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Crowdfunding: 3 Things You Should NEVER do!

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By Matt Cooke, Founder/CEO of Crowd Fund Buzz 1. Don’t set a monetary goal higher than you actually need People who are new to crowdfunding often make the mistake of setting a monetary goal higher than what they actually need. Frequent scenario: Crowdfunder needs $50,000, but figures an extra $25,000 would be nice, too. Don’t do this. Having a high goal can cause your project to get off to a slow start. It can also cause potential backers to feel you have an unrealistic goal. This mistake is made more…

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Crowdfunding Takes On Hunger, Health And Human Rights

Crowdfunding Takes On Hunger, Health And Human Rights

Kickstarter meets Kiva meets TOMS: That’s the idea behind a soon-to-be launched social enterprise and crowdfunding web site by the name of Reciprocity & Co. The basic concept is this: Founded by Gainsville, Fla.-based Sam McPherson, the site promotes projects aimed at addressing major areas of need, like health or human rights abuses. But the way it happens is consumers buy an organic cotton tote bag or backpack for $25, and $5 from those revenues goes to help an organization involved with one of those projects. Example: the Alaska Sudan Medical Project, which is…

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Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with CEO David Boyce, fundraising through Fundly

Exclusive Interview: Devin Thorpe with CEO David Boyce, fundraising through Fundly

Live Interview scheduled for 1 PM PST 8/13/2013. Fundraising Online is easy for fundraisers using Fundly. David Boyce: CEO, CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE OFFICER Dave is a serial entrepreneur who lists his favorite start-up as his own family (he is married with six kids). Dave’s previous start-up, ProfitLogic, sold to Oracle, where Dave stayed for four years as a VP of Product and Strategy. ENTREPRENEUR, MUSICIAN, SPEAKER, FATHER ProfitLogic from $300K to $30M; sold to Oracle Oracle Retail from $130M to $300M BYU Vocal Point from zero to World Championship Consultant to South…

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I-Canada Alliance Has Petition in Support of Canadian Crowdfunding

I-Canada Alliance Has Petition in Support of Canadian Crowdfunding

I-Canada Alliance, a non-profit group advocating Canadian global leadership through ultrafast communication along with economic growth, innovation and prosperity – also advocates crowdfunding. At a point last year the prominent organization posted a petition in support of Canadian investment crowdfunding and continue to request signatures today. The petition publicly lists the names of the supporters along with many comments. The organizers continue to solicit support. The mission of the petition is as follows: We believe that Canadian entrepreneurs should be able to apply the fire and energy of social media…

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Google Glass guides from South African company

Google Glass guides from South African company

Cape Town’s Tourism Radio has turned to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in the hopes of launching interactive audio travel guides for Google Glass. Tourism Radio has turned to US crowd-funding website Kickstarter in an effort to raise £35 000 (R530 000) to fund the development of travel guides for Google Glass. Based in Cape Town, Tourism Radio was founded in 2005 by entrepreneur Mark Allewell. The company produces location-aware audio travel guides for 20 of the world’s most-visited cities and has offices in South Africa, New Zealand and Spain. Those who back the Kickstarter…

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