Tag Archives: consumer

FTC Investigating Kickstarter Campaign

Crowdfunding buyers of the iBackPack have recently received inquiries from the Federal Trade Commission about the Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns that raised over $700,000 but have, as yet, fundamentally failed to deliver a product to its consumers. While the … Continue reading

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Fashion Brands Crowdfund For Cash and Ideas

Will hiking-sneaker-boots be as successful as dress-pant-yoga-pants? The Wall Street Journal is noting that apparel brands are trying to get closer to their customers by having them help design fashion and then pre-buy it online via crowdfunding. By the way, … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Portals Beware!

Because 88% of SEC tested broker-dealers and 74% of investment advisers have experienced cyber attacks, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement is telling financial institutions that a cyber breach may also result in a violation … Continue reading

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Established Sales Portal Turns to Crowdfunding

Etsy, the artsy website that permits people to sell their crafts and artwork, intends, according to the Wall Streeet Journal, to let their sellers use the portal to raise money to fund new projects. The site, which has 1.4 million … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Fills VC Void

Was it VC snobbery or unreal valuations that caused a well known Silicon Valley VC to call consumer startups (most notably, mobile app companies) “fruit fly experiments” affirming that his firm, Andreessen Horowitz,  is investing in fewer Series A deals … Continue reading

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Free Crowd Funding

Crowdfunding now is easier and cheaper with CrowdTilt (no endorsement implied).   TechCrunch reports that Crowdhoster, a full-featured, open-source, customizable crowdfunding tool, opened its doors last week. CrowdHoster “will allow anyone to launch their own campaign without having to touch … Continue reading

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Uncle Ben’s Recipe

A Forbes blog suggests that the Fed’s QE3 will distort public company valuations and when the bond buying stops, public equities will drop in value. However, small, high growth, crowd funded consumer companies will be valued on their performance, including … Continue reading

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