Monthly Archives: January 2015

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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Early Stage Crowdfunders May Gain Over VCs Chasing Bubble

The Wall Street Journal reports today that venture capital firms raised $33 billion in 2014, a 62% increase over 2013 and the largest amount since 2007. With the stock market providing liquidity for 105 venture backed companies last year, more … Continue reading

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Angel List Funds 243 Startups in 2014

AngelList stats for 2014: $104 million raised online by 243 start-ups from 2,673 accredited investors. Big raises included beepi that raised $2.8 million. AltSchool raised $33 million from Andreesen Horowitz. 8,000 companies posted jobs. More at: https://angel.co/2014

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Kickstarter Replacing Amazon Payments With Startup Stripe

Amazon payment processing, that has done over $1 Billion in donations for Kickstarter, is being ousted in favor of startup Stripe. Kickstarter apparently does not like Amazon’s new Log In and Pay service that replaced its flexible payment plan in … Continue reading

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