Global Outlook: The crowdfunding throng is growing fast

Subscribers to the showbiz news website Popbitch this week learnt more than the usual celebrity gossip. Alongside the truth behind those stories about Chris Huhne’s Twix bars in Wandsworth Prison were details of Popbitch’s plans to raise expansion money through a crowdfunding effort run by Kickstarter. That’s nothing new in the media world. Kickstarter has raised $500m for creative projects like this since launching in 2009. People with ideas for movie productions, theatre shows or fashion designs use the site in their thousands in search of investors to move their…

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InCrowd Capital is all dressed up and ready to go, but the SEC is late

Phil Shmerling is waiting—for the moment patiently—to launch a business. He has been developing a platform for investment-based crowdfunding for nearly a year and has been brainstorming seriously on the concept since 2011, months before President Barack Obama signed legislation last spring allowing equity crowdfunding. So what’s the holdup? The Securities and Exchange Commission must write regulations to protect investors as they begin to fund startups through crowdfunding platforms, such as Shmerling’sInCrowd Capital. The first deadline for the commission was set for January, which has come and gone. Shmerling is…

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Small Businesses Sign the White House Crowdfunding Petition to Gain Access to Startup Capital and Create Jobs

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Small businesses across America are being encouraged to sign the White House Crowdfunding Petition (http://wh.gov/vjao) to respectfully insist that the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) expedite issuing Title II and III Crowdfunding guidelines. The Crowdfunding rules will provide access to investment startup capital, which is needed desperately by millions of entrepreneurs and small businesses that want to create new jobs. These businesses are ready, willing and perfectly positioned to create millions of new American jobs, but cannot get a bank loan to expand operations. Only 150 more signatures are needed to…

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Crowd Supply: the next generation of crowdfunding

Crowd Supply answers to some of the shortcomings of any crowdfunding site for products that don’t offer store functions, from how the project pages function to managing product fulfillment, tracking, returns, and more.

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99Funding, a New Securities Crowdfunding Platform, Focuses on Investor Protection

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Evisor Inc. today announced the launch of the 99Funding securities crowdfunding platform (http://www.99funding.com). Crowdfunding is already changing the way that startups are funded, and securities crowdfunding is poised to revolutionize private investment markets, according to Craig Goos and Jim Dowd, Managing Directors. The 99Funding platform offers a secure, transparent, and efficient marketplace for investment crowdfunding. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups or JOBS Act signed into law by President Obama in April of 2012 created a new class of exempt private offering —the crowdfunding exemption — that will allow companies to…

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The JOBS Act is (Almost) Finally Here!

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act passed Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Obama in April 2012. The bill was enacted to encourage small business and startup funding by reducing various federal regulations. It permits businesses to accept small contributions from individual investors, up to $1 million annually, without making an initial public offering. Some of the specifics include that private individuals who earn less than $100,000 annually can invest a maximum of $2,000 or five percent of their income, whichever is greater. Those…

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Crowdnetic and CrowdClear to Create First End-To-End Eco System for Funding Portals

Crowdnetic and CrowdClear

Crowdnetic, a leading provider of market data solutions and funding portal platform technology, and CrowdClear, a division of leading broker-dealer Bendigo Securities LLC, today announced a development and marketing alliance. This agreement provides for tighter integration of the two technology platforms to create the first end-to-end ecosystem for securities-based funding portals. While the SEC has yet to publish its regulations in regards to the JOBS Act, accredited investors can use funding portals for equity and debt investments today. CrowdClear provides the technology, regulatory and compliance services to complete these types…

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One problem with crowdfunding —there isn’t enough

Startup companies in Nova Scotia stand to benefit greatly from the spread of the crowdfunding movement. It’s just not happening fast enough. Crowdfunding, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. This opens up the world to Nova Scotians with good ideas who need access to money in order for their business dream to become reality. In the past, because of our small population, Nova Scotia startups…

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Agriculture startup grows crowdfunding platform to feed the hungry

Fquare

Farmland is a key part of American history and its economy, and yet people today are increasingly disconnected from the land and people that grow our food. Fquare is a company that helps investors customize and manage their land investment portfolio, and today it announced that it’s launching a crowdfunding initiative to feed the hungry. Food may be everywhere in America, but it is not always affordable. With 15 percent of the country living below the poverty line, many families cannot afford to buy nutritious ingredients, and too many children…

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Steve Case: Crowdfunding Will Augment – Not Replace – Venture Capital

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

Rock The Post

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

Christie Steer

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

HAF

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

Bill Clinton

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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