The Wisdom of Yoda takes over the 3D Printing market

The Wisdom of Yoda takes over the 3D Printing market

By: Robert Mullins, CFB Sr. Staff Writer Startups in the 3D printing space advertise their device capabilities with samples of products like smartphone cases, gears, or replicas of the Eiffel Tower, but if you want to be taken seriously as a printer maker, you’ve got to give people Yoda. “For some reason, the Yoda head is kind of the symbol of what your 3D printer can do,” said Braydon Moreno, CEO of the crowdfunded startup RoBo 3D. “Everyone across the board is saying ‘Let me see your Yoda.’” A review…

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Indiegogo Pushes Partnership with Raindance Film Festival

Indiegogo Pushes Partnership with Raindance Film Festival

Staying true to our crowdfunding roots in indie film, Indiegogo recently launched a partnership with Raindance Film Festival and Schools — to foster independent filmmakers as well as to amplify and enhance Raindance’s work. Since 1992, Raindance has organized a cutting-edge festival in London and offered filmmaking classes in major cities around the world. This isn’t their first time being mentioned in the same sentence as Indiegogo — you might remember when they funded their first, original feature on Indiegogo earlier this year. We wanted to kick-off our partnership with Raindance in a big way, so…

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Closing Hollywood’s gender gap: Women directors crowdfund film

Closing Hollywood’s gender gap: Women directors crowdfund film

Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Taymor and Julie-Anne Robinson are all celebrated directors with the same complaint: They had no role models when they started out. “I certainly didn’t know any female directors when I came to L.A.,” Hardwicke, director of “Thirteen” and “Twlight,” told TheWrap. Taymor, too, lamented “the worship of the enfant terrible — the brilliant young male.” “If woman is a maverick or an auteur, she often is labeled a bitch,” the “Frida” and “Across the Universe” director said. Robinson (left) is a Golden Globe-nominated director who has a large…

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Capital Crowdfunding in Canada: Recent developments

Capital Crowdfunding in Canada: Recent developments

The recent arrival of the KickStarter platform in Canada serves as a reminder that some interesting developments in the regulation of “crowdfunding” have been occurring in the last several months. This article focuses on the exemption granted to MaRS VX by the Ontario Securities Commission, which recently authorized the very first capital crowdfunding platform in Canada. Crowdfunding is a way of financing a project or business by pooling small financial contributions obtained through Web platforms (such as La Ruche in the Quebec City region) and making use of social media for advertising and…

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Crowdfunding for investors could prove model is effective

Crowdfunding for investors could prove model is effective

Most conversations we’ve had around crowdfunding revolve around the concept that it allows the average Joe to make an investment in a startup project. But why can’t accredited investors get in on the fun too? Our friend Shane Schick writes about a Bay Street firm, Optimize Capital Markets, about their crowdfunding portal targeted specifically at accredited investors. Most people spending time on the Web are by now familiar with the crowdfunding model put forward by Kickstarter or Indiegogo – a company or individual asks for consumers to fund their campaign…

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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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Ottawa startup enlists crowdfunding to bring product to market

Ottawa startup enlists crowdfunding to bring product to market

An Ottawa startup is hoping a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will speed commercial production of its Piper home security monitors. Piper plugs into a wall socket in a home, office or apartment, then connects to a Wi-Fi network and beams live high-definition video of that space to an application the Piper user runs on a cellphone. Users can see what’s going on at home, speak through a live, two-way microphone and speaker built into the unit, activate a high-pitched alarm, and even tie into an existing home automation system. That…

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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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TubeStart Launches Crowdfunding Platform for YouTube Video Content Creators

TubeStart Launches Crowdfunding Platform for YouTube Video Content Creators

TubeStart.com Will Help Digital Media Content Creators in the U.S., Canada and Europe to Further Monetize Their Web Video Content SANTA MONICA, CA, Aug 20, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — TubeStart (www.tubestart.com) announced today that its proprietary crowdfunding platform has officially launched and is open to the public, following a tremendous response to their pre-launch period of recruiting YouTube content creators to launch campaigns on their site. TubeStart will provide more than one million YouTube creators from all over the world with the opportunity to run both traditional rewards campaigns…

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Historic Theatre seeks online crowdfunding for a digital upgrade

Historic Theatre seeks online crowdfunding for a digital upgrade

It’s just a novelty. It’s never going to last. Or will it? That question has dogged every movie-technology upgrade since silents became talkies and black-and-white went Technicolor. And that’s the question dogging a timeless movie-going couple in a frankly hilarious Kickstarter video — a so-called “Kigstarter” video — posted by downtown Vancouver’s historic Kiggins movie theater. The Kiggins is looking for an $85,000 kick from Kickstarter — which means you — by Monday if it is to join the 21st century and upgrade its movie-showing equipment from celluloid film to…

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FundTheGap bought by specialist small-cap equity financer

FundTheGap bought by specialist small-cap equity financer

Specialist online equity fund-raising business FundTheGap today announced that it has been acquired by Darwin Strategic Limited (“Darwin”), the small-cap equity financing business majority owned by funds managed by Henderson Volantis Capital. Exact terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. FundTheGap was founded in 2012 and launched in early 2013 with the aim of introducing high standards of quality and professionalism to the fast-growing crowd-funding and online investment sector. In particular, it focuses on helping companies with a solid business plan and strong management team looking to raise up…

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AngelList Tells SEC New Fundraising Rules Will Kill Startups

AngelList Tells SEC New Fundraising Rules Will Kill Startups

Startups could face a “death sentence” one year ban from fundraising if they violate awkward new general solicitation fundraising rules, AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant wrote in a letter to the SEC this week. Ravikant says the Regulation D and Form D changes that go into effect soon are designed for Wall Street, not Silicon Valley, and must change or they’ll harm rather than help startups. Last month the SEC voted to implement some parts of the JOBS Act, including lifting the ban on General Solicitation. This allows startups and funds to openly advertise that they’re looking…

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I-Bankers Direct Issues Guide on Private Equity Investing & Crowdfunding

I-Bankers Direct Issues Guide on Private Equity Investing & Crowdfunding

Stamford, CT (August 20, 2013): I-Bankers Direct today announced that it has released a new guide on private equity investing. The guide, entitled “5½ reasons why individuals should invest in private companies—and how to do it”, is available for download at www.ibankers.com. Fueled by the JOBS Act and the development of crowdfunding platforms for private equities, interest in alternative investments has been steadily mounting. A tectonic shift is now underway in the manner in which small companies raise capital, and the new guide from I-Bankers Direct provides reasons why qualified…

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CrowdFund Your Credit Card Debt

CrowdFund Your Credit Card Debt

NEW YORK (TheStreet — Here’s the situation. You’ve unintentionally run up some credit card debt and the interest is so high that it seems like you can’t get ahead. Your big bank has no desire to help you out, and you wouldn’t dream of asking a friend or family member to help you out of this jam. But what if a crowd of random strangers steps up? That’s exactly the scenario at sites like Prosper.com and LendingClub.com. Borrowers apply for loans and the websites screen the applicants to make sure…

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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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Ubuntu sets crowdfund pledge record for Edge smartphone

Ubuntu sets crowdfund pledge record for Edge smartphone

A crowdfunding campaign for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone has set a record for raising more money in pledges than any other such venture. The London-based developer, Canonical, has generated $10,288,472 (about £6.6m) in pledges, passing the record set by Pebble smartwatches last year. But with six days of its campaign left the company is far from reaching its funding goal of $32m. Canonical would have to return all the money if it does not reach the target. The developer had said that if its campaign on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website was successful,…

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