Posts Tagged ‘ Bill Matson ’

Presidential Politics, Crowdfunding, and Siamese Cash

Presidential Politics, Crowdfunding, and Siamese Cash

By Bill Matson, CrowdFundBeat Sr. Contributor, MBA, CFA, CPA (Retired), CFP The presidential race has game-changing implications for the future of crowdfunding in general, as well as for the democratization of individuals’ access to financing via crowdfunding. In particular, Senator Marco Rubio’s presence in the race is likely to generate significant media attention for his promotion of income share agreements (ISAs) as a means of alleviating the current student loan crisis. Though ISA legislation sponsored by Rubio was entitled the “Investing in Student Success Act of 2014,” its enactment would result in virtually anyone being able to offer shares in their future personal income (i.e human capital)…

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Crowdcasting – Innovation through Crowdfunding and Gamification  

Crowdcasting – Innovation through Crowdfunding and Gamification  

By Bill Matson, CrowdFundBeat Sr. contributor MBA, CFA, CPA (Retired), CFP, FLMI The business school buzzword of “crowdcasting” aptly describes the casting of a figurative net for innovative ideas from a crowd of non-traditional sources. These sources might include employees acting beyond their job descriptions, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders. And they might also include individuals with little or no connection to the organization, other than having an innovative idea of potential benefit. Business historians often credit shipbuilder William Denny with implementing the first-ever suggestion box in 1882. Though suggestions can now be submitted by email, rather than on paper, few businesses’ systems for soliciting, motivating, evaluating,…

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Crowdswapping Income-Contingent Payments for Non-Cash Favors

By Bill Matson, CrowdFundBeat Sr. contributor MBA, CFA, CPA (Retired), CFP, FLMI. If you or your company could share in a promising entrepreneur’s future income in exchange for doing a favor that costs you little or nothing, would you take that deal? Conversely, if you were that promising (albeit impecunious) entrepreneur, might you be willing to trade away a small fraction of your personal income for the next ten years in exchange for a major favor – a referral to a prospect who becomes your biggest customer, for instance? How about if you didn’t have to pay out a dime in years when your income…

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ForbesHow One Startup Raised 10 Times Its Original Crowdfunding GoalForbesRunning a successful crowdfunding campaign isn't easy. The odds are heavily stacked against you, as very few end up succeeding. "Statistically, up to 89% of campaigns fail. Kickstarter has the highest [...]

ForbesThe Ultimate Pre-Launch Crowdfunding ChecklistForbesCrowdfunding is not limited to the platform where you launch your campaign. Instead, it has become a valuable way to transform your idea into a mainstream business. In order to head in that direction, you must execute a number [...]

Eater LondonFat Macy's Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Open Restaurant in PeckhamEater LondonFat Macy's — a food social enterprise which aims to train young Londoners living in temporary housing — have launched a crowdfunding campaign. Their aim is to raise £55,141 to fund a [...]

Realnoe vremyaEveryone pools: Elvira Nabiullina to look closer at crowdfundingRealnoe vremyaIts Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors Yulian Lazovsky told Realnoe Vremya that crowdfunding platforms will need to create a capital of at least 10 million rubles within the cooperation [...]

Crowdfund InsiderStartwise, a New Crowdfunding Platform using Reg CF Goes Live with Revenue Sharing OfferingsCrowdfund InsiderToday, Startwise, the newest FINRA approved Reg CF platform, has officially launched a marketplace where you can invest in companies you care about for as litt [...]

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 [...]

TechCrunchUK's Prodigy Finance raises $240M to crowdfund students from emerging marketsTechCrunchUK fintech startup Prodigy Finance has raised a whopping $240 million funding round, certainly one of the largest by a UK company this year. The company provides loans to internationa [...]

Devon LiveCrowdfunding campaign launched to save adopted Romanian puppy who needs £8000 for vital surgery to save its lifeDevon LiveSam has started a crowd-funding campaign to try to help meet the £8000 cost of the surgery. It's a tall order, but every little helps. Sam had been [...]

DreamHost Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Cover Legal Costs in DOJ FightWeb Host Industry ReviewDreamHost has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 for its legal fight against the U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ is attempting to force DreamHost to provide it with websi [...]

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 [...]

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