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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 GMT1182 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 GMT1598 views
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New Crowdfunding Association in Europe Wants to Shape the Industry for the Better
Crowdfunding

With crowdfunding continuing to grow in Europe, a new industry body, the European Equity Crowdfunding Association, formed in late May to represent specifically equity- and debt-based crowdfunding industries. Recently, EECA held its first board meeting, so we caught up with the organization's General Counsel and Manager Alessandro Lerro to find out more about the association.

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Anton RootOct 20, 2014 09:47 pm GMT2007 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 GMT2760 views
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How to Ensure that Your Social Media Marketing Doesn’t Mislead Potential Investors [Video]
Crowdfunding

The line between making factual statements about a company and overpromising can be difficult to pin down, especially for entrepreneurs who truly believe that their companies are destined for greatness. Tom Vass, manager of The Private Capital Market, spoke with securities attorney James Verdonik about how to stay within the bounds of the law when advertising private securities deals.

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Anton RootOct 16, 2014 06:54 pm GMT3095 views
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Regional Government in India Rolls Out Crowdsourcing Effort to Gather Data on Cyclone Damage
Distributed Knowledge, Tools

On Sunday, a powerful cyclone hit India’s eastern Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states, causing widespread destruction and killing 25. As part of the effort, Andhra Pradesh’s regional government has set up a website and launched an Android app to collect information about the damage caused by the cyclone.

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Anton RootOct 15, 2014 08:10 pm GMT1700 views
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CloudFactory Raises $3 Million in a Series A Round
Cloud Labor

CloudFactory, a distributed cloud labor platform, announced on Friday that it has raised $3 million in a Series A round. The funding was led by David Clouse, founder of VRBO, with other institutional and angel investors also participating.

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Anton RootOct 14, 2014 10:41 pm GMT933 views
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Kickstarter Releases Q3 Numbers
Crowdfunding

Kickstarter, arguably the best known crowdfunding platform around, released its Q3 funding numbers yesterday. The platform raised $139 million in the period from July 1 to September 30, successfully funding 6124 projects.

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Anton RootOct 10, 2014 02:53 pm GMT1908 views
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USAID Launches Grand Challenge to Fight Ebola
Distributed Knowledge, Open Innovation

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) unveiled earlier this week an initiative titled Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development. The initiative was first announced by President Obama back in late September. As the name suggests, it’s an open innovation and crowdsourcing effort to help curb the spread of the deadly disease.

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Anton RootOct 09, 2014 08:24 pm GMT1027 views
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HeadFunder Finding Early Success with New ‘Crowdspeaking’ Service
Crowdfunding, Tools

Most crowdfunding platforms offer their users a little bit of social outreach help. These features are fairly standard: Tweet and Facebook buttons on the campaign page, for instance, and embeddable widgets allowing bloggers to post information about a campaign on their site. The team behind HeadFunder, however, decided to go further, and form its crowdfunding platform around the concept of social reach.

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Anton RootOct 08, 2014 07:28 pm GMT45535 views
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Crowdfunder Raises $3.5M in Series A Round
Crowdfunding

Los Angeles-based equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in a Series A round. The funding, the company said, will go toward continuing growing its userbase and the number of deals flowing through the platform.

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Anton RootOct 07, 2014 10:25 pm GMT1870 views
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Friends as Influencers in 'Get Out the Vote' Campaigns
Distributed Knowledge

With US Congressional elections less than a month away, readers have probably noticed an uptick in political messages appearing on their social networks. While such messages are well-intentioned, they’re typically viewed as somewhat futile. Either a bunch of people see the post, like it, and then forget about it, the thinking goes, or the discussion around them gets so polarizing that it turns off anybody on the fence about an issue. A 2012 UCSD study, however, suggests that the picture may not be so simple.

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Anton RootOct 07, 2014 08:44 pm GMT622 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 GMT3346 views
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OurCrowd, GE Ventures Complete First Co-Investment
Crowdfunding

“We believe we have reached a real milestone and transformative moment in the world of high-tech finance,” OurCrowd wrote on its blog, announcing the deal. “This investment underscores the fact that the startup investment playing field is being levelled — OurCrowd investors get access to the same deals multi-billion dollar corporations are seeing, at the same terms.”

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Anton RootOct 03, 2014 12:57 pm GMT1718 views
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Reddit Gets $50M Investment, Considers Giving Users Ability to Own Company Shares
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

Reddit, the self-proclaimed front page of the universe, announced earlier this week that it has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round. The investment was led by Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, with Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, among others, also participating.

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Anton RootOct 02, 2014 05:08 pm GMT1479 views
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Kickstarter Coming to London in Mid-October
Crowdfunding

Kickstarter, the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding platform, announced yesterday that it’s coming to London later this month for a series of events, culminating with a special screening of Kickstarter Film Fest. The events are taking place all over London and include sessions for both specific industries, as well as more general discussions.

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Anton RootOct 01, 2014 05:15 pm GMT1001 views
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Crowdfunding Hackathon Coming to Irvine Later This Month
Crowdfunding

To help facilitate innovation around the industry, the recently-launched platform CrowdFundingPays, UC Irvine’s ANTrepreneur Center, and Blackstone LaunchPad are hosting a crowdfunding hackathon from October 10 to 12 in Irvine, California. The free event, titled FundHack, promises “interesting speakers, prizes, and knowledgeable mentors, who will coach participants through the process of their choice.”

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Anton RootOct 01, 2014 03:21 pm GMT1093 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 GMT4184 views
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Tracking New Zealand’s First Successful Equity Crowdfunding Deal [Infographic]
Crowdfunding

New Zealand recently passed an act to make investment in startups easier, and paving the way for equity crowdfunding in the small nation. Not surprisingly, a number of early actors entered the fray, and earlier this month, the first successful crowdfunding round raised NZ$700,000 ($540,000) for Renaissance Brewing, a beer company. Check out an infographic about the raise below!

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Anton RootSep 30, 2014 01:00 pm GMT1240 views
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Crowd Coffee: September 29
Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this edition: crowdsourcing financial market movements; crowdsourcing not yet competing with professional creative agencies; CrowdCheck's business shift due to SEC delays; equity crowdfunding for accredited investors, one year on; sharing economy turns users into perpetual hustlers; and more.

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Anton RootSep 29, 2014 11:09 am GMT1139 views
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