Posts Tagged ‘ Crowdfunding ’

Crowdfunding For Environmental Change

Crowdfunding For Environmental Change

Crowdfunding is a tool for sustainable innovation and community building that could end up making our neighborhoods safer, our country cleaner, and our democracy more vibrant. Maybe there’s an unsightly vacant lot in your neighborhood that needs cleaning up. Or maybe Hurricane Sandy or an ExxonMobil oil spill devastated your community. Whereas residents previously had to rely on the government to lend a hand or pick up their own rusty shovel, they are now granted another promising option: crowdfunding it back to health. Crowdsourcing capital doesn’t just bring to market an innovative tech product or bring to theaters that…

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David Drake exclusive – Italy’s Growth Act Implemented Ahead of the American JOBS Act

David Drake exclusive – Italy’s Growth Act Implemented Ahead of the American JOBS Act

Italy has just circumvented the delay of the US in changing its laws in order for crowdfunding for equity to become a functional law and has now become the first country in the world to implement changed laws that support crowdfunding for equity, potentially a year ahead of the lethargic U.S. equity crowdfunding law. Crowdfunding has been changing the financial landscape of Italy ever since the Italian parliament voted to implement a crowdfunding law last December 17, 2012. It then tasked the Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB), the equivalent of the Securities…

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Crowdfunding Culture: Namaste, and Welcome to the Smithsonian

Crowdfunding Culture: Namaste, and Welcome to the Smithsonian

This Monday, the Smithsonian was scheduled to wrap up the biggest crowdfunding campaign ever undertaken by an American museum. The subject of the exhibition in question? Yoga. At the time of this writing, the Freer Sackler Galleries have decided to extend their month-long campaign another week, and have already surpassed their $125,000 goal by over $4,000. Clearly, this is one show the population of D.C. will pay to see. As a spokeswoman said, “There are between 20 and 40 million yoga practitioners in the United States, and an ethos of community that already surrounds yoga. If…

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Seedrs: In Crowdfunding, Momentum is King

Seedrs: In Crowdfunding, Momentum is King

The more than 17,000 investors who have joined Seedrs since our launch in July 2012 break down into two broad categories. The vast majority are “independent” investors, people who have come to Seedrs to discover and invest in great startups. The smaller group by number—but not, as this post will explain, by importance—are “network” investors who joined Seedrs in order to invest in a specific startup that they had learned about from a friend, family member or someone in their external network. For a startup seeking capital through Seedrs, the independent investors often seem like the…

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