Crowdfunding and IRBs: The Case of uBiome

Crowdfunding and IRBs: The Case of uBiome

IRBs and the Future of Citizen Science uBiome is a citizen science startup that sequences the microbiome, financed entirely by crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a service where people contribute to a project that doesn’t exist, and in return, receive various perks when the product is created. Skipping ahead a bit in the story, we raised over $350,000, the largest successful single citizen science project in history. In putting together our project, we had to consider new ethical and logistical questions that, to our knowledge, had never been considered before: How do you…

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Ubuntu Edge smartphone announced with $32 million Indiegogo campaign

Ubuntu Edge smartphone announced with $32 million Indiegogo campaign

Ubuntu's plan to merge the desktop computer and mobile device is taking....

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Crowdfunding Lesson From Habitat: Empower Your Volunteers

Crowdfunding Lesson From Habitat: Empower Your Volunteers

Dave McMurtry is a player in Silicon Valley. I mean that in the very best sense. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has spent much of his career in the tech community, including more than half a decade at tech giant Intuit. He more recently served as the CEO of Loomia, a social media company. In 2005, Dave wanted to take a break from his career to give back. As a pilot, his first choice was to volunteer some flight time to Doctors without Borders, but when he…

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Backlash over crowdfunding portion of Universal’s Vinyl Project Accouncement

Backlash over crowdfunding portion of Universal’s Vinyl Project Accouncement

Last week Universal announced The Vinyl Project that will apparently be hosted or....

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Popularity of JOBS Act continues to fall according to research by BDO USA, LLP

Popularity of JOBS Act continues to fall according to research by BDO USA, LLP

Chicago, IL – According to a new study by BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations, only 14 percent of capital markets executives at leading investment banks believe the JOBS Act is having a positive impact on increasing the number of IPOs on U.S. exchanges. A majority (58%) say it isn’t positively impacting IPOs, while just over one-quarter (28%) believe it is still too early to evaluate the impact. Of those who don’t believe it has had a positive impact or have yet to decide, more…

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The hardware revolution will be crowdfunded

Just a quick look at any of the crowdfunding platforms shows that the concept of funding projects via the web is impacting a huge number of industries. Whether it’s film, print, music or philanthropy, crowdfunding has enabled consumer capital to flow into initiatives easier than ever before. Of all the categories being touched by crowdfunding, the concept has the largest potential to impact the nearly $800 billion consumer electronics space. Why hardware + crowdfunding = success I spent seven years in the hardware industry, first as an entrepreneur and later…

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West Yorkshire songstress’s crowd-funding website appeal

West Yorkshire songstress’s crowd-funding website appeal

Music has been the sole passion for Kelly Mueller since she was seven-years-old, and when she was signed by international label Universal Records she thought her dreams had come true. The talented singer/ songwriter, who goes by the stage name of Kell on Urth, has spent time living in Los Angeles and London working on projects with the likes of Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson and The Script but her own album failed to materialise.   After three years with Universal, the 27-year-old, who lives in Darrington, near Pontefract, decided to go it alone…

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Illawarra creatives turn to crowd funding for projects

Illawarra creatives turn to crowd funding for projects

The success and failure of creative projects no longer relies on shaky promises of government funding or corporate sponsorship, as Illawarra creatives turn to new technology to get their projects off the ground. It is called crowd funding, and thousands of artists, filmmakers, inventors and entrepreneurs are raising much-needed coin for their ambitions. Websites like Pozible, Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow people to share their ideas and aims, and ask for donations. “We can’t always generate enough money ourselves, so we call on the community and invite them to contribute to…

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SEC Finally Moves On Equity Crowdfunding, Phase 1

As the CEO of Crowdfunder and a participant in JOBS Act legislation, I’ve had unique access to people and parties involved the regulatory process, and I wanted to share some insights with you. Those in favor of equity crowdfunding had reason to celebrate recently. On July 10th, just three months after taking office, Mary Jo White, Chairman of the SEC, called a portion of the JOBS Act to vote which passed 4-1. The SEC vote finalized rulings around Title II of the JOBS Act, which lifts the longtime ban on…

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University of Toronto Professor: Preparing for the chaos of equity crowdfunding

University of Toronto Professor: Preparing for the chaos of equity crowdfunding

Equity crowdfunding is not yet legal, but when it is, expect a period of “chaos” before those involved learn how to make the most of its benefits and minimize its risks, say University of Toronto researchers. “There’s no question that there will be fraud and that some investors will lose money, but that’s true in every market. This is a new market and we suspect there will be a steep learning curve for all participants – entrepreneurs, investors, crowdfunding platforms, and regulators,” says Ajay Agrawal, an associate professor of strategic management…

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PRIMARQ Home Equity Platform:What if Investors Could Help You Buy Your House?

