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Fünf Prozent der Deutschen würden in Startups investieren

CrowdFundBeat.de Eric Schreyer, 08.05.2014 - In Deutschland gibt es rund 3,5 Millionen potenzielle Investoren in Startups. Rund 5 Prozent der Bundesbürger können sich vorstellen, in junge Unternehmen aus dem Internet- oder IT-Umfeld zu investieren. Das ist das Ergebnis einer repräsentativen Umfrage im Auftrag des Hightech-Verbands BITKOM. „Insbesondere Crowdinvesting, also die Finanzierung von Gründungen und Start-ups durch eine Vielzahl von Geldgebern, hat aus unserer Sicht großes Potenzial“ sagt BITKOM-Vizepräsident Ulrich Dietz. „Es muss nun gelingen, die Millionen Menschen, die Interesse an einer Investition in Startups haben, auch wirklich mit innovativen und ambitionierten Gründern zusammenzubringen.“ In Deutschland gibt es…

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Square Enix announces new crowdfunding platform, Collective

Square Enix announces new crowdfunding platform, Collective

Because crowdfunding can result in big bucks, Square Enix has announced its intention to look to the common, money-laden masses with a new program called Square Enix Collective. The result of a collaboration between Square and crowdfunding site Indiegogo, the new platform will give hopeful developers the chance to get their projects off the ground with the help of the Square Enix community. Here’s how it works in a nutshell. Developers looking to acquire some cash on Collective pitch their game ideas to the community, hopefully receiving positive feedbacks and votes in return, and after a…

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If Crowdfunding is the New Day Trading, Look Out

Paul Volcker famously said the only financial innovation to improve society in recent memory was the ATM. Not everyone agrees. In an essay earlier this week on the evolution of money and finance, GigaOM founder and venture capitalist Om Malik argued that crowdfunding will be the new day trading, the latest financial innovation to “cut costs and [drive] wider participation in a previously closed and clubby market.” Advocates of crowdfunding had better hope not. To be clear, Malik isn’t talking about Kickstarter where funders make a donation that acts like a pre-order. He’s talking about the…

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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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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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MAC and Crowdfunding Turn Vision into Reality for Local Small Businesses in Tucson, AZ

MAC and Crowdfunding Turn Vision into Reality for Local Small Businesses in Tucson, AZ

In Tucson, Arizona, the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at the MicroBusiness Advancement Center (MAC) helps start-ups solidify their business plans through providing training and technical assistance and connecting entrepreneurs to resources they may not have realized existed. For Juliana Desmond and Olivia Darling, that meant providing a business planning course and helping them find funding to grow their businesses. Their stories are unique but their aspirations as entrepreneurs share the same spirit. Juliana has a love for sustainably-produced chocolate and sculpture. She knew that if she had the right equipment and packaging materials, she could scale…

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Betaworks embraces crowdfunding with syndicate seed investment

Betaworks embraces crowdfunding with syndicate seed investment

Today, the U.S. government quietly lifted the general solicitation ban to make good on a provision of the JOBS Act. Now, it is legal to gain startup money from “crowdfunding” techniques — and Betaworks has announced in a blog post that it will seize the opportunity to make syndicate seed investments available for its Openbeta initiative. Openbeta initially opened as a transparency platform — enabling users to test out new products, leave feedback, and learn about the companies that Betaworks is building even before launch. Now, Openbeta users will also be able to invest in these…

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Law Opens Financing of Start-Ups to Crowds

Law Opens Financing of Start-Ups to Crowds

Entrepreneurs looking to the crowd to finance their big ideas just got a little extra help from the government. On Monday, federal legislation goes into effect to allow “emerging growth” companies — essentially, small start-ups — to ask for equity investments publicly, such as through social media sites or elsewhere on the Internet, without having to register the shares for public trading. Business owners will now be able to raise up to $1 million a year this way. The legislation is part of the 2012 “Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act,” or JOBS Act, meant to encourage…

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Crowdfunding can help startup businesses get to market faster

Crowdfunding can help startup businesses get to market faster

Entrepreneur Paul Chipperton aims to raise $129,000 by the end of October for marketing a technology that can suspend the arrival of distracting emails, text messages and phone calls to handheld and other devices. But he’s leaving this fundraising to online, not to the banks or venture capital. In a growing movement called crowdfunding, entrepreneurs make video pitches to consumers to help get their projects to market. It all comes down to whether the amount of donations meet the startup company’s funding target and deadline. Chipperton is putting his MyFocus Solution product on the U.S.-based crowdfunding…

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