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Live Interview with Amanda Barbara of Pubslush

Live Interview with Amanda Barbara of Pubslush

Amanda Barbara, Vice President of Pubslush, will join CrowdFundBeat for a live interview on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM Pacific. Amanda will discuss her passion for changing the world through literacy and crowdfunding. Bio for Amanda Barbara: A philanthropist at heart, she serves on the board of directors for the Pubslush Foundation, which supports children’s literacy initiatives worldwide, and is a founder and director of The Barbara Family Foundation, an organization committed to assisting charities and children in need. Amanda is an advocate for crowdfunding in the publishing world and has spoken at various…

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World record for equity crowdfunding

World record for equity crowdfunding

British television presenter Kevin McCloud’s design-led housing development firm has broken the world record for equity crowdfunding by securing investments in excess of £1.9 million from members of the public via online platform Crowdcube. Established by the presenter of television series Grand Designs to build well-designed, affordable and sustainable housing, Hab Housing Limited (HAB) closed its crowdfunding investment campaign last night having beaten the previous record of £1.5 million with pledges of £1,904,540. It is the largest amount of money raised using an online equity crowdfunding platform, where people fund a business in return for a…

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- Up to $1 million in prize funding on CrowdRise

- Up to $1 million in prize funding on CrowdRise

PALO ALTO, California, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Skoll Foundation, in partnership with The Huffington Post, is launching its first crowdfunding challenge designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. The “Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge,” hosted on Edward Norton’s platform CrowdRise, has the potential to leverage up to $1 million in prize funding from the Skoll Foundation, including $250,000 in dedicated prize money through daily and weekly challenges and up to $750,000 in additional matching funds to be shared by all participants as fundraising thresholds are reached during the campaign. The prize funding will go to the…

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A new plea from professors: Buy my idea

A new plea from professors: Buy my idea

Shawn Graham is used to pleading the case for his work. A professor in the history department at Carleton University, he spends ample time competing for research grants, filling out forms and relying on rhetorical skills he honed as a grad student. But for his latest project – setting up research fellowships in digital research for his students – he is bypassing the usual expert panels that hold the purse strings and taking his pitch directly to the public via crowdfunding. “The traditional route has one pot of money that every academic chases. But everybody has…

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Scientists Compile ‘Census Of The Galaxies’ Using Power Of The Crowd

Scientists Compile ‘Census Of The Galaxies’ Using Power Of The Crowd

Astronomers have sought the aid of enthusiastic amateurs to help them take on the Herculean task of studying the cosmos. Cutting-edge instruments allow us to peer deep into time and space. But back on Earth, there are still just 24 hours in a day. That’s the conundrum researchers have increasingly faced in recent years, as the quantity of images returned by telescopes has outpaced attempts at organizing them. Now, an international group of scientists is tackling that problem by harnessing people power, plus the Internet, to help them take on the enormity of the universe. The…

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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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What the U.S. Can Learn From the Netherlands About Equity Crowdfunding

What the U.S. Can Learn From the Netherlands About Equity Crowdfunding

U.S. regulators are tied up in knots trying to figure out how to write the laws for equity crowdfunding to prevent fraud. Perhaps they ought to take a page from the Dutch. In the Netherlands, equity crowdfunding from unaccredited investors has been legal for the better part of three years. “The Netherlands are really a frontrunner in equity-based crowdfunding,” Korstiaan Zandvliet, the co-founder of Symbid, said at the Massolution crowdsourcing conference in New York City last week. Korstiaan Zandvliet is the co-founder of equity crowdfunding platform Symbid.com, which has funded 23 startups with more than 2…

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Israel’s OurCrowd Completes $20M in Equity Crowdfunding for 26 Companies

Israel’s OurCrowd Completes $20M in Equity Crowdfunding for 26 Companies

OurCrowd, Israel’s equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors, announced today that it has successfully raised over $20M in the aggregate for its 26 portfolio companies. OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved said, “With OurCrowd reaching this funding milestone, we have solidly positioned ourselves as a leading player in the growing equity crowdfunding revolution. Our trailblazing platform has enabled accredited angel investors worldwide to invest in promising companies alongside top notch VCs, such as Canaan, JVP, Accel, Index and Khosla Ventures.” Medved explained, “What truly sets us apart from other platforms is that we are focused not just on…

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Kickstarter eyes Down Under, but is it just playing catch-up?

Kickstarter eyes Down Under, but is it just playing catch-up?

Kickstarter, fresh off its launch in Canada, is promising to come to New Zealand and Australia “soon.” Experts say it’s natural for the crowdfunding platform to go global, especially since rivals are already there. Kickstarter is growing more international, almost by the day. The platform officially expanded to Canada at the beginning of the week, and is now promising to head Down Under “soon.” The crowdfunding portal has put up a page on its site saying “Australia. New Zealand. Soon.” The promise to Australia and New Zealand comes amid a larger push to go international for the site, which…

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Euro Zone Crowdfunding: Untapping its potential

Euro Zone Crowdfunding: Untapping its potential

We have all heard the buzzword but… what is crowdfunding exactly? And what is its potential for growth in Europe? To fully understand the opportunities and risks of this fast-growing field, the European Commission organized a workshop with #crowdfunding platforms, their users, consumer protection bodies and regulators. Crowdfunding is an emerging alternative source of financing. Video Report

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