Tag Archives: start up

Now Is the Time to Ask For Money

Exits make for good entrances. Knowing that there is a strong IPO market has led to the largest increase in startup funding in 15 years per the Wall Street Journal. Investment in U.S. venture capital backed companies hit $15.7 Billion … Continue reading

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Trash Crowdfunding?

The Washington Post’s Outlook section Sunday ran an  opinion piece to get rid of crowdfunding because of the “endless stream of dubious campaigns” that are silly (potato salad), socially worthless (paying for someone’s travel) or not verifiable. The author wants … Continue reading

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Startup Investing Still Tricky

What’s worth One Billion Dollars today and “tens of millions” tomorrow? Try the Billion Dollar Startup Club member Fab.com. http://graphics.wsj.com/billion-dollar-club/ Founded in 2011 as a gay social site that moved into retail sales, it raised over $300 million from smart money … Continue reading

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Help Me Fund My Friend’s Crowdfunding Campaign

When a person or thing becomes a parody of itself (or on the internet a “meme”), does it mean that s/he or it has become an institution or is a fad that’s over? If you’re tired of having your  artist … Continue reading

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RIP Mr. Nimoy

RIP Leonard Nimoy, who is the host of “Our 20th Century,” an online trivia game now being crowdfunded. https://www.crowdrabbit.com/projects/leonard-nimoys-our-20th-century

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Gone Guy – Crowdfunder Disappears

News reports the radio silence of the Kickstarter fund raiser (“Jig”) who received over $114,000 from more than 4,000 backers to create his video game The Stomping Land in June 2013. The latest communique is apparently a bulletin board message … Continue reading

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Universities Jump Into VC Investing

Staid universities are now rolling the dice with venture capital investments into startups. The University of California created a $250 million venture fund,  the University of North Carolina started the Carolina Research Venture Fund with a $10 million investment, and … Continue reading

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