Tag Archives: hardware

Major Corporations Embrace Crowdfunding

Major corporations now embrace crowdfunding as a way to test market appeal for new products. Sony, the Japanese consumer product giant, is on Indiegogo crowdfunding its new education toy called Koov. Koov is a robot building kit (a la Lego) … Continue reading

Posted in checkbook, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, SEC, technology, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video Games Continue to Crowdfund With Some Misses

The New York Times reports: “According to Eedar, a video game market research company owned by the NPD Group, about 30,000 successfully funded video game projects were on Kickstarter as of February, and more than $593 million had been pledged … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, Film, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in accredited investor, balance, checkbook, Congress, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdfunding Campaign Halted? But Is It?

Management of the Sinclair ZX Vega game console asked the BBC not to report that Indiegogo suspended their further money raise due to delivery delays and lack of communication with its donors. The reason for this request is that the … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, checkbook, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, fraud, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdfunding Tips From a Winning Accelerator

HAX, a China/SanFrancisco, California, accelerator that has been investing in crowdfunded projects has some tips for being successful, including: your project should be hard to copy and move fast with it; don’t start your crowdfunding campaign until your technology and … Continue reading

Posted in Congress, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crowdfunded Tech Co. Dissolves

Sorry, 1,300 backers of Vinaya. The company sent a notice to its Indiegogo backers that it would not be delivering its promised Zenta health wrist wearable device, and also, you’re not getting a refund of the $270,000 you paid upfront, … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, checkbook, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Let The Crowd Infect You

A crowd infection virus is now being seen by security experts called Popcorn Time. It’s ransom ware that infects your computer by getting you to click a link or download a file. The nasty part is, that in order to … Continue reading

Posted in checkbook, Crowd Funding Platforms, fraud, Funding Portals, Investments, penalty, SEC, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open Source Software Crowdfunding

Riding below the headlines are crowdfunding sites like Gratipay and OpenCollective that are used to fund open source software development, maintenance and patching. Unlike the biggies (Kickstarter, Indiegogo), it takes no cut of the donations that are used to keep … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, Banks, Charity, checkbook, Congress, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, Funding Portals, Investments, Jobs, Legislative Intent, monthly maintenance fees, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Israeli Crowdfunder Looks To Asia

Crowdfunding/Venture Capital firm OurCrowd, created by Jonathan Medved in 2013 that has funded more than $320 million for startups in Israel, has opened an office in Singapore and is now focusing on Asia as the next big crowdfunding play. Due … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, Broker dealers, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, Crowd Funding Platforms, drone, Funding Portals, Investments, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Duh? Crowdfunding is Risky.

This is news? The Wall Street Journal reports today that crowdfunding is ” …as close to gambling as you can get.” In a story in its Retirement section, the Journal finds that, OMG, investing in crowdfunded companies is risky and … Continue reading

Posted in accredited investor, Broker dealers, Congress, Crowd Fund Act, Crowd Fund Act of 2012, Crowd Funding At the Margins, FINRA, fraud, Funding Portals, Jobs, Legislative Intent, SEC, Small Business, technology, VC, Venture Capital, Wall Street | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment