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CrowdFunding Lawyers & Leaders

By CrowdFundBeat Editorial Desk,  While many are entering the nascent world of crowdfunding, it is important to recognize the need to be smart about the changing landscape.  Yes, we are looking at new ways to form capital via the online platforms, so financing structures and UI/UX elements are fundamental.  But this is a highly regulated and legislated space, i.e., the world of securities issuance. As many in the space offer some knowledge of finance, as well as social media and engagement, it is critically important to navigate the securities environment correctly,  particularly the legalities of issuance, disclosures, investor categories, and the ramifications if not doing…

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The Crowd Speaks

The Crowd Speaks

By Steve Cinelli , CrowdFundBeat Sr. Editor, As the discourse over the last handful of years has been on the power of the crowd, there is a crowd that will render a financing decision that will have reams of ramifications for not only companies, but for their entire society – namely Greece. Interestingly, though quite inarticulate, a referendum has been posed to the Greek community on its willingness to accept further draconian measures to remain aligned within the Eurozone, or,conversely, might they choose an economic divergence and autonomy? While the media has reported from both sides, and there is much support for the remaining within…

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Advantage Seedrs ! Andy Murray Joins Team Seedrs

I’m very pleased to share with you that Seedrs has entered into a strategic partnership with tennis champion Andy Murray. We trust he will find this relationship a great opportunity to build not only his portfolio but also his experience and profile as an investor. statement from Jeff Lynn, CEO of Seeders
“I’ve always been interested in investment, and being able to get involved in an innovative way to help support British startups really appealed to me.” Andy Murray

New Report: Crowdfunding Opportunities for Traditional Banking and Securities

New Report: Crowdfunding Opportunities for Traditional Banking and Securities

CrowdFunding Beat Media, Traditional banking and securities venues are now finding crowdfunding opportunities in Europe and the United States, according to Aite Group. Boston, January 7, 2015– Crowdfunding, now considered an alternative asset class, is growing to co-exist with traditional banking and securities, and the industry as a whole is set to raise US$93 billion by 2025 .1 Through new ideas and human connections, crowdfunding offers real opportunities for accredited investors and institutions in 2015 while helping underserved borrower and entrepreneurial markets get funds, claims Aite Group in its report, Crowdfunding: Understanding the Basics. In September and October 2014, Aite Group interviewed platform founders, product…

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CrowdFund Beat 2014 : Person of the Year – OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved

CrowdFunding Beat Media. By Desk editors  ourcrowd sponsor promo code Register for   ourcrowd  3rd Annual Silicon Valley Crowdfunding Conference on March 5th-6th. 2014 will be remembered as when “Crowdfunding” became a formal entry into the lexicons of financial services and social media.   A beacon of the “sharing economy”, crowd finance has evolved from meager online intermediation of a wishful funding for the a starving artist, to now an industry that has yielded two multi-billion dollar public offerings with more to come.   Certainly, the industry is gaining steam in various genres of finance – be it perquisite, corporate or real estate – and we expect 2014 to witness nearly $5 billion of…

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Equity Crowdfunding Down Under

By Jonathan Wilson CrowdFunding Beat Guest Contributor  A Committee, appointed by the Australian Treasury, has released a Report, making proposals for the modernization of the Australian financial system, including the adoption of rules to facilitate crowdfunding. The Report does not have the force of law and is subject to comments from industry and other stakeholders, with the comment period expected to last through March 31, 2015. The Australian Financial System Inquiry was created by the Australian Treasury to develop a blueprint for the modernization of the Australian financial system. According to the FSI’s website: Previous financial system inquiries, including the Campbell Report in 1981 and Wallis Report in 1997, were…

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The 4 Myths Of Equity Crowdfunding (And Why They’re Wrong) Podcast

