Monthly Archives: September 2014

Real Estate Crowdfunding Sector Heats Up

Of the various industries in which the Regulation D version of crowdfunding has emerged, the real estate sector appears to the be hottest today. Fundrise has just attracted another $3.6M in investment, bringing its total to about $38M. The Wall … Continue reading

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Senate Democrats Push SEC For Private Placement Protections

For the last year, issuers have been allowed to use highway billboards, internet advertisements, cold calls to senior living centers, and promotional T-shirts to market their securities to investors, with no education for investors and limited disclosure of risks according … Continue reading

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Startup Stock Exchange Looking To Disrupt VCs

A new venture funding idea not currently permitted to U.S. investors has begun on the island of Curacao. The Startup Stock Exchange vets companies, then takes them public on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange where they can raise between $300K … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Documents Contract Between Crowdfunders and Donors

Kickstarter has revised its terms and conditions to let crowdfunders know that they are entering into legally binding contracts with their “donors.” The terms now specifically state that if the funder does not comply with its obligations, it could be … Continue reading

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“More Please” Crowdfunders Manage Donors

Independent Film Project gives crowdfunding tips to filmmakers (applicable to all), including: don’t try to fund the whole film using crowdfunding; tell the donors what you would do if the campaign meets its stretch goal; make your early backers (the … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding = Community Building

Film distributor/attorney John Sloss (Cinetic Media) says that crowdfunding is really community building with a side benefit of getting your film funded. The ultimate reward to film lovers is being in at the inception, watching the project blossom and getting … Continue reading

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Shark Tank Skews Focus For Real Entrepreneurs

John Greathouse, a partner at Rincon Venture Partners told the Wall Street Journal that Shark Tank is misleading entrepreneurs because, in the real world: investors want to be partners with the company not take advantage of them; investors don’t focus … Continue reading

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Crowdfunders Can Now Learn Startup Basics From the Experts

What does the incubator that hosted Airbnb, Dropbox and Reddit know about startups? Whatever it is,it is now willing to teach it to anyone interested in learning. YCombinator, Silicon Valley’s famous accelerator, is putting out a free online course on … Continue reading

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University of California to Seed Fund Home Grown Startups

The University of California is planning a $250 million venture fund for start-ups by students and professors using technology created on campus.The money is coming from the UC endowment. The Wall Street Journal reports that “The number of university-launched startup … Continue reading

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Crowdfunders OculusVR Give Back to UMD

Even though the crowdfunders didn’t see any return when OculusVR was sold to Facebook for $2 Billion, the University of Maryland has hit the jackpot with a $34+ million donation from Oculus CEO and alumunus Brendan Iribe (a one year … Continue reading

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