Thursday, February 21, 2013

Crowdfunding News 2/21/13


Crowdfunding News 2/21/13
 
Crowdfunding Is About Creating Jobs For The Right People
Forbes
Crowdfunding is not just about creating jobs, it is about creating jobs for the right people. In April of 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, authorizing crowdfunding of equity and debt for the sake of creating jobs. The more time I ...
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Forbes
Ube Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Support Smart Dimmer
CleanTechnica
Disruptive technologies and the emerging crowdfunding platform are becoming more commonplace as not only a marketing and finance tool, but also changing the dynamics of how energy is distributed. Enter Austin, Texas-based company Ube, who ...
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Crowdfunding: Boon Or Bust For Entrepreneurs And Investors?
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)
Raising money from a large number of people to finance an entrepreneur's business, now popularly known as crowdfunding, has been around for centuries. Markets and regulators fluctuate between helping to facilitate crowdfunding when capital markets are ...
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Crowdfunding portals try to get the word out as they wait for the SEC to set rules
New York Daily News
A local startup is looking to get a head start as it waits for the SEC to spell out rules on crowdfunding. Rye-based iCrowd, started by former Wall Street portfolio manager John Callaghan and Brad McGee, the ex-chief strategy officer of Tyco ...
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New York Daily News
Crowdfunding The Push For A Federal Anti-SLAPP Law To Protect Free Speech
Techdirt
I will admit that I am not convinced that crowdfunding is the best way to build an advocacy organization, but it would be nice to be proven wrong on that, especially for an issue as important and pressing as this one. If you believe this is an ...
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Crowdfunding Professional Association Launches New Global Crowdfund ...
Crowdsourcing.org
Summary The Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) announces the launch of its new Global Crowdfunding Education Network, built to help prepare and educate investors and entrepreneurs for the implementation of Title II and Title III Crowdfunding.
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CommonBond: student crowdfunding platform has awarded $2.5M in Wharton ...
Technically Philly
CommonBond isn't headquartered in Philadelphia, but much of the MBA crowdfunding platform's impact has been right here in our city. Based in Brooklyn and cofounded by Wharton MBA graduates Michael Taormina and David Klein, CommonBond connects ...
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Torment sequel gets new name, prepares for crowd funding
PC Gamer Magazine
Not content with one successful crowd-funding project, inXile are gearing up to try for a second. They've gone live with a new website for the Planescape: Torment spiritual sequel, which they're now calling Torment: Tides of Numenera. And rather than ...
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New Crowdfunding Website Helps Equine Rescues Maintain Their Asses
Crowdsourcing.org
Conzortia Business Funding, Inc. has launched CrowdfundCritters.com the world's first crowdfunding website dedicated to helping to provide funding for animal rescue efforts. CrowdfundCritters.com allows animal rescues and shelters of all kinds to list ...
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Entrepreneur turns to 'crowd funding' to help launch sweet shop in Cleethorpes
This is Grimsby
THIS budding businessman wants to create a world of pure confectionery imagination in Cleethorpes – but he needs your help to do it. Matthew Greenacre has turned to a novel technique called "crowd funding" to try to raise enough money to make his sweet ...
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Monday, February 18, 2013

CrowdfundingNews 2/18/13


Crowdfunding News 2/18/13
Crowd-Funding Platforms Hope To Target Investors
Vermont Public Radio
Kickstarter is the best known crowdfunding site, but there are hundreds of online platforms devoted to raising money for individuals and businesses. The sites allow entrepreneurs, artists and others to pitch an idea for a project and collect donations ...
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Crowdfund games based on chemistry and Machine of Death, and bid on art to ...
io9
Crowdfund games based on chemistry and Machine of Death, and bid on art to support Machine of Death, the science fiction anthology that pissed off Glenn Beck, is back in the form of a macabre card game, and you can help fund the production. If you ...
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Learn about crowdfunding with SBA webinars
Omaha World-Herald
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a series of webinars emphasizing how the next generation of small business owners can use crowdfunding as an alternative finance option for entrepreneurs. The series, which will run Feb. 19 through Feb.
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OU students launch 'crowd-funding' company
Athens NEWS
As crowd-funding booms with the advent of companies such as Kickstarter, one local company wants to help make those efforts more successful by providing a multi-faceted consulting platform. 530Funds is the brainchild of Ohio University entrepreneurs ...
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Crowd Funding
Jamestown Post Journal
Crowd Funding. County 4-H Dinner Benefits New Endowment Fund. February 18, 2013. By Eric Tichy (etichy@post-journal.com) , The Post-Journal. Save | Post a comment |. GERRY - The Chautauqua County 4-H program further fueled its new endowment ...
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Jamestown Post Journal
Crowdfunding Star Wars -- Kickstarter Campaign For Death Star Construction ...
Singularity Hub
Coming off as something that belongs on the web's go-to source for tongue-and-cheek humor, The Onion, the Death Star project was posted at the beginning of February with a pledge goal of £20 million British pounds for open source plans for the ...
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East London cat café will go ahead after meeting crowdfunding target
Marie Claire.co.uk
Cat REX. A cat café will open in East London after meeting its crowdfunding campaign target. Lauren Pears, who is behind Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, managed to raise £109,510 on crowdfunding website IndieGoGo, smashing her target of £108,000.
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Crowdfunding gets apped
brand-e.biz
Kickstarter has launched a crowdfunding app on the iTunes store. "We took things we've learned from the past three years of building the site, and applied them to a total redesign for the iPhone," says Kickstarter. "We redesigned the project page ...
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Crowd funding lets Gem Misa take on big brands like Kraft
This is Money
Crowd funding is becoming ever more popular for small firms. Through websites such as Seedrs, Crowdcube and BankToTheFuture entrepreneurs advertise for funding in return for equity, with many investors typically involved. Through Crowdcube, Gem ...
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My new book: The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups
http://www.apress.com/9781430247555

