reach $34.4 Billion in 2015. This communication portal gives Marketwired clients increased…

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Why Equity Crowdfunding Is Good for Investors and Women Entrepreneurs

Why Equity Crowdfunding Is Good for Investors and Women Entrepreneurs

CrowdfundBeat News Wire, Women have been benched in the equity funding game. But it’s time they took the field. Equity crowdfunding is a whole new way of building teams to support and invest in women-owned businesses. In this panel discussion, you’ll learn the rules of this new game and how women can win at it, giving them the financing they need to build their businesses and accredited investors the opportunity to invest in a market that is outperforming all-male teams. Why Equity Crowdfunding Is Good for Investors and Women Entrepreneurs Tickets, New York | Eventbrite http://ow.ly/M9vbv If you are a woman sitting on the sidelines…

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How to Successfully Invest in Real Estate

 BY Sheryl Nance-Nash, There’s something so appealing about real estate. You can see it, touch it, it’s real. That’s not to say investing in real estate is simple though. There is no such thing as a guaranteed investment and that goes for real estate too. There are risks whether you purchase land, a residential rental, commercial or vacation properties. However, there is also the potential for handsome rewards. Here’s how to come out on the winning side of any type of real estate transaction. “Investing in real estate is one of the oldest investing strategies people have used. Everyone gets it. Most people like owning a…

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Keys to Surviving Your First IPO

Keys to Surviving Your First IPO

Author: Brian Korn partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP 2014 was a big year for initial public offerings (IPOs). According to Renaissance Capital, 273 companies took the plunge in 2014, the most since 406 companies went public in 2000. Gross proceeds of $85 billion were raised, inflated by the year’s largest IPO and the largest U.S. IPO ever, Alibaba’s $22 billion. More importantly, IPO performance at year end was up 16%, close to the ten-year mean but well below the 41% average return at the end of 2013. If you are a general counsel or CFO of a company considering an IPO, recent changes in the regulatory…

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Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Seeking Venture Funding Continues

Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Seeking Venture Funding Continues

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, By DiversyFund Crowdfunding for Real Estate is heating up and becoming one of the most popular products for venture funding. Just recently, RECF (Real Estate Crowdfunding) Platforms Patch of Land and Realty Shares, simultaneously announced a successful Series A funding on April 4th, 2015.  Other companies, like Fundrise, received Series A funding back in 2014. Realty Mogul is already on to their second round of funding as of March 2015. Institutional and individual investors are beginning to catch on to the potential the industry is projecting and is already actively capitalizing on it. Series A is the first seed funding round for…

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Australia’s Ingogo embarks on $4m on Equity Crowdfunding

Australia’s Ingogo embarks on $4m on Equity Crowdfunding

CrowdfundBeat News Wire, Australia’s most ambitious equity crowdfunding investment drive has begun, with mobile payments and taxi booking platform Ingogo announcing plans to raise between $3 million and $4m through equity crowdfunding. The raise is to be conducted through VentureCrowd, which already raised $1.2m for Ingogo late last year as part of a broader $9.3m funding round. VentureCrowd said the raise, to close in May, will be the largest ever equity crowdfunding round to date in Australia. Ingogo, which is taking on the likes of Cabcharge, will use the funding to fuel continued aggressive growth among Australian taxi networks, consumers and in new verticals. “VentureCrowd has helped ingogo reach a range…

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UC Berkeley: Projects with impact test new campus crowdfunding platform

UC Berkeley: Projects with impact test new campus crowdfunding platform

By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley | May 1, 2015 BERKELEY — Building a mini-grid to distribute electricity in Uganda. Mapping the social and visual landscape of Oakland’s International Boulevard. Bringing the science of a meaningful life to the public. These are among the projects that are part of a new crowdfunding platform for the UC Berkeley campus that’s nearing the close of its beta launch. Donation-based crowdfunding has grown exponentially in recent years; in 2013 alone, crowdfunded projects raised an estimate $1.4 billion. “Just as social media changed norms and expectations for communication, crowdfunding is changing the future of fundraising,” said crowdfunding expert Richard Swart,…

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21-year-old entrepreneur raises $10,000 a day through crowdfunding

A 21-year-old entrepreneur from regional NSW has raised more than $80,000 on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to develop a pair of wireless earphones. Jonathan Zuvela, from the town of Lithgow, smashed his target of $20,000 within days and still has more than 20 to go before the campaign ends. The current rate of pledges has seen the young entrepreneur raise around $10,000 per day. The product, called Nextear, is a pair of wireless earphones that also come in a case that charges a user’s phone and hold 16GB in storage. Zuvela told StartupSmart he got the idea of developing a pair of wireless headphones because he…

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US PROPERTY CROWDFUNDING PLATFORMS TO BENEFIT FROM REGULATION A+

US PROPERTY CROWDFUNDING PLATFORMS TO BENEFIT FROM REGULATION A+

by Michael Catchpole CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor,  Last year, about $10.4 billion worth of investments in the real estate world were made via property crowdfunding. And this new phenomenon is only set to grow stronger, with many suggesting that investments this year could double the amount seen in 2014. That estimate doesn’t appear to be so hard to reach when you consider the amount of property crowdfunding platforms that are already available – and the ones that are poised and waiting in the wings to launch. With more and more interest being garnered in the area, investors and companies alike are taking advantage of the newest way to…

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Watch: The New Disruptor? Crowdfunding Commercial Real Estate

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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 [...]

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 [...]

CryptoCoinsNewsCrowdfunding Giant Indiegogo Looks to Make ICOs Mainstream ...CryptoCoinsNewsOne of the world's most popular crowdfunding platforms is getting in on the ICO game. Josiah Wilmoth on 14/12/2017. ------------------Advertisement------------------. Advertisement · Reddi [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

VentureBeatAtaribox hits the pause button on its crowdfunding campaignVentureBeatAtari was supposed to start taking preorders along with launching its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo today for its new Ataribox console. However, it seems to have hit an unspecified snag and in an ema [...]

Coindesk (press release) (blog)Crowdfunding Giant Indiegogo Opens to ICOs - CoinDeskCoindesk (press release) (blog)The startup revealed today that, through an existing partnership with MicroVentures, it will begin offering services to projects seek to use the blockchain funding model. [...]

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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