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5 Common Crowdfunding Mistakes

5 Common Crowdfunding Mistakes

By  Alexandria Embleton, Social Media & Digital Campaign Management Looking to launch a crowdfunding campaign? Avoid these common creator mistakes and prepare a project worth funding. Launching without an engaged audience Who is going to show up to your campaign page on launch day? As a campaign creator, you should know exactly who those people are and rely on them to contribute and share.  Do you have an email list?  Does your social media have engaged users?  Are followers and fans regularly sharing your content? If you do not know this data, then you are not ready to launch a campaign.  A campaign’s success is contingent…

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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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Foggy Crowdfunding a Year After Adopting Rule 506(c)

By Noreen Weiss Adler, CrowdFunding Beat Guest Sr. Editor,  Partner, MacDonald Weiss PLLC As we mark the one-year anniversary of the adoption of Rule 506(c) and the elimination of the ban on general solicitation and general advertising, I filter through the discussions taking place among crowdfunding professionals, potential issuers, and lawyers, and it is apparent that the marketplace remains somewhat confused about the state of regulations that apply to online securities sales platforms.  The key to this puzzle is understanding that there are choices in how to operate a website that provides a platform for offering securities to the public, because alternative – meaning mutually exclusive…

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United Way CEO: Crowdfunding Future of Holiday Giving

CrowdFunding Beat Media, Brian Gallagher, CEO of United Way Worldwide, talks about the rise of Giving Tuesday and the latest trend in charitable      
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Is Equity Crowdfunding Right for my Start up Business?

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire, By Jenna Taylor, In recent years, equity crowdfunding has emerged as a successful alternative funding solution for high growth businesses which have perhaps been deemed “too risky” for banks, “too early-stage” for traditional angels, and “too small” for VCs. If you’ve found yourself on the receiving end of one of these rejections, you’ll have started looking into other ways in which to raise money for your start up business, and are wondering if raising finance from an online crowd is the way forward. Equity crowdfunding is a good fit for businesses which are run by entrepreneurially -minded teams show high growth potential…

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How Crowdfunding will Change the Business World

How Crowdfunding will Change the Business World

By Eric Michaels, Financing a project through online contributions, also known as crowdfunding, was initially met with skepticism and its detractors were repeatedly stunned by every success. Now, however, it has proven to be far more than a fad and everything from major motion pictures, to personal vacations has been successfully crowdfunded. When it comes to the business world, the implications are just as big. Here’s how crowdfunding could change the way business gets done. A shift in financing power “In the ’90s, you would raise $5 million or $10 million in an IPO, but those days are gone, and that has created this black…

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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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Is Crowdfunding Comes of Age?

Is Crowdfunding Comes of Age?

By David Prosser, Is crowdfunding the answer to the problems of small businesses struggling to raise the funding they need to grow and develop? The speed with which the alternative finance sector is now expanding suggests it just might be.This is an industry on target to be worth £1.74bn by the end of this year, according to research just published by the innovation group Nesta – that represents an astonishing 161 per cent rate of growth since 2013. And this exponential growth looks set to continue: Nesta is forecasting that the figure will reach £4.4bn by the end of next year.Of these sums, the lion’s share…

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SBA to start online training on Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire , An introduction to crowdfunding for entrepreneurs. SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education provides this self-paced training exercise as an overview of crowdfunding (also commonly referred to as ‘crowd financing’ or ‘crowd sourced capital’). You will find the course easy to follow and the subject matter indexed for quick reference and easy access. It will take about 30 minutes to complete the course. As audio is used throughout the training, please adjust your speakers accordingly. A transcript and keyboard shortcuts are available to further assist with user accessibility. The highlighted next steps at the conclusion of the program will help you apply…

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Crowdfunding a Mission to the Moon

By Mahesh Anand, A British-led consortium has announced an ambitious space mission named Lunar Mission One that plans to land a robotic probe in the southern polar region of the moon in about a decade. The announcement continues a stream of innovative space developments. The US space agency, NASA, is usually associated with audacious space missions such as the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars. However, over the recent few months, other space-faring nations have been in the limelight, rivalling the 20th-century space race between the Soviet Union and the US. Just consider the Rosetta mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA) or the Mars Orbiter Mission led by the…

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Title III Supporters to meet in DC

By Ron Miller,  I wanted to make sure that you are aware of a few very important events in Washington DC next week. Even if you cannot physically be there, I am asking that she show your support by phoning in to the events listed below. This will be a critical week for Title III and I want you to be a part of the action 1. CFIRA Lobby Day on Wednesday, November 19th from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. If you are interested in being part of the CFIRA lobbing day please email Kim Wales at info@cfirg.org. 2. Growth Capitalist Summit on Wednesday, November 19th from 2:00 PM…

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Crowdfund InsiderRecommendations Provided to EU to Boost Crowdfunding in Renewable EnergyCrowdfund InsiderA group of 14 different partners worked on the project that saw the participation of the European Crowdfunding Network and four different crowdfunding platforms in the renewable e [...]

Jamaica GleanerPointers to Publishing | Consider crowdfunding to finance your bookJamaica GleanerYou have great ideas but do not have the funds, or you do not want to take the risk of taking a loan or asking for financial support from family. Crowdfunding might be your best bet, and t [...]

FortuneCrowdfunding: Women Better at Raising Money Than Men Are ...FortuneA new study has found that women are generally better than men at crowdfunding.Women are better at crowdfunding than men, shows study | The ...The IndependentWhy women join the crowd: Gender gap in bank lending, [...]

The VergeDonald Trump's terrible crowdfunding site was a microcosm of his political careerThe VergeAnd from the beginning, the site had Trump's populist edge. Zanker boasted that “the reign of Kickstarter's Brooklyn hipsters is over,” referring to Kickstarter's New [...]

ForbesWhy Crowdfunding Is Still Booming, Especially For Chinese Tech CompaniesForbesBased on recent media reports, it looks like crowdfunding is now in the "disillusionment" phase of the famous Gartner hype cycle, after peaking a few years back. I will argue that crowdfundin [...]

Social media, crowdfunding skirmishes encapsulate Endy debateThe Herald JournalAfter that, a campaign with the same goals and the same organizer appeared on a separate crowdfunding site, FundRazr.com. This campaign also drew negative attention on social media, and after a few hours th [...]

How Women Trounce Men When Raising Seed Crowdfunding CapitalForbesMale entrepreneurs may account for the majority of business owners raising finance on crowdfunding platforms in the UK, but their female counterparts are far more likely to get the support they seek, new research shows. [...]

Android Authority (blog)Crowdfunding project of the week: ORII allows for making calls using your fingerAndroid Authority (blog)Did you ever watch those movies where special agents communicate with each other by putting an index finger up to the ear? I wasn't always able to see a [...]

Wired.co.ukAfter budget cuts, museums are crowdfunding to preserve historyWired.co.ukIn 2015, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. launched its very first crowdfunding campaign to 'Reboot the Suit'. The idea was to raise much-need funds to conser [...]

Awesome tech you can't buy yet: Sun-defying tents, bee monitors, dream masksDigital TrendsAt any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you'll find no shortage [...]

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