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Based on the new JOBS Act, a form of micro funding that is awaiting regulations to protect small business owners.
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Comparative Analysis of Crowdfinance Offerings

Comparative Analysis of Crowdfinance Offerings | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
By Dara Albright The long awaited Title III Crowdfunding Rules were finally proposed last week by the SEC. Although the 568 page document seems like a mere footnote in comparison to the Obamacare b...
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Confused by all the types of crowdfunding that are popping up? Here's a no-nonsense overview to help you get your bearings. If you live in Georgia or Kansas, you have very special and attractive opportunities for Intrastate Crowdfunding that no other states offer (yet). Check them out!

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Crowdfunding’s Big-Bang Moment

Crowdfunding’s Big-Bang Moment | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
The crowdfunding service Kickstarter reached an important milestone last week. The company’s website reported that Kickstarter has now funded over 50,000 projects, with pledges coming from over 5,000,000 individual backers.
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The JOBS Act continues to roll out, and the world of startup funding is changing. Women entrepreneurs are expected to benefit especially, as we tend to be better at telling our stories and inviting collaboration.  

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Want to Invest in Crowdfunding? Read This First - Motley Fool

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Want to raise funding for a pizza museum in Philly? Been there. How about a funeral? Done that. Maybe a crowdfunded porta-potty?
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Excellent summary of the state of crowdfunding today, and the impact of the latest rollout of Title II.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, September 29, 2013 12:58 PM

Motley Fool giving you some insights on investing in Crowdfunding - start your reading here

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Crowdfunding Will Flourish Regardless Of What The SEC Does

Crowdfunding Will Flourish Regardless Of What The SEC Does | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Obama Promotes JOBS Act In North Carolina A year and a half ago congress passed the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our BusinessStart-ups) by an overwhelming margin.
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It has been -- and continues to be -- a long, slow process to seeing crowdfunding emerge from the 2012 JOBS Act. But early next year, it looks like non-accredited investors may be able to participate! 

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Types of Funding For Your Business - My Fabulous Style

Types of Funding For Your Business - My Fabulous Style | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Types of Funding For Your Business
My Fabulous Style
Crowdfunding is probably the best way to fund your business.
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Handy summary of the different types of funding you can explore for your business, inlcuding the new and coming-soon Crowdfunding.

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How are Microfinance, Crowdfunding, and Peer-to-peer Lending Different?

How are Microfinance, Crowdfunding, and Peer-to-peer Lending Different? | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing refers to the idea that a group of people can accomplish something that would otherwise be impossible for an individual to do alone. Crowdfunding describes how the collective pools together money to support an initiative or project.

 

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'Crowdfunding formula' a presentation by Growthink's CEO
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Very helpful distinctions. It is important to understand the similarities and variances to figure out what makes the most sense for your enterprise.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 25, 2013 12:34 PM

Excellent explanation and good information with links to sites that can offer funding.

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Crowdfunding UAB researcher meets goal to pay for gun study - The Birmingham News - al.com

Crowdfunding UAB researcher meets goal to pay for gun study - The Birmingham News - al.com | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding UAB researcher meets goal to pay for gun study The Birmingham News - al.com BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The UAB researcher who is using a fund-raising website to raise money for gun research surpassed her goal late last night to raise...
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Gun safety meets crowdfunding. What a brilliant marriage! 

 

Wish I'd seen this one to invest.

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Silicon Valley website Piggybackr helps kids use 'crowd funding' - San Jose Mercury News

Silicon Valley website Piggybackr helps kids use 'crowd funding' - San Jose Mercury News | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley website Piggybackr helps kids use 'crowd funding' San Jose Mercury News Sensing they couldn't sell the idea of growing plants without soil from a sidewalk stand like lemonade, these children of the Information Age turned to...
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A crowdfunding site explcitly to permit young people under 18 with a safe place to fundraise on the Internet, from a 27 year old Berkeley grad using AngelPad to start up Piggybackr.com.  

