Startup Takes Crowdfunding to Real Estate

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The crowdfunding space is heating up as the Securities and Exchange Commission inches closer to easing up on its stringent investment regulations. The latest L.A. company to try its hand at crowdfunding is Realty Mogul, which is taking the investment model to real estate. Realty Mogul announced Wednesday that is has launched out of private testing and raised $500,000 in seed funding. The company’s online platform is free for accredited investors – or people who make an annual salary of $200,000 or have a net worth of at least $1 million. Realty Mogul partners with real estate companies to find properties that those companies want to…

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President Bill Clinton Helps Launch Kiva City Little Rock to Bolster Small Business Growth

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President Bill Clinton today helped announce the launch of Kiva City Little Rock, an initiative that expands the availability of microloans for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Little Rock area. The program reaches underserved borrowers by crowdfunding loans, connecting current and future small business owners to a global online community where anyone with an Internet connection and $25 or more can lend to a local Arkansas business at kiva.org/littlerock. Kiva City Little Rock is the latest implementation of the Kiva City Initiative, a partnership between Kiva and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) launched at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in June 2011. “Successful…

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5 Ways for Fundraisers to Not Freak Out

Crowdfunding—where one posts an imagined project online and asks people to chip in to fund it—has taken off in the past couple of years. But the process can still be difficult, particularly if the person(s) behind the project don’t see momentum building early on. Since it’s common for this to happen, Dave Boyce, CEO of Fundly, a crowdfunding website, took to the stage at the Social Media for Nonprofits conference at New York University earlier this month. Here are five tips from Boyce if the money is rolling in slowly. 1.How Did You Set Your Goal? Some people set their goals too high, or too low.…

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Harnessing power of a crowd is less taxing

I enjoy paying tax. Reassures me we live in a caring society. Puts something back in return for the good fortune I’ve had. Would happily pay much more. Except . . . I like to know my taxes are being spent well on people who need it more than I do. There’s no guarantee. And not everyone shares my zeal for handing any money to governments, let alone ones with a different world view or sketchy record. So membership of my Willing Taxpayers Afternoon Tea and Bikram Yoga Discussion Group has gone the way of public phone boxes. With tax-paying on the nose, other budget revenues…

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Five Tips for Women Investing in Entrepreneurs via Crowdfunding

You, too, can help fuel the American Dream by investing in entrepreneurs whose companies may become the next Spanx or SlideShare. Investment in start-up and growing businesses isn’t just for financial institutions any more. Many people, not just friends and family, want to help entrepreneurs solve problems, innovate, and create jobs. At the moment, only friends, family, and the wealthy can invest in entrepreneurial undertakings but that’s about to change. New rules in the works as part of Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act will allow others – like you — to become angel investors. So what guidelines should you follow when taking your first dip…

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Sydney Dance Company turns to crowdfunding

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The Sydney Dance Company is aiming to raise $100,000 to set up a scholarship. They hope the inaugural recipient of the A Year on the Wharf will be 19-year-old dancer Holly Doyle. The announcement. Sydney Dance Company and advertising agency The Works have turned to crowd funding to help keep talented young Australian dancer Holly Doyle doing what she loves – both in real life, and online – with sections of a specially choreographed dance only ‘unlocked’ once set donation targets are met. It is the latest phase of the ‘Keep Holly Dancing’ campaign that is trying to raise $100,000 to ensure the 19-year-old from Miranda…

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CrowdBouncer Launches Platform for Equity Crowdfunding Portal JOBS Act Compliance

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CrowdBouncer, LLC announced today the beta launch of its first product in their Platform-as-a-Service solution for equity crowdfunding portal compliance and back-end transactional tools. The Title 3 Database is a solution for portal compliance with section 302(a) of the Jumpstart Our Businesses Act (“JOBS Act”), the legislation that authorized equity crowdfunding. The database is a centralized, API-driven repository for transactional information that assists equity crowdfunding portals in ensuring that investors are within certain regulatory limits imposed by the JOBS Act. CrowdBouncer’s business focuses on compliance and other back-end services to help equity crowdfunding portals create compliant user experiences and closing processes that are competitive with broker-dealer…

