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SEC Posts Rules to Lift Advertising Ban on Private Offerings

SEC Posts Rules to Lift Advertising Ban on Private Offerings | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Washington, DC - The Securities and Exchange Commission today posted for public review its proposals to life the advertising ban on private offering. The SEC posted its proposals shortly after the ...
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Your Complete Crowdfunding Campaign Checklist (Infographic)

Your Complete Crowdfunding Campaign Checklist (Infographic) | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it

This is a helpful infographic that provides a checklist for crowdfunding.

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JOBS Act Rewards U.S. Exchanges Amid Surge of Criticism - Bloomberg

JOBS Act Rewards U.S. Exchanges Amid Surge of Criticism
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“Some of the increase in biotech IPOs is undoubtedly due to the JOBS Act, although the bull market for biotech stocks makes it difficult to tell how much,” Ritter said in an e-mail.
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Congressmen to SEC: Crowdfunding Laws Are Taking Way Too Long To Pass - Betabeat

Congressmen to SEC: Crowdfunding Laws Are Taking Way Too Long To Pass - Betabeat | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Congressmen to SEC: Crowdfunding Laws Are Taking Way Too Long To Pass Betabeat When President Obama signed off on the JOBS Act, it looked like crowdfunding project backers were going to be rewarded for their faith in pipe-dream projects with some...
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Reg A+ Challenged Again - JD Supra (press release)

Reg A+ Challenged Again
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Another letter to the SEC from the Hill challenges the Regulation A+ proposal.
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Already Backed With Millions, Startups Turn To Crowdfunding Platforms For The Marketing

Already Backed With Millions, Startups Turn To Crowdfunding Platforms For The Marketing | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Venture capital-backed tech startups with millions of dollars in backing are turning to crowdfunding platforms not necessarily to fundraise, but to test the market with their products.
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6 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Instagram for Fundraising

6 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Instagram for Fundraising | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Instagram's current tool set makes it very challenging for nonprofits to convert their Instagram followers into donors. Over time through powerful visual storytelling a nonprofit can build a strong...
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Crunching the numbers on self-publishing

Crunching the numbers on self-publishing | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Amazon, Atavist, Beacon Reader, Byliner, iTunes, Kobo, Medium. There are plenty of online platforms where writers can get longform stories and ebooks published, or even publish the work themselves. But while it’s easier than ever to get your work seen, it’s not necessarily easy to make real money. CJR asked some writers how much profit they made from their self-publishing…
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Think USD $0.11 per word on Kindle. 

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Equity Crowdfunding Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Equity Crowdfunding Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Bipartisanship is so rare in Congress these days that one hopes every meaningful law passed with even just an ounce of across-the-aisle support is the best gosh-darn law it can be. Unfortunately, that can’t be said about one of the last bipartisan laws of note, the JOBS Act of 2012....
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The author of this Slate article suggests that "Crowdfunding’s extensive registration and disclosure requirements manage to be simultaneously too heavily regulated for businesses to use and too poorly regulated to protect investors.."

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A Must Read To Do List for Anyone Looking to Start A Crowdfunding Campaign

A Must Read To Do List for Anyone Looking to Start A Crowdfunding Campaign | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
As we continue to see the #Crowdfunding industry explode around the world we still find too many campaigns failing and people reaching out in desperation seeking help once they see no funds appear in
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Kickstarter adds official category for journalism | Poynter.

Create. Inform. Engage. | Journalism training, media news & how to's
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Three Crowdfunding Trends Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Ignore

Three Crowdfunding Trends Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Ignore | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
If you're thinking of starting a business -- or want to grow one you already have -- crowdfunding might be your golden ticket.
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As the Delay Continues on Crowdfunding Rules, Concerns About Investor Risks Grow | NEWS.GNOM.ES

The Agenda How small-business issues are shaping politics and policy. It has been more than three months since the comment period on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rules for equity crowdfunding ended, and with no sign of final regulations on the horizon, stakeholders are getting antsy. The crowdfunding industry’s supporters are wondering when the agency, which was supposed to have those rules in place at the beginning of 2013, will finally let them begin selling stock in start-ups and emerging companies to average Americans.
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State Equity Crowdfunding Policies Hold Promise

State Equity Crowdfunding Policies Hold Promise | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Guest post by Jason Wiens More than two years after passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is still writing the regulations that will govern equity crowdfunding in America. Widely anticipated for its perceived potential to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in [...]
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The JOBS Act Progress Report: The Number Of Tech IPOs Can Double By 2016 - TechCrunch

The JOBS Act Progress Report: The Number Of Tech IPOs Can Double By 2016 - TechCrunch | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
TechCrunch The JOBS Act Progress Report: The Number Of Tech IPOs Can Double By 2016 TechCrunch Recently, the soul-searching and spirited talk about the long-term health and sustainability of the IPO market has included much discussion of the...
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Crowdfunding Companies Are Not Flocking to the Coasts - Huffington Post (blog)

Crowdfunding Companies Are Not Flocking to the Coasts - Huffington Post (blog) | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding Companies Are Not Flocking to the Coasts
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Over the past few years, however, there has been a noticeable shift in the crowdfunding startup landscape.
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Nine Senators Submit Letter to SEC Opposing State Blue Sky Preemption - Crowdfund Insider

Nine Senators Submit Letter to SEC Opposing State Blue Sky Preemption - Crowdfund Insider | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
In the ongoing debate about various aspects of the JOBS Act that legalizes equity crowdfunding, nine US Senators have submitted a comment letter to the SEC
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Crowdfunding Promotions Success Guide - crowdfunding campaign promotion

Crowdfunding Promotions Success Guide - crowdfunding campaign promotion | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding Promotions Success GuideCrowdfunding Promotions Success

We all know that the crowdfunding projects can’t accumulate funds on their own. This is the very reason why the term “campaign” is used quite often for generating funds in this manner.

