Capital Creation & Crowdfunding Explored: CrowdFund Roundup

Capital Creation & Crowdfunding Explored: CrowdFund Roundup

Is CrowdFunding a Scam Boom or Bust, Godsend or Scam, New Vision or Confidence scheme; we’re amazed at the conclusions leapt to about crowdfunding. So much is competing for our attention that often hyperbole rather than objectivity is what we remember. CrowdFunding is the best process realignment since the invention of the automobile! CrowdFunding, like all systemic modifications to the business process, will build slowly towards a new capital formation process encompassing all that is right about attracting capital to high quality ideas. It will do this it brings the…

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Is is time to side with venture capitalists on this innovative approach to crowdfunding?

Is is time to side with venture capitalists on this innovative approach to crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding has had more than its fair share of bad publicity with accusations that the sector is amateurish, unregulated and taking advantage of private-investor goodwill. But the latest variant on the crowdfunding theme, the Syndicate Room, is attempting to bring a little more business savvy to this overpopulated sector. The Syndicate Room, the first of its type in the world, asks investors to put their money into companies which have already received substantial financial injections from professional business angels. In effect, investors are given the chance to piggy-back on dragons’…

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Why Kickstarter and crowdfunding can’t replace traditional investors

Why Kickstarter and crowdfunding can’t replace traditional investors

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Aaron Pitman, an angel investor and founder and partner of RA Domain Capital. If you’ve ever been to a big, rowdy concert, you’ve probably witnessed the phenomenon of crowdsurfing. This happens when a musician or fan takes a leap of faith from stage, knowing the crowd will carry them to safety. Using crowdfunding for your startup venture is much like crowdsurfing a rock concert — and also carries the same hazards that, at any moment, someone might drop you to the ground. Still, Kickstarter success…

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MoolaHoop launches CF Platform dedicated to Women Entrepreneurs

MoolaHoop launches CF Platform dedicated to Women Entrepreneurs

Signature Launch Project Highlights BlueAvocado and Open Arms Commitment to ‘Made in the USA’ by Women War Survivors SAN FRANCISCO, CA and AUSTIN, TX (July 24, 2013) – Launching today, MoolaHoop is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform designed to help women-owned businesses achieve financial success. Created by women to help women leverage the increasing power of crowdfunding to start, build or grow their business, MoolaHoop enables female business entrepreneurs, owners and managers to garner financial support for their idea or project by leveraging their social networks. MoolaHoop’s launch features the BlueAvocado and Open Arms campaign to fund…

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Music Boy Band Legend, Nick Carter turns to Indiegogo to fund Horror Film.

Music Boy Band Legend, Nick Carter turns to Indiegogo to fund Horror Film.

Nick Carter, one of the members of popular 90s boy band, the Backstreet Boys, is making a comeback not in the music industry but as an executive producer for a horror movie. He is seeking funding by launching a crowdfunding campaign in Indiegogo. Unbeknownst to his fans, Nick Carter has always been an aficionado for horror movies and dreamt about being a film producer as well as a screenwriter. Partnering with Sxully Essex, also a film maker and screenwriter, the horror flick is called ‘Evil Blessings’. It is ‘about 3…

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Crowdfund campaigns catch on in Canada

Crowdfund campaigns catch on in Canada

Crippled by mounting financial debt, father and son duo David and Brian Best had few options left to save the potato farm their family has operated in Tryon, P.E.I., since the early 1930s. It was a customer who dropped in to Best Acre Farms to buy seed potatoes that sparked the family’s current bid to save their livelihood – crowdfunding. “I told him I was pulling strings to find out how I can source money, and he said, ‘Well, you might try crowdfunding’,” said Brian Best. Best did just that,…

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Victoria entrepreneurs run a stonemasonry company by day, fine-tune their Kickstater campaign by night

Victoria entrepreneurs run a stonemasonry company by day, fine-tune their Kickstater campaign by night

VICTORIA — It’s difficult to tell what’s causing more frustration for the founders of Dryworld Industries. Is it the ups and downs of a start-up business hungry for cash in order to get production rolling? Or the steady stream of rainless days in Victoria? Matt Weingart and Brian McKenzie believe they have come up with the next big thing in performance apparel for rugby, soccer and football players with Dryfeet. The 1.8-ounce neoprene sleeves to cover cleats keep feet dry and warm in the wettest weather, all the while improving…

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Pitching it to the web crowd: Edmonton entrepreneurs try funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo

Pitching it to the web crowd: Edmonton entrepreneurs try funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo

When William Sworin and Stephen Smolley were...

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Crowdfunding Securities Division forms under government commonwealth

Crowdfunding Securities Division forms under government commonwealth

Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities...

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Crowdcube amazes again – Reaches over £10M in funding

Crowdcube amazes again – Reaches over £10M in funding

Crowdcube amazes again by reaching another great milestone of successfully raising over £10 million in funding. In May 2013, the company managed to set a world record for raising £1.5 million in just three days via an equity crowdfunding platform.Founded in 2010, Crowdcube offers the opportunity for small businesses to showcase themselves in order to obtain funding from investors. This UK based company has more than 40,000 registered investors making it one of the pioneers in the world of crowdfunding. The founder of Crowdcube, Darren Westlake, started the website by…

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Lomography Strikes Kickstarter Gold Again With Petzval Lens

Lomography Strikes Kickstarter Gold Again With Petzval Lens

Forget Instagram — Photographers can bling out their SLR camera and take effects-heavy pictures with the reinvented Petzval Lens from Lomography. The New York-based company today launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its new take on an old concept. Within hours, the project earned almost double its pledged goal of $100,000, with another 29 days left. This campaign is designed to bring the legendary 19th century Petzval lens to 21st century photographers and videographers. Designed to work with the Canon EF and Nikon F mount cameras, the lens “will bring with it…

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Harnessing Dog Lovers: Crowdfunding Helping Canine Science

Harnessing Dog Lovers: Crowdfunding Helping Canine Science

Brian Hare is an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University and the founder of Dognition, a website that helps you find the genius in your dog. This post was an adaptation from his book “The Genius of Dogs,” co-authored by Vanessa Woods (Dutton, 2013). He contributed this article to LiveScience’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. If you have ever wondered what is going on inside your dog’s mind, science can now help you find out. My collaborators and I recently created a Web-based tool, Dognition, that uses cutting-edge research to help dog owners better…

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Crowdfunding Watch Department forms in Massachusetts

Crowdfunding Watch Department forms in Massachusetts

Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities...

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Crowdcube amazes again – Reaches over £10M in funding

Crowdcube amazes again – Reaches over £10M in funding

Crowdcube amazes again by reaching another great milestone of successfully raising over £10 million in funding. In May 2013, the company managed to set a world record for raising £1.5 million in just three days via an equity crowdfunding platform.Founded in 2010, Crowdcube offers the opportunity for small businesses to showcase themselves in order to obtain funding from investors. This UK based company has more than 40,000 registered investors making it one of the pioneers in the world of crowdfunding. The founder of Crowdcube, Darren Westlake, started the website by…

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Fitness tracker FitBark launches on Kickstarter

FitBark, a device that’ll let you track your...

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Elements 4D Chemistry learning experience launches Kickstarter for science

Elements 4D Chemistry learning experience launches Kickstarter for science

For the last three years, DAQRI has been developing augmented reality (AR) technology for enterprise applications...

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