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Kickstarter, Others Release 2014 Funding Numbers
Crowdfunding

Earlier this week, Kickstarter released its annual year recap, highlighting some of the best stories from the past year and revealing the amount of money it raised in 2014. The totals are impressive: 22,252 projects funded to the tune of $529 million — more than $1000 per minute, as the platform pointed out.

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Anton RootJan 09, 2015 07:01 pm GMT3585 views
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14 Real Estate Crowdfunding Lessons from 2014 [Video]
Crowdfunding

Scott Picken, the founder and CEO of the global real estate crowdfunding platform Wealth Migrate, recently sat down and shared some of his biggest lessons learned from 2014, focusing on real estate crowdfunding. Find out what his biggest takeaways from 2014 were, and what his thoughts are on succeeding in 2015 after the jump.

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Anton RootJan 05, 2015 07:32 pm GMT2363 views
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‘Crowdfunding Is a Race to Win:’ How the French are Using Regulation to Boost Their National Crowdfunding Platforms
Crowdfunding

Karsten Wenzlaff, coordinator of the German Crowdfunding Network and a member of the European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum, provides a report from the recent Convention of the European Crowdfunding Network. He examines how Europe's countries differ in their crowdfunding regulation, and focuses on France as an example of appropriate regulation.

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Karsten WenzlaffDec 23, 2014 04:34 pm GMT3742 views
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Malaysia Announces the Next Phase in Its Plan to Become a Leading Global Hub for Digital Work
Cloud Labor, Distributed Knowledge

In October 2014, Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, announced new Digital Malaysia initiatives to further extend the benefits of the "digital economy" to the B40 and to deepen the economic impact of niche sectors. One of the key initiatives is to enhance the standard of living of the B40 community by accelerating existing efforts under Digital Malaysia to help the poor earn new income via crowdsourcing. 

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Crowdsourcing.orgDec 17, 2014 03:52 pm GMT3788 views
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Indiegogo Drops Fees for Personal Campaigns
Crowdfunding

Indiegogo, one of the leading crowdfunding platforms around, announced today the launch of Indiegogo Life, a program that cuts fees on personal crowdfunding campaigns. Though Indiegogo is dropping its fees, there will still be payment processing fees of three percent that users will need to account for. Typically, the platform charges four percent on all successful campaigns, and nine percent on flexible funding ones that don’t meet their goals.

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Anton RootDec 15, 2014 06:41 pm GMT2152 views
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The German Government Restricts Equity-Based Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Karsten Wenzlaff, coordinator of the German Crowdfunding Network and a member of the European Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum, writes in to discuss the proposed crowdfunding regulations in Germany, and shares his concerns about the outcomes the proposals may have on the crowdfunding industry in the country. 

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Crowdsourcing.orgDec 01, 2014 03:33 pm GMT5824 views
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How to Pick Partners and Projects for Global Real Estate Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

In 1995, Microsoft’s then-CTO Nathan Myhrvold asserted that the internet would make the middle man redundant. Myhrvold was ahead of his time, but whether it is travel agents or taxi companies, it is happening today. Crowdfunding, likewise, has the potential to disrupt countless industries.

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Anton RootNov 26, 2014 12:06 am GMT3715 views
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2014CF Crowdfunding Industry and Crowdfunding for Real Estate Reports: Pre-Order Today at a Special Pre-Release Price!
Crowdfunding

How fast is crowdfunding growing? How big is the market expected to be in 2015? How many investors and developers are turning to real estate crowdfunding? Pre-order Massolution’s upcoming 2014CF Crowdfunding Industry and 2014CF Crowdfunding Real Estate reports to find out the answers to these questions and many more!

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Crowdsourcing.orgNov 25, 2014 01:33 am GMT4526 views
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Learning from the Failures: Building Trust in Crowdfunding Campaigns
Crowdfunding

In this Rose Recommends column, crowdfunding coach Rose Spinelli looks at some questionable campaigns, and shares tips on how to make sure your campaign comes off as genuine. Read Rose's advice and leave her your own questions in the comments!

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Rose SpinelliNov 17, 2014 12:02 pm GMT3332 views
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Why Will Most Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Fail?
Crowdfunding

There's much excitement about real estate crowdfunding these days, and for good reason: real estate is an intriguing investment opportunity. Accordingly, many crowdfunding platforms have popped up to help individuals invest their cash into real estate. Scott Picken, founder and CEO of Wealth Migrate, writes in to explain why he believes most of the newcomers will not survive in the long term.

