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Investment Crowdfunding Draws a Crowd

Jorge Newbery | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

It's getting crowded in the investment crowdfunding space, and that's excellent news. Almost any asset can benefit from investment crowdfunding and, as more types succeed, that will cause still more niche platforms to launch.

Lost In The Crowd: Surviving Kickstarter's Emotional Rollercoaster

Scott Stabile | Posted 02.27.2015 | Arts
Scott Stabile

I'm halfway into my first Kickstarter campaign for my latest book, and it's kind of kicking my ass, but in that worthwhile, good-for-you-in-the-long-run, Mr. Miyagi-to-the-Karate Kid kind of way.

How Young Women Are Driving the Future of Space Entrepreneurship

Sophie Sanchez | Posted 02.25.2015 | Technology
Sophie Sanchez

Their research, a hydroponic plant growth system that relies on centripetal force to work in microgravity, almost ended there, until they met someone with industry experience and an alternative way to raise capital.

Three Food Concepts That Conquered Kickstarter

Ariel Kramer | Posted 02.20.2015 | Small Business
Ariel Kramer

When you read about the companies that raise money on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter they are usually mobile applications, games, or cool elect...

P2P Lending Is Dead

Jorge Newbery | Posted 02.20.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

First, disco bit the dust. Then, punk rock keeled over. Now, peer-to-peer lending has been annihilated. Who murdered P2P? Wall Street.

Beautiful Fair-Trade Condoms Could Be Coming To A Bedroom Near You

HuffPost Germany | Lea Kosch | Posted 02.12.2015 | Business

Everyone’s experienced this: You’re shopping in a drugstore, and you have everything on your list except for one thing. You approach the aisle...

Why Crowdfunding's a Good Idea

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.11.2015 | Money
Craig Newmark

Folks, lots of people have been doing crowdfunding campaigns lately, myself included, and they're pretty effective. In 2013 alone, crowdfunding raised about $5.1 billion worldwide.

Crowdfunding to Help a Sick Friend Can Lead to a Big Tax Bill for You

Steve Rhode | Posted 02.04.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

Recently Kate wrote to me and asked me a question about the 1099-K form she received after volunteering to raise money to help a sick friend. She was shocked by the big taxable income statement she received. Rightfully so.

Five Fabulous Fitness Wearables that Were Successfully Crowdfunded

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 02.03.2015 | Technology
Kyle McCarthy

Today many many startups look to crowdfunding as a source of financing. According to Score.org, a nonprofit organization which mentors small businesses, crowdfunding has increased 18-fold since 2009 and now tops $10 billion. The fitness industry is no exception.

Tanya Habjouqa's 'Occupied Pleasures': Keeping Our Humanity

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I first discovered photographer Tanya Habjouqa in Florence, where her photo exhibit was showcased during the Middle East Now Film Festival.

Family Reunited With Son Forced Into Child Slavery After Haiti Earthquake Tore Them Apart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

Chantale's life was turned upside down when the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti tore her family apart. Not only was she forced to move out of...

Real Estate Crowdfunding Turns 75

Jorge Newbery | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

From 10 eighteen months ago, to 50 six months ago, to 75 today, real estate crowdfunding platforms are launching at a torrid pace. This frenzy is dest...

10 Fundraising Projects Backed By YouTube's International Stars

Bengu Atamer | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Bengu Atamer

When YouTube star Tyler Oakley decided to support the Trevor Project for his 25th birthday, he knew he could count on his huge fan base. Being a celeb...

Successfully Crowdfunding of Design Driven Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Design Driven Startups are ideal for attracting funding on crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. However, competition for funds is fierce and only the top percentile receives significant funding.

Before They Break: Biggest Crowdfunded Gadgets of 2015

Grace McClure | Posted 01.15.2015 | Technology
Grace McClure

We've scoured the web sifting through hundreds of unreleased products to uncover those with the 'coolest' crowdfunding potential for 2015.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Three Crowdfunding Projects for Your Consideration

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.15.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

In many cases crowdfunding has allowed creative artists the chance to bypass the Hollywood greenlighting system to produce works that might otherwise be shelved.

4 Ways the Free Market Has Wall Street on Its Heels

Patrick Donohoe | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Patrick Donohoe

The human genius has come to the rescue and has practically put a nail in the coffin by creating technology that has Wall Street more frightened than ever.

It Takes a Crowd: Transforming Venture Investing

April Rudin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
April Rudin

I believe crowdfunding can transform (and improve!) venture and other "private market" investing in a number of ways.

Crowdfunding Grows Up: 4 Trends That Will Shape and Shake 2015

David Drake | Posted 01.08.2015 | Money
David Drake

As 2014 draws to an end, the outlook for crowdfunding does not wane one bit despite growing up pains. What's in store for crowdfunding in 2015? Here are four major trends in the horizon.

5 Lessons I Learned From Running a Crowdfunding Campaign

Erica Swallow | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
Erica Swallow

This holiday season, my mother and I hosted a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for our local Humane Society animal shelter.

#GiveAMeal This Holiday Season

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Kyle McCarthy

Since November the United States has been free of the Ebola Virus. However, that's not true for other parts of the world. One such country is Sierra Leone.

Advancing Forward: The Top 60 US Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms

David Drake | Posted 02.22.2015 | Money
David Drake

Crowdfunding is likely to be an effective alternative to traditional sources of institutional capital such as venture capital firms and angel investors.

Cancer, Cinema, Crowdfunding and Twitter

Mike Craycraft | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Mike Craycraft

I realize that cancer, cinema, crowdfunding and Twitter don't usually go together. Especially, cancer and a film called Funeral Day. However, about a month ago I followed a tweet and several clicks later found myself on the crowdfunding page for Funeral Day on Seed&Spark.

5 Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

As many other groups look to leverage crowdfunding and other unique approaches to fundraising, we wanted to share some of the our top five pointers for building successful crowdfunding campaigns.

Big News: Over $2 Million Raised for Nonprofits in CrowdRise Holiday Challenge

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Each time a donation's made, a brick is added to the #GivingTower. What does this mean?