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The New Rules of Fundraising

Lili Balfour | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

The world of fundraising has been turned on its head. A decade ago, entrepreneurs had limited sources for capital -- angel investors, venture capital funds and rich Uncles. Today, entrepreneurs have a plethora of options.

The Secret Sauce to Successful Crowdsourcing Campaigns

Ivo Lukas | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Ivo Lukas

We live in an age of entrepreneurial overload, after all -- how are you going to set yourself apart from all the rest?

Marcos: The Father of the Mountain

Adam Pervez | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Adam Pervez

Volunteers meet Marcos at the metro station and ride a cable car up to the last stop. For many this would be as far as they'd go, as beyond it only gets poorer and more dangerous.

Shaq: Don't Hate on Celebs Who Crowd Fund

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.13.2014 | Technology
Shira Lazar

) Shaq spoke with What's Trending at the SXSW Samsung Blogger Lounge about his Shaq Fu Indiegogo Campaign. He let us in on the hottest perks, how t...

The Decentralization Of Finance: New Role For Gatekeepers

Danae Ringelmann | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Danae Ringelmann

Crowdfunding validates a market better than any industry studies, focus groups, investor expertise or guesswork can ever do. It enables entrepreneurs to get smarter faster by testing their pricing, features, messaging and target markets before they launch.

Entrepreneur Seeks to Eliminate the Burden of Coming Out

Levi A. Miles | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Levi A. Miles

Brooks Gabel realized that people who were coming out needed someone to talk to -- and not only that, they needed someone to speak with who had gone through the process themselves. This realization set Gabel on a journey that leads to his website, justlikeyou.org, going live.

Hilarious 'Looking' Parody To Become A Web Series?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Earlier this month, we brought you a hilarious Funny or Die spoof that took aim at and skewered the new HBO gay-centric dramedy "Looking." Drew Dro...

This Couple's Story Is Everything Good And True About Love

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.14.2014 | Impact

Kelcie and Larry share that kind of rare unbreakable love that we could all learn something from on Valentine’s Day -- and every other day for that ...

Crowdfunding 101 for Entrepreneurs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

This concept has made the traditional method of trying to raise financing -- from wealthy individuals or big corporations like Warner Bros. -- on its ear. And that is a godsend for entrepreneurs!

Atheist Comedian Lends Helping Hand 'As A Big F*ck You'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media

Stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope has drawn a philosophical line in the sand by proclaiming that, contrary to popular belief, "hate can help." The outsp...

Funding Women Entrepreneurs, Is Crowdfunding the Future?

Kay Koplovitz | Posted 02.26.2014 | Women
Kay Koplovitz

Crowdfunding is a hot topic these days, as the JOBS Act Title II provisions opened the market to accredited investors and allowed companies and funds ...

One Woman's Nightmare, Another's Scrap of Hope?

Alissa Fleck | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Alissa Fleck

And for those whose stories will still never be heard, hopefully voices like Temple's rising to the top will help alleviate some of their suffering too.

Opportunities Abound at the American Film Market

Michael Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

The good news from mostly upbeat panelists was that money is loosening up and the trauma of the global economic collapse seems to be over.

How to Successfully Crowdfund for Your Nonprofit

Ben Lamson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ben Lamson

One of the most difficult parts of crowdfunding is getting off zero. Fundraising campaigns tend to be a bit like middle school lunch tables: Nobody wants to be the first to sit down but they quickly attract fair-weather fans and band-wagon jumpers.

On Memoir: Writing My Father's Face

Pythia Peay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Pythia Peay

In the beginning, before there were words for my father's story, there were photos. Faded, gray and ivory photos my ill father held in his shaky hands as he was dying, and that I'd found stuffed in a shoebox.

Patrol Dog Could Be Out Of Work After Transit Agency Refuses To Pay Dental Bills

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.08.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A few years on the job have been tough on this guy: Blu, a 3-year-old award-winning Metro Transit patrol dog, is now suffering from crac...

Who Let the Dog Out: On New Crowdfunding Rules and Why It Is Time for Us to Wise Up

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

If equity crowdfunding had the same alert system color code as Homeland Security, it would have jumped from green to orange on October 23rd, 2013. Fo...

Top Ten Reasons Crowdfunding Campaigns Fail (and What Can Bring Them Back)

Lee Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

It's devastating and disheartening. But crowdfunding campaigns that don't make it the first time can often have another shot.

The New Guru Is You: Social Venture Network East 2013

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 12.25.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

From Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo to Eli Pariser of Upworthy and from Connie Evans of Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) to Eben Bayer of Ecovative, the theme of this year's gathering of social entrepreneurs at SVN in Baltimore was global innovation and inclusion on all levels.

Actress/Rapper Elyse Levesque Talks About Sci-Fi Cons and New Short 'Fruitcake'

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Canadian-born Elyse Levesque is a down to earth stunning beauty who you'll recognize from TV's Stargate Universeand Cedar Grove. She currently took on the Producer's hat and is working on a short film called Fruitcake.

Five Reasons Crowdfunding Is Still Cool, Despite Zach Braff

Posted 09.24.2013 | Comedy

Did Zach Braff ruin crowdfunding for you? Well, it's time to get over it, because there are plenty of truly independent artists and entrepreneurs out...

Crowdfunding: Capitalism Rebooted

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Lee Schneider

You can prototype everything from a mini-greenhouse for an apartment to an espresso machine, get backers, go into production, start a business. All without a dime of venture capital, all without giving up a penny of your business to investors. Is this wacky?

Melissa Manchester's Bold New Beginning -- With a Little Help From Her 'Fanchesters'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.02.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Her first album debuted in 1973, and exactly 40 years later Melissa Manchester is still going strong, thanks in part to her fans, lovingly dubbed "Fanchesters" by the singer's daughter.

Crowdfunding Against Big Coal

Steve Fenberg | Posted 10.28.2013 | Denver
Steve Fenberg

New Era decided to up David's chances, using a crowdfunding platform to raise resources that will allow the grassroots organization to go head to head against Goliath, which in this case is a multi-billion dollar utility giant.

5 Lessons Learned From Being an Entrepreneur

Jeannie DeSanctis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
Jeannie DeSanctis

Starting your own business is a journey, complete with moments exhilarating and terrifying. Finding success as an entrepreneur requires patience, and a steadfast determination to accomplish your goal.