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Kevin Lawton
Kevin is a progenitor of PC virtualization (now a multi-billion dollar cloud related industry), many-time startup entrepreneur, trend-caster and visionary blogger at the intersection of biz & tech, author of The Crowdfunding Revolution, contributor for VentureBeat and SeekingAlpha, public speaker, prolific idea creator, protagonist of two open source projects, and news, innovation, economics and business book junkie. Kevin holds a B.A in computer science and started his career at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Entries by Kevin Lawton

State Crowdfunding and the State Banks Will Moot the JOBS Act

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 12:00 PM

We have a signed federal law allowing Americans to access securities crowdfunding, as per the JOBS Act.  But as usual, Congress passed the baton to the SEC to pile on yet more regulations before crowdfunding becomes available to the general public.  And the SEC is sitting tight, dragging this thing...

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Activism Taps Big-Time Crowdfunding

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Activism has long suffered the same curse as does the starving artist -- so much heart and so little capital. Until recently, that is. Tapping crowdfunding in a big way, activism has re-emerged in a bigger, bolder form. And now it has both heart and capital. Everywhere there is turmoil,...

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World Bank Whistleblower Reveals Massive Corruption

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 5:29 AM

You need to know about this woman! Former Senior Counsel to the World Bank, Karen Hudes, unleashed recent interviews that should shatter any remaining fairytales about a functional and law-abiding system of banking and government. The good news is that she's part of a network of World Bank...

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Community Crowdfunding Models That Can Be Done Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 4:10 PM

While crowdfunding has already proven itself to be very effective and without material fraud in the UK and Australia, the rest of the world is stuck awaiting regulatory intervention. In the U.S., it will still be some time before the crowdfunding component of the JOBS Act is finalized....

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Building Community Projects With Crowdfunding

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 8:41 PM

While a lot of buzz surrounds crowdfunded games and gadgets, a growing trend is in the use of crowdfunding to build community oriented projects. After seeing some real life examples, one might wonder why we don't allocate a percentage of tax revenues to a pool, which is then allocated by...

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Unlocking the Global Trillion Dollar Crowdfunding Market

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 2:47 PM

Now here is the 1 percent that you do want to hear about! The world is on the precipice of creating a trillion-dollar crowdfunding market. In Australia, the ASSOB has offered a crowdfunding investment portal since 2005. In the U.K., equity crowdfunding is already in progress, with investment...

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Senate Startup Bill Tweaks Could Cause U.S. Brain Drain

(9) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 9:57 AM

A bittersweet moment in entrepreneurial history recently occurred, with the Senate passage of the JOBS Act. After passing in the House, this 6-pack of small business modernization reforms cleared the Senate. While most things were left intact from the House bill, the crowdfunding component was tweaked to allow for "more...

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As Senate Vote On Crowdfunding Looms, A Call To Action

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 11:52 AM

The House recently passed the JOBS Act, which includes an exemption allowing meaningful crowdfunding for small businesses and other positive reform. And now the Senate is set to cast its first procedural vote on the House's bill, this Tuesday. We are on the precipice of a...

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Crowdfunding Will Make The Next U.S. President

(3) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 10:04 AM

In the next few months, I predict a U.S. presidential candidate will fully endorse crowdfunding. And that endorsement will earn the candidate millions of votes, and a tremendous amount of the network effect that crowdfunding participants are so versed at. Why? Just for starters, Kickstarter expects to provide...

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Crowdfunding's Fraud Bogeyman

(4) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 1:47 PM

Every change in a system encounters resistance, especially those changes which make the most sense. In our new information economy, where value is derived from the richness of our networks and the novel ways in which we find to organize information and connections, a matching capital formation mechanism makes sense....

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The Crowdfunding Revolution Will Democratize Venture Investing

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 1:26 PM

It's no secret that venture capital and angel investing is 'clubby,' dominated mostly by middle-aged men.

According to a 2007 study of angel investors in North America, 86 percent were male with an average age of 57. Women didn't fare any better in a similar

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SEC Regulations Barricade The Crowdfunding Floodgates

(7) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 10:21 AM

Joseph Pulitzer used a form of crowdfunding to finance the Statue of Liberty. Obama used crowdfunding to bankroll his presidential campaign in 2008.

Crowdfunding is such a pervasive concept that today more than 175 crowdfunding sites exist online. Seemingly, a new crowdfunding site pops up every other day. So...

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