PRIMARQ Home Equity Platform:What if Investors Could Help You Buy Your House?

“A nation of homeowners is unconquerable.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt NEW YORK (MainStreet)—Homeownership is a daunting, at times seemingly unattainable dream for many Americans—what with total student debt at $1 trillion, a national unemployment/underemployment rate at 14.3%and median household income dropping 7.8% since 2007. The average home price in the U.S. is a whopping $202,000, and the subprime mortgage crisis did nothing to quell anxiety. In fact, this year the American homeownership rate dropped to 65%, its lowest point since 1995. But what if instead of taking out a mortgage from a bank you were…

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Realty Mogul hits $3 million in funding just 4 months into crowdfunding

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CrowdFundBeat News: Realty Mogul, a real estate crowdfunding site, has just announced that it crossed the $3 million mark yesterday, after surpassing the $2 million at the end of June. The site is a marketplace for accredited investors to pool money online and buy shares of pre-vetted real estate investments. For a company that is bracing a relatively new concept in the real estate investing industry, Realty Mogul is experiencing an outstanding year. The company has already grabbed first place in 2 highly recognized competitions for startup companies. Earlier this…

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Humane Society of Indianapolis crowdfunds pets

Humane Society of Indianapolis crowdfunds pets

Humane Society of Indianapolis – IndyHumane – launches first ever crowdfunding campaign CrowdFundBeat News – The IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center is launching its first ever crowdfunding campaign. The Indianapolis Humane Society is planning on purchasing a bus that will allow them to hit the road and reach out to more neighborhoods around central Indiana. The type-A school bus will be remodeled and converted into a mobile vaccine clinic. One mission of IndyHumane is to provide an alternative solution to expensive veterinary care in the hopes of reducing the statistics of…

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Hustle: The crowdfunded smart bag that charges your phone on the go

Hustle: The crowdfunded smart bag that charges your phone on the go

Crowdfunding is being used more and more to jumpstart innovative products that need to find a way to market outside of the normal channels. The Hustle bag created by an Australian start-up has caught my eye this week with its innovative solution to the ‘dead battery’ scenario we get when we are out and about for the day. A husband and wife team have created a bag for women and a wallet for men that powers your phone. It can: Power your phone all day and night up to 4 times, while you are…

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PRIMARQ Home Equity Platform:What if Investors Could Help You Buy Your House?

PRIMARQ Home Equity Platform:What if Investors Could Help You Buy Your House?

“A nation of homeowners is unconquerable.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt NEW YORK (MainStreet)—Homeownership is a daunting, at times seemingly unattainable dream for many Americans—what with total student debt at $1 trillion, a national unemployment/underemployment rate at 14.3%and median household income dropping 7.8% since 2007. The average home price in the U.S. is a whopping $202,000, and the subprime mortgage crisis did nothing to quell anxiety. In fact, this year the American homeownership rate dropped to 65%, its lowest point since 1995. But what if instead of taking out a mortgage from a bank you were…

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Crowdfunding Nuts And Bolts: Tackling Fulfilment & Campaign Rewards

Crowdfunding Nuts And Bolts: Tackling Fulfilment & Campaign Rewards

One of the biggest challenges for very successful crowdfunded projects, as I mentioned in my last piece on crowdfunding, is how to deal with sending out all those rewards. Distributing digital rewards is quite simple, but physical items can be more problematic, especially if you get significantly more supporters than you had anticipated. If you only need to send out a few hundred items, it’s easy enough to get a few friends round, ply them with food and booze, and do your packaging by hand. In the UK you can buy and…

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