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Small businesses eagerly await crowdfunding regulation | Star Business Club

Small businesses eagerly await crowdfunding regulation | Star Business Club | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it

One of the most vocal proponents of crowdfunding in Canada is Sandi Gilbert, founder and CEO of SeedUps Canada, a platform that facilitates equity investments from accredited, eligible and ordinary investors into small to emerging businesses.   “Equity crowdfunding is needed in Canada,” says Gilbert. “By tapping the mass affluent — those investors outside the 3 per cent of high-net-worth individuals — small business will be able to thrive and prosper.” - See more at: http://www.starbusinessclub.ca/money/small-businesses-eagerly-await-crowdfunding-regulation/#sthash.pqsVNb3m.dpuf

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Well written.

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Google-backed brokerage Robinhood to offer free trades

Google-backed brokerage Robinhood to offer free trades | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
A game changer for the individual trader? A brokerage firm called Robinhood Financial is offering customers free stock trades through their mobile phones.
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I agree.

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Investors & Entrepreneurs Welcome

Investors & Entrepreneurs Welcome | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it

We promised!  We set out to be North America's first investment platform to offer investment opportunities to ordinary investors - not just the "high net worth" guys that get in on all of the good deals - but YOU - the intelligent, informed investor that wants access to investment opportunities in emerging Canadian companies. Good news!  We're Ready!

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SeedUps Canada | How to raise Capital through Crowdfund Investing

SeedUps Canada | How to raise Capital through Crowdfund Investing | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
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Herding investors

Herding investors | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
IN 2005 Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman, two venture capitalists, were approached with an offer by Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, once the internet’s...
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Companies need to consider their capital structure when raising capital from the crowd.  With careful consideration, they can mitigate the "herding cats" issue down the road.

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SEO is Dead. Long Live OAO.

SEO is Dead. Long Live OAO. | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it

For content publishers, search engine optimization—which we’ve all come to know as SEO—is dead. Rising from its ashes is OAO—online audience optimization.

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9 tips for implementing online audience optimization strategies now.

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Does Elon Musk want to challenge Boeing? - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

Does Elon Musk want to challenge Boeing? - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Elon Musk conquered the road with Tesla. He's rocketed into orbit with SpaceX. Is he now be considering something (literally) in between?
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I just think he might do it!

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The micro-cap IPO disappearing act

The micro-cap IPO disappearing act | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it

Imagine the following success story: Sharp-eyed entrepreneur with a great idea goes to see venture capitalist. He raises a couple million dollars to develop a product, and then raises another $10 million or so over a couple follow-on rounds to build out sales and marketing.

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Is the funding gap larger than we thought?

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Why An Equity Crowdfunding Site Could Become The Largest Marketplace In The World

Why An Equity Crowdfunding Site Could Become The Largest Marketplace In The World | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
What do Airbnb, Etsy, OpenTable, Uber, and Kickstarter have in common? Well, to begin with, each of them are relatively young.
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Arrive on time. - In Photos: 14 Things You Should Do at the Start of Every Work Day

Arrive on time. - In Photos: 14 Things You Should Do at the Start of Every Work Day | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
This may be obvious to most people—but some don’t realize that showing up late can not only leave a bad impression, but also throw off your entire day.
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Try it today!

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Accenture Newsroom: Investing in Digital Technologies and Improving Customer Experiences is Enabling Companies to Identify New Growth Opportunities and Enhance Performance, Accenture Research Finds

Accenture reveals that companies that invest in digital technologies and improving customer experiences are able to identify new growth opportunities and enhance performance.
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Canada’s record pay gap: Why so many are leaving home for Alberta

Canada’s record pay gap: Why so many are leaving home for Alberta | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it

“Note that hourly wages are now nearly $6 less in Atlantic Canada than in Alberta, the widest gap on record, a factor that has contributed to pushing more than 11,000 migrants out of the region in the past year - a major headache for housing markets, government finances, etc.,” said senior economist Robert Kavcic of BMO Nesbitt Burns.

