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Presidential Politics, Crowdfunding, and Siamese Cash

Presidential Politics, Crowdfunding, and Siamese Cash

By Bill Matson, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributor, MBA, CFA, CPA (Retired), CFP The presidential race has game-changing implications for the future of crowdfunding in general, as well as for the democratization of individuals’ access to financing via crowdfunding. In particular, Senator Marco Rubio’s presence in the race is likely to generate significant media attention for his promotion of income share agreements (ISAs) as a means of alleviating the current student loan crisis. Though ISA legislation sponsored by Rubio was entitled the “Investing in Student Success Act of 2014,” its enactment would result in virtually anyone being able to offer shares in their future personal income (i.e human capital)…

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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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5 Methods to Power-up Crowdfunding for Renewable Energy Projects

By David Drake, CrowdFunding Beat Sr. Contributing Editor, Renewable energy sources are said to be the way of the future that will supply the energy needs of the future and new generations. These sources are naturally replenished, and include energy from sunlight, rain, wind, geothermal heat, sea waves, plants and tides. However, harnessing some of these renewable energy sources need high capital costs for the communities and individuals, so alternative financing models are needed to promote their commercial and residential use. Using renewable energy sources will reduce our carbon footprints. Here are 5 alternative ways to finance renewable energy projects: Crowdfunding for Renewable Energy Projects…

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Twin Peaking Crowdfunding

By Kevin Berg Grell PhD,  CrowdFunding Beat Sr. Guest Editor, This article was first published in Wired Innovation Insights and an abridged version was published in West Journal. The post is the first in a series where APEN Designsbridge academic research with entrepreneurial readership. Crowdfunding When crowdfunding campaigns fail, they don’t even come close; when crowdfunding campaigns succeed, they do so with a very low margin. Although the funding mechanism is somewhat nascent, the Twin Peaks in funding volumes (just above 0% and 100% of the relevant funding goals) is a persistent finding. These peaks have implications for marketers as well as for entrepreneurs, and in this article we explore a couple…

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Crowdfunding Charts

CrowdFunding Beat Media, Explore data on the businesses using EquityNet  The crowdfunding statistics and trends presented below are based on a sampling of over 5,000 businesses that used EquityNet’s crowdfunding platform from 2007 to 2014. More on CrowdFunding Lists, Data, Analytics, Research, Statistics, Reports, Infographic More on : CrowdFunding Lists, Data, Analytics, Research, Statistics, Reports, Infographic

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Sony Crowdfunding to Test the Market for FES Watch

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire, The wearables market heats up with every company trying something, anything to attach their electronics to your body, it’s tough to know what will actually resonate with consumers. It’s so difficult that electronics giant Sony developed a watch then put it on a crowdfunding site to see if anyone was interested. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony has a project called Fashion Entertainments that develops electronic paper fashion devices. The first device it created was a watch that changes the band’s appearance and face when you move it. It looks intriguing. http://youtu.be/omvve2pVPH0 But the real news is that Sony, under…

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CrowdFunding Contributor by Google

Contributor by Google CrowdFundBeat News Wire An experiment in additional ways to fund the web. Today’s Internet is mostly funded by advertising. But what if there were a way to directly support the people who create the sites you visit each day? When you visit a participating website, part of your contribution goes to the creators of that site. As a reminder of your support, you’ll see a thank you message – often accompanied by a pixel pattern – where you might normally see an ad. Banners, takeovers, pop-unders, interstitials — there’s no understating how important/valuable they are financially, but ads are still basically the…

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Crowdfunding mission to the Moon

By Luke Edwards, When Kickstarter arrived and made projects like the Pebble and Ouya a reality it was clear crowdfunding would go far. But not all the way to the Moon. A British scientist is planning to raise £500 million for a mission to the Moon. <iframe src=”http://player.theplatform.com/p/2E2eJC/nbcNewsOffsite?guid=f_lunarone_141118″ width=”635″ height=”500″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″></iframe>   Backers wishing to take part can pay $100, or about £64, which will buy them a memory disc that will be drilled into the surface of the Moon. Each disc will be about 2-inches in diameter and can be loaded with whatever information the person paying wants. After flying to the Moon using…

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Why Financial Firms are Joining the CROWD

BY Joy Schoffler, CROWDFUND BEAT Sr. Guest Editor, Principal of  LEVERAGE PR  Crowdfunding is a marketing vehicle. Sure, it’s a great way for entrepreneurs to raise money and a great way for investors to find institutional-quality deals. But above all Crowdfunding is about marketing. And that’s why financial firms – venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, and others – are moving into the space. When I was the director of a private equity firm, we spent our time doing what all investment firms do, working to broaden the firm’s investor base and find more and better deals. Because of the legal constraints that have been in…

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Crowdfunding a Viable Sources of Financing Startups and Movie-Making

by Alan von Kalckreuth The Alternative Funding Forum, a one-day mega-fest of insight and networking is taking place on November 21st at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. For me this is all part of the new world of film entertainment, because change is a-coming, ready or not!  At a committee meeting in 2008 I was amused to realize we were prepping to bring on board a RED camera… the very same day the Hollywood Reporter (once owned by my good friend Bill Miles and his wife Tichi Wilkerson) was reporting that Lionsgate was pulling out of its independent film track.  Here we were sitting around…

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How crowdfunding changed the face of collaboration

You are reading an article from The art of collaboration series, to read more you can visit the series homepage. Its impact on collaboration has been profound, enabling people to easily join forces on a scale rarely seen before. This helps entrepreneurs kick start projects that would otherwise not be possible by conventional means. Crowdfunding is increasingly being used for collaboration between people who share nothing else in common other than a collective passion to make something new happen and contributes to innovation through the power of collaboration. The approach is risk free for the people who back a project as nothing is paid if the project does…

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IGlobal Real Estate Crowdfunding SummitWednesday, November 5th, 2014 in New York City

Global Real Estate Crowdfunding Summit     CrowdFunding Beat News Desk, inaugural Global Real Estate Crowdfunding Summit, due to take place on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 in New York City. Continuing restrictive bank lending practices, relaxation of government regulations, yield-hungry investors, and social technology enablers within the real estate market have resulted in powerful new online funding and investing marketplaces for commercial real estate. At this breakthrough event, you will meet the key players and personalities shaping the real estate crowdfunding scene who will share insights and experiences, results to date, and what they learned along the way. You will get the content and contacts you…

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KING5.comking5.com | Entrepreneurs: 9 tips for proven crowdfunding successKING5.comIt is no secret that in recent years crowdfunding has become hugely popular, evolving from a small personal fundraising platform to a comprehensive validation tool for startups, corporations, and nonpro [...]

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