MicroVentures Making Most of the Crowdfunding Gold Rush

MicroVentures has automated equity crowd funding to the point that you can place your bets with just a couple of clicks. Playing armchair venture capitalist has never been easier. For investors registered with MicroVentures, an eight-person crowdfunding outfit based in San Francisco, opportunities to invest in young tech startups arrive via email. A link takes you to an eight-page summary of each company, laying out management bios, market size, competition and financials. You can also sign up for a webinar with the startup’s CEO. Or call up a MicroVentures broker…

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Kids Learn To Raise Money For Causes Using Crowdfunding

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Forbes Interview with PiggyBackr CEO Andrea Lo and more Andrea Lo, CEO of PiggyBackr, the crowdfunding site for kids to raise money for their teams, their projects and their causes, joins me along with several of the kids who have been raising money. We’ll be live at 3:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. ) Each of five young people who have been raising money on PiggyBackr will share the lessons they’ve learned about crowdfunding: Alexa Adams, an undergrad at UC Davis, raised over $2,500 to fund development of…

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Technicity Conference features Lessons From Crowdfunding In The UK With CrowdCube

Technicity Conference features Lessons From Crowdfunding In The UK With CrowdCube

Toronto is a hotbed of tech startups – ranked 4th best in the world (not sure what “best” really means in this context) – and innovative startups need innovative investment methods. Today’s half-day Technicity conference, sponsored by IT World Canada, is focused on the topic of innovating investment with crowdfunding, specifically looking at legalizing equity crowdfunding in Canada. The room is full of small business owners and entrepreneurs, crowdfunding platform companies, politicians and lawyers. And me. The day was moderated by Cindy Gordon of Helix Commerce International, who also chairsInvest CrowdFund Canada, an industry…

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Waterloo gets its own crowdfunding hub

Waterloo gets its own crowdfunding hub

Aside from Canada Day, Waterloo, Ont. has something else to celebrate today – the launching of a new crowdfunding platform specifically designed for citizen engagement purposes that is backed by city hall. The new Web site, iFundWaterloo.ca, has partnered with the City of Waterloo to be the first site of its kind in Canada. The site will be used to fund and promote the needs of Waterloo residents and encourage civic engagement around different projects. One project looking to raise money at the site launch is the design and building…

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Crowdfunding Culture: Namaste, and Welcome to the Smithsonian

Crowdfunding Culture: Namaste, and Welcome to the Smithsonian

This Monday, the Smithsonian was scheduled to wrap up the biggest crowdfunding campaign ever undertaken by an American museum. The subject of the exhibition in question? Yoga. At the time of this writing, the Freer Sackler Galleries have decided to extend their month-long campaign another week, and have already surpassed their $125,000 goal by over $4,000. Clearly, this is one show the population of D.C. will pay to see. As a spokeswoman said, “There are between 20 and 40 million yoga practitioners in the United States, and an ethos of…

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The UK Crowdfunding Association – Autumn Conference September 25th, 2013

The UK Crowdfunding Association – Autumn Conference September 25th, 2013

What for? The UK Crowdfunding Association – Autumn Conference Sounds great who is speaking? Speakers will include senior ministerial, political and industry representatives What is it about: How Crowdfunding can build a better economy, society and culture through the power (and money) of the crowd When is it: 25th September 2013 – 8.30am (breakfast) – 11am (networking) Where will it be held? Ernst & Young LLP, 1 More London Place, London, SE1 2AF How do I sign up? Places are limited to 150 – there will be an eventbrite event set up…

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Crowdfund Site taps into Celebrity Star Power

Crowdfund Site taps into Celebrity Star Power

A crowdfunding company in Santa Monica is betting Donald Trump, Adam Carolla and other celebrities can convince their fans to open their wallets. FundAnything, launched in May, plans to compete with big-name crowdfunding companies such as Kickstarter Inc. and Indiegogo Inc. by having the rich and famous promote fundraising campaigns. It wants to become the crowdfunding site of choice for celebrity-led projects. Founder Bill Zanker said celebrities will introduce crowdfunding – Internet fundraising – to the millions of Americans who haven’t heard of it. “The hipster community has embraced crowdfunding,…

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Seedrs: In Crowdfunding, Momentum is King

Seedrs: In Crowdfunding, Momentum is King

The more than 17,000 investors who have joined Seedrs since our launch in July 2012 break down into two broad categories. The vast majority are “independent” investors, people who have come to Seedrs to discover and invest in great startups. The smaller group by number—but not, as this post will explain, by importance—are “network” investors who joined Seedrs in order to invest in a specific startup that they had learned about from a friend, family member or someone in their external network. For a startup seeking capital through Seedrs, the…

