Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Smithsonian Institution Crowd Funds Yoga Exhibit

The Smithsonian Institution  said today  it has launched its first major crowdfunding campaign, going online to support an exhibition on the visual history of yoga, according to Potomac Techwire. “The organization is utilizing a platform developed by San Francisco-based Razoo for … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Makes Cannes Fun!

At least for Zach Braff. Of the 3,340 new film projects at Cannes this month, one stood out as having more than half of its budget consisting of “free” or non-recoupable funding – Zach Braff’s “I Wish I Was Here,” … Continue reading

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Is Crowd Funding Legit Yet?

Kickstarter announced Tuesday that it passed a major milestone: More than 100,000 projects have been launched on the crowdfunding service. Just under 44% of those projects have been successfully funded, raising a total of $535 million. The vast majority of … Continue reading

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Robotic Crowdfunding

Yes, you can raise money by crowdfunding, but is it the best way to do that? A recent Wired article suggests that some companies may be missing out on the strategic value add that comes from a respected VC team … Continue reading

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Obama Picks 2 New Commissioners for SEC

President Obama has made 2 appointments to the SEC: Kara Stein, a top aide to Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), to replace retiring Commissioner Elisse Walter, and Michael Piwowar, the chief Republican economist on the Senate Banking Committee, to replace Commissioner … Continue reading

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VCs vs. Crowdfunders: How They Decide

Ethan Mollick, in a recent Wharton School draft paper, notes that venture capitalists and crowdfunders select the entrepreneurs that they fund in the same basic way: VCs base their selection on “signals of quality” (endorsements from trusted others, the background … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Ain’t Cheap

Many issuers bemoan the fact that there are big expenses to raising equity capital (lawyers, accountants, printers, etc). Is crowdfunding any cheaper? Even if the raise is done using the rewards method, the “upfront” costs can be daunting. Fees to … Continue reading

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