Category Archives: Small Business

Get IP Checkup Before Crowdfunding

Some unappreciated crowdfunding risks to issuers come in the form of intellectual property protection. This article notes that there are: patent risks of pre-mature disclosure of technical information and of infringement if the patent research is not conducted prior to … Continue reading

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Film Crowdfunding Site Picks 2 Pilots For Grants

Seed & Spark, the online film and television crowdfunding platform ran a contest for “creators of color” in September. If they could reach their crowdfunding goal in a month and attract 500 or more followers, they would be entered into … Continue reading

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Crowdfunded Abortion Film Claims Theaters Turning Away Crowds

The makers of the crowdfunded film “Gosnell: America’s Biggest Serial Killer” (a movie about the notorious convicted abortion doctor) are claiming that theaters are turning away its audience. Not because it’s a sellout (although the filmmakers claim that’s one of … Continue reading

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Blockchain Could Change Movie Industry

The movie industry has been in constant flux since the mid-1950’s with the break up of the big studios’ stranglehold on distribution and exhibition. Now comes the blockchain which threatens the studios power even more. A small startup, BitMovio, is … Continue reading

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MoviePass Under Investigation

Using the broad Martin Act, the New York state securities statute, the New York Attorney General is investigating whether MoviePass misled investors regarding its financial situation. MoviePass is the wildly popular movie subscription service that has been changing its business … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Works For Established Companies

Crowdfunding is not just for startups. In fact, more mature small businesses that have actual revenue and profits are actually better suited for equity or debt crowdfunding as their investor risk profile is less. One recent example can be found … Continue reading

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Crowdfunders Troma-tized

A holiday gift for Mom, the backers of the coffee table book “The Art of Troma,” which covers the B-Movie film studio’s history, are now crowdfunding to finance its publication ahead of the New York ComicCon. For the unaware, Troma … Continue reading

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Unicorn Asks SEC To Let It Give Stock To Gig-gers

Unicorn AirBnB, valued last year at about $31 Billion, has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission if it could give its “hosts” stock in the company without going public. The company is responding to Concept Release Release No. 33-10521 in … Continue reading

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Think Tank Finds Crowdfunding Helps Entrepreneurs (Duh!)

The Washington D.C .think tank Brookings Institute issued an analysis of what crowdfunding “reveals about startups in metro America.” Using Kickstarter as their entrepreneurial model, their (fairly obvious) conclusions include: people use Kickstarter for single and on-going projects; on-going ventures … Continue reading

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P2P Lender Going Public

Shadow banking has come full circle with the registration of Funding Circle Holdings, Ltd.’s filing for an initial public offering in the UK. In its IPO, FCH is attempting to raise about $385 million that would value the crowdfunding peer-to-peer … Continue reading

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