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On Creativeness and Why Crowdfunding Has Surpassed the VC industry

For the first time in a digital and human history, a film funded by the people (a.k.a. crowd) has won an Oscar. Inocente had the help of 294 backers who donated over $52K in total via Kickstarter, the leading crowdfunding platform which utilizes contribution (donation) model. The beautifully done story is truly moving and got me into tears when I watched it at the Films Academy screening here in Los Angeles. But this was just one out of almost twenty thousand projects of 2012 which their creators were able to get off the ground — thanks to the financial support from the online communities. Kickstarter reveals…

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Startup America’s Steve Case on Crowdfunding and Immigration

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You can change things from the top down or the bottom up. Or, if you’re AOL cofounder Steve Case, you can do both. In the top-down realm, Case is a member of the president’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He rallied for the JOBS Act, which passed last year and will be opening up new avenues of funding to small businesses and startups. And Case is an advocate of better immigration policies for entrepreneurs. From the bottom up, Case heads up Revolution and invests in early-stage startups. He’s also the chairman of Startup America, which provides resources to the startups who are trying to improve the…

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Extraordinary Popular Enthusiasms and Funding from Crowds

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On the Good.is website right now is an appeal from Tyler Alterman, a matriculating neuroscientist and self-described scientific detective, seeking cash support for The Think Tank, his lab-on-wheels. This rolling experimentation station will travel the New York metro area to both teach the masses about cognition and to draw them into studies about brain function. Here’s “the plan,” as taken from Alterman’s appeal page at IndieGoGo: TTT will be an art+science team-up between artists and scientists from Tyler Alterman’s lab. Together we will transform a recycled box truck into a fully functioning lab with a glowing pink brain on top. The result: a literal and metaphorical…

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Silicon Beach: Crowdfunding with Howard Leonhardt

Howard J. Leonhardt is a serial entrepreneur. In 1986 he founded WorldMed originally as an export trading company helping small manufacturers of cardiovascular medical devices to reach international markets and later (1988) as a developer, manufacturer and seller of original devices for treating heart and cardiovascular disease. Leonhardt has 17 U.S. patents for his inventions related to treating cardiovascular disease including; cardiovascular balloon catheters, artificial lung, a non-surgical placed heart valve, radiation catheters, specialized electronic pacemakers, biological pacemakers, cell delivery catheters, aortic stents grafts, stem cell treatment methods for heart failure and a method of converting stem cells to heart muscle cells. He was primary inventor…

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Crowdfunding Coming Of Age In Cleantech

With early stage capital for cleantech innovation becoming increasingly scarce, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and a new crop of clean/green ones are beginning to emerge as significant sources of funding for selected next-gen clean technologies. Hurdles remain, particularly for investors seeking returns, but I’m more optimistic about these sites’ usefulness to cleantech entrepreneurs than I used to be. Asked a year ago by a publication about how significant crowdfunding was likely to become in fostering disruptive cleantech innovation, I wasn’t exactly effusive. As GE’s Ecomagination Magazine wrote, “’When it comes to the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars needed for new breakthrough science, that…

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CrowdClear Launches New Regulatory-Compliant Platform for Funding Portals

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CrowdClear, a provider of technology, regulatory and compliance services to funding portals, today announced the launch of its highly scalable, regulatory-compliant technology platform. A division of Bendigo Securities, LLC, a registered broker-dealer, CrowdClear provides funding portals with all of the technology and services to offer Regulation D securities to accredited investors. Using CrowdClear, leading funding portal RockThePost launched its investment platform this week, connecting high quality entrepreneurs with accredited investors interested in new startup opportunities. RockThePost has been in the reward crowdfunding space for over two years, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for startups and registering more than 6,000 companies on its portal. “CrowdClear is…

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