The 4 Myths Of Equity Crowdfunding (And Why They’re Wrong)  Podcast

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire, This Week in Crowdfunding is a newly launched podcast series hosted by OurCrowd’s Zack Miller and David Stark, where they cover the best in Crowdfunding with a frank — and educational — discussion about the issues surrounding Crowdfunding. Every week, they interview successful entrepreneurs, deconstruct campaigns, and hear from the smartest people around on this transformative, massive financing trend. Equity crowdfunding is probably the newest form of crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo’s little brother. But the momentum is there — OurCrowd estimated that upwards of $700M would be invested via equity crowdfunding during 2014. While thousands of investors have taken to equity…

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Hope’s Role in Equity Crowdfunding

By PAULNIEDERER CrowdFunding Beat News, Sr. Guest Contributing Editor, CEO The Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB)  At a recent Angel Investor event I overheard an entrepreneur seeking capital ask an Angel Investor the following question. “What sectors do you specialise in when selecting investments?” The Angel Investor said he had no special preference as he was primarily after “anything that had enough in it to back up a 10 times return”. That got me thinking. Maybe a “Hope Matrix” like the one below would be a quick way for an entrepreneur or founder to work out where there particular opportunity is best pitched. If they definitely have something that fits squarely in the top…

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Does Crowdfunding Democratize Access to Capital? Review of Early Evidence [video]

By Richard Swart, PhD – CrowdFunding Beat Guest Contributor, Research Director, Crowdfunding Capital Advisors, Director of Crowdfunding Research, UC Berkeley Monday, October 13, 2014 Having watched the evolution of the crowdfunding industry these past few years, I have heard a constant refrain that crowdfunding democratizes access to capital.  This is usually accepted as a fact. However, the academic community has been taking a hard look at the evidence, and the results are definitely mixed.   Democratization of access means different things to different speakers. Here are some of the assumptions and claims:  (1) Crowdfunding will work for women and minority business owners and entrepreneurs at least…

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Louvre Using Crowdfunding to Purchase 18th-Century “Table of Peace”

GAYLE NELSON | Oct 09 2014 | New York Times – Around the world, nonprofits continue to experience a drop in government funding. European nonprofits are not immune to this trend. In France, museums are struggling to raise essential funds after two years of consecutive cuts in government support. In its place, two the country’s most famous museums, the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, are turning to crowdfunding to expand their collections. Earlier this week, the Louvre started a new crowdfunding campaign to partially fund the purchase of the Table de Teschen. The eighteenth-century jeweled “Table of Peace” was a gift to a French diplomat at…

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CrowdFunding Site, Lists, Data, Analytics, Research, Statistics, Reports, Infographic

   CrowdFund Beat International Media Group  CFB USA CFB UK CFB Canada CFB Germany CFB Italy CFB France CFB Holland Weekly Pro CrowdFunding USA Silicon Valley CrowdFunding CrowdFunding.tv Video Library CFB Film   TOP 100 CrowdFunding Platforms Who’s Who of CrowdFunding Professionals Top 10 Real Estate CrowdFunding Top Ranking CrowdFunding Website TOP 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms Funding Rounds for Platforms Crowdfunding Platform Rates & Policy  A Brief History of CrowdFunding Crowdfunding Cheat Sheet Top 1% of Angel Investors Top 100 CrowdFunding Campaigns chart Top 100 Kickstarter projects NOW! Interview| Research | Education | Videos TOP Crowdfunded & VC-Funded Hardware Companies Peer-to-Peer CrowdFunding: P2P Report…

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African entrepreneurs turning to crowdfunding

African entrepreneurs turning to crowdfunding

Deutsche Welle | Aug 4, 2014 – Jacques Georges Badjang was never really interested in emigrating abroad. Even when he was a student, he was determined to show it was possible to create and achieve something in his native Cameroon. As there were several beekeepers in his neighborhood, he decided there was a future in honey. He gave up his history course and went to work. “It all started at home, in my mother’s kitchen,” said Badjang. This was where he washed the glass jars, filled them with honey, and then went from house to house to sell them. The one-man operation has since turned…

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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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