Category Archives: technology

SEC Evolving On Bitcoin

It appears that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s view of crypto-currencies is “evolving.” It is now apparently distinguishing between what it deems to be securities offerings (i.e., initial coin offerings) and tokens that are supposedly “assets.” In a recent speech, … Continue reading

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Music Crowdfunding Platform Having Growth Pains

The music crowdfunding platform, PledgeMusic, that hosts such big name stars as Melissa Etheridge, the Flaming Lips, Lindsey Stirling and Bring Me the Horizon,  promises its artists a transparent web platform. But some talent are now claiming that the portal, … Continue reading

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Should Mega-Corps Crowdfund?

Does the ¡Yappah! crowdfunding site on Indiegogo look pretty professional? It should. ¡Yappah! is an invention of Innovation Lab, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods. Tyson is a $25.2 Billion marketcap company whose stock trades on the NYSE. Innovation Lab is … Continue reading

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Chinese Hi-Pee Does It All – Really?

This falls into the category of “I don’t think so.” If Theranos couldn’t do it, would you crowdfund a small Chinese built device that supposedly can “perform 14 kinds of health tests for protein, glucose, pH, occult blood, WBC count, … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Success Explained

If you read between the lines of this article about the co-founder of Kickstarter, you’ll see that the company has made had net income of about $175 million in the last 9 years. Not bad for a guys who started … Continue reading

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Academic Study Finds Big Profits in ICOs

To misquote celebrity chef Ina Garten: “How dangerous is this?” Boston College’s Carroll School of Management recently published a study of initial coin offerings (#ICO) concluding: “We find evidence of significant ICO underpricing, with average returns of 179% from the … Continue reading

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The Crypto-Craze Continues Apace

Would you invest in a company: with no articulated business plan, that wants to build a “platform” for hosting web applications, but won’t develop any software after releasing it (hoping others will do it), and won’t build any public network … Continue reading

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