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Crowdfunder Gets Amazon Buyout

Another crowdfunder has hit it big, leaving its donors in the proverbial dust. Blink, one of the first wireless security cameras, raised $200,000 in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign back in 2014, later to raise up to $1 million there pre-selling … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Helps Those Less Connected

It takes money to make money. According to a survey in the UK, ” those who owned homes were more likely to start up on their own, and 30% more likely than renters to see their company‚Äôs third anniversary. ” … Continue reading

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A Twist On VC Investing

If you’re a bootstrapped company with $10,000/month in revenue and need some cash, you may want to look to Indie.vc. Indie.vc claims to be a non-VC VC. They make small investments (now up to $500,000) in exchange for equity (~8%) … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Factoid #3: Crowdfunding Beneficiaries

The  Securities and Exchange Commission thinks that crowdfunding will be of some help to the more than 5 million small businesses in the U.S., defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as having fewer than 500 paid employees.

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Use Grants to Bootstrap Before Crowdfunding

Tech entrepreneurs that have an application that could be used in agriculture may want to look at the folks who are providing grants in that field, including: the Agricultural Technology Adoption Institute, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Becoming The Norm For Startups

The Kaufman Foundation has found that most startups finance their businesses using, in the following order 67.2% used personal savings, 51.8% bank loans, 34.0% credit cards, 20.9% family, 11.9% business acquaintances, 7.7% angel investors, 7.5% close friends, 6.5% venture capital, … Continue reading

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Crowdfund or Bootstrap?

Should you crowdfund or bootstrap? While self financing has its advantages (no 900 pound gorilla from Silicon Valley on the board), a recent Wall Street Journal article suggests that when the time comes for expansion capital, you might find it … Continue reading

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Using Social Media in Crowdfunding

Seed & Spark, a film crowdfunding portal, has posted 11 social media tips for filmmakers, including: create a voice, pick a simple handle, use YouTube, use your 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon and your production team’s 6 degrees, use ad … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame Nominee

If someone is starting a Crowd Funding Hall of Fame, Bug A Salt should be nominated. In June, the bootstrapping inventor posted a video demonstration of the Bug-a-Salt on Indiegogo. He offered free shipping to anyone who put up $30 … Continue reading

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