There are several factors that make crowdfunding a success, but the most prominent factor is promotion. In case, if you are planning for funding an idea or a project then it’s for sure that you already might have thought about numerous promotional methods. However, the real question is, “Have you considered using promotional tips which involve little effort and give best results?”

 

1.Video Presentation

Most of the promoters dread the idea of video promotion, as they are not that simple to do. Besides, most of the users are either too shy to face the camera or believe that it’s a costly affair. However, the fact is that video promotion is not costly at all and there’s no need for you to give the presentation by yourself. Hence, make it a point to go for video promotion, as it will play a major role in the success of your campaign.
Videos make it easier for the viewers to connect with your cause emotionally. In other words, you can convey your message in a smart manner and gain the interest of your potential funders. A brief, but well crafted video will answer all the questions which your audience would usually ask. It will make things easier for you once you launch your campaign.

Creating a video presentation is not that hard. All you need us a built-in web cam or a small camcorder. You can then use strings of still pictures along with the voiceover to execute the job. However, make sure to put your face in the video, so that the viewers will be able to trust you more. In case, if you still don’t want to face the cam, you can ask your friend of family member to become the face of the video.

 

2. Word of mouth (own voice)

We all get busy promoting our campaign in social media and platforms, but forget to utilize the real social network i.e. talking face to face with people in real scenario.

Nothing can be better than convincing people about your campaign via face-to-face discussion. However, keep in mind not to reveal your business model and ideas which took you months of hard work to create.
If your aim is to generate funds from the public, then don’t leave out your friends & family members. They can be the first to fund your project or campaign.
Be ecstatic about what you are explaining to your audience. This will generate more interest in your audience and they would like to know more about it.

 

3.Follow Up

Once the funds start coming in, you will automatically create a whole new network of followers and associates who all wish to see your campaign succeed. Hence, make it a point to share updates with your investors and supporters.

You can go for short updates like “we just achieved 75% of our target! Thank you all for your help. Please share our campaign page with your followers & friends.” This will not offend your followers, but instead they will feel obliged to be a part of your campaign and will spread out your message to their own followers.

In a nutshell: Create an attractive video, promote your campaign face-to-face and follow up quite often for maximum crowdfunding success.

 

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 9, 9:41 AM

Some great basics to keep in mind.


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Post-JOBS Act IPO Trends - JD Supra (press release)

Post-JOBS Act IPO Trends JD Supra (press release) Perhaps it is too early to assess, but some have speculated that test-the-waters meetings for EGC IPOs are providing useful information regarding pricing and that is contributing to more deals...
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MBA Entrepreneurs Ditch Venture Capitalists And Bank On Crowdfunding

MBA Entrepreneurs Ditch Venture Capitalists And Bank On Crowdfunding | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Beware the venture capitalist. MBA entrepreneurs are turning to crowdfunding platforms to bank start-up capital and retain more equity. Start-up advisers say it offers more reward for your risk.
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Is it time to get in line for Crowdfunding? - SunDown RunDown Community

Is it time to get in line for Crowdfunding? - SunDown RunDown Community | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs should prepare now for equity crowdfunding.
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In Crowdfunding, All-or-Nothing Campaigns Are More Successful

Some crowdfunding sites will let you keep whatever money you raise, even if you don't hit your funding goal. Sound good? It may not be.
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This report is based on research showing "all or nothing" campaigns as being more successful. 

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Why The SEC Delay Over Crowdfunding Rules is Stifling Bitcoin Innovation

Why The SEC Delay Over Crowdfunding Rules is Stifling Bitcoin Innovation | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Promised SEC rules on crowdfunding are months behind schedule, leaving cash-strapped bitcoin startups in a tricky situation.
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How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts

How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts | CrowdfundingTrends | Scoop.it
Five years since the end of the Great Recession, the private sector has finally regained the nine million jobs it lost. But not all industries recovered equally.
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This is an excellent, elegant, elaborate and interactive graph showing industries on the rise and on the decline.

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American Bar Association to SEC: Don't Overburden Crowdfund Issuers

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A. Brian Dengler's curator insight, May 30, 5:05 PM

The American Bar Association submitted its comment to the SEC regarding the SEC's proposed rules for equity crowdfunding.

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Three Crowdfunding Trends Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Ignore

If you're thinking of starting a business -- or want to grow one you already have -- crowdfunding might be your golden ticket.
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