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Equity Crowdfunding and Advertising: Be Careful What You Wish For

Equity Crowdfunding and Advertising: Be Careful What You Wish For

It is official — on July 10th, 2013 the Security and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) lifted the ban for private offering advertising. This means that once the rule goes into effect (60 days after publication in the Federal Register — so we are talking about mid September), startups along with venture capital funds, private equity funds and hedge funds will be able to market their stocks and investment products via TV, radio and social media to a wide audience. Can I show you my pitch deck? The new S.E.C. rule is only…

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Fundable Infographic: Explanation of SEC Announcement & What that means for startups and entrepreneurs

Fundable Infographic: Explanation of SEC Announcement & What that means for startups and entrepreneurs

July 10th, 2013 was a monumental day for Fundable and startups across the country. The SEC announced that the ban on general solicitation has been removed for small businesses seeking startup capital, allowing for sweeping changes in the way businesses find funding. This announcement is a productive step forward to fully enact the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) passed in early April of 2012. With general solicitation now permitted, startups have the opportunity raise money from a wider range of investors – potentially accelerating their funding. With the SEC’s…

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Is Crowdfunding The Future For Biomedical Research?

Is Crowdfunding The Future For Biomedical Research?

Microryza.com (not the catchiest of names) is a crowdfunding platform for research that raises money over the Internet from individuals who are willing to donate small amounts to fund a specific project. The average donation according to Microryza is $92. In return for a 5 percent cut of funds raised and a 3 percent credit card processing fee, Microryza provides researchers access to a website where they can solicit money from the public to fund their research. Crowdfunding is typically an all-or-nothing deal, where donors only have to pay their…

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Pirate Bay founder crowdfunds messaging app to combat government spying

Pirate Bay founder crowdfunds messaging app to combat government spying

One of the Pirate Bay file-sharing site’s founders has announced plans for a “totally secure” rival to WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage services.  Hemlis, which means secret in Swedish, will use end-to-end encryption so messages are seen only by the sender and recipient. Peter Sunde said it was a response to governments spying on users’ data. The iOS and Android project is quickly approaching its $100,000 (£149,133) funding target. However, Apple and WhatsApp say communications using their services are already “fully encrypted”. Blackberry is also planning to extend its BBM chat…

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What A Map Of Kickstarter Usage Tells Us About America

What A Map Of Kickstarter Usage Tells Us About America

There’s an outstanding new paper out on NBER today by Ajay Agrawal, Christian Catalini and Avi Goldfarb that looks at the simple economics of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, where people post project ideas that they hope to get funded from the masses. While the whole paper is absolutely worth a read, one map at the end gave us a fascinating look at who is getting all that Kickstarter money and for what.  Check it out:   Some of the more interesting findings: California and New York dominate when it comes to…

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