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Wearables the star at San Francisco conference

Wearables the star at San Francisco conference

  By Robert Mullins – Sr. Staff Writer – CrowdFundBeat Evidence that the wearable computers space is quickly gaining traction was on display at the Glazed Conference in San Francisco Sept. 30 that drew makers of smart watches, smart phones, music players, health and fitness devices and an abundance of people wearing Google Glass. Attendees learned about how a rush of startups is getting into the wearable computers space, many of which interact with existing smartphones, and about how crowdfunding is helping many of these startups get off the ground. The first ever Glazed Conference was…

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Live Interview With SterlingFunder Co-Founder David Lilenfeld

Live Interview With SterlingFunder Co-Founder David Lilenfeld

David Lilenfeld, an Atlanta-based attorney who helped launch SterlingFunder will join us live for an interview with CrowdFundBeat’s Devin Thorpe to discuss the Georgia crowdfunding exemption, general solicitation for accredited investors and other equity crowdfunding issues on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM Pacific. David Lilenfeld’s bio from SterlingFunder.com: David is an entrepreneur and intellectual property attorney who has practiced law since 1997. He has successfully launched and grown three businesses since graduating from law school in 1996. As a lawyer, investor and entrepreneur, David recognizes the seismic effect crowdfunding will have on businesses and…

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S.Korea crowdfunding system to help financing venture companies

S.Korea crowdfunding system to help financing venture companies

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) — South Korea planned to launch a crowdfunding system as early as next year to help venture companies finance their seed money from a wide pool of small investors with fewer restrictions, the country’s financial regulator said Thursday. Crowdfunding, which began to gain attention after the United States legalized the system in April 2012 via the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, refers to the financing of a company by selling a small amount of equities to a wide pool of investors in cyberspace. “Entrepreneurs with creative ideas can post their business…

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Crowd Funding College: Gradsave Hopes To Help ‘Paralyzed’ Parents With Savings

Crowd Funding College: Gradsave Hopes To Help ‘Paralyzed’ Parents With Savings

Marcos Cordero became an entrepreneur in 2012–right around the time he became an uncle. He wanted to give a meaningful baptism gift but found nothing that could actually make an impact on his niece’s life. “In thinking through what could be considered ‘meaningful,’” Cordero says, “I couldn’t get away from the idea of education. Thus the idea of Gradsave came to be.” Miami-based Gradsave is, simply put, a crowdfunding platform for college savings—meant to simplify the process for new parents and help friends and family give gifts with impact. That the price of college is ever-increasing…

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The Next Crowdfunding Evolution

The Next Crowdfunding Evolution

It’s been said that crowdfunding is less of a straight-forward investment and more like buying wine futures. You’re essentially paying a discounted rate for next year’s crop. And, just like wine, once you’ve put your money in, you can only hope that the weather is good, the vines aren’t attacked by bug, and the vintner is as good as he claims. But, this analogy, no matter how clever, falls apart at one crucial stage. With wine, there is already a predetermined market, distribution channels and product awareness. People may not have heard of “Bobby Joe’s Blackberry…

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TubeStart Announces Royalty Crowdfunding for Digital Video Content Creators

TubeStart Announces Royalty Crowdfunding for Digital Video Content Creators

TubeStart, the only crowdfunding platform dedicated to YouTube content creators, announced this week that the company plans to roll out royalty-based crowdfunding to its users pending implementation of Title III (i.e., unaccredited) crowdfunding rules by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Already a leader in subscription-based crowdfunding solutions for digital video creators, TubeStart will pioneer the royalty-based crowdfunding model, allowing everyday Americans to invest in the entertainment projects they love and realize a financial return. The announcement follows this week’s news that the SEC has officially lifted the ban on general solicitation pursuant to Title II…

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“Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding”

“Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding”

Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann doesn’t think it will be long until every studio in town is taking advantage of the crowdfunding model not just to raise an audience, but also to raise money, for their their own blockbuster ambitions. “Its not that far away, actually,” Ringelmann said at TheWrap’s Media Leadership Conference, TheGrill, Tuesday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. “What we are going to see is studios recognizing the value of unleashing a fan base early before the film comes out, as a tactic to actually identify social influencers online.” “The way they will…

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CraftFund Launches First Phase of Crowdfunding Platform

CraftFund Launches First Phase of Crowdfunding Platform

CraftFund LLC announced breweries and food companies can now create basic profile pages on its site as it continues to build out its equity crowdfunding platform in anticipation of changing laws on the federal and state levels. The profile page contains general product and brand information. There is no cost to create a basic public profile and creating a profile does not commit a company to ever raising funds on CraftFund. CraftFund founder David Dupee says that the company profile page is the first of several updates to the site scheduled over next few months. “Just…

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The Crowdfunding Economy Is About to Pop

The Crowdfunding Economy Is About to Pop

Crowdfunding has enabled millions of people to donate money to make prototype products a reality and support artistic projects, among other proposals. In exchange, supporters have received free gifts, verbal thanks, even hugs. Now the stakes are about to increase dramatically thanks to a law paving the way for direct investment in startup businesses. The new law, a provision of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, allows startups to market private share offerings to potential investors via websites, social media, and print and television ads. A pre-Internet version of that practice had been outlawed…

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Newly Legal: Buying Stock in Start-Ups Via Crowdsourcing

Newly Legal: Buying Stock in Start-Ups Via Crowdsourcing

Amateur investors may soon be able to use crowdsourcing to buy equity in start-ups. But should they? At least one expert–the author of a report on Kickstarter–recommends caution. Under a newly implemented provision of 2012′s “Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act” (JOBS Act), it became legal this week for small start-ups to solicit investments publicly, via the Internet. They can sell shares without first having to register them with the Securities and Exchange Commission. An entrepreneur in need of cash can raise up to $1 million a year, provided he or she sells shares only to “accredited”…

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