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Buccaneer 3D printer closes Kickstarter campaign with hefty $1.4M in funding

Buccaneer 3D printer closes Kickstarter campaign with hefty $1.4M in funding

The Buccaneer 3D printer closed its Kickstarter campaign over the weekend, having raised $1,438,765 in 30 days. That’s nearly 15 times the original goal of $100,000. Designer Pirate3D plans to ship the printer to more than 3,000 people between December and April. Backers bought the machine for $247 or $347–an ultra-low price compared to other brands, such as the MakerBot Replicator 2 and Formlabs Form 1 that cost thousands of dollars. Pirate3D traded the open, industrial look of printers like the Replicator 2 for an enclosed, brushed aluminum casing that looks…

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Harvard Business Professors on the promises and problems with Crowdfunding

Harvard Business Professors on the promises and problems with Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding promises to democratize funding of startups. But is that necessarily a good thing? Entrepreneurial finance experts Josh Lerner, Ramana Nanda, and Michael J. Roberts on the promises and problems with the newest method for funding small businesses. When Congress passed President Obama’s JOBS Act in March 2012, one of the most intriguing provisions would enable crowdfunding—the ability for large groups of anonymous investors to fund startups. More than a year after the law was passed, however, the provision remains tied up in red tape waiting for the Securities and Exchange Commission to pass…

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Clues to How the SEC Is Thinking About Crowdfunding

Equity crowdfunding, the fundraising mechanism that would allow entrepreneurs to sell stakes in their companies to small investors, is in regulatory limbo. The Securities and Exchange Commission has yet to finalize rules allowing companies to sell shares over crowdfunding portals. That hasn’t stopped the ranks of companies seeking to profit as middlemen from swelling. Of course, the proliferation of equity crowdfunding portals doesn’t mean that most entrepreneurs actually see the mechanism as a useful way to raise investment funds. Equity crowdfunding hasn’t taken off in Kansas or Georgia, despite state…

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Michael Eisner on Kickstarter: ‘I Think It’s Only Positive’

Michael Eisner on Kickstarter: ‘I Think It’s Only Positive’

Kickstarter may be popular among producers of the maker variety. But what about producers of a more traditional strain — say, Hollywood producers? And record companies? And movie studios? During a discussion with Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Walter Isaacson asked Michael Eisner, who was watching the discussion from the audience, what he thinks of the crowdfunding service. The former Walt Disney Company CEO, Isaacson pointed out, made a living helping to build up artistic projects in the same way Kickstarter does — but he did so…

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Using crowdfunding sites could destroy a nascent business idea

Using crowdfunding sites could destroy a nascent business idea

Before using crowdfunding sites, businesses need to protect their intellectual property from copycat imitations Entrepreneurs are increasingly using crowdfunding platforms to pitch their ideas to a wide audience in the hope of getting potential investors to contribute finance. Yet, for certain ideas, pitching on crowdfunding platforms could be fatal to setting up a viable business. Crowdfunding sites such as kickstarter, have grown in popularity....

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Is SmoothGroove the Most Unusal Product to Attract Crowd Funding?

Is SmoothGroove the Most Unusal Product to Attract Crowd Funding?

Newcastle upon Tyne, North East (PRWEB UK) 1 July 2013 It may be unusual, but it is real, and it’s creating a storm worldwide. Launched online, and now attracting crowd funding for a retail packaging project, demand for this product is increasing every day according to the founder and CEO. Susan Laurie from North East England (founder & CEO of SmoothGroove) always preferred to wear figure-hugging clothes that showed her shape off to the full. However, her passion for wearing her desired outfits was regularly blighted by the coarsely named…

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Making the Movie Was Easy, Crowdfunding Is Hard

Making the Movie Was Easy, Crowdfunding Is Hard

Making the movie was easy, crowdfunding is hard. Ok, that’s a ridiculous oversimplification, but not completely untrue. I’m currently in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign to raise post-production funds for my first feature film, Sidewalk Traffic (a comedy/drama about a struggling filmmaker and new father in post-Great Recession NYC), which I wrote, co-produced and directed this past winter. Realizing the lifelong ambition of directing my first feature film meant making a substantial financial investment (though well short of what an MFA at an elite film school costs), informing my wife and two…

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How to raise money by crowdfunding – Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo

How to raise money by crowdfunding – Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo

Small businesses can be shut out of bank funding, says the founder of a website hoping to democratize finance. Danae Ringelmann knows how hard it is to raise money for small business. Her parents owned a company that moved office furniture, but couldn’t get funding to retrofit trucks or train staff. “They were locked out of the financial system,” she says. “I grew up with an awareness of how unfair it was.” Ringelmann, 35, went to work for a Wall St. investment bank. But she ran into more roadblocks when…

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