Agriculture startup grows crowdfunding platform to feed the hungry

Fquare

Farmland is a key part of American history and its economy, and yet people today are increasingly disconnected from the land and people that grow our food. Fquare is a company that helps investors customize and manage their land investment portfolio, and today it announced that it’s launching a crowdfunding initiative to feed the hungry. Food may be everywhere in America, but it is not always affordable. With 15 percent of the country living below the poverty line, many families cannot afford to buy nutritious ingredients, and too many children are underfed, obese, and/or hungry. Fquare seeks to remedy this issue with a service people can…

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Steve Case: Crowdfunding Will Augment – Not Replace – Venture Capital

Silicon Valley crowdfund event to mark JOBS Act anniversary

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About a year after President Barack Obama signed the JOBS Act, the crowdfunding provisions of the legislation have yet to be put in place. But a Silicon Valley Crowdfund Expo and Conference has nonetheless been scheduled at the Sheraton in Palo Alto to mark the one-year anniversary of the law on April 4 and 5. The Securities and Exchange Commission hasn’t given any indication about if or when it is actually going to allow the general public to buy pieces of the startup action. Hundreds of companies have already registered domain names or set up preliminary businesses to help facilitate crowdfunding but some startup experts have…

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RockThePost Pivots to Equity-Based Crowd Funding, Moves Away from Kickstarter Model

Rock The Post

Crowdfunding site RockThePost has pivoted away from charity-based funding for startups, and has launched a new version of its platform where investors get equity in a company for contributing to their funding. In the first four days after launching the new platform last week, RockThePost had 500 startups apply to raise funding for their projects, and has registered more than 322 angel investors. Through the NYC-based platform accredited investors (they do background checks on all the investors and startups when they sign up) get a percentage of a company in exchange for minimum investments of $1,000-$5,000, based on the startup’s own terms. RockThePost has partnered with…

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Christie Street creates in-house patent system to help inventors protect their ideas

Christie Steer

The life of the inventor is a rough one. Not only do inventors have to create products that are both compelling and safe, but they have to do so within a patent system that is, at best, inconvenient and, at worst a total bureaucratic nightmare. Helping them along, however, is inventor-friendly Kickstarter alternative Christie Street, which is launching its own in-house patent filing system to help inventors protect their products both easily and cheaply “When we launched Christie Street, we wanted to help protect inventors and create credibility. Patents are one area where inventors need help, so this fits nicely with what we’re doing,” Christie Street…

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New crowd-funding platform for films and creative arts

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Fund management company Starting Blocks Media Ventures will launch a new crowd funding model, Catapooolt, dedicated to creative projects including movies, music and other performing arts. Catapooolt will be launched during the Hong Kong Asia Film Festival later this month. The company has join hands with the event as the official Crowdfunding Partner for Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum 2013. The association with Hong Kong Asia Film Finance Forum (HKIFF) will not only enables them to garner funding support but also makes them the first ever Indian crowd fund platform to list international projects and also enable Indians to be part of these Asian films,…

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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

Bill Clinton

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

Sydney Dance Company

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

CrowdBouncer

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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