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Realty Mogul Successfully Crowdfunds the First Shopping Center Ever

Beverly Hills, CA – November 8th, 2013 – Realty Mogul announced today that it used crowdfunding for the first time ever to crowdfund a shopping center – and the funding was completed less than 6 hours after the company began taking money from investors. Jilliene Helman, founder and CEO, stated “We’re very pleased to be the first real estate crowdfunding company to get a retail property under our belt, and ecstatic that we had such a robust reaction from our investors. Our team had been actively searching the market for just such an opportunity, and this…

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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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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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The Wisdom of Yoda takes over the 3D Printing market

The Wisdom of Yoda takes over the 3D Printing market

By: Robert Mullins, CFB Sr. Staff Writer Startups in the 3D printing space advertise their device capabilities with samples of products like smartphone cases, gears, or replicas of the Eiffel Tower, but if you want to be taken seriously as a printer maker, you’ve got to give people Yoda. “For some reason, the Yoda head is kind of the symbol of what your 3D printer can do,” said Braydon Moreno, CEO of the crowdfunded startup RoBo 3D. “Everyone across the board is saying ‘Let me see your Yoda.’” A review of crowd-funded sites on Kickstarter reveals…

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Why Crowdfunding is Disrupting Finance

Why Crowdfunding is Disrupting Finance

It is truly remarkable to think about the disruption that has resulted from the creation of marketplaces in almost every industry over the last few years. Need a restaurant reservation?  Open Table has it down to a science- compare that to your experience just 10 or 15 years ago. Hotel rooms? Enter Airbnb. Clothing? Enter Poshmark. Dog sitter while on vacation? There’s DogVacay.  Even scientists can help enlist a global network of researchers in a marketplace called Science Exchange. In industry after industry, consumers are gaining more information and more choices to make better decisions.  With…

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For bookstores, crowdfunding to the rescue

For bookstores, crowdfunding to the rescue

NEW YORK — For years, independent bookstores have taken creative steps to fight off challenges from Amazon.com and the superstores by building in-house espresso bars, hosting members-only lunches with authors, and selling birthday cards, toys, and trinkets. In 2013, it has come to this: asking their customers for donations. Crowdfunding is sweeping through the bookstore business, the latest tactic for survival in a market that is dominated by Amazon, with its rock-bottom prices, and Barnes & Noble, with its dizzying in-store selection. It is hardly a sustainable business model, but it buys some time and gives…

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Crowdcube’s first fundraiser beauty start-up Bubble & Balm throws in the towel

Crowdcube’s first fundraiser beauty start-up Bubble & Balm throws in the towel

The very real risks of investing in start-ups have come to a head after the announcement Bubble & Balm, the first company to raise money via crowdfunding site Crowdcube, has ceased trading. The news is a blow for crowdfunding which has become one of the fastest growing investment sectors in the country. The Financial Times reported this week that the fair trade soap manufacturer asked Companies House to be struck off. Its website, Twitter account and Facebook page have been taken down. Crowdfunding works by sidestepping the banks to directly connect businesses and investors – and…

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Mission Impossible: UK Government Efforts to Get Banks Lending to Businesses Aren’t Working

Mission Impossible: UK Government Efforts to Get Banks Lending to Businesses Aren’t Working

There was a time, not that long ago, when entrepreneurs would put...

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Realty Mogul hits $3 million in funding just 4 months into crowdfunding

CrowdFundBeat News: Realty Mogul, a real estate crowdfunding site, has just announced that it crossed the $3 million mark yesterday, after surpassing the $2 million at the end of June. The site is a marketplace for accredited investors to pool money online and buy shares of pre-vetted real estate investments. For a company that is bracing a relatively new concept in the real estate investing industry, Realty Mogul is experiencing an outstanding year. The company has already grabbed first place in 2 highly recognized competitions for startup companies. Earlier this year in March, Realty Mogul beat…

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Wall&Main Investment and Service Platform starts by Crowdfunding Itself

Wall&Main Investment and Service Platform starts by Crowdfunding Itself

Wall&Main is an innovative crowdfunding company dedicated to helping new and established businesses grow. We are a dedicated team of senior executives with broad and deep experience in launching and growing successful companies. We intend to do more than simply help companies raise the capital they need. Our objective long term is to help these companies have the best chance of success by providing services directly or partnering with “best in class” strategic service partners. To accomplish this, Wall&Main is first crowdfunding itself. A few months later, we will begin to crowdfund other companies (we call…

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