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Crowdfunding to Meet Energy Demands

By Anum Yoon Crowdfund Beat Guest Editor,  The idea of crowdfunding has gained popularity in the past few years. Individuals contributed approximately $880 million in 2010, when the concept was still new and innovative. Today, the practice of crowdfunding generates tens of billions for startup enterprises, budding entrepreneurs and motivated professionals on an annual basis. But the concept behind this relatively new phenomenon isn’t limited to financial investments. Some of the more tech-savvy and energy-conscious leaders of today are now exploring the value of crowdfunding to meet our nation’s growing energy needs. The results are showing tremendous potential to revolutionize the way we look at…

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2017 Real Estate Crowdfunding: Surveying the Landscape

        “Copyright” By Jonathan B. Wilson CrowdFund Beat Sr. Guest Editor, Partner, Taylor English Duma LLP The impact of crowdfunding on real estate finance and deal-making has been one of the hottest topics of the past year.[1]  With the advent of crowdfunding, real estate developers and investors have multiple pathways to finance their projects and even to plot their exits.  But in many ways the impact of crowdfunding has not yet arrived.  Crowdfunding for real estate is still in the early stages and may take several detours along the way to its final destination. What is Crowdfunding? The idea of “crowdfunding” has been…

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Setting Up an Efficient Crowdfunding Platform

Setting Up an Efficient Crowdfunding Platform

BY Rachael Everly ,CrowdFund Beat Guest Post, Crowdfunding platforms are a product of technological advancement. However at the end of the day they are a financial solution and their success is dependent on the economic situation at a given time. Many businesses prosper when the economy is booming and all is good. Crowdfunding on the other hand has always prospered when the economy is not doing well, and even during the worst recessions. During the last recession of 2008, there was a great lack of confidence among banks. This led to a drying up of sources of finance for the small business owner and for…

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The Battle to Launch a Next-Generation Retirement Product & Control $14 Trillion in Investment Direction

By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding Beat Guest Editor,  , Dara Albright Media, In the Fall of 2016, I penned an article entitled, “Modernizing the Self-direct IRA – The Trillion Dollar FinTech Opportunity” – the first in a new series of articles that focuses on next-generation retirement planning. The piece underscored how FinTech will mend America’s flawed retirement system and foster the growth of “digital” investing. This initial report drew attention to the growing necessity for a low-cost, high speed, autonomous retirement solution that would meet the demands of today’s alternative micro-investor. Most significantly, the piece summarized the two distinct individual retirement account prototypes – the Brokerage IRA and the…

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Crowdfunding- The Good, The Bad & The (really) Ugly

By Shane Liddell is the CEO and chief Crowdfundologist at Smart Crowdfunding LLC,. Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Part 3 –The (really) Ugly Introduction In Part 1 I covered all of the good things that we have seen as crowdfunding continuously gathers momentum across the world. The future looks bright indeed! In Part 2 I wrote of changes within the industry, especially within rewards based crowdfunding – the competition which makes it so much harder for the small guys and the Indiegogo platform now giving preferential treatment to corporates, allowing them “…to pay for special placement on Indiegogo’s site, making them more discoverable than other campaigns”.…

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Crowdfunding Platforms Expand Financing to Regions That Suffer From Venture Capital Drought

By Anum Yoon, Crowdfund Beat Media Guest post, Venture capitalists tend to back entrepreneurial firms that reflect their own ideas and match their social and educational experiences. This type of financing has resulted in a concentrated amount of funds for business endeavors in specific locales. Venture capitalists are typically wealthy investors, investment banks and other financial institutions with similar interests. Silicon Valley and Boston benefit greatly from venture capitalism, while struggling entrepreneurial startups across the country are suffering from a venture capital drought. However, the industry is changing with the expansion of crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, helping to level the playing field. A recent…

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New to Crowdfunding? Here’s What to Expect., Crowdfund Beat Guest Post. With the popularity and success of crowdfunding as a new way to fund new projects, it’s easy for other aspiring entrepreneurs to believe that sites like Kickstarter are their golden ticket to launching a business. But the reality is, crowdfunding isn’t always as simple as it seems. Whether you’re looking to raise a small amount of startup cash or acquire a larger sum through equity crowdfunding, there are a few challenges you might face during the process that you may not have expected. Choosing the right platform The first step is to choose the right platform. Not all of them…

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Crowdfunding: Can It Work for Brick & Mortar?

