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Healthcare Crowdfunding: Beware.

Here’s hoping this is not the Republican replacement for Obama Care (Affordable Care Act). Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley accelerator, has backed Watsi, a new healthcare model that crowdfunds each patient’s treatment with the belief that 20-40% of all healthcare … Continue reading

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Woz Has Stopped Contributing To Crowdfunding

Steve Wozniak, the other Steve founder of Apple, is down on crowdfunding. He’s supported many campaigns in the past but complains that by the time he receives the product “they either didn’t work or didn’t do things as well as … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Grosses ~$25 Million in 2014

Kickstarter has posted its stats for 2014, including 3.3 million donors pledging $0.5 Billion ($1,000/minute) funding 22,252 projects, with big names (Neil Young, Levar Burton), and they are even touting their matchmaking ability (a funder married a donor). Be ready … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding King Does Have Stress

Kickstarter’s Chief Executive Officer Yancy Strickler, whose site is now processing over $1 million per day in pledges, says that its users’ biggest complaint is the unpredictability of the process. In an interview in Billboard, Strickler says that: he’s not … Continue reading

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Crowdfunder Banking On Banking

The crowdfunding world is changing fast. Where some thought crowdfunding would result in disintermediation of the legacy financial institutions, in the UK, where equity crowdfunding is legal, crowdfunding site Banktothefuture has announced plans to obtain a bank charter. BTTF says … Continue reading

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PayPal Steps Back From Crowdfunding

In an open letter to the crowdfunding community, PayPal’s VP of Risk Management has admitted that PayPal has recently “limited” certain crowdfunders accounts (see prior post). This action has come about due to a rising number of complaints from donors … Continue reading

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The “Goldman Effect”

When the Crowd Fund Act becomes effective, expect the firms that have positioned themselves as the quality market leaders to attract the bigger deals with the better issuers. Call it the “Goldman Effect.” It is reported  that Angel List and … Continue reading

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