Monthly Archives: June 2014

Fewer Startups Hurt U.S. Economy

Two economics professors have determined that the U.S. will suffer over a trillion dollars of lost business output due to the lack of new business startups in recent years. Messrs. Prescott and Ohanian have determined that the number of new … Continue reading

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Japan Turns to Crowdfunding As Lenders Shy

Putting sleeping money to work using crowdfunding is now catching fire in Japan. When banks won’t lend, some have turned to seek funding from the crowd. Although not big stock market investors, the public is being enticed to lend money … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding the Search for Flight MH370

If you’re a conspiracy believer or just feeling compassion for those who have been lost (literally) on Malaysian Flight 370, you can now contribute to the crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that is seeking to raise $5 million. The money will … Continue reading

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Does Spike Lee Deliver?

After taking a lot of flak from the film crowdfunding community for using his celebrity status to raise “other people’s money” to shoot his next movie, the film has recently premiered at the American Black ¬†Film Festival. (Here’s Mr. Lee … Continue reading

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New Secondary Market for Private Companies

Startup Equidate is attempting to create a new secondary market for private company shares by not trading their shares. Instead, the investor gets a derivative contract and an asset backed loan. The investor apparently buys the shares now for delivery … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Sheriffs

Because crowdfunders ask the public for money in exchange for the promise to deliver something in the future, it’s good to know that there are a few “sheriffs” in town. The venture capitalists and private equity guys can afford to … Continue reading

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