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Why You Should Never Invest in a Crowdfunded Startup

Why You Should Never Invest in a Crowdfunded Startup

By Wilton Risenhoover, CrowdFundBeat Guest Contributor,EIR @ Idealab, Investment Committee @ UCLA Venture Capital Fund  @risenhoover On October 23, 2013, the SEC published its proposed rules (“Regulation CF” aka “Crowdfunding Regulations”) that will allow the general public to invest in privately-held companies for the first time in over 80 years. Considering there is significantly more wealth held by the general public than the professional venture capital funds, this change has the potential to transform the early stage financing environment. However, there are significant risks in these types of investments that many people might not recognize. Let’s not forget that the SEC restricted the public from these…

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When Crowdfunding Your Startup

CrowdfundBeat Media, Letting the crowd fund your startup doesn’t mean allowing your business plan to go unwritten. In the business world, approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month and funding those businesses comes from a variety of sources. Most recently, startups are beginning to utilize crowdfunding sites to promote their ventures and raise the capital they need through online platforms. Similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank, startups have the opportunity to present their business to a number of “backers” who can potentially finance their business. Such crowdfunding websites are making it easier for new business owners to spread the word of their company and search for…

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How Darma Raised $100K in the First Day of their crowdfunding Campaign

CrowdFunding Beat News Wire,  Kickstarter campaigns are often employed by entrepreneurs to showcase their products online through videos, graphics, and text on one page. Founders can set funding goals and deadlines, obtaining backers (supporters) who donate money to help creators launch their product or creative project. Some campaigns fail miserably using this tactic to raise funding, while others soar pass their goals. However, the Founder Institute has birthed a rare Founder who falls into the latter category, raising $200,000 within a month of launching a Kickstarter campaign, rocketing far beyond the $40,000 goal. This founder, Dr. Junhao Hu, a Singapore Founder Institute Graduate, was incredibly successful in creating…

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500 Startups Partners with SeedInvest for White Label Platform

500 Startups Partners with SeedInvest for White Label Platform

CFB News Wire, 500 Startups, the most active venture capital fund and accelerator in the world, whereby SeedInvest will power a white label investment platform for the prominent accelerator’s funds and portfolio companies. In short, 500 will be able to generally solicit their funds as well as easily allow investments from their LPs into their funds and portfolio companies on their own branded platform. SeedInvest has built an investor verification system and state­-of-­the-­art white label solution which enables venture capital funds to easily manage their own fundraising activity and investor bases. “500 Startups is already widely recognized by the entrepreneur and investor community as one of the most innovative VC funds in the world. Making this change in our fundraising process…

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Audiodraft, The Crowdsourcing Platform For Sound And Music, Raises $400K From 500 Startups & Promus Ventures

Audiodraft, The Crowdsourcing Platform For Sound And Music, Raises $400K From 500 Startups & Promus Ventures

Audiodraft, a platform where brands or anybody else can commissions custom music or sounds, just closed $400,000 in a funding round led by 500 Startups and Promus Ventures. The best analogy for what the startup does is 99Designs for sound. Founded three years ago, the company has grown a community of about 20,000 sound designers and music composers who are available to create music or sounds for different advertising agencies and clients on commission. There’s also a library on-hand tracks so that customers can drop by and buy licenses for music for anywhere from $400 to $2,000. Then there’s also a way to host contests. (Here’s…

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NPRAfter Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise ...NPRThe popular crowdfunding service Patreon has backed off plans to change its payment structure, after widespread, vocal and passionate opposition from creators and their fans. Last week, the site announced it woul [...]

ForbesCrowdfunding Do's And Dont's From iFundWomen's Karen CahnForbesDuring our conversation, she was transparent in sharing that her first software company, VProud, failed because she “did everything backwards” and spent too much time trying to perfect the product. “Pe [...]

TechCrunchHow hate speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online ...TechCrunchIf you want to make a living creating white supremacist content, you're probably not going to do it via sites like Kickstarter and Patreon, which prohibit hate speech. Fortunately there's Ha [...]

EntrepreneurWhy Some Small Business Owners Are Turning to Crowdfunding to Save Their CompanyEntrepreneurMany owners of beloved local businesses, especially in pricier cities, have been forced to swallow their pride and appeal to their customers in times of crisis -- a process streamli [...]

Times of IndiaPT Usha takes to crowdfunding to run schoolTimes of IndiaCHENNAI: Legendary athlete PT Usha, called 'Payyoli Express' by her fans, has taken to crowdfunding and raised Rs 20 lakh to train budding girl sprinters and runners at her school in the hope of turning t [...]

Crowdfund InsiderNew Investment Crowdfunding Platform Launches in North Carolina as Full Stack Platform Including Intrastate NC ...Crowdfund InsiderUnder NC PACES, or “North Carolina Providing Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs and Small business Act,” crowdfunding legislation, issue [...]

ChronicleLiveNo need for banks as North East businesses turn to crowdfundingChronicleLiveCrowdfunding has developed a reputation for helping weird and wonderful projects become a reality. But while creative projects have utilised crowdfunding for some time, more and more North East bu [...]

Crowdfunding For French CastlesNPRYou too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: What if I told you that for about $60, you cou [...]

TechCrunchFormer Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.comTechCrunchWhile Univision acquired most of Gawker Media's sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn't include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month [...]

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