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Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Crowdtilt creates customizable open-source crowdfunding platform

Thanks to the JOBS Act and the rise of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the parade of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding has gone mainstream. However, according to the minds behind Crowdtilt — the Y Combinator-incubated platform that caters to the many types of “group fundraising” that fall outside the purview of Kickstarter — this is just Phase One. The Crowdfunding Era is just beginning. While the Kickstarters and Indiegogos continue to dominate headlines in the crowdfunding space, a growing set of niche platforms have emerged to handle the spillover from…

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Why Crowdfunding is Disrupting Finance

Why Crowdfunding is Disrupting Finance

It is truly remarkable to think about the disruption that has resulted from the creation of marketplaces in almost every industry over the last few years. Need a restaurant reservation?  Open Table has it down to a science- compare that to your experience just 10 or 15 years ago. Hotel rooms? Enter Airbnb. Clothing? Enter Poshmark. Dog sitter while on vacation? There’s DogVacay.  Even scientists can help enlist a global network of researchers in a marketplace called Science Exchange. In industry after industry, consumers are gaining more information and more…

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How to Minimize Risk When Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

How to Minimize Risk When Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

To date, more than $680 million has been raised on Kickstarter, as crowdfunding becomes an increasingly viable option for startups to raise much-needed funds without the help of VCs, angels or banks. For a young, bootstrapping startup, crowdfunding is often seen as fast money that will help you build out the product or app you and your team have always dreamed about. Whether or not a project ultimately reaches its funding goals, it’s still relatively quick and easy to post your pitch and see what happens. However, amid all of the hype and excitement surrounding…

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Popularity of JOBS Act continues to fall according to research by BDO USA, LLP

Popularity of JOBS Act continues to fall according to research by BDO USA, LLP

Chicago, IL – According to a new study by BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations, only 14 percent of capital markets executives at leading investment banks believe the JOBS Act is having a positive impact on increasing the number of IPOs on U.S. exchanges. A majority (58%) say it isn’t positively impacting IPOs, while just over one-quarter (28%) believe it is still too early to evaluate the impact. Of those who don’t believe it has had a positive impact or have yet to decide, more…

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University of Toronto Professor: Preparing for the chaos of equity crowdfunding

University of Toronto Professor: Preparing for the chaos of equity crowdfunding

Equity crowdfunding is not yet legal, but when it is, expect a period of “chaos” before those involved learn how to make the most of its benefits and minimize its risks, say University of Toronto researchers. “There’s no question that there will be fraud and that some investors will lose money, but that’s true in every market. This is a new market and we suspect there will be a steep learning curve for all participants – entrepreneurs, investors, crowdfunding platforms, and regulators,” says Ajay Agrawal, an associate professor of strategic management…

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