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5 lessons we learned experimenting SlideShare as a visual blog

5 lessons we learned experimenting SlideShare as a visual blog | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
SlideShare is a great platform for visual content and an amazing company: in just a few years, it has become the YouTube of presentations, one of the Top 150 sites in the world with an impressive 3 Billion views per month from 60 million unique visitors. Perhaps like many others, I originally thought of SlideShare as a platform to use only on specific occasions: when I had talked at a conference, when we had produced great slides worth sharing or when we had something specifically visual to communicate. I had had great experience and results but I don’t talk to conferences every day and so I sometimes felt I was missing out. And then, one night of September last year, I heard Jason Miller present at one of our #leancontent events and it became all clear: the team and I realized we could use SlideShare in a very different way - not just as a tool to recycle and share what you already created for other purposes but as a media channel that we would update on a regular basis. In a word, as a visual blog.

We decided to try it: over the next few months, we tried to publish at least every other week to SlideShare, integrating it in our content calendar alongside our blog and our Scoop.it content curations.

These are the first results after 4 months running this experiment. Continue reading →
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A suspect emerges in stock-trade hiccups: Regulation NMS

A suspect emerges in stock-trade hiccups: Regulation NMS | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
The business of filling stock orders has grown increasingly complex, a factor some on Wall Street link to trading glitches of recent years and one that is partly due to rules called Regulation NMS.
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CrowdCheck Offers Crowdfunding Compliance Management for New Reg. D and Accredited Investor Marketing Programs

CrowdCheck Offers Crowdfunding Compliance Management for New Reg. D and Accredited Investor Marketing Programs | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
By Sarah Hanks, CrowdCheck's CEO Adoption of New Rule 506(c): General Solicitation in Regulation D Offerings From the CEO's Desktop:  On July 10 the SEC complied with a mandate in the JOBS Act of 2...

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Are your #crowdfunding #marketing programs Reg. D compliant? http://lnkd.in/fWUNcq

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A VC: Some Thoughts On The SEC's Rulemaking On General Solicitation

A VC: Some Thoughts On The SEC's Rulemaking On General Solicitation | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
The JOBS Act was signed into law on April 5, 2012. This legislation was designed to make it easier for small businesses in the US to raise capital and contained a number of important and valuable changes to securities laws....
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“WordPress for Crowdfunding,” Crowdhoster Makes Payments a Form of Communication

“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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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.

Nancy Chorpenning's curator insight, August 25, 2013 8:42 PM

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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So you want to be an angel investor? [Part I]

So you want to be an angel investor? [Part I] | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
by Kamal Hassan I was sitting yesterday with someone who wants to become an angel investor. This young man asked me for my advice on angel investing (although I normally blog for entrepreneurs, I h...
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AngelList vs. the SEC over general solicitation

Naval's new campaign against the SEC proposed rules regulating general solicitation is the news of the week. It's a political mistake. The problem to be solved is a lack of trust between us and DC ...
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Why general solicitation isn't evil - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

Why general solicitation isn't evil - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
Hedge and private equity funds will be allowed to advertise, but it isn't a Wall Street plot to foist garbage on unsuspecting investors.
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JOBS Act Implications Significant, Just not for Technology - www.waterstechnology.com

JOBS Act Implications Significant, Just not for Technology - www.waterstechnology.com | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
JOBS Act Implications Significant, Just not for Technology
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The JOBS Act could present new opportunities─and challenges─for the hedge fund industry, but Anthony questions whether there's a significant IT angle to be found.
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As Capital Bikeshare expands in popularity and size, it runs into logistical ... - Washington Post

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Rules Eliminating the Prohibition on General Solicitation for Rule 506 and ... - The National Law Review

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Rules Eliminating the Prohibition on General Solicitation for Rule 506 and ...
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RealClearMarkets - With the JOBS Act, The Private Funding Market ...

RealClearMarkets - With the JOBS Act, The Private Funding Market ... | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
The Commission voted -- nearly one year past its deadline from Congress -- to implement a key section of the JOBS Act by lifting a decades-old ban on mass marketing private securities offerings. According to the SEC, private ...
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Startup success: Decoding a term sheet which denotes intention to invest by venture capitalist

Startup success: Decoding a term sheet which denotes intention to invest by venture capitalist | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
The term sheet, which denotes an intention to invest by a venture capitalist, is a slim handbook that rarely has more than a dozen pages. But for an entrepreneur, it is often a vindication of the...

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How Angel Investors Can Fund Your Business - Tuts+ Business Tutorial

How Angel Investors Can Fund Your Business - Tuts+ Business Tutorial | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it

What are angel investors, what can they bring to your business, what are the pros and cons of working with them, and how can you find them and pitch to them successfully? Read on for all the answers. 

 

If you’re looking for funding for your business, the answer may lie with an angel.

No, we’re not talking about divine intervention. Angel investors are wealthy individuals who invest in small companies, hoping that one of them becomes the next Google or Facebook. If you can attract one, they can provide a much-needed injection of cash for your company.

Now it’s time to start looking at the equity route. All of these options work in the same basic way—you receive cash from an investor, and in return you give that investor an equity (ownership) stake in your business. But there are significant differences in how they work in practice, so we’re going to look at each one in detail, starting with angel investing.

The goal of this tutorial is to give you a clear idea of how angel investing works, and the advantages and disadvantages of this method of funding your business. You’ll also learn how to find angel investors, how to pitch to them successfully, and how to work with them after you’ve secure funding.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 21, 2014 9:34 AM

Great tutorial on what Angel Investors are all about.

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Banks Threatened by Crowdfunding According to a Recent Study | Megafounder Blog

Banks Threatened by Crowdfunding According to a Recent Study | Megafounder Blog | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
Disruptive technologies are changing the interaction between banks and their clients. Young people will no longer ask the bank for some services.

