Monthly Archives: December 2016

Does Crowdfunding Rely on Mob Thinking?

Leaving 2016 with this iconic quote: “A large number of unsophisticated people are likely to be more accurate than a handful of sophisticated people.” Really? The New York Times story discusses how new car companies are crowdfunding to sell electric … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Good Side of Crowdfunding

Like just about anything else (nuclear power?), crowdfunding can be used for good or bad. On the not-so-good side, is the crowdfunding campaign for Reflectacles, the eyewear that may appeal to “night cyclists or privacy minded people” or bank robbers. … Continue reading

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Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns Start Before They Go Live

Successful crowdfunding campaigns have one thing in common: a pre-existing network to tap for money. An article in Fast Company gives this advice: before the campaign, locate all of your and your teammates’ networks; let the networks know that you … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Medical Bills Won’t Cover All Costs

Obama Care was supposed to help average Americans pay for their healthcare. But, as costs continue to climb, many are turning to crowdfunding to pay huge catastrophic hospital bills. However, a recent survey found that only about 11% of those … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Regulated At Local Level

Charity crowdfunding is now being regulated by none other than the Naugaunee Public Schools Board of Education. Where is Naugaunee? It’s is a city in Marquette County, Michigan, with a population of ~4,568. The NPSBE dictate says that any teacher … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Used To Bolster Stalled Startups

Crowdfunding is now becoming a means to bolster stalled startups. TaskRabbit, once a darling of Silicon Valley, was not finding customer traction and needed more money to keep going. So, in addition to doing a “down round,” TR opted to … Continue reading

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Another Hollywood Crowdfunding Campaign

If you want a chance to work with Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum and other stars in a new Wes Anderson animated film, you may want to donate to Anderson’s crowdfunding “raffle.” The donations will be used to preserve … Continue reading

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Open Source Software Crowdfunding

Riding below the headlines are crowdfunding sites like Gratipay and OpenCollective that are used to fund open source software development, maintenance and patching. Unlike the biggies (Kickstarter, Indiegogo), it takes no cut of the donations that are used to keep … Continue reading

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FINRA Shutters Crowdfunding Portal

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the organization that regulates broker dealers and, now crowdfunding web portals, shut down UFP, LLC, known as UFundingPortal.com, because the portal: lacked a reasonable basis for believing that certain companies offering securities through its online … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Tax Matters*

Not fair? Wisebread notes that crowdfunding campaigns for charitable causes could result in the web portal filing an IRS Form 1099 that would indicate that you received income during the year. The site suggests that if you do that “make … Continue reading

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