Leaders in technology industry discuss crowdfunding

Leaders of the Champaign-Urbana technology industry discussed new investment opportunities Wednesday at the iHotel and Conference Center for the quarterly CU CEO Tech Roundtable. The purpose of these roundtables, sponsored by Research Park, is to bring together presidents, CEOs and founders of tech companies so they can learn from each other, share success stories and address specific subject matter, said Laura Frerichs, director of Research Park. “The businesses certainly like the opportunity to learn from each other,” Frerichs said. “It is a difficult path to be a startup entrepreneur. Being able to have this peer group…

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Davos 2013: Benefits of ‘Crowdfunding’ – U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry

With $7.7M raised via crowdfunding, Chris Roberts makes his sci-fi game in the public eye

Chris Roberts is under a lot of pressure to get Star Citizen right. The new massively multiplayer online sci-fi title from the creator of the legendary Wing Commander sci-fi spaceship combat games raised $7.7 million via crowdfunding on the promise of bringing back the glory days of science fiction combat simulations in a persistent online universe. Roberts scored the money via Kickstarter and his own web site, Roberts Space Industries, for his new company Cloud Imperium Games, where he is chief creative officer. In an interview with GamesBeat at the DICE Summit game conference, Roberts said…

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Jonny Craig Starts Crowdfunding Campaign For New EP

Oh, the places Jonny Craig will go. Former Dance Gavin Dance vocalist and drug addict/awkward criminal Jonny Craig recently released three interesting cover songs (including a song originally by Justin Timberlake) and announced a solo headlining tour. Today, he has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new EP on Indiegogo that you can find here. Jonny is without a label now, so the crowdfunding could make or break him. In his own words, “I want to get some new music out to all of you, MY FANS, but in order to do so it’s going to…

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How To Fund Commercialization of University Research? Crowdfunding, of Course!

Perhaps it was just a matter of time – but here’s a new development in the funding of academic research and technology commercialization. The University of Utah’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO)—#1 in the country for startups launched by research organizations for three of the last five years—has spun off more than 150 companies in the past seven years. Recently the U’s TCO has launched a program to help build even more value in the startups they spin out. The office has entered an exclusive agreement with crowdfunding platform RocketHub of New York. Their plan is to…

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Crowdfunding Businesses and Startups: The Ultimate Guide

As a result of recent successful multimillion-dollar online fundraising campaigns for products such as the Ouya, Pebble E-Paper Watch and Amanda Palmer’s Theater is Evil album/tour, which have captivated audiences worldwide, crowdfunding is quickly becoming a business staple. Hailed by many entrepreneurs as a better alternative to venture capital or angel investment, interest has also been piqued by the recent passage of the JOBS Act, which legalizes the crowdfunding of limited equity transactions. In essence, crowdfunding is a disruptive process that empowers creators and inventors to showcase projects publicly in the form of text descriptions and…

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New Edward Burns Hedge Fund Movie Embraces Crowdfunding

Several months ago we spotlighted a soon-to-launch crowdfunding company that sought to bring crowdfunding to independent film. That company – Seed & Spark – has launched and now boasts an upcoming film starring Edward Burns among its list of financing projects. Largely financed by Atlantic Pictures, the film’s working title called Oliver’s Deal and stars Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, Sidewalks of New York) as a hedge fund jock working to redeem a $1 billion debt from Peru‘s government. The film also stars Caitlin Fitzgerald (Newlyweds, It’s Complicated) and will be directed by Barney Elliot (True…

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Dark Snow Project’s Crowdfunded Climate Science Experiment

By: Mary Catherine O’Connor Everything is connected; a catastrophic weather event in one hemisphere can have ripple effects on the other side of the globe. That is no news to climate scientists. But last summer, as the United States was in the throes of one of its worst wildfire seasons on record, climate scientist Jason Box, who studies Greenland’s ice sheet, wondered about a direct link between those fires and the frightening speed at which the ice sheet was melting. Among the fires last summer were large tundra blazes in Alaska and Canada. Box used weather…

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Crowdfunding awaits key rules from SEC

Congress created equity crowdfunding, but the Securities and Exchange Commission holds the infant industry’s life in its hands. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, passed almost a year ago, will let privately held companies sell up to $1 million a year in unregistered stock to mom-and-pop investors using the Internet and social media. But they can’t start until the SEC completes the regulations. The SEC missed its Dec. 31 deadline for publishing the regulations. Given its backlog of rule-making and the fact that its new chairman hasn’t been confirmed, it could be next year before a…

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The Risks and Rewards of Crowdfunding

There are a number of caveats to consider before jumping in. Investors may demand a say in how you run your company. It is also possible that an inexperienced small business leader could quickly burn through a funding round without achieving measurable results.

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Crowdfunding 101: ‘Reg-D’ vs. ‘Rewards’

Under the new leadership of Chairman Elisse B. Walter, the Securities and Exchange Commission is overdue in delivering the rules that will make it possible for startups to attain crowdfunding for equity from “ordinary Americans” (to borrow a phrase from President Obama). Here’s a quick guide to the two main types of crowdfunding out there right now.

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