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Regulators aim to tame the risks of CrowdFunding

Regulators aim to tame the risks of CrowdFunding

GUY DIXON, The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Nov. 04 2013, 5:00 AM ESTCrowdfunding is as enticing as it is trendy. Many see potential millions of investor dollars for small and medium-sized businesses out there to be tapped, in the same way that upstart fashion designers, filmmakers and charities use crowdfunding websites to raise hundreds or a few thousands. U.S. regulators are well under way to implementing rules to allow businesses to begin issuing shares and debt securities this way, over the Internet through crowdfunding portal websites. In Britain, crowdfunding…

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CrowdFunding Proceeds May Be Taxable

CrowdFunding Proceeds May Be Taxable

  By Ted Citrome   Crowdfunding has been defined as “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet”.  Crowdfunding has been used to support various activities, ranging from disaster relief and political campaigns to commercial enterprises such as motion picture promotion and start-up company funding. In a recent technical interpretation (CRA document number 2013-0484941E5), the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) was asked for its view on the tax treatment of funds received by a taxpayer via…

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Crowdfunding and Innovation Management

Crowdfunding and Innovation Management

By Owen Ray We all know the importance of continuous innovation, and around here we’ve been talking a lot about harnessing the power of the crowd to keep the idea machine running. Crowdsourcing is a great way to generate new ideas and solve tough problems, but it’s only a part of your innovation management process. With all of these ideas and solutions pouring in from the crowd, you’re eventually going to need to pony up some cash to execute on them. Again, involving the crowd to secure funding can not only nab some…

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Crowdfunding: What’s in It for Scientists?

Crowdfunding: What’s in It for Scientists?

It seemed like no one was willing to take a chance on Louisa Edgerly. She had been working for months to get funding for her research trip to the Republic of Congo—nothing came. Her flight was booked and her equipment ready, but she knew she couldn’t fund herself for two months in the field. In near desperation she created a project campaign on Petridish.org, a science based crowdfunding website. 50 days later, and only two days before her flight, Edgerly had raised $7,330- just over her goal of $7,000. For emerging…

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Brands Are Discovering Crowdfunding as a Marketing Tool

Brands Are Discovering Crowdfunding as a Marketing Tool

Since launching in 2008, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo has become known as the provenance of creative types, scrappy startups and charitable campaigns. But now, big brands are seizing on it as a way to align themselves with popular causes. DC Entertainment’s We Can Be Heroes campaign raised more than $150,000 to tackle hunger in the Horn of Africa by enticing donors with perks like collector’s edition comic books or a meet-and-greet at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Save the Drive-In, a campaign supported by Honda, is raising money to help sustain the dwindling…

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