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The Key To Crowdfunding Success: Be An Attractive Woman

If life isn’t unfair enough, The Atlantic noted that beautiful people attract more crowdfunding money than those that are not. Thin, white attractive women gain more donations than heavier, darker women or men. Men who donate to attractive women tend … 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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No Startup Above The Law

The Los Angeles District Attorney slapped unicorn Uber with a $10 million fine for its misleading advertising and failure to pay airport fees. In its press release the DA’s office warns businesses and “… startups in particular, that in the … Continue reading

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Cupid’s Cup Winner: Javazen

UnderArmour’s founder’s Kevin Plank’s Cupid’s Cup competition winner yesterday at the University of Maryland was Javazen, a manufacturer of a coffee and tea blended product sold in high end retail stores (Whole Foods). The Terp grads won the top prize … Continue reading

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Indiegogo Moving Up Film Crowdfunding

The Sundance Film Festival saw another raft of crowdfunded films. Most came from Kickstarter (18), but Indiegogo is now in the race (with 3). Indiegogo said that film funding jumped 123% last year, while Kickstarter’s film business dropped 2%. Don … Continue reading

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Upfront Honesty May Prevent Future Litigation

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared to answer questions from investors. This means doing a lot of prep work and acknowledging the risks of your venture. Being open and upfront about the business model, the competition, the ability to obtain paying … Continue reading

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Pay Today, Get Tomorrow – A Real Business Model

Christina Bechold writes in the Wall Street Journal about how to start a start-up: ” Ask ‘Does anyone else really want this?’ You go door-to-door. You collect data points. You figure out who your competition is. You ask your friends … Continue reading

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