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Crowdfunding- The Good, The Bad & The (really) Ugly

By Shane Liddell is the CEO and chief Crowdfundologist at Smart Crowdfunding LLC,. Crowdfund Beat Guest post, Part 3 –The (really) Ugly Introduction In Part 1 I covered all of the good things that we have seen as crowdfunding continuously gathers momentum across the world. The future looks bright indeed! In Part 2 I wrote of changes within the industry, especially within rewards based crowdfunding – the competition which makes it so much harder for the small guys and the Indiegogo platform now giving preferential treatment to corporates, allowing them “…to pay for special placement on Indiegogo’s site, making them more discoverable than other campaigns”.…

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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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A CEO’s Perspective Crowdfunding with “REG CF Title III”

By Terry White is the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel company WOLACO. Crowdfund Beat Gust Post Since Title III of the Jobs Act just recently went into effect we decide to get a closer look at how CEOs actually view the new legislation in respect to their future financing needs. We had an opportunity for a Q&A with Terry White the Founder/CEO of athletic apparel companyWOLACO.  He was able to share with us the company’s history as well as their first crowdfunding experience with Kickstarter and his perspective on Title III. CT: What does WOLACO mean? TW: WOLACO is an acronym for Way of Life Athletic Co. I thought…

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CrowdEngine First to Offer Regulation CF Crowdfunding Software

Crowdfund Beat News Wire,  Washington, D.C. – May 16, 2016 – CrowdEngine to demo it’s Compliance Engine™ features for the new Regulation Crowdfunding rules today at the Capital Washington D.C. for Members of the House, Senators, and 300 other well respected guests.  CrowdEngine’s compliance automation solution and white-label crowdfunding software allows entrepreneurs to launch funding portals in a fraction of the time than building from scratch to achieve lower costs, and better investor experiences. “We are proud to be the first to offer a solution for funding portals to offer securities under the new Regulation Crowdfunding rules.   Our secure, cloud-based compliance automation platform is trusted…

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IRA Services Launches P2P Lending’s First Cloud-based API Driven Retirement Investment Solution

CrowdFund Beat News Wire,           San Carlos, CA — (April 6, 2016) – IRA Services, the leading provider in custodial trust solutions for non-exchange traded investing, is pleased to announce that it will be unveiling the ISCP™, the first and only real-time cloud-based API driven retirement investment solution for the P2P industry, at LendIt 2016, the world’s largest conference connecting the global online lending community taking place on April 11-12 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The ISCP ™ allows real-time access to over $12 trillion dollars of capital for the P2P industry by providing platform investors with the ability to effortlessly fund…

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Report: China Internet Crowdfunding and Wealth Management Industry

Report: China Internet Crowdfunding and Wealth Management Industry

CrowdFundBeat News Wire, LONDON, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Main business models of Internet finance include: (1) third-party payment; (2) network lending (P2P and network microcredit); (3) crowdfunding; (4) Internet wealth management; (5) Internet consumer finance; (6) virtual currency; (7) Internet financial portal; (8) guarantee; (9) credit investigation system. The report focuses on Internet crowdfunding and Internet wealth management industries. Crowdfunding Industry Crowdfunding refers to the model that project sponsors release their creative ideas on Internet platforms to raise funds and, in return, give investors material objects, services or equities. It includes mainly rewards-based crowdfunding, equity-based crowdfunding, and donation-based crowdfunding. The first crowdfunding platform appeared…

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The Capital Raising Readiness Assessment

The Capital Raising Readiness Assessment

By Lauren Leibowitz, CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor, Principal at 1st BridgeHouse Securities, LLC, Since the light bulb went off in your head with that million dollar idea, you have been tiredly working on turning it into an innovative and viable operating company. You have not only invested time and lost many hours of sleep, but you have also invested a lot of your own funds in turning this dream into a reality. You are now at the critical point all successful entrepreneurs face during this journey, you are short on funds. You and your friends and family are tapped out and the development and growth of your business requires…

