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Start-ups Wars: The New Financing Force Awakens in 2016

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

2016 marks the start of a new era in venture financing and capital formation and if you are an entrepreneur searching the galaxy for capital, well, to borrow a Star Wars saying - May the Force be With You.

A New Funding Source for Social Innovation: The 'Crowd'

FOMIN | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact

In the journey from a revolutionary idea, to a start-up business, to an expanding business, it's difficult for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises to access the finance they need through the traditional channels of private capital markets.

Going Against the Flow: Craig Newmark and Allyson Kapin

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.17.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Craig Newmark is the founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects. Allyson Kapin has founded Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign. They are committed to leveraging technology for philanthropy and social good.

Blogger Attacked In Defamation Lawsuit

Jessica Denis | Posted 12.17.2015 | Chicago
Jessica Denis

Whatever their motivation is, as a blogger myself, this is a scary situation. Personally I always try to follow the rules of don't put anything out there that I wouldn't be proud if my kids read, and always keep in mind once it's out there you can't take it back.

How Edward Norton, Humans of New York, and craigconnects are Supporting Syrian Refugees

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The deal is, if you can spare a few bucks, you will really be helping people like this who lost his wife and daughter when a missile tore through the house that he built for them in Syria. This father (featured above) is also battling stomach cancer and has not been able to afford treatment due to lack of health insurance.

Q&A: Cinema Veritas: Where Have All the Women Gone? A Male Filmmaker Responds

Anna Shen | Posted 01.04.2016 | Women
Anna Shen

Photo credit: Lindsey Ricker Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and other Hollywood A-List actresses are not alone i...

How Technology Is Creating the Next Wave of Filmmakers

Lili Balfour | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Lili Balfour

This year, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) celebrated its five-year anniversary, but the real celebration was amongst the wave of new entrepreneurs -- filmmakers.

Rural Leaders to Paris: With Innovation, the "Development vs. Climate" Dichotomy Is False

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

#EarthToParis : the "development vs. climate" dichotomy is false. We are connected, let's act connected.

3 Things You May Not Know about Investment Crowdfunding

David Drake | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
David Drake

Friday, October 30th 2015, has become a historical milestone for all startup businesses, small to medium-sized companies, and investors in the United ...

How Innovation Can Sustain the Music Industry

James Stoddah | Posted 11.23.2015 | Arts
James Stoddah

The music industry has 99 problems, but the paradigm shift could present its own solutions. Record labels have been forced to change their business model, but the artist's role helps reduce their overheads and offset the diminishing profits from digital sales.

How To Avoid Online Charity Scams This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.20.2015 | Technology

The giving time of year is upon us, and it's never been easier to make a holiday contribution to your favorite charity or cause. Twitter and Faceboo...

Why Scientists Need to Embrace Crowdfunding

Abhinav Sharma | Posted 11.19.2015 | Science
Abhinav Sharma

From the junior physician attempting to start a pilot study to the seasoned researcher in the final years of an academic grant, the harsh reality of m...

Conversation with Dan Shapiro

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 11.18.2015 | Technology
Michael Nirenberg

Last week I had a long and fun Skype talk with Dan Shapiro. Dan and I met at the last Maker Faire in New York and we really hit it off. Dan is an entr...

Three Smart Ways to Tap the Power of Crowdfunding

John Bowen | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
John Bowen

It's no secret that crowdfunding is rapidly becoming a go-to method for entrepreneurs to access much needed capital -- and attract attention from the ...

Crowdfunding Sites Can Be A 'Mixed Blessing' For Refugees

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.19.2015 | Technology

As millions of Syrians seek refuge in neighboring Middle Eastern countries and Europe, money is flowing over the Internet to help them. Crowdfunding p...

Marillion: Unconventional -- An Interview With Tim Sidwell

Phil Simon | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Phil Simon

Over the course of three absolutely magical days, Marillion -- one of my very favorite bands -- captivated thousands of hard-core fans with over eight hours of fantastic music.

Wedding Planner Rant: Don't Even THINK About Crowdfunding to Pay for Your Wedding

Sandy Malone | Posted 11.16.2015 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Sometimes, technology is a bad thing. Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you should. That's exactly what went through my mind when I received an email from a public relations company asking me to blog about how wonderful it is that brides and grooms can crowdfund to pay for their weddings now. Are you kidding me?

Design Valuation Dashboard Captures the Potential of Design Driven Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

With the emergence of equity crowdfunding and the recent liberalization of startups, novice investors and entrepreneurs alike are drawn to risky endeavors.

Crowdfund Consortium Resurrects Tycoon After Shark Attack

Jorge Newbery | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

In the great tradition of lemons to lemonade, five crowdfunding platforms have banded together to buy a sixth - one that was attacked by sharks on nat...

SEC Turns Disclosure into a Game of 'Where's Waldo?'

Barbara Roper | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

When it comes to investor protection, ensuring that investors have easy access to clear disclosure information is, quite literally, the least regulators can do. But these days even that seems to be a step too far for the folks at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

5 Things to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Crowdfunding Campaign

Lisa Curtis | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Lisa Curtis

When my campaign to raise $100,000 in 30 days failed, I was forced to ask myself some very tough questions. In speaking with others, I've found that these are questions few people think about before embarking upon a crowdfunding campaign.

The 4 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Get Right

John Bowen | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
John Bowen

As business owners, we all want to be successful on purpose -- achieving tremendous results by design instead of stumbling toward them. With that in mind, here's a roadmap to help you bridge the gap between where you are today and where you want to be down the road.

2,000 Global Crowdfunding Sites to Choose from by 2016: Top 5 Growth Indicators

David Drake | Posted 10.22.2016 | Business
David Drake

In 2016, the number of crowdfunding platforms is likely to hit the 2000 mark due to the following reasons

Why I'm Addicted to Online Fundraisers

Jacqueline Dooley | Posted 10.19.2016 | Impact
Jacqueline Dooley

Giving fills a kind of void within me. I know it's not solving the bigger problem--the lack of a safety net, the rising costs of medical care, the lack of resources for those who can't work due to medical hardship (and on and on). But it feels like something.

3 Tips on New Product Development from Kuli Kuli Founder and CEO Lisa Curtis

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 10.15.2016 | Business
Marquis Cabrera

Recently, I asked Co-Founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli Lisa Curtis her opinion on how to develop a new product because she is currently operating a successful startup that is in the process of developing a new healthy energy drink.