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Charity Crowdfunding Profitable

Turns out that charity crowdfunding is just good business. £95 million worth. That’s how much charity software developer Blackbaud is paying to acquire the charity crowdfunding platform JustGiving. That web platform has raised over £3 Billion in 164 countries for … Continue reading

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Apple Acquires Crowdfunded Sleep App

Another crowdfunding success story is the Finnish company Beddit that raised $503,000 (with an $80,000 goal) on Indiegogo. Beddit sells a bed-based sleep sensor which is iPhone and iWatch compatible. Then the gold strike happened this week when Apple swooped … Continue reading

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GoFundMe Acquires CrowdRise

Consolidation comes to the charity crowdfunding industry as GoFundMe acquires CrowdRise. And I say “industry” because GoFundMe has raised “$3 billion since 2010 from 25 million+ donors across over 2 million campaigns.” At a 5% commission, that’s $150MILLION in topline … Continue reading

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Pebble Watch Donors Watch Doors Close

If you’re still waiting for that tech marvel the Pebble Watch that you pre-bought on Kickstarter, forget it. It’s not coming. Pebble was bought by FitBit for only $10 million more than it raised by crowdfunding (a record at the … Continue reading

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Jet.com Crowdfunding Gambit Winner Gets A $20 Million Payout

Jet-dot-com ran a strange crowdfunding contest at the time of its startup by creating a contest where the person outside the company who signed up the most referrals would win 200,000 stock options. An insurance agent in Pennsylvania, Eric Martin, … Continue reading

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Crowdfunders Exit Quickly With Acquisition

CrowdCube, the United Kingdom’s leading equity crowdfunding platform, issued a press release: “Camden Town Brewery, which raised £2,750,000 in April this year thanks to 2,173 Crowdcube investors, has announced that it has been acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the … Continue reading

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IPOs Being Abandoned In Favor of Buy-Outs

The Wall Street Journal reports that companies are abandoning initial public offerings of their stock in favor of getting acquired. The dollar volume of IPOs has dropped in 2015 by 63% vs. 2014 while mergers have increased 46%. At least … Continue reading

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First Crowdfunding Exit Results in Multiple Return on Investment

CrowdCube, the United Kingdom’s largest equity crowdfunding platform, announced the first crowdfunded company exit with the sale of E-Car Club, the UK’s first entirely electric car sharing club for businesses and communities, to Europcar, Europe’s leading car rental and mobility … Continue reading

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New Secondary Market for Private Companies

Startup Equidate is attempting to create a new secondary market for private company shares by not trading their shares. Instead, the investor gets a derivative contract and an asset backed loan. The investor apparently buys the shares now for delivery … Continue reading

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Crowdfunders Dream of VC Returns

Startups can be profitable if you can pick the right one. TechCrunch has found that “the average successful US startup has raised $41 million and exited at $242.9 million.” (Note the term “successful” as most are not). Other stats it … Continue reading

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