Monthly Archives: August 2015

What Every CRE Professional Needs to Know About Raising Private Capital

What Every CRE Professional Needs to Know About Raising Private Capital

By Gray Gilchrist, wealthforge, CrowdFundBeat Guest post, Online private placements, commonly referred to as “crowdfunding”, have been a major theme in the current real estate cycle. Recent changes to the Securities Act of 1933, including Regulation D Rule 506(c), have opened new funnels to raising private capital via general solicitation, giving way to the online private placement industry. Online private placement platforms host a variety of real estate deals, including everything from single family fixers for less than $250K to multi-million dollar equity purchases of prime real estate. As raising private capital online continues to gain momentum, commercial real estate professionals need to understand the…

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Game Changer: Impact of REG A+ Mini IPO

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NEW BOOK: Will crowdfunding have any impact on corporate venture capital?

        By Kevin Berg Grell, PhD. Co-editor/author of “Crowdfunding: The corporate era” , CrowdfundBeat Sr. Guest Editor, Corporate crowdfunding With contributions from 11 industry insiders, my co-editors/authors and I recently published “Crowdfunding: The corporate era,” which provides an early snapshot and analysis of how online financing and in particular crowdfunding has large enterprises. In one of the case studies, we explored how Sony has integrated typical rewards-based crowdfunding for market validation. Product ideas coming out of the company’s seed acceleration program were tested via crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo before prototyping. This procedure is integral to the company’s ambition to de-risk product…

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Crowdfunding and Paying Consultants on a Percentage Basis

  By Rose Spinelli CEO The Crowdfundamentals &  CrowdFundBeat  Sr. Guest Editor, Crowdfunding Consultant, Voted 100 Most Influential Thought Leaders, Crowdfunding Professional Assoc Board of Directors The other day my acupuncturist and pal and I were talking about the ups and downs of running our own businesses. At one point he said that when he first started out even though he knew his business would profit, he made a decision he’s never regretted: not to take on clients who had weight-loss or smoking-cessation goals. At first I thought it was because he didn’t feel he could in good conscious reduce this noble healing art to such superficial ends. I…

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Asia! Equity crowdfunding is here to stay

Asia! Equity crowdfunding is here to stay

By Chris Thomas Fintech expert Chris Thomas shares crowdfunding hacks and how your startup can benefit from a successful campaign After years of global growth, innovative finance options such as equity crowdfunding are on the verge of changing Asia’s business landscape, making the process of raising funds more accessible, efficient and transparent than ever before. Equity crowdfunding is a financing model that allows businesses to sell company shares through an online platform in return for the capital they require to achieve their business goals. By bringing the process online and opening it up to the masses, equity crowdfunding is changing the way entrepreneurs finance their…

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4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

By James Suh , Business Development at DarcMatter, CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, Coveted for their ability to perform in adverse market conditions, successful global macro hedge funds opportunistically invest in instruments whose prices fluctuate based on economic and political shifts. Accurately predicting market trends to exploit temporary price deviations, the most profitable of these funds generate considerable publicity due to their outsized returns and the volatile, often contrarian, nature of their bets. Below are some noteworthy examples of major macroeconomic trends and the funds that had the foresight, fortune, or both to preemptively identify and capitalize on these significant events.         1. Carlyle Group and…

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Don’t Kill Your Startup with the Wrong Funding Round

By Bianca Dellepiane (LION) CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, We all know not to raise capital unless it is strictly necessary.  But, do you know what could happen if you need money and you go for the wrong funding round? Let’s start with a brief description of the different rounds of funding available to a startup: At the beginning, startup founders who cannot bootstrap, ask  for capital to the fondly called “friends, family and fools”. According to the crowdfunding platform Fundable, friends and family are the major funding source for all entrepreneurs. Last year they invested on average$23,000 per startup for a total of over $60 billion in new ventures. Successful serial entrepreneur JAY…

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Where Are The Best Real Estate Technology Opportunities?

Where Are The Best Real Estate Technology Opportunities?

By Nav Athwal, Founder & CEO at RealtyShares , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Guest Contributor. In a world that’s bombarded with technological innovations on a daily basis, real estate is one industry that’s primed for a major overhaul. There have been rumblings of disruption over the last few years and for the most part, tech advances have been focused on the residential side of the market. Companies like Zillow and Redfin, for example, have brought home-buying and selling into the digital age by revamping the way listings are viewed. FinTech start-up Lenda has changed the landscape of mortgage refinancing by moving the process completely online. While these changes have certainly had a far-reaching…

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Portals Ask: I’m doing a 506(b) offering…right?

By Scott Purcell, Founder, CEO FundAmericaThis is a question that isn’t asked often enough. Violations are scary, as it can mean forced rescission of your offering, regulatory fines and investor lawsuits. And I see platforms violating this every day. 506(b) has one primary benefit – the ability to avoid having to confirm each investor’s accreditation (they are allowed to self-attest). 506(c) gives you all the features of the “old” 506-D exemption (now called 506b) plus the ability to use “general solicitation” to promote your fundraise; you can list it on websites (aka “platforms”), you can market it on Facebook, you can buy Google Adwords…heck, you can hire a…

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Online Reviews Are the New Word of Mouth

Online Reviews Are the New Word of Mouth

By Jorge Newbery,  CrowdFundBeat contributing Guest Editor,  Founder and Chief Executive Officer of American Homeowner Preservation LLC If you still find it possible to fathom that there was a time before the Internet, you may recall the days when books were either New York Times Bestsellers or not. That was it. But in our modern era, you’re likely to read a friend’s Facebook post crowing that his or her book is “Number 432,896 on Amazon!” and asking you to go on the site and boost it a little with a review. Book reviews aren’t only crafted by tweedy, professorial types in their wood-paneled libraries. Everybody’s a…

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Invest Like a Superhero

Invest Like a Superhero

by Dara Albright, CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor, Co-founder of the LendIt conference & the FinFair Conference, 20 years ago – nearly to the day – Netscape went public. It inspired an IPO frenzy of next-generation business models leveraging Internet technology that would forever transform global communications and commerce. Now, two decades later, the Internet is finally disrupting financial services in ways we’ve previously only been able to imagine. It is revolutionizing the way we invest and allocate our capital; the way we borrow and lend; the way we market, research, hold and clear securities. The rules, the players and even the currency is changing. As a result…

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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 [...]

BBC NewsWu Yongning: Who is to blame for a daredevil's death? - BBC NewsBBC NewsLast month, Wu Yongning went out to do what he loved best - scale a skyscraper without safety equipment and film himself dangling off its roof by his fingertips. What happened next almost seems inevit [...]

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 [...]

NPRCrowdfunding For French CastlesNPRYou too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: What if I told you that for about $60, you [...]

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