 

"Piggybackr doesn't let kids sell products online simply to make a fast buck or seek contributions for expensive sneakers. Instead, Piggybackr screens every kid, looking to support a talent, educational experience, athletic training or social cause that will benefit society down the road."

 
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History of crowdfunding - Nesta

History of crowdfunding - Nesta | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it

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Despite coming from across the pond, this is a nice look at the evolution and beginnings of crowdfunding.

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Berend de Jonge's curator insight, May 22, 2013 1:43 PM

Check out the infographic detailing the history of using online crowdfunding to raise money for businesses, charities and community projects.

EarlyShares's curator insight, May 24, 2013 5:50 PM

Great breakdown of the history of Crowdfunding. 

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Crowdfund ANY Project with GoFundMe >>

Crowdfund ANY Project with GoFundMe >> | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Start crowdfunding for YOUR creative project, product launch or new business on GoFundMe.
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Very clean, easy to navigate crowdfunding platform. Curious if anyone has done business here and what observations you might share?

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How to Get Press Coverage for Your Crowdfunding Campaign - The Crowdfundamentals

How to Get Press Coverage for Your Crowdfunding Campaign - The Crowdfundamentals | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Tips on getting press coverage for your crowdfunding campaign.
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Good, practial PR tips. There's a lot of WORK behind these!

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Why 2013 Is The Year for Small Business Funding Infographic

Why 2013 Is The Year for Small Business Funding Infographic | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Infographic explaining why 2013 is the year for small business funding from National Funding. Small businesses can ebenfit from alternative lenders in 2013.
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I just love infographics. This may not be the most effective or complete or creative one I've seen, but it gets the main points.

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Crowdfunding Expected to Double in 2013 - Small Business Trends

Crowdfunding Expected to Double in 2013 - Small Business Trends | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Small Business Trends
Crowdfunding Expected to Double in 2013
Small Business Trends
Crowdfunding has proven to be an effective way for small businesses to generate revenue, and the trend is expected to double that success in the next year.
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What Is General Solicitation And Why It Matters To You

What Is General Solicitation And Why It Matters To You | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
On September 23rd 2013, over one year after President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law to make securities regulations friendlier to small businesses, the ban on General Solicitation is officially gone.
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More important details about crowdfunding and changes being ushered in by the JOBS Act.

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WordPress Crowdfunding Themes | ThemeForest

WordPress Crowdfunding Themes | ThemeForest | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
A collection of the world’s most popular WordPress crowdfunding themes & plugin.
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You really CAN find everything among WordPress themes!

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The Small Business Heroes Guide To Small Business Funding | Visual.ly

The Small Business Heroes Guide To Small Business Funding | Visual.ly | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
A chart comparing different types of small business funding for UK businesses - from loans, to crowd-funding, to investment. Which is right for you?
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Though this infographic specifies the UK, it is pertinent to the US as well.

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Seven Tax Tips for Crowdfunders - Crowdsourcing.org

Seven Tax Tips for Crowdfunders - Crowdsourcing.org | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing.org
Seven Tax Tips for Crowdfunders
Crowdsourcing.org
Enter crowdfunding. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, RocketHub and others are proving the above notion wrong in a big way.
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As you consider crowdfunding, it's advisable to check with your tax accountant about exposures. Here's a preview of the types of issues this new funding may prompt.

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“WordPress for Crowdfunding,” Crowdhoster Makes Payments a Form of Communication

“WordPress for Crowdfunding,” Crowdhoster Makes Payments a Form of Communication | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it

“Crowdfunding is too powerful to be for gadgets and celebrities raising money for passion projects,” said James Beshara, CEO of the social crowdfunding company Crowdtilt.

Crowdtilt’s next product, officially launching today, is a set of tools called Crowdhoster that helps people raise money on their own, rather than using a platform like Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

Crowdhoster is open source and available internationally, and it only costs 2.9 percent of transactions, versus about double or more than that elsewhere, and has limited international availability. Once crowdfunding campaigns are done, they can be turned into simple stores (rather than just staying up and confusing people who arrive late, as they do on Kickstarter). The downside is that, in some countries, it takes a week or two to make payments after campaigns are complete.

