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It should come as no surprise that Brazil, one of the largest economies in the world, has a rapidly growing crowdfunding ecosystem. Brazilians are entrepreneurial and social media savvy. At the same time, the entrepreneurs see numerous obstacles to funding — especially those under 40. Crowdfunding capitalizes on the citizens’ strengths to open up access to funding, so it’s natural to see artists, project leaders, and entrepreneurs raising money on one of Brazil’s many rewards- and donation-based platforms. What is less known, however, is that Brazil also has a budding equity crowdfunding scene. We speak with EqSeed's Greg Kelly to find out more.
Over the past few years, a number of platforms and consultants have put out pamphlets, blogs, and books about the keys to crowdfunding success. We share six free resources (focused on rewards-based crowdfunding) that project creators can turn to in order to get up to speed on what it takes to create a potent crowdfunding campaign. Creators should keep in mind that each project is different, so no guide will be a perfect blueprint.
To date, a handful of platforms have had crowdfunded startups make a successful exit. We’ve looked around, spoken with platform operators, and compiled a list of startups that raised money via the crowd and went on to deliver a positive return to these investors (via an acquisition, a share buyback, or an IPO). See the list, after the jump.
We speak with Wealth Migrate CEO Scott Picken about the advantages of real estate crowdfunding platforms over REITs. "Crowdfunding enables people who want to be in control of their lives, take responsibility for their decisions and be accountable for the results," he says. "This is why we focus on only two things: education and solutions. We ensure that we educate people so that they can make informed decisions as to what they want. Each person’s needs are different and we are creating the tools to empower themselves to make the best decisions for them and their families."
On August 27, 2015, Crowd Dialog Europe will celebrate its first event in Finland’s capital, Helsinki. On that day, the Who's Who of European crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, and crowd innovation will meet at the historic Astoria Sali. More than 300 representatives from business, academia, and politics will discuss the latest developments and industry trends with host Michael Gebert.
The campaign was off to a fast start, quickly raising €1m, and breaking the Indiegogo record for the most contributors. To commemorate the occasion, Indiegogo put out a useful infographic, revealing information about the backers of the campaign. Some of the most interesting information was about the backers’ locations: not surprisingly, most of them came from Europe, though Americans also made a good showing, placing fourth behind the UK, Germany, and France.
Is crowdsourcing starting to replace IT outsourcing for medium and large firms? Sal Sarosh of Crowdplat certainly thinks so, and he explains why it's a smart strategy, after the jump.
Alix Cuenin of eYeka, a creative crowdsourcing firm, writes in with an update on a previous article penned by Yannig Roth, in which he documented crowdsourcing examples in ten of the world's eleven top brands. Clearly, crowdsourcing has become a lot more popular since then, as now, 25 of the best brands (according to Interbrand) have made use of the crowd. Check out how they did it, after the jump!
A recent paper by an MIT student found that while income inequality was increasing, the key driver of inequality was real estate ownership. We spoke with Wealth Migrate CEO Scott Picken to get his thoughts on the paper, and to discuss how real estate crowdfunding can potentially help to narrow the income inequality gap.
In the following guest post, regular contributor Thomas Vass of The Private Capital Market, writes in to discuss America's stagnant economic recovery, why he believes angel/VC funding may be responsible for the lack of growth, and why equity crowdfunding may be a solution to drive growth.
We share a guest post from Scott Purcell, serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of FundAmerica. Purcell keeps a highly informative blog, focusing on equity crowdfunding in the US, and we are publishing his latest post after the jump. In it, he discusses the different ways issuers can find investors for their deals.
Kickstarter, one of the leading crowdfunding platforms in the world, announced on Tuesday that it is opening up to creatives in Germany. Those interested in launching a project can sign up and begin creating their campaign. The earliest projects will open up on May 12. We reached out to Karsten Wenzlaff, founder of the German Crowdfunding Network, to find out what Kickstarter can do to attract German creatives to its platform.
Global crowdfunding experienced accelerated growth in 2014, expanding by 167 percent to reach $16.2 billion raised, up from $6.1 billion in 2013. In 2015, the industry is set to more than double once again, on its way to raising $34.4 billion. These are the figures from Massolution’s highly anticipated 2015CF – Crowdfunding Industry Report, which was released today. The first 50 buyers can purchase the report at half price with the code FIRST50.
SEC commissioners unanimously voted this morning to implement the proposed Regulation A rule changes commonly referred to as Regulation A+. The changes are a part of the JOBS Act, which was voted into law nearly three years ago.
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Want to find out how fast the industry is growing, how big the market is and is expected to be in 2015, and how many investors and developers are turning to real estate crowdfunding? Massolution's research team for 2015CF-RE, which consists of crowdfunding industry thought leaders and real estate domain experts, provides answers to these and many more questions about real estate and real estate crowdfunding.
One of the clearest signs that crowdfunding for real estate is beginning to enter the mainstream is that it was one of the biggest topics at the real estate conference MIPIM, which took place last week in France. The global real estate platform Wealth Migrate had a great presence at the conference, with the founder Scott Picken taking part in the panel ‘Crowdfunding: Industry game-changer?’ You can watch the discussion, as well as Picken's pitch for global real estate crowdfunding, after the jump.
Available 31 March, 2015 - Massolution’s annual Crowdfunding Industry Report’s have become recognized as the most comprehensive, reliable and reality-based assessment of the worldwide crowdfunding industry. 2015CF provides detailed analysis of crowdfunding’s numbers for 2013, 2014 and projections for 2015, analyzing the numbers globally, by region and by model. 2015CF addresses year-over-year changes, which regions and models are growing the fastest or loosing market share, how funding concentration held by the top 5 and top 10 CFPs worldwide and regionally is increasing or tailing off, highest performing crowdfunding categories, number and distribution of CFPs, and much more! Order Now
Wealth Migrate, a South Africa-based real estate crowdfunding platform, is working on an ambitious project to create a more sustainable and better planet for all. The company is leading the Wealth Movement, working with crowdfunders around the world, 21st century businesses and governments to help an extra one billion people to become investors in real estate over the next five years. Find out more about the project after the jump.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) published today a consultation paper that sets out the basic framework for a potential equity crowdfunding regulation in the country. The authority is now soliciting comments from interested parties; the comment period will end on March 18.
In late October, Reddit, the popular community-driven news site, announced some exciting news: it was launching a crowdfunding platform called RedditMade. Only three months after the announcement was made, however, the company is ending its crowdfunding experiment.