By Cheryl Clements, Crowdfund Beat Guest Post, Founder + CEO of PieShell – Crowdfunding for food + beverage, Having a store front or restaurant is expensive, especially when you’re just getting started. Between build-out and equipment costs, starting inventory, licenses, fees, and working capital, starting a brick and mortar business can easily add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s because of this that many people say that rewards-based crowdfunding isn’t a good option for brick and mortar businesses, but we beg to differ. Crowdfunding is a great option for restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and more (if it’s done in the right way and on…

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How 2016 Reshaped Financial Services for Generations to Come

By Dara Albright,CrowdFunding BeatGuest Editor,  , Dara Albright Media, The year began with the renaissance of the retail investor and it ended with a massive crowdfinance conference which centered – for the first time – around the actual crowd (“retail”) investor.2016 will be etched in time as one of the most unpredictable and metamorphic years in our planet’s history. While every fragment of civilization will feel the effects of 2016, the year will leave an indelible imprint on financial services, global political landscapes and mass media for generations to come. In between was the successful completion of the Elio Motors Reg A+ offering, the first phase of investment product ingenuity through…

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Crowdfunding- The Good, The Bad & The (really) Ugly Part II –The Bad

By Shane Liddell is the CEO and chief Crowdfundologist at Smart Crowdfunding LLC,. Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Introduction In Part 1 I covered all of the good things that we have seen as crowdfunding continuously gathers momentum across the world. The future looks bright indeed! However, as with any new industry forging ahead and desperate for acceptance, the surrounding hype that comes with it often blurs reality, with any form of negativity simply  ‘brushed under the carpet’ so to speak. Naturally, those fully vested in the industry (including yours truly) have a lot on the line, as everyone charges ahead in full promotion mode. The…

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First Crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA

By Alexandra Perry  Crowdfund Beat Guest post, On November 2, 2016, FINRA terminated the FINRA registration for UFP, LLC (“UFP”), making UFP the first crowdfunding portal to be expelled from FINRA.   UFP ran an online funding portal,, where it acted as an intermediary in debt and equity crowdfunding offerings conducted in reliance on SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules.  FINRA’s investigation into UFP alleged that from May through September 2016, UFP violated various SEC Regulation Crowdfunding rules and FINRA Funding Portal Rules. As a result of FINRA’s investigation, UFP pulled its website and submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (the “AWC”) in order to…

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Crowdfunded Cars To Exhibit At Crowd Invest Summit December 7th & 8th

Crowdfund Beat Newswire, Regulation A+ Conference Proves to be Compelling Destination for Consumer Products Companies Looking to Extend their Brand Equity LOS ANGELES, CA  / The Crowd Invest Summit, a new conference connecting everyday Americans with crowdfunded investment opportunities, is proud to announce the addition of three innovative companies that will exhibit their unique cars at the event, December 7-8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles. The Crowd Invest Summit was developed with the vision that every American, through the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (also known as the JOBS Act), can now be a venture capitalist – or shark. Motors…

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TBO.comBillionaire toy executive hopes to raise $800 million via crowdfunding to save Toys R UsTBO.comIsaac Larian, the billionaire toy executive behind Bratz, Little Tikes and L.O.L. Surprise! dolls, wants to save Toys R Us. But first, he wants you to pony up. Larian, the chief execu [...]

Syfy WireLooking for Leia kicks off crowdfunding campaign for new docu-series formatSyfy WireA documentary dedicated to the girls and women who love Star Wars is taking the next step in bringing their experiences to the screen. Looking for Leia, a documentary by award-winning filmmake [...]

Solar Power WorldRE-volv crowdfunding campaign makes solar possible for East Oakland churchSolar Power WorldEast Oakland's Faith Baptist Church unveiled solar panels on Sunday, obtained through a crowdfunding campaign from the solar nonprofit RE-volv with the support of the Leona [...]

Idaho Press-TribuneWith so many teachers crowdfunding for classroom supplies, Middleton School District updates policyIdaho Press-TribuneOn March 12, the school board approved regulations requiring teachers to fill out a short form and submit it to their principal for approval before [...]

Multiple Sclerosis News TodayAmerican Brain Foundation Starts Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Fight MSMultiple Sclerosis News TodayThe American Brain Foundation has started a crowdfunding campaign to support research that could lead to treatments for multiple sclerosis and other autoimm [...]

Honolulu Star-AdvertiserIndie film 'Waikiki' seeks crowdfunding boostHonolulu Star-AdvertiserIndie film 'Waikiki' seeks crowdfunding boost. By Jason Genegabus. Posted March 22, 2018. March 22, 2018. Updated March 22, 2018 10:11am. “Waikiki,” an independent full-len [...]

KGO-TVGroup launches crowdfunding campaign for homeless on SF's Haight StreetKGO-TVTake it to the Streets has launched a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign to provide housing and services for homeless young adults. (KGO). KGO. by Juan Carlos Guerrero. Thursday, March 22, 2018 03:58PM. [...]

The Spirits BusinessDave Broom launches crowdfunding bid for whisky filmThe Spirits BusinessWhisky writer Dave Broom is seeking to raise £40,000 (US$56k) through a crowdfunding campaign to film a new documentary on whisky and Scottish culture. Dave Broom will star in the new whisky do [...]

The Student Loan ReportWhat's the Deal With Student Loans and Crowdfunding?The Student Loan ReportCrowdfunding has been one of the defining features of the modern consumer economy in the 21st Century. A ton of successful ventures, films, inventions, and even charitable causes hav [...]

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