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Advocates urge SEC to propose crowd-funding rules

About a dozen crowd-funding and venture capital representatives and small-business advocates last Tuesday urged Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Elisse Walter to propose rules for crowd funding. A type of financing that lets small investors buy equity or debt in startups over the Internet, crowd funding is among several provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act — signed by President Barack Obama last April — designed to ease securities registration rules for entrepreneurs. The SEC has not yet proposed a crowd-funding rule, which was due in January. It is one of several JOBS Act rules that have fallen behind schedule. “Chairman Walter has the…

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From Crowd sourcing to Crowd storming

The “crowd” has come to embody the organizations enabled by our new online connections. Crowdfunding provides an alternative to traditional sources of capital by directly linking those who need funding with those who have it. Collaborative consumption enables us to access assets such as homes or cars via online crowds. And crowds are offering an alternative to traditional outsourcing institutions, connecting those who have large or small tasks with those who are willing to perform them. Over the last decade, organizations like GE, P&G, DARPA and LEGO have pioneered a particular type of work with crowds. They work with crowds to brainstorm, or “crowdstorm.” And…

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Five things Sundance can tell us about the future of film

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The deal making begins weeks before the celebrities touch down in Park City, Utah, a pop-up center of the universe for the culture industry during the ten-day run of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Open Road Films buys the Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, long before audiences clap, yawn, or both at its Sundance Closing Weekend premiere. Other movies including Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, and No, featuring Gael García Bernal, also arrive with deals intact. The pre-fest deals, as well as decisions by filmmakers from former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (Sound City) to Shane Carruth…

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Crowdfunding Is About Creating Jobs For The Right People

Crowdfunding is not just about creating jobs, it is about creating jobs for the right people. In April of 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, authorizing crowdfunding of equity and debt for the sake of creating jobs. The more time I spend studying crowdfunding and working with the leaders in the crowdfund community, the clearer it becomes that not only will crowdfunding create jobs, it will create jobs in the right places. Recently, I sat down in a hidden valley near Park City, Utah with Candace Klein, CEO of Somolend and founder of the nonprofit Bad Girl Ventures, who explained that overwhelmingly,…

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Will the S.E.C. Kill Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding has the potential to provide new funding options for small businesses and stimulate job growth, and yet the S.E.C. has stalled on crowdfunding Rulings. Other countries are off and running with equity crowdfunding, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Why is the U.S. still stuck in first gear and lagging behind the pack? Aren’t we innovators and leaders in entrepreneurship? What’s going on with the S.E.C. crowdfunding Rulings, as spelled out in the JOBS Act? Why are they stalled? Will the S.E.C. abort crowdfunding before it gets a fighting chance? Earlier this month on February 5th, leaders in government and…

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Investing in our community can pay big dividends

I recently attended the North Carolina Main Street Conference in Salisbury, N.C., where speaker Todd Barman introduced us to the term “Locavesting”. He recommended a book by this title written by award-winning journalist Amy Cortese. Locavesting is a new and different term, but it’s such an interesting concept, I’d like to explain it by using ideas from Cortese’s website. Rebecca Cross: What is locavesting? According to Cortese, it’s a term she coined to describe the local investing movement taking root across the country. The idea is to earn profits while supporting your local community. She writes, “Locavesting is about investing in Main Street, rather than…

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Crowdfunding 101: Q&A With CircleUp CEO Ryan Caldbeck

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Venture capital firms don’t have much appetite for consumer-goods products in their portfolios. CircleUp Network Inc. Ryan Caldbeck, right, CEO of CircleUp, shown with COO Rory Eakin and an array of products from companies funded through their crowdfunding platform. According to Dow Jones VentureSource, venture firms invested a mere $116.6 million in food and beverage companies in all of 2012. By contrast, they invested $738.4 million in media and content companies during that period. CircleUp Network offers “reg-D crowdfunding” for these businesses—a form of crowdfunding that allows accredited investors to back companies through an online platform in exchange for a stake in a business. (Read…

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Crowdfunding Businesses and Startups: The Ultimate Guide

As a result of recent successful multimillion-dollar online fundraising campaigns for products such as the Ouya, Pebble E-Paper Watch and Amanda Palmer’s Theater is Evil album/tour, which have captivated audiences worldwide, crowdfunding is quickly becoming a business staple. Hailed by many entrepreneurs as a better alternative to venture capital or angel investment, interest has also been piqued by the recent passage of the JOBS Act, which legalizes the crowdfunding of limited equity transactions. In essence, crowdfunding is a disruptive process that empowers creators and inventors to showcase projects publicly in the form of text descriptions and video pitches, and to solicit everyday Internet users in…

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The Risks and Rewards of Crowdfunding

There are a number of caveats to consider before jumping in. Investors may demand a say in how you run your company. It is also possible that an inexperienced small business leader could quickly burn through a funding round without achieving measurable results.

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SEC: Don’t Make Crowdfunding Useless for Main Street

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Scott Shane: Washington needs to remember that uncertainty hampers hiring and investment, as I’ve explained here before.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Types of Crowdfunding for your Small Business  Small Business TrendsFor small businesses looking to bypass traditional sources of financing, crowdfunding is a great choice. Here's a quick primer on the types of crowdfunding. [...]

Northern Monk completes rebrand after £1.5m crowdfunding campaign  The Drinks BusinessLeeds-based brewery Northern Monk has completed a rebrand of its range and released new gluten-free and low-alcohol beers after raising £1.5 million in 13 ... [...]

Crowdfunding offers promise for women and junior academics  Times Higher Education (THE)Study's authors suggest women are better able to communicate the value of science to score public donations. [...]

Unpaid Fyre Festival Cook Wins Back Life Savings From Crowdfunding Campaign  TheWrapMaryann Rolle, who appeared in Netflix documentary "Fyre," earned over $139000, surpassing her $123000 fundraising goal. [...]

How To Set Yourself Up For Crowdfunding Success  ForbesIf you want your crowdfunding venture to become a wild success, it's important to prepare to give yourself the best shot. [...]

How Crowdfunding Works For Entrepreneurs  ForbesHow does crowdfunding work for startup entrepreneurs? Crowdfunding exploded onto the internet a few years ago. Since then early platforms like Kickstarter ... [...]

Woman crowdfunding to have vaginal mesh removed  BBC NewsVictoria Adams is crowdfunding to have it removed after the NHS refused to do so. [...]

Syrian refugee attack: Boy's family crowdfunding to sue Tommy Robinson and Facebook over 'defamation'  The IndependentLawyers representing a Syrian boy who was attacked at school are crowdfunding to sue Tommy Robinson and Facebook. Footage of the 15-year-old victim ... [...]

How Crowdfunding Is Helping Homeless People Turn Their Lives Around  ForbesUK-based tech startup Beam has developed a crowdfunding platform that's helping homelessness people upskill and pursue successful careers. [...]

CRE Crowdfunding Platforms Must Focus on Realistic Returns  National Real Estate InvestorCRE crowdfunding platforms need to focus on stringent underwriting and transparency to avoid misleading investors about potential returns. [...]

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