 

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'Crowdfunding formula' a presentation by Growthink's CEO

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VERY cool tool that lets anyone start their own crowdfunding campaigns. It is still by invitation only, but you may enter as many campaigns as you wish. It will be fun to watch this develop.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 24, 2013 11:38 AM

Yet another way to do Crowdfunding, less expensive, more independent, using an open source platform.

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Crowdfunding 101

Crowdfunding 101 | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Just Released – Crowdfund Investing for Dummies & Crowdfund Investing in a Day!  BUY IT NOW for 42% off list price! Are you an investor or entrepreneur looking to get in on the newest big thing on Wall Street?
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If this is like most books in the "For Dummies" series, it will be a good starting place to begin to understand this new form of capitalizing businesses.

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The 'Hierarchy of Entrepreneurs' Needs' - Upstart

The 'Hierarchy of Entrepreneurs' Needs' - Upstart | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
The 'Hierarchy of Entrepreneurs' Needs' Upstart "I think the life cycle of an entrepreneur from that initial moment of daring to becoming a tycoon almost perfectly mirrors the human experience," said the "Shrink for Entrepreneurs," Peter Shallard,...
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I'm a huge Maslow fan. My dad introduced me to his Hierarchy of Needs many moons ago, and they've been helpful to undertsatdnig behavior and motivation. While I admire Shallard's idea of adapting this to Entrepreneurs, I take issue with some of his thoughts.

 

In the first level, to make this "gender neutral," wine needs to be included alongside beer. Another first level need is a plan. Maybe not a full-blown business plan. But my experience has taight me that entrepreneurs need something to keep them focused, lest their brilliant idea never reach fruition. ANd office space – hmmm. Not out of the gate, uhnless you're in an incubator where there are other bennies.

 

In his third level, the idea of "needing" business partners confounds me. If he's saying outside partners, OK. But women entrepreneurs in particular may prefer to keep those partners as advisors, mentors, etc. there's nothing worse to disctract than the WRONG partner.

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Check out on Black Startup

Check out  on Black Startup | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Check out Black Startup (RT @ThePowellReport: http://t.co/BsiJHtoei6 seeks to capitalize black businesses through crowdfunding platform http://t.co/mdi1PJr0HV...
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Here's the first funding community for African Americans. It will be interesting to see how friendly it is towards our sisters of color.

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SEC Says Yes to Some Crowdfunding Platforms

SEC Says Yes to Some Crowdfunding Platforms | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Legal uncertainty has hung over crowdfunding but now letters from the SEC have lifted this cloud of doubt from several platforms. By Jessica Stillman (Editor
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We're all eager for the SEC to implement the Crowdfunding section of teh JOBS Act. This is one of the early indications it may not be much longer!

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Crowdfunding 101: The Basics | CloudTimes

Crowdfunding 101: The Basics | CloudTimes | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
In the past, people who are in need of a huge sum of money to fund a startup, a huge project, or a brand new commercial product (RT @cloudtimesorg: #Crowdfunding 101: The Basics http://t.co/I1044E7UZo)...
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Nice, succinct yet thorough overview of Crowdfunding and its vagaries for newbies!

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Why Crowdfunding Scares Most Entrepreneurs, But Doesn’t Have To - Techvibes.com

Why Crowdfunding Scares Most Entrepreneurs, But Doesn’t Have To - Techvibes.com | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
More people than ever are starting their own businesses.
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These examples are SO TRUE. And there is not much one can do when an entrepreneur limits themselves because of their inability to trust anything they don't see with their eyes, anything they don't "feel." It IS possible to get out of one's own way, though not everyone is capable of it.

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Why You Shouldn't Raise VC Money

Why You Shouldn't Raise VC Money | Crowdfunding for Women Business Owners | Scoop.it
Venture capital may seem like a savvy choice for financing, but it's probably wrong for you. Here's why. (RT @joseph_s_thomas: There's something to be said for #startups who earn their way to profitability.
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