Monthly Archives: March 2013

Crowdfunding for a Cause

Movie star Karen Black (“Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces”), 73, was first diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010. With little savings and living on a pension, she has turned to the crowdfunding website GoFundMe to raise up to $22,000 … Continue reading

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Studio Cops to Kickstarter Campaign

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara apparently acknowledged that it was the studio, not an independent producer, who orchestrated the Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie. The CEO’s strategy is to ┬ábalance the maintenance of profits from traditional sources while … Continue reading

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Can VCs and Crowdfunders Coexist?

At the SXSW festival, AOL founder and serial entreprenuer Steve Case says “yes.” There, he endorsed crowdfunding as a way for companies in regions of the US not well served by venture capitalists to find capital. This local validation will … Continue reading

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ABA Weighs In on Crowdfunding

The American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, a group of influential securities attorneys, last week filed their (belated?) comments with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the Crowd Fund Act. Because many of these lawyers used to be on the … Continue reading

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Will The Walking Dead Crowd Fund?

Will “zombie startups” try to access capital through crowdfunding? The Wall Street Journal defines these companies as consumer and e-commerce businesses that have just enough capital to keep the doors open for awhile, but they aren’t growing fast enough to … Continue reading

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Getting Back to the Starting Gate

With the Senate Banking Committee overwhelmingly approving the President’s nomination of Mary Jo White to be the new Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission by a vote of 21-to-1, we may be one step closer to crowd funding regulations. … Continue reading

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