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Crowdfunding success is a result of preparation and there are no short cuts. Launching prematurely continues to be the single biggest reason why projects on Kickstarter, Indiegogo & co fail. Many entrepreneurs skip important steps to crowdfunding success as they are anxious to get started and to raise that much needed capital.
When enhanced technology touches an industry, there are often casualties. Unfortunately, in many instances, technology progression and creative destruction mean a net job loss. Jobs are created in one area, but higher-tech replaces many others elsewhere. We are seeing upheavals almost everywhere, from transportation to education. Investment banking is one industry on the cusp of a major overhaul. Financial technology, including crowdfunding is leading the way.
RealtyShares, the online marketplace for real estate investing, connecting accredited investors to real estate investment opportunities nationwide, announced today that it has obtained a $20 million Series B financing round. The new financing was led by Union Square Ventures, a leading venture capital firm in the financial technology space, with participation from existing investors Menlo Ventures and General Catalyst Partners.
The SEC has approved FINRA Funding Portal Rules, and FINRA has issued on January 29, 2016 Regulatory Notice 16-06. This regulatory notice outlines the process one needs to undertake to become a Title III Funding Portal member. If you wish to participate in a Title III business, now is the time to file your Funding Portal New Member Application with FINRA.
Investing in real estate is a strategic way to inject some diversity into your portfolio while creating a long-term source of income. Historically, taking part in a private real estate deal meant having the right connections but real estate crowdfunding has opened up a new path for investors. To help investors better understand how it works, RealtyShares has created a comprehensive guide which breaks down the finer points of real estate crowdfunding.
Some recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) actions should be carefully reviewed by issuers, funding platforms and portals. This is because they provide stark warning to those who sell securities over the internet but who do not comply with the federal securities laws.
Organized in 1919, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. NASAA is a voluntary global trade association whose membership consists of 50 U.S. states, all Canadian provinces, Mexico, and the territorial securities administrators in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.
Isn’t the foremost rule to boost e-learning better writing, better scripts? And besides keeping its tone conversational, human-centered, and focused, isn’t it important to consider that your learners are essentially adults, professionals in fact? Word choices thus are the difference between a successful and not-so-effective program, and will ruin your efforts and the purpose of the contents provided to prospective learners.
All over the world crowdfunding has been evolving through the 6 stages of technological progression, which Peter Diamandis speaks about. The first is digitization where an old world industry begins to be digitized. Then it moves to deception where it is discounted by the industry stalwarts, but the rate of growth is exponential.
Symbid – the financial technology brand behind The Funding Network™ – this week warned that crowdfunding platforms and investors are too preoccupied by interest rates and ignoring the risks.
The SEC just voted on and passed rules to implement Title III of the JOBS Act, bringing non-accredited investors into the fold for equity crowdfunding.
The connection between technology innovation and regional economic prosperity is not through government industrial recruitment incentives or political manipulation directed to promoting more exit events. It is through a reliance on individual initiative and maximum individual opportunity to pursue self-interest, which is one possible outcome of the evolution of technology in a regional innovation system, if and when, new future markets emerge.
This coming Friday October 30th the Securities and Exchange Commission will vote on final rules for retail (non-accredited) crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act.
FINRA recently issued Regulatory Notice 15-32 to provide industry guidance regarding FINRA filing requirements and review procedures that apply in Regulation A+ offerings.
Over a 40-year career John D. Rockefeller used innovation and ingenuity to create a corporate empire unlike any the world has ever seen. But he was also notoriously ruthless and many believe he went too far, hence his reputation for eliminating business competitors. By 1896, Rockefeller was the wealthiest man ever born, but he had achieved this through exploiting his workers, creating vast monopolies, bribery, corruption, predatory pricing, and intimidation. Rockefeller became the richest man in the history of the world with a net worth of almost $660 billion dollars in today's money.
Crowdfunding is becoming ubiquitous and success stories like the Coolest Cooler, Pebble or An Hour of Code for Every Student impressively demonstrate how this new wave of funding for startups, creative ideas and causes via the crowd can be used to turn dreams into reality. Undoubtedly the most successful crowdfunding campaign of all times, Star Citizen has raised over $88 million dollars at the time of writing this post and shows no signs of slowing down.
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.