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Why Investors Should Consider Investing In Emerging Managers

Why Investors Should Consider Investing In Emerging Managers

Sang H. Lee CEO at DarcMatter, CrowdfundBeat  Sr. contributing guest editor, Definition There’s no set definition of what constitutes an emerging manager. Typically, these investment managers are newly formed and have a relatively small asset base of no more than $2 billion. The small asset base could be a strategic consideration on the managers’ part in that it’s easier to execute certain strategies with fewer assets. The idea is that the manager can remain focused and nimble on execution, rather than dealing with ancillary duties and the operational complexity of a large manager. Some people consider minority-controlled firms, like women-run hedge funds, to be part of the emerging manager space. With…

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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

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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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Entrepreneur3 Crowdfunding Tips Every Company Forgets From a Brand That Raised $800000 and Got AcquiredEntrepreneurCrowdfunding takes a lot of planning, whether you're gearing up for a launch, a ship date or thinking about the next source of funding you'll pursue. But it [...]

Boing BoingCrowdfunding for medical costs is turning health-care into a reality-TV competitionBoing BoingIt's a sad -- if gripping -- document of the wildly inefficient, friction-hot mess of medical care in the US, where one-fifth of household spending is lavished on healthcare, [...]

Telegraph.co.ukBrewDog keeps the taps open after hitting £10m crowdfunding markTelegraph.co.ukPunk IPA maker BrewDog has surpassed its £10m crowdfunding target but opted to extend the deadline in a bid for even more cash.BrewDog extends crowdfunding deadline after raising £11.3m - BBC [...]

VentureBeatIndiegogo moves beyond crowdfunding to help startups with manufacturingVentureBeatIndiegogo made its name as a crowdfunding site where startups could get cash for their big dreams. But the San Francisco company is moving beyond that idea to helping startups with design for [...]

Comics BeatCrowdfunding Watch: Curiously Cute Critters and a Cyberpunk CollectionComics BeatI recently returned from the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in San Antonio, Texas and I can't stop thinking about the games I saw. From the interactive love story Florence to Tunic, a story about [...]

Alaska Dispatch NewsGloves, laptops and robotic kits: How Alaska teachers turn to crowdfunding to get classroom gearAlaska Dispatch NewsCollege Gate Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Gerald Tennyson has used the DonorsChoose.org website to crowdfund items for his class, including [...]

EntrepreneurLive at CES: Indiegogo CEO Predicts What's Next for CrowdfundingEntrepreneurAt CES, hundreds of companies of varying sizes and stages can attribute crowdfunding platforms to their funding, product design and success. One of those being Indiegogo. Founded in 2007, the [...]

Entrepreneur12 Key Strategies to a Successful Crowdfunding CampaignEntrepreneurI've Raised Close to $2 Million in Crowdfunding Campaigns -- Here Are My Secrets · Next Article. 12 Key Strategies to a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign. Image credit: Shutterstock · Aj Agrawal • Contr [...]

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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