Silicon Valley crowdfund event to mark JOBS Act anniversary

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About a year after President Barack Obama signed the JOBS Act, the crowdfunding provisions of the legislation have yet to be put in place. But a Silicon Valley Crowdfund Expo and Conference has nonetheless been scheduled at the Sheraton in Palo Alto to mark the one-year anniversary of the law on April 4 and 5. The Securities and Exchange Commission hasn’t given any indication about if or when it is actually going to allow the general public to buy pieces of the startup action. Hundreds of companies have already registered…

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RockThePost Pivots to Equity-Based Crowd Funding, Moves Away from Kickstarter Model

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Crowdfunding site RockThePost has pivoted away from charity-based funding for startups, and has launched a new version of its platform where investors get equity in a company for contributing to their funding. In the first four days after launching the new platform last week, RockThePost had 500 startups apply to raise funding for their projects, and has registered more than 322 angel investors. Through the NYC-based platform accredited investors (they do background checks on all the investors and startups when they sign up) get a percentage of a company in…

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Christie Street creates in-house patent system to help inventors protect their ideas

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The life of the inventor is a rough one. Not only do inventors have to create products that are both compelling and safe, but they have to do so within a patent system that is, at best, inconvenient and, at worst a total bureaucratic nightmare. Helping them along, however, is inventor-friendly Kickstarter alternative Christie Street, which is launching its own in-house patent filing system to help inventors protect their products both easily and cheaply “When we launched Christie Street, we wanted to help protect inventors and create credibility. Patents are…

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New crowd-funding platform for films and creative arts

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Fund management company Starting Blocks Media Ventures will launch a new crowd funding model, Catapooolt, dedicated to creative projects including movies, music and other performing arts. Catapooolt will be launched during the Hong Kong Asia Film Festival later this month. The company has join hands with the event as the official Crowdfunding Partner for Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum 2013. The association with Hong Kong Asia Film Finance Forum (HKIFF) will not only enables them to garner funding support but also makes them the first ever Indian crowd fund…

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Startup Takes Crowdfunding to Real Estate

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The crowdfunding space is heating up as the Securities and Exchange Commission inches closer to easing up on its stringent investment regulations. The latest L.A. company to try its hand at crowdfunding is Realty Mogul, which is taking the investment model to real estate. Realty Mogul announced Wednesday that is has launched out of private testing and raised $500,000 in seed funding. The company’s online platform is free for accredited investors – or people who make an annual salary of $200,000 or have a net worth of at least $1…

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President Bill Clinton Helps Launch Kiva City Little Rock to Bolster Small Business Growth

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President Bill Clinton today helped announce the launch of Kiva City Little Rock, an initiative that expands the availability of microloans for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Little Rock area. The program reaches underserved borrowers by crowdfunding loans, connecting current and future small business owners to a global online community where anyone with an Internet connection and $25 or more can lend to a local Arkansas business at kiva.org/littlerock. Kiva City Little Rock is the latest implementation of the Kiva City Initiative, a partnership between Kiva and…

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5 Ways for Fundraisers to Not Freak Out

Crowdfunding—where one posts an imagined project online and asks people to chip in to fund it—has taken off in the past couple of years. But the process can still be difficult, particularly if the person(s) behind the project don’t see momentum building early on. Since it’s common for this to happen, Dave Boyce, CEO of Fundly, a crowdfunding website, took to the stage at the Social Media for Nonprofits conference at New York University earlier this month. Here are five tips from Boyce if the money is rolling in slowly.…

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Harnessing power of a crowd is less taxing

I enjoy paying tax. Reassures me we live in a caring society. Puts something back in return for the good fortune I’ve had. Would happily pay much more. Except . . . I like to know my taxes are being spent well on people who need it more than I do. There’s no guarantee. And not everyone shares my zeal for handing any money to governments, let alone ones with a different world view or sketchy record. So membership of my Willing Taxpayers Afternoon Tea and Bikram Yoga Discussion Group…