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Crowdsourcing.orgNov 06, 2014 10:36 pm GMT7716 views
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CloudFactory Aims to ‘Raise Leaders to Address Poverty in Their Communities’
Cloud Labor, Crowd Creativity

The Durham-based crowdsourcing platform CloudFactory thinks there’s something to be said for the more traditional office experience, with potential employees going through interviews, weekly meetings with supervisors, and the synergies created by working within a team. So in an industry where the workers can sometimes feel as little more than anonymous cogs, it’s taking a very different approach to building out its crowd.

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Anton RootNov 03, 2014 08:23 pm GMT3638 views
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Folio Investing Aims to Change the Way People Invest In and Manage Private Securities
Crowdfunding

Folio Investing has a lofty goal: it wants to make the management of private securities as simple as public ones. If the company succeeds, it can have drastic effects on the private placement and the emerging equity crowdfunding industries by filling a number of clear needs.

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Anton RootOct 22, 2014 05:27 pm GMT3983 views
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Tilt Is on a Mission to Make Crowdfunding Free and Easy for Everyone
Crowdfunding

Tilt has a grand vision: it wants to be for crowdfunding what WordPress is for blogging. That is, the San Francisco-based company wants to make it simple and free for people to have a crowdfunding campaign up in minimal time, for anything they think is worth funding. The company has made a series of moves to put its ambitious goals well within reach; indeed, in multiple major ways, the company has already delivered.

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Anton RootOct 22, 2014 12:27 am GMT4457 views
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The Case for Global Real Estate Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Wealth Migrate CEO Scott Picken believes that global real estate crowdfunding can create a “bridge of safety” between the emerging and developed worlds: investors in emerging countries want a way to invest safely in developed world, while people in the first world aren’t happy with the returns they’re getting, and want to invest in the emerging world. Find out how his company is helping to build those bridges after the jump.

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Anton RootOct 17, 2014 03:28 pm GMT5784 views
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Ten Things You Need to Know Before Engaging in Accredited Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding

Eliza Sporn Fromberg, counsel in the Corporate and Business Law group of Day Pitney LLP, and Norbert Mehl, CEO of Global i Ventures, write in with a checklist of things issuers and investors should know before they engage in accredited investor equity crowdfunding. They touch on everything from choosing the right crowdfunding platform, to the international equity crowdfunding landscape.

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 08, 2014 08:20 pm GMT6649 views
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French Crowdfunding Law Goes into Effect
Crowdfunding

Big news came out of France earlier this week: crowdfunding, or financement participatif as it’s known in the nation, is now live. We spoke with Joachim Dupont of the French equity crowdfunding platform Anaxago to get his take on the laws, and the equity crowdfunding landscape in his country.

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Anton RootOct 03, 2014 04:21 pm GMT5573 views
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Real Estate Crowdfunding: Thinking Locally, Acting Globally
Crowdfunding

With news stories emerging daily about crowdfunding for real estate, more and more individuals in the US and abroad are taking note of the new way of investing their money in property. While real estate investing may seem best suited for local opportunities, a recent deal conducted by the international real estate crowdfunding platform Wealth Migrate, founded in South Africa, demonstrates how crowdfunding can open up real estate investing on a global scale.

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Anton RootSep 30, 2014 09:16 pm GMT7315 views
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How to Show Backers Your Respect and Your Value Proposition
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding expert Rose Spinelli continues to answer your questions about raising cash from the crowd! In this week's 'Rose Recommends' column, Rose discusses how often campaign owners should update their backers, and whether companies can use inventory as perks.

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Rose SpinelliSep 22, 2014 04:22 pm GMT3286 views
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GoPYT Wants to Help Students Fund Their Education
Crowdfunding

Speak to any recent graduate in the US about their last four years, and one unpleasant topic will invariably come up: student loan debt. It’s a problem that’s grabbed many headlines over the past several years, and for good reason. Two-thirds of graduates are entering the job market with sizeable bills to pay; the average borrower graduates with $26,000 in debt. In total, college debt amounts to $1.2 trillion in the US.

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Anton RootSep 11, 2014 09:20 pm GMT4258 views
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Analysis of Coolest Cooler's $13M Playbook
Crowdfunding

Eugene Leychenko, founder of CrowdfundingCode.tv, continues to explore the numbers behind the record-breaking Coolest Cooler campaign. In the post below, Leychenko explores where the campaign was shared, what perk levels were the most popular, and more.

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Crowdsourcing.orgSep 09, 2014 05:53 pm GMT5304 views
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