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4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

4 Times When Hedge Funds’ Bets Resulted in Outsized Returns

By James Suh , Business Development at DarcMatter, CrowdFundBeat Guest Editor, Coveted for their ability to perform in adverse market conditions, successful global macro hedge funds opportunistically invest in instruments whose prices fluctuate based on economic and political shifts. Accurately predicting market trends to exploit temporary price deviations, the most profitable of these funds generate considerable publicity due to their outsized returns and the volatile, often contrarian, nature of their bets. Below are some noteworthy examples of major macroeconomic trends and the funds that had the foresight, fortune, or both to preemptively identify and capitalize on these significant events.         1. Carlyle Group and…

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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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Can Crowdfunding Save an Endangered Nomadic Culture?

Can Crowdfunding Save an Endangered Nomadic Culture?

By Jennifer Billock, A gray-haired Kyrgyz man swathed in a blue jacket and topped with an Ak-Kalpak — Kyrgyzstan’s national white felt stovetop hat — stands on the edge of a rocky outcrop looking across the hills and steppes of Issyk Kul. An eagle rests on his gloved arm, dutifully watching for prey to catch and bring back to his master. The man’s name is Ishenbek. He is a traditional nomadic Kyrgyz eagle hunter. Likely, he grew up with his bird, training the animal from the time he was a boy and forming a bond as strong as family. Eagle hunting is a way of…

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FortuneUncensored Social Network Gab Raises $1 Million in Crowdfunding CampaignFortuneA crowdfunding campaign for Gab, a Twitter-like social network that touts its commitment to freedom of speech, surpassed $1 million yesterday. The company claims it is politically neutral and committ [...]

U.S. News & World ReportNo Cash for Hate, Say Mainstream Crowdfunding FirmsU.S. News & World ReportThe block on mainstream crowdfunding is just the latest blow to far-right activists operating online. In the last 24 hours, neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer had its domain regi [...]

Baltimore SunHarford still opposes crowdfunding sites for school donationsBaltimore SunRaising money through online crowdfunding sites is an ideal way for teachers to find the funds to purchase classroom materials and should be restored, the head of the Harford County teachers' u [...]

FortuneDreamHost Sets Up Crowdfunding Page to Aid Trump Government FightFortuneThe Los Angeles-based web host DreamHost, which is fighting the Department of Justice over its attempt to seize records of visitors to an anti-Donald Trump website, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to a [...]

DualShockersBounty Battle Rolls out the White Carpet with Successful Crowdfunding CampaignDualShockersWhen we last checked in with the indie-obsessed fighting game, Bounty Battle, it was halfway through its $30,000 crowdfunding goal. Now with 3 days left to go, it's surpassed thi [...]

Crain's Cleveland Business'Smaller' gifts can go long way for Clinic's crowdfunding platformCrain's Cleveland BusinessFor an institution accustomed to securing multimillion-dollar donations, Cleveland Clinic's latest fundraising effort has some relatively [...]

GeekZing Smart Light Passes Crowdfunding Goal With Flying Colors ...GeekAt age 31, I still prefer to keep a light on in the hallway, illuminating my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. (God forbid I step on the creeping cat—or ...and more » [...]

Business.comYou Oversold Your Crowdfunding Campaign – Now What?Business.comIf you've oversold, there's no way to go back in time and prevent it. Your next step should be to streamline what you can control. Crowdfunding can be an unpredictable, exciting experience. But reachi [...]

LITTLE GUIDANCE FROM IRS ON TAXING CROWDFUNDING CONTRIBUTIONSBloomberg BNAWhether it's a musician raising money to produce an album, an inventor with a great idea, or a family in distress that needs help, crowdfunding through platforms such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter has become [...]

ForbesWhat Works In Equity Crowdfunding -- Insights From ResearchForbesAs we have recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of the signing of the JOBS Act into law, it is a good time to take stock of the effect that the legislature had on equity crowdfunding in the United States. It [...]

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