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Political Crowdfunding: Building a Community Instead of a Campaign

By Anum Yoon, Crowdfund Beat Media Guest Editor, Throughout the past few years, crowdfunding has become a source of fundraising for charities, life-saving surgeries, new products, individual travel goals, research projects and more. With crowdfunding platforms and social media, it’s easier than ever to set up a page where friends and family can donate to whatever it is you’re passionate about or need money for. But does this new fundraising fad have a place in politics? Politicians who are starting campaigns or building platforms need money, and it’s a fairly new possibility that this money could come from small individual donations from people on crowdfunding…

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Targeted IRRs in Crowdfunding

By Mark Roderick CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. contributing editor and crowdfunding attorney with Flaster/Greenberg PC.   Targeted internal rate of return, or IRR, is used widely to advertise deals on Crowdfunding sites, real estate and otherwise. While target IRR means something to sophisticated sponsors and investors, its widespread and uncritical use makes me a little uneasy, for the following reasons: If pressed, many people don’t know what IRR really means. Investors assume that a higher IRR is better than a lower IRR, but many couldn’t explain exactly why or how. IRR can be misleading. For example, a bond purchased for $100 that pays interest of $10 at the end…

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Fintech Fundings: 26 Companies Raise $270 Million

The fintech sector attracted $266 million in new capital the second week of August. Half went to Finovate/FinDEVr alums including: $56 million to customer service specialist Interactions $52.5 million to alt-auto-title lender Finova Financial $17 million to Upguard for its cybersecurity technology $5.8 million went to Finovate alum Pindrop to further its phone-based fraud solutions $5 million to CUneXus to expand its consumer lending platform The number of deals totaled 26, slightly below the YTD average of 28 deals per week. The YTD total now stands at 895, about 400 more than last year’s 484. Total dollars raised YTD is $19.9 billion, nearly double the…

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A New Era begins for Equity Crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act

By Sydney Armani, CrowdFund Beat CEO & Publisher On May 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) crowdfunding rules under Title III of the JOBS Act go into effect, allowing early stage and growth companies, which may be unable or unwilling to raise capital from institutional or private investors, to gain access to another source of capital. “Title III of the JOBS Act was originally meant to be a game changer for growth companies, adding another way businesses could raise capital in today’s marketplace,” said Alex Castelli, partner and leader of the National Liquidity and Capital Formation Advisory Group at CohnReznick, a top accounting, tax,…

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The rise in crowd-investing

By Adi Gaskell , CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor Editor, Crowdfunding has been expanding at quite a pace in recent years, but whilst I suspect most of you are familiar with the likes of Kickstarter, there is a slightly more serious form of the art growing in popularity. Since President Obama passed the JOBS Act in 2012 there has been a steady growth in crowd-investment platforms.  Whereas Kickstarter et al might reward backers with a freebie or some other gift associated with the project, with crowd-investing platforms, the return is more akin to that associated with traditional investments. I’ve written previously about investment platforms for real estate in…

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Community Banking, The Crowd and CrowdFunding

By Steven Cinelli, CrowdFunding Beat  Sr. Editor, CEO PRIMARQ/REMARQ Personally, I have enjoyed the whitepaper series on community banking and its positioning and potential opportunities by aligning with the “crowd space”.  I believe the biggest takeaway for members of community banking industry is that “times continue to change” and the fundamental principles, practices and disciplines of banking have shifted so new models need be pursued for not only profitability but survival.   Let’s assess the banking industry.  In 1985, there were over 14,000 banks in the US.  Now, in 2014, we have less than 7000.  And it wasn’t the big banks that have failed.  In 2012,…

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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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SEC to regulate crowd-fundingInquirer.netThe Securities and Exchange Commission is set to regulate crowd-funding activities in the country to protect the investing public from the abuse of fund-raising innovations typically designed for start-up companies. Crowd-funding refers to a me [...]

LivemintCrowdfunding Indian hopes and fearsLivemintOver the last few years, crowdfunding websites such as Milaap have become a repository of connected India's aspirations and anxieties. They clearly highlight our country's big failures in the areas of health and education. T [...]

5 Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding CampaignHuffPostTake time to really research which crowdfunding platform (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Crowdrise, etc) is best. Don't only talk to the teams there, but also talk to people who have run crowdfunding campaigns on that platform [...]

CNBCSome crowdfunding donors could be accidentally breaking tax lawsCNBCDonors may face tricky gift-tax rules, non-deductible donations and a lack of accountability when contributing online.and more » [...]

CampaignLiveMother-backed incubator Broody acquires a 5% stake in crowdfunding platformCampaignLiveCrowdfunding is part of a societal shift towards world-class brands demonstrating measurable social impact, Pippa Dunn, co-founder of Broody, said: "It's therefore integral to [...]

Eater San DiegoNorth Park Distillery and Restaurant Launches Crowdfunding CampaignEater San DiegoA new distillery and restaurant in North Park is taking to crowdfunding to get the project to the finish line. 619 Distillery & Tasting Room, which is in construction at the corner of [...]

Bankless TimesWhy do crowdfunding campaigns fail?Bankless TimesFor a start, a crowdfunding page is only one of the elements that you need to complete as a business. You should also set up a business site – you can even do it yourself if you follow the instructions on https://WebsiteBu [...]

Financial TimesMonzo plans crowdfunding push to deepen ties with customersFinancial TimesBanking app Monzo is planning to launch one of the UK's largest crowdfunding efforts next year to give customers in the fast-growing bank what it calls “a greater share of ownership”. Tom Blo [...]

Khaleej TimesUAE mulls regulation for crowdfunding - Khaleej TimesKhaleej TimesThe Central Bank of the UAE is looking at regulation for crowdfunding in the emirates as part of measures to boost financing for small and medium enterprises, ...UAE credit growth seen in high single digits [...]

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