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Kickstarter vs. Indiegogo: Some Stats

The Wall Street Journal compared the leading crowdfunding sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo and found: that Kickstarter has raised over $2.5 Billion since 2009 and Indiegogo has raised $850 million since 2008. While the crowdfunding events on both sites are similar … Continue reading

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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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Is Crowd Funding Worth It?

Prof. John Coffey recently published a paper that compares the Crowdfunding Regulation to a Reg D offering. Here are some of the comparisons (including some of mine): The issuer can advertise under Rule 506(c), but not under Regulation Crowd Funding … Continue reading

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Crowd Funding Rules Not Creative Enough ?

The NYTimes finds the SEC’s proposed crowdfunding regs to be weak and unimaginative. Noting that most professional VC investments payoff only 20% of the time and that the rules don’t prevent fraud (what rules do?), the article bemoans the lack … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Rewards Get Exotic

Crowdfunders are getting more imaginative (or perhaps more brazen) with the rewards they are providing to their donors. Planetary Resources is offering a “space selfie” from its first publicly accessible space telescope (goal attained); the feature film “Live Nude Girsl” … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding – Faster! No, Slower!

Why do some folks think that Congress is bipolar? Maybe it’s because it’s putting pressure on the SEC to finalize the crowdfunding rules under the JOBS Act as soon as possible while at the same time considering requiring the SEC … Continue reading

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Small Businesses Look to Crowd Funding to Replace Credit

The National Small Business Association recently published its “Small Business Access to Capital Survey” that said nearly half of small-business respondents, in the last four years, needed funds and were unable to find any willing sources, loans, credit cards or … Continue reading

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