Monthly Archives: January 2015

2014 A Big Year For Venture Capital

Pitchbook’s venture capital report notes: venture capital firms invested $59 billion in 2014, the highest since 2000; over 60% of the deals in 2014 were in rounds of $25 million or more; valuations are on the rise, particularly in later … Continue reading

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Hollywood Reporter Video On Crowdfunding Films

From Sundance, watch The Hollywood Reporter interview film finance executive John Sloss, co-directors Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel, Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth, and Marc Hofstaffer of Indiegogo about crowdfunding films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frC5rCnGhDE

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Crowdfunders Know How To Start Up Without Capital

Well, duh. Crowdfunders know that the best way to start a business without capital is to have your customers pay in advance. Even the IRS has noted that “rewards” promised on Kickstarter are actually sales upon which income taxes will … Continue reading

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Should Crowdfunding Filmmakers Worry About Sundance?

A new study has concluded that 4 out of 5 independent films at the Sundance Film Festival will get distribution deals. But for a lot of film crowdfunders, that’s a meaningless statistic as only 3% of the feature length films … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Now More Necessary Than Ever

Crowdfunding is taking on new importance as the Wall Street Journal reports that seed funding by venture capital firms fell 40% in 2014. With massive (unrealistic?) valuations in more mature private companies (e.g., Uber), the VCs are looking to pad … Continue reading

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Crowdfunders At Sundance

Film crowdfunders who want to mingle with the great and powerful might be interested in Indiegogo’s networking event at Sundance. IGG has partnered with a Hollywood gossip sheet to sponsor 4 days of seminars about crowdfunding and entrepreneurship. If you … Continue reading

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Exiting A Crowdfunded Equity Deal

So you bought some crowdfunded stock and need cash. Assuming that you’re not contractually bound to hold the shares, can you liquidate? There are now a few private markets where crowdfunded shares can be sold, including SecondMarket. SecondMarket claims to … Continue reading

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Scientists Turn To Crowdfunding

Because the National Institutes of Health grant rate is at about 22% and other grants are dying up, scientists are turning more and more to crowdfunding. While some have called it “panda science,” the number of scientific projects on crowdfunding … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding’s Fine Line: Feasibility or Fraud?

The Wall Street Journal believes that Indiegogo’s InDemand feature, which lets crowdfunders take pre-orders after their crowdfunding deadline has passed, is dangerously merging crowdfunding with e-commerce. The fear is that if the offering is technologically difficult (or impossible) the company … Continue reading

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Should Crowdfunders Take the Dartboard Approach?

Would “dartboard” investing work for crowdfunders? One venture capital firm seems to think so.  500 Startups, has now invested in about 900 portfolio companies, creating a sort of “index fund” of startups. They get their foot in the door by … Continue reading

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