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Despite its popularity, I hate Kickstarter

Crowdfunding resource site Kickstarter is the ultimate in financial freedom for many who couldn't fund their projects any other way. But I hate it. It has one significant flaw that I can't get past: all or nothing funding.

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How to Successfully Crowdfund for Your Nonprofit

Hey Everyone! We're so excited with the progress we've made so far with our spring fundraiser. So far we're on _____ percent and have raised over $____ with ___ days to go! (insert the rest of relevant campaign details here)

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CrowdFunding in The Real Estate Market

CrowdFunding in The Real Estate Market

COMMENT OF THE DAY: HOW CROWDFUNDING MIGHT CHANGE THE LOCAL LANDSCAPE I actually really like the idea of crowdsource funding for real estate. The real estate market is too frequently weighed down with the plodding work of the institutional investors and REITs. Anything that steps slightly outside of the box is tossed before renderings are even drawn. While industries like consumer electronics and automobiles race to deliver the next and greatest new thing to customers, the real estate industry seems to be forever stuck in doing the same crap over and over as long as it…

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How Crowdfunding Is Putting The Social Back Into Social Entrepreneurship

How Crowdfunding Is Putting The Social Back Into Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll World Forum In the lead up to the 2013 Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll World Forum is featuring the ideas and innovations of several speakers and delegates, all of whom are writing on entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social issues. Organized by the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative, the Summit takes place on November 9th at Harvard University. View the full series here. Bre DiGiammarino is the Education and Social Innovation Director atIndiegogo. Grey Frandsen wants to make you invisible to mosquitos.  He received a grant from the Bill and…

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Harvard Business Review on CrowdFunding

Harvard Business Review on CrowdFunding

Crowdfunding’s Big-Bang Moment by Larry Downes October 28, The crowdfunding service Kickstarter reached an important milestone last week. The company’s website reported that Kickstarter has now funded over 50,000 projects, with pledges coming from over 5,000,000 individual backers. Since its founding in 2009, Kickstarter has helped fledgling projects raise nearly $1 billion in donations. But those impressive numbers may be eclipsed by a revolution in venture financing that is only being held back by final government approval: start-ups raising actual investment funds from individuals in exchange for equity or a share of profits. Last week, the…

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Crowdfunding Case Study: Microco.sm

Crowdfunding Case Study: Microco.sm

Based out of London, Microco.sm provides a portal that discussion forums, bulletin boards and communities. CEO David Kitchen describes his portal as the social media portal for the introverted community, inverting the notion of Facebook. They are scheduled to go love in mid January next year. Building upon his untraditional past, David is a true inspiration of rags to riches in the making. Years ago David was living on the streets of London. Turing his life around, he returned to school and landed jobs programing for Merrill Lynch, the British government, and Microsoft. Microco.sm chose to use Seeders due to the…

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Equity crowdfunding bill would create path for smaller funders

Equity crowdfunding bill would create path for smaller funders

By Chris Gautz , Chris Miller, Adrian’s downtown development authority and economic development coordinator, will testify Wednesday before the House Commerce Committee for a bill allowing equity crowdfunding for smaller investors. There are plenty of entrepreneurs with good ideas to fill any number of the vacant storefronts in downtown Adrian, but there’s always one big problem standing in the way. “It’s the story you always hear: ‘We just can’t find the money to do it,’ ” said Chris Miller, the city’s downtown development authority and economic development coordinator. Since the recession, traditional lenders have tightened their loan…

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Why is Crowdfunding the Next Big Thing?

Why is Crowdfunding the Next Big Thing?

 Gary Spirer, with David Drake;  Early-stage equity expert David Drake caught up with Gary Spirer, author of “Crowdfunding: The Next Big Thing,” to discuss the new SEC law 506(c) and the opportunities the open advertising of deals brings to issuers and investors. Gary Spirer is an entrepreneur, a crowdfunding expert, and the author of “Crowdfunding: The Next Big Thing.” He is also the founder of Questionmine.com, a dynamic interactive marketing- solution firm that rapidly produces and deploys video surveys, quizzes, and automated webinars that enable marketers to discover customer intentions and reactions in real time and provide…

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Time Is More Than Just Money For The Denver Broncos

Time Is More Than Just Money For The Denver Broncos

By Richard Bliss - For the Denver Broncos, time is the scarcest resource of all. When the Broncos host the Baltimore Ravens on opening day for the NFL—September 5, 2013—future Hall Of Famequarterback Peyton Manning will step up to the line of scrimmage. Manning will scan the field, analyzing the defensive formation, identifying threats, looking for weaknesses, and sorting through the noise. Manning will use his knowledge to execute a plan—including data he received in the prior weeks from watching video of both the Ravens and his own team. He’ll aim to exploit gaps and holes in the Ravens’ defense, while…

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Caution on N.J. ‘crowdfunding’: Editorial

Caution on N.J. ‘crowdfunding’: Editorial

Putting your money into an unproven start-up is a titanic risk. Even professional venture capitalists expect most of their big-money bets will fail. It’s risky business, but Washington is convinced that young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs are an engine for economic recovery, and it wants to help them raise start-up cash by knocking down regulations that protect investors from getting fleeced. That’s why Congress legalized “crowdfunding” in 2012, allowing inexperienced CEOs to raise money directly from an unsophisticated public. That law, the JOBS Act, is delayed while the Securities and Exchange Commission writes the rules. New Jersey doesn’t…

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