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Five Tips for Women Investing in Entrepreneurs via Crowdfunding

You, too, can help fuel the American Dream by investing in entrepreneurs whose companies may become the next Spanx or SlideShare. Investment in start-up and growing businesses isn’t just for financial institutions any more. Many people, not just friends and family, want to help entrepreneurs solve problems, innovate, and create jobs. At the moment, only friends, family, and the wealthy can invest in entrepreneurial undertakings but that’s about to change. New rules in the works as part of Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act will allow others – like you…

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Sydney Dance Company turns to crowdfunding

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The Sydney Dance Company is aiming to raise $100,000 to set up a scholarship. They hope the inaugural recipient of the A Year on the Wharf will be 19-year-old dancer Holly Doyle. The announcement. Sydney Dance Company and advertising agency The Works have turned to crowd funding to help keep talented young Australian dancer Holly Doyle doing what she loves – both in real life, and online – with sections of a specially choreographed dance only ‘unlocked’ once set donation targets are met. It is the latest phase of the…

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CrowdBouncer Launches Platform for Equity Crowdfunding Portal JOBS Act Compliance

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CrowdBouncer, LLC announced today the beta launch of its first product in their Platform-as-a-Service solution for equity crowdfunding portal compliance and back-end transactional tools. The Title 3 Database is a solution for portal compliance with section 302(a) of the Jumpstart Our Businesses Act (“JOBS Act”), the legislation that authorized equity crowdfunding. The database is a centralized, API-driven repository for transactional information that assists equity crowdfunding portals in ensuring that investors are within certain regulatory limits imposed by the JOBS Act. CrowdBouncer’s business focuses on compliance and other back-end services to…

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On Creativeness and Why Crowdfunding Has Surpassed the VC industry

For the first time in a digital and human history, a film funded by the people (a.k.a. crowd) has won an Oscar. Inocente had the help of 294 backers who donated over $52K in total via Kickstarter, the leading crowdfunding platform which utilizes contribution (donation) model. The beautifully done story is truly moving and got me into tears when I watched it at the Films Academy screening here in Los Angeles. But this was just one out of almost twenty thousand projects of 2012 which their creators were able to…

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Startup America’s Steve Case on Crowdfunding and Immigration

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You can change things from the top down or the bottom up. Or, if you’re AOL cofounder Steve Case, you can do both. In the top-down realm, Case is a member of the president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He rallied for the JOBS Act, which passed last year and will be opening up new avenues of funding to small businesses and startups. And Case is an advocate of better immigration policies for entrepreneurs. From the bottom up, Case heads up Revolution and invests in early-stage startups. He’s also the…

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Extraordinary Popular Enthusiasms and Funding from Crowds

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On the Good.is website right now is an appeal from Tyler Alterman, a matriculating neuroscientist and self-described scientific detective, seeking cash support for The Think Tank, his lab-on-wheels. This rolling experimentation station will travel the New York metro area to both teach the masses about cognition and to draw them into studies about brain function. Here’s “the plan,” as taken from Alterman’s appeal page at IndieGoGo: TTT will be an art+science team-up between artists and scientists from Tyler Alterman’s lab. Together we will transform a recycled box truck into a…

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Silicon Beach: Crowdfunding with Howard Leonhardt

Howard J. Leonhardt is a serial entrepreneur. In 1986 he founded WorldMed originally as an export trading company helping small manufacturers of cardiovascular medical devices to reach international markets and later (1988) as a developer, manufacturer and seller of original devices for treating heart and cardiovascular disease. Leonhardt has 17 U.S. patents for his inventions related to treating cardiovascular disease including; cardiovascular balloon catheters, artificial lung, a non-surgical placed heart valve, radiation catheters, specialized electronic pacemakers, biological pacemakers, cell delivery catheters, aortic stents grafts, stem cell treatment methods for heart…

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