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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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How women entrepreneurs can get the most out of crowdfundingMarketWatchCrowdfunding can actually be a very effective way to get a business off the ground and keep it rolling. And women are taking advantage of it more. These days, 47% of successful campaigns on the popular crowdfunding [...]

ForbesGuitar Lovers Invest $400000 in Crowdfunding For Jamming New Guitar TechnologyForbesChristopher Prendergast, the Founder and CEO of Jamstack never imagined himself being an entrepreneur. He was an elementary school science teacher who loved playing guitar whenever possible. Ingr [...]

Forbes IndiaCrowdfunding: Beyond financingForbes IndiaIn 1997, fans of British rock band Marillion raised $60,000 on the Internet to help finance a tour of North America. It is one of the earliest examples of the power of crowdfunding, in which a large number of investors back a ventu [...]

Jackson Hole News&GuideCasper entrepreneur to discuss WIN crowdfundingJackson Hole News&GuideKickstarter is a crowdfunding platform, but projects can't offer incentives like equity, revenue sharing or investment opportunities. Plus the amount a medical device business lik [...]

Austin AI EdTech Start-up Raises Capital Via Women-Focused CrowdfundingPR Newswire (press release)AUSTIN, Texas, June 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Women-owned, Austin-based AI EdTech start-up OneSeventeen Media today announced the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on iFundWomen, a platf [...]

Comics BeatCrowdfunding Watch: Carpet Merchants, Barbarous Landlords and Crime-Fighting BardsComics BeatThis crowdfunding project is hoping to raise enough money to print 336-pages of Volume I in hardback form. There are wonderful rewards available including an enamel pin which you ca [...]

Lockport Union-Sun & JournalPalace theater launches crowdfunding campaignLockport Union-Sun & JournalHistoric Palace Theatre launched its Act II: Be Part of Our Story crowdfunding campaign Tuesday to support planned renovations at the 93-year-old movie house. The non-profit th [...]

Times LIVECrowdfunding helps SA mum undergo life-saving surgery in UKTimes LIVEA South African man raised more than R400,000 in two days to cover an emergency operation to remove his wife's brain tumour‚ which was discovered on a trip to the United Kingdom. New mom Cherry-Lee Bek [...]

Wired.co.ukAfter high-profile failures, can we still believe crowdfunding hype?Wired.co.ukFor entrepreneurs going down the crowdfunding path, failure to to plan carefully can land them with not only with a failed business, but an angry mob of short-changed backers. And with crowdfundi [...]

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