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Crowdfunding: It's Not Just for StartUps Anymore

Robin Raskin | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Robin Raskin

Has anyone noticed that crowdfunding is not just about a bunch of young aspirationals looking for cash? What started out as a way to democratize innovation and access to capital, is now a sweet way for well-established companies to play at being a "startup."

Is Crowdfunding Your Medical Expenses Risky or Reasonable?

Andre Bourque | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Andre Bourque

Crowdfunding your medical expenses is a lot more complicated than you think. Consider fees and risks and explore your options before you set up an account (or donate to one).

Need to Have Your Startup Funded? Here are 5 Ways

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

These five sources of funding are only a few of the ways you can come up with the capital to bring your idea to fruition. Be creative and think outside the box for ways to fund your startup -- you'll likely need funding from a combination of sources.

Chomsky: 'I Don't Look at Twitter Because It Doesn't Tell Me Anything'

Seung-yoon Lee | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Seung-yoon Lee

"Right now, if I want to find out what's going on in Ukraine or Syria or Washington, I read the New York Times, other national newspapers, I look at the Associated Press wires, I read the British press, and so on. I use Google all the time, I'm happy it's there. But just as when I read the New York Times or the Washington Post, or the Wall Street Journal knowing that they have ways of selecting and shaping the material that reaches you, you have to compensate for it."

Investment Crowdfunding Welcomes the New Crowd

Jorge Newbery | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Investment crowdfunding leaders will convene in Chicago next week to welcome the 96% of Americans who until now haven't been able to participate in this innovative new form of investing.

A Local Zoo Was Devastated By A Tornado, And The Community's Response Has Been Awesome

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.10.2015 | Green

A community of volunteers is donating time, money and expertise to rebuild a small Illinois zoo that was devastated by a tornado on Thursday. The ...

Crowdfunding and Taxes: What You Should Know

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

No matter how the crowdfunding industry evolves in the future, even the most modest artistic and cause-based campaigns should consider how to build the most tax-efficient effort.

Community Art and Demolition Derby

Sue Kerr | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Sue Kerr

My friends at Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) dragged a car all around the country, wheat pasting photos of supporters onto the car only to end up smashing the vehicle at a country fair.

How to Crowdfund

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Jeremy Bamidele

Eric Migicovsky's Pebble watch was turned away by multiple investors and venture capitalist. As a result, he took his product to the masses via crowdfunding. He now holds the Kickstarter record for the highest amount ever secured on the platform-- a cool 10.2 million.

Taking Action to Fund Women-Led Startups

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.01.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

It's about time that we invest more in women-led startups. There's talk about how we need to #changetheratio, but talk's not enough. There's gotta be action that disrupts the tech sector. Today, I'm partnering with Women Who Tech to launch the first-ever Women Startup Challenge.

Fifty Shades of White: Raising Equity from the Public by Start-ups

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 03.31.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

Arming the mid-size companies with a new funding channel might trigger the valuations hike further, imposing the notorious "bubble" the VCs like to talk about. Don't underestimate the power of billboards or TV commercials with investment offerings.

Criminal Justice - There's an App for That

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 04.01.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Greene

The promise of a second impression is to simplify the job search for people with records and to leverage consumer power to either support progressive employers or put pressure on employers who fail to adopt more progressive hiring policies.

Crowdfunding Myths Boomer Entrepreneurs Should Ignore

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.31.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Starting a business is a risk at any age, to be sure. But the statistics support the notion that older entrepreneurs are more confident about launching and sustaining businesses than younger entrepreneurs.

Crowdfunding Industry Set to Explode as SEC Approves Regulation A+

David Drake | Posted 03.27.2015 | Money
David Drake

Approval of Regulation A+ is important for the crowdfunding industry because it does not only open new opportunities but it also addresses key industry concerns.

7 Products Launched On Kickstarter That Prove You Can Access Just About Anything With Your Phone

Posted 03.25.2015 | Technology

From personal drones, to smart coffee-brewing machines, to data-focused sleep tracking systems, Kickstarter helps to fund creative, tech-savvy product...

Egalitarian Entrepreneurship?

Mary Flanagan | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Mary Flanagan

New inventions come from new voices. Send a message to young women that it is possible to pursue a dream of being a game designer -- especially with a little help from friends through crowdfunding. Find and back a game made by a woman, and fund the next wave of gameplay innovation in the 21st Century's art form.

50 Self-Directed IRA Custodians for Investment Crowdfunding

Jorge Newbery | Posted 03.24.2015 | Money
Jorge Newbery

Self-directed Individual Retirement Account custodians and investment crowdfunding platforms are both proliferating rapidly. There is good reason: these custodians and platforms empower investors with direct control over where their money is invested.

Open Bethlehem on Aflamnah: A Passport and the USA Campaign

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.17.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In the last couple of days I've seen two headlines which make Leila Sansour's film-slash-human-rights-movement Open Bethlehem both perfect and important.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 03.16.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

Why This Tech Bubble Is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

Mark Cuban | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business
Mark Cuban

Why is this bubble far worse than the tech bubble of 2000? Because the only thing worse than a market with collapsing valuations is a market with no valuations and no liquidity.

Investment Crowdfunding Draws a Crowd

Jorge Newbery | Posted 04.30.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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.