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and
http://www.udemy.com/how-to-crowdfund/

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

JOBS Act Book Signing - Feb 14th.

I will discuss my book, The Jobs Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups at Howard University Bookstore. My talk will focus on the role crowdfunding might play in addressing economic issues in the Black community, as described in this depressing article in the Washington Post: Scholars sketch bleak economic picture for black Americans


Date & Time

Thursday, February 14 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location

Howard University Bookstore
2225 Georgia Avenue
Washington, DC 20059
To RSVP, please go to http://tweetvite.com/event/JOBSAct

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Why we are so optimistic about crowdfunding for minorities

Dr. Mark Dean - On the IBM team that developed PC: "Mark E. Dean (born March 2, 1957) is an African American inventor and a computer engineer. He led the team that developed the ISA bus, and he led the design team responsible for creating the first one-gigahertz computer processor chip. Dean has also helped in the early development of the computer keyboard. He holds three of IBM's original nine PC patents."

Jesse Russell, recognized father of digital cellular technology: "Jesse Eugene Russell (b April 26, 1948) is an African-American inventor and one of the visionaries’ whose innovative perspectives profoundly influenced the wireless communications industry, (a) driver of growth in the 21st century. Trained as an electrical engineer at Tennessee State University and Stanford University, and recognized globally as a thought-leader, technology expert and inventor in the field of wireless communication for over 20 years.."

Emmitt McHenry, Founder of Network Solutions Inc.(NSI) "operated the first domain name registry under a sub-contract with the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)."

This country would be very different if they retained ownership of these three significant technologies. Crowdfunding may help accomplish this.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Crowdfunding News 2/6/13


Crowdfunding News 2/6/13
Crowdfunding: It's Not Just For Startups
Forbes
Ever since the boom of Kickstarter, and the passing of the JOBS Act last April, crowdfunding has become part of the investment vernacular. What started out as a funding portal for art projects, band albums, small businesses, and budding entrepreneurs ...
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Forbes
The Best Crowdfunding Project Yet: The Kickstarter To Build The Death Star
Forbes
Oh yes, I think this is glorious. There's a Kickstarter project looking to build the Death Star. Given the White House's refusal to start the project despite the petition asking that they do it has fallen to an Englishman to attempt to get the project ...
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'Bellflower' filmmakers turn to crowdfunding for 'Chuck Hank and the San Diego ...
Yahoo! Movies (blog)
The filmmakers behind 2011's indie cult hit "Bellflower" are turning to crowd-funding to help complete their new film "Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins." Calling the new project "influenced heavily by 80s action films and side-scrolling video games," ...
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Yahoo! Movies (blog)
Israel jumps on the crowdfunding platform wagon
SmartPlanet.com (blog)
OurCrowd, Israel's take on the crowdfunding phenomenon, says that its first round of startup funding from investors has been a success. Closing $5.5 million in Series A funding, the equity crowdfunding platform is a little less like public efforts ...
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Crowdfunding science
O'Reilly Radar
There has been a resurgence of that model — though perhaps more democratic — in the modern concept of crowdfunding. Kickstarter, the most well-known of the crowdfunding startups, enables inventors, artists, and makers to source the funds they need ...
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Italian Pavilion turns to "crowdfunding" to raise cash
Art Newspaper
The Italian government today announced the exhibition plan for the Italian pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale (1 June-24 November), which will feature 14 artists selected by the curator Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, the director of the Macro (Museo d'Arte ...
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Art Newspaper
GDC 2013 reveals Indie Summit talks on crowdfunding, Retro/Grade, Molyjam
Gamasutra
Game Developers Conference 2013 organizers have revealed new Summit talks for its March conference, with lectures on the Peter Molyneux parody turned international game jam, Retro/Grade creator's self-tortuous development cycle, and research on ...
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Gamasutra
Crowd-funding Platform Connects Entrepreneurs with Consumer-Product Giants
Entrepreneur (blog)
Some of the CircleUp team (L to R): Erik Vandekieft, director of engineering, Rory Eakin, co-founder, and Bryce Drennan, engineer, with some of the products they have helped raise money for with their crowd-funding platform. If you are growing a skin ...
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Entrepreneurs frustrated by SEC delay in expanding crowdfunding investor pool
The Business Review (Albany) (blog)
Until new rules are in place, the only qualified crowdfunding investors permitted to purchase shares in private companies are people with a high net worth, businesses and large endowment funds. Its been 10 months since President Obama enacted ...
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5 Common Crowdfunding Video Mistakes That'll Kill Your Project
ReelSEO Online Video News
An essential part of any crowdfunding campaign is the video. According to Kickstarter, 50% of projects with a video succeed, versus 30% success for projects without a video. Videos will make, or break, your project no matter if you're funding a feature ...
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http://www.apress.com/9781430247555