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Intuit’s Canadian Millennials Survey Report and Infographic | QuickBooks by Intuit Canada

Intuit’s Canadian Millennials Survey Report and Infographic | QuickBooks by Intuit Canada | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it

As background, Intuit conducted two separate studies that contributed to the report and infographic. For the first study, Angus Reid surveyed 1,002 Canadians about how likely they were to want to create a business in the next year. This study took place from August 28-29, 2013 and is considered accurate within +/-3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The second study took place with 1,003 aspiring business owners (464 millennials and 539 34+). It was conducted between September 6-10, 2013 and is considered accurate within +/-3.1% (+/- 4.6% among millennials; +/- 4.2% among those 34 years+ ), 19 times out of 20. - See more at: http://blog.intuit.ca/intuits-canadian-millennials-survey-report-and-infographic/#sthash.RSGSRALS.dpuf

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Start-up generation!

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Forget Blogging, Do This Instead

Forget Blogging, Do This Instead | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Creating great content is vital to modern marketing, but most blogging efforts fail. Here's an alternative small businesses can use to dramatically up their shot at success.
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Curate content your audience is interested in!

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Crowdfunding platform breaks record with £2m investment in one week | Financial Reporter

Crowdfunding platform breaks record with £2m investment in one week | Financial Reporter | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Seedrs has secured more than £2m of investment via its own platform, setting a new world record for the most equity raised via an equity crowdfunding site.
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Way to go Seedrs - the power of the crowd!

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Real Business - Luke Lang: Crowdfunding as a growing trend

Real Business - Luke Lang: Crowdfunding as a growing trend | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Real Business talks to Luke Lang about business success through crowdfunding.
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100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs

100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
We've searched high and low to bring you the first annual list of FORBES 100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs.
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Great list for SeedUps Canada entrepreneurs!

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Calacanis: Regular people are gambling in Vegas. Of course they should be able to angel invest

Calacanis: Regular people are gambling in Vegas. Of course they should be able to angel invest | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Jason Calacanis has established himself as a savvy angel investor, making early bets on companies including Uber, Tumblr, Evernote, and others. As the founder of the Launch festival and the host of...
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Investors know winners because they use the products!

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SEO Is Dead. Here's What Is Taking Its Place

SEO Is Dead. Here's What Is Taking Its Place | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Thanks to recent Google changes, search engine optimization isn't nearly as powerful as it used to be. But that's OK--there's a better way.
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Online Audience Optimization - OAO!

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Deloitte Names the 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Canada - Techvibes.com

Deloitte Names the 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Canada - Techvibes.com | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Today Deloitte announced the winners of its Technology Fast 50, Companies-to-Watch  and Green 15 program. Now in its 16th year,
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Goal - SeedUps Canada hits the list next year!

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LendingClub Said to Reach $2.3B Valuation in DST Funding

LendingClub Corp., the largest U.S. peer-to-peer lender, received a $57 million investment from Yuri Milner’s DST Global and Coatue Management LLC as the company nears an initial public offering.
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Disruption in the banking world I'd say

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World’s Best Speed Skaters Come to Calgary | Avenue Magazine

World’s Best Speed Skaters Come to Calgary | Avenue Magazine | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Avenue is the premier city lifestyle magazine celebrating two of Alberta’s largest cities through Avenue Calgary and Avenue Edmonton, providing the best information on issues shaping the city, homes, arts & culture, food, fashion, and travel and...
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Come cheer on Kaitlyn McGregor in her quest to head to Sochi! Full disclosure - she's my niece and she's skating for the Swiss!

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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.
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Beer & Bacon Mussels Recipe | Sainsbury's

Beer & Bacon Mussels Recipe | Sainsbury's | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Sainsbury's brings you recipes for all occasions, with something for everyone. Try our delicious beer and bacon mussels recipe.
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Looks good!

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The US needs to retire daylight savings and just have two time zones—one hour apart

The US needs to retire daylight savings and just have two time zones—one hour apart | Musings for business, life and leisure | Scoop.it
Daylight saving time ends Nov. 3, setting  off an annual ritual where Americans (who don’t live in Arizona or Hawaii) and residents of 78 other countries including Canada (but not Saskatchewan), most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand turn their...
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Canada can follow suit

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