Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fighting Crowdfunding Failure

Crowdfunding is now a pretty established way of raising funds for your project, but 57% of projects (on Kickstarter, for example) fail. So, to up your odds, Seed&Spark, a film makers portal has provided “The Introvert’s Guide to Crowdfunding,” with … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Scam Alert

Watch out for Maksym and Denys Pashanin who have allegedly defrauded Kickstarter investors out of $40,000 with a pixel-art RPG video game called “Confederate Express” in the fall of 2013 that did not deliver, then started a new crowdfunding campaign … Continue reading

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In-State Crowdfunding Emerges

Eleven states have enacted statutes to permit real crowdfunding by in-state companies looking for in-state investors. To service these nascent deals, new funding portals are springing up to provide internet financing vehicles for recently enacted “intra-state” offerings of securities. One, … Continue reading

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SEC Coy on Timing of Final Crowdfunding Rules

Yesterday, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance gave testimony to the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises with respect to the SEC’s progress on finalizing the rules … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Suckers?

Sorry, you 9,522 “backers” of Oculus Rift who donated $2,437,429 in its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in September 2012. The Facebook acquisition of the company closed yesterday and you won’t get to share in the $2 billion in cash and stock, … Continue reading

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NBA Star Starts Seed Investment Fund

When you think wearable technology is your first thought Carmelo Anthony? The NBA star is partnering with Stuart Goldfarb, the former executive vice president of NBC, to make seed capital investments in digital media, consumer tech and internet of things. … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Drug Startups Still Iffy

The University of British Columbia study suggests that crowdfunding may be a way to provide seed capital to risky pharmaceutical and/or disease diagnostics startups. Reviewing 97 campaigns, it was determined that average donations ranged from $59 to $199 on seven … Continue reading

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