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

SEC Equity Crowdfunding Rulemaking: Where Things Stand

As I noted in the Washington Post, in about six to nine months, the Securities and Exchange Commission will put forward rules that will govern how companies can raise equity capital using crowdfunding. See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/commentary-the-quest-for-crowdfunding-enters-a-complicated-but-critical-phase/2012/12/23/d15ef280-4939-11e2-ad54-580638ede391_story.html

My sources tell me that the SEC will lean heavily toward registered broker/dealers to take the lead, as evidenced by the fact that FINRA issued the first official regulatory paperwork related to Crowdfunding. http://crowdfundingnow.blogspot.com/2013/01/first-regulatory-paperwork-related-to.html

This has the added benefit that the JOBS Act gives several preferences to broker/dealers, as I note in my book: http://www.amazon.com/The-JOBS-Act-Crowdfunding-Businesses/dp/143024755X
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Friday, February 1, 2013

CrowdfundingNews 2/1/13


Crowdfunding News 2/1/13
Best British crowdfunding sites
Telegraph.co.uk
Seedrs is the first crowdfunding platform for start-ups where investors can earn equity returns if the business is sold, floats or pays a dividend. Entrepreneurs can raise up to £150,000 in equity capital. The company, co-founded in 2009 by Jeff Lynn ...
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Telegraph.co.uk
Music Crowdfunding News: Kevin Wortis, Radio Crowdfund, Detour London ...
hypebot.com
Before I get into some interesting music crowdfunding news, I need to let folks know that I will be putting Crowdfunding For Musicians on hold while I focus my non-Hypebot activity on All World Dance which I recently relaunched as a work in progress.
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Crowdfunding could give small business a fighting chance
The Daily Evergreen
Small businesses need a new line of credit, and the solution is crowdfunding. Crowdfunding 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," as defined by ...
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SEC Whistleblower Claims Trust Launches With Crowdfunding
Forbes
Are there individuals and institutions interested in putting their money to work fighting Wall Street investment scamming? I believe this is a laudable, socially-responsible objective which may appeal to many people, as well as endowments and ...
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Crowdfunding collective TinyLightbulbs shows off its iOS products
tuaw.com
Last year, e-commerce site TinyLightbulbs formed in Denver, focusing on products that are funded via crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. TinyLightbulbs brought five of the products available on its site Macworld/iWorld 2013, including ...
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Procter & Gamble bets on crowdfunding site
Globe and Mail
U.S. crowdfunding website CircleUp has partnered with Procter & Gamble to help get small-business products in front of the corporation's executives, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. CircleUp's aim is two-fold: to help brands raise investment funds ...
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Globe and Mail
Research and Markets: Crowdfunding: Revolutionizing the Investment Landscape
Fort Mills Times
In April 2012, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act into legislation, (potentially) allowing small startup companies to gain investment from private individuals through crowdfunding. This case study explores the ...
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New Baltimore startup is selling crowdfunding investment insurance
bmoremedia
Founded last month, Asurvest provides investment insurance for private and professional investors in Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms, CEO Luke Cooper says. The company will open an office in Baltimore over the next few months, hiring three ...
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Louvre Buys $3.5-Million Ivory Statues Thanks to Crowd-Funding Campaign
In the Air, Art+Auction's Gossip Column (blog)
Louvre Buys $3.5-Million Ivory Statues Thanks to Crowd-Funding Campaign. Pin It · Tweet. 0. Comments · Bookmark and Share. With a little help from over 4,000 donors who made micro-contributions, the Louvre was able to raise the €800,000 ($1.09 million) ...
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GoFundMe, Facebook help people raise cash for wants, needs
Orlando Sentinel
Brenda Lynn says her autistic 3-year-old son, Kaleo, hardly speaks, and his inability to express himself frustrates him — except when using his speech therapist's iPad. "The iPad really controlled the tantrums and helped him communicate. I tried to ...
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My new book: The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses and Startups
http://www.apress.com/9781430247555

Also see our crowdfunding webinar: http://crowdfundingclass.eventbrite.com/
and
http://www.udemy.com/how-to-crowdfund/

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Skype: william.michael.cunningham

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