Disruptive technologies are changing the interaction between banks and their clients. Crowdfunding: this is what banks are afraid of. Months ago we wrote the post “Can the Internet replace Big Banks?”. These days, BBVA Research published the “BBVA Research Economic Outlook 2013” for the US that you can read below. They pursue adapting economic research to the needs of an international banking group and to respond to the challenge of evaluating increasingly globalised economic developments.

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Need a Professional Crowdfunding Campaign? Have someone assist you or do it for you:http://bfs.ag/578266/7907


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 10, 2013 11:39 AM

Crowdfunding is shifting paradigms. The banks are getting worried. Adapt or bust? At least there are alternatives now.

Marc Kneepkens's comment, September 15, 2013 1:11 PM
Thinking about a Crowdfunding Campaign for your Startup? Here is an intro: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding-startups.html
Marc Kneepkens's comment, September 15, 2013 1:13 PM
The financial institutions 'in power' are definitely feeling threatened. Their next step will be: How can we make a profit?
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JOBS Act rule may hinder fundraising

JOBS Act rule may hinder fundraising | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
A provision of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act allowed companies to raise money by soliciting the public. Though positive at face value, the recently publicized proposed rules will create headaches for startups.
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'This space reserved for general solicitation'

'This space reserved for general solicitation' | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
Did you know that in about three weeks, startups are going to be able to advertise that they are raising capital in newspapers, magazines, blogs, billboards, and even on Facebook and Twitter?
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Could Demo Days get hooked in SEC's new rules net? - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Always wondered why #DemoDays didn't have a general solicitation problem; assumed someone had a theory ... guess not.
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If media are invited, then it is generally solicitation.

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Front Page PR Launches Marketing Product Geared Toward General Solicitation - Crowdfund Insider

Front Page PR Launches Marketing Product Geared Toward General Solicitation - Crowdfund Insider | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
Front Page PR Launches Marketing Product Geared Toward General Solicitation Crowdfund Insider Front Page PR has announced the launch of a new “turnkey general solicitation marketing program” aimed at helping crowdfunding portals, broker-dealers and...
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Ten tips for running a successful crowdfunding campaign

Ten tips for running a successful crowdfunding campaign | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding platforms can open doors for entrepreneurs because they offer access to capital without having to navigate through the complicated traditional channels such as venture capital and angel investors. In addition, crowdfunding provides entrepreneurs with a way to engage their customer base and involve them in the exciting start-up phase of their company, all the while getting their product out into the market.

 

So for all of the budding entrepreneurs out there with big ideas and dreams of making them a reality, here are ten tips I have learned from my experience running a crowdfunding campaign:

1. Create a prototype of your idea. Crowdfunding campaigns are most successful when you have built the foundation of the project and are now asking for support to help take it to the next level. It also shows your belief in the project as you have invested time and personal money in the venture, which will support the all around credibility of your campaign.

2. Pick your platform. As the popularity of crowdfunding increases, so do the number of platforms available. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are the two largest (note: Kickstarter has U.S. and Brisih residency clauses, but just announced it is opening its doors to Canadians “late” this summer, you can register to stay up to date here). Other platforms to look into are: Crowdfunder, RocketHub and Quirky.

3. Build your project page. Research similar projects that have been successful and make note of the type of detail they included on their page. Your project page is your opportunity to sell your idea and engage potential supporters to become involved in what you are doing and contribute to your campaign, so make sure it is well written with a clear objective -- and includes pictures!

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Best Information for Raising Money with Crowdfunding:

https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/freemoneypop/gt4045/


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 19, 2013 3:53 PM

This sums it up really well, several choices have been made, which have to be considered thoroughly: which crowdfunding platform, payment method, perks, etc.

In order to get the best guidance at the most reasonable cost I recommend Growthink's Crowdfunding Formula. It is excellent and cuts many mistakes out that anyone would make very easily. It's definitely worth looking at it. Watch Dave's video (15-20 minutes) to get a good understanding of what it all takes to make your campaign succesful.

Also, on the Business-Funding-Insider.com site is a page where you can list your campaign for FREE. More exposure to hundreds of visitors daily, here is the link, this is brand new: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding-campaign.html

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The Morning Risk Report: JOBS Act Has Drawbacks For Issuers Too

The Morning Risk Report: JOBS Act Has Drawbacks For Issuers Too | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
Issuers of private securities may welcome several aspects of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act passed in 2011, but a recent, related decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission to change the rules on "bad actors" is going to complicate...
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Immaterial Value and Scarcity in Digital Capitalism: how semiotic transactions develop values independently of physical assets

Immaterial Value and Scarcity in Digital Capitalism: how semiotic transactions develop values independently of physical assets | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it

While digital capitalism may appear to be an affective form of capitalism, and to a certain extent it does deploy affective measures to achieve its ends, a more correct designation is agnotologic capitalism: a capitalism systemically based on the production and maintenance of ignorance. The accusations of fraud against banks such as Goldman Sachs for creating derivatives “designed to fail” and then claiming that these commodities are of the highest value demonstrates this process of misinformation designed to obfuscate, confuse and confound.


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Later stage capital leads investment in 2013 - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Later stage capital leads investment in 2013 - Tampa Bay Business Journal | SEC Rule 506c | Scoop.it
Later stage capital leads investment in 2013 Tampa Bay Business Journal Of a total of $167.1 million invested in Florida companies in the first and second quarters, $88 million, or 52.7 percent, was later stage capital; $38 million, or 22.8 percent...
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Introduction To JOBS Act Regulations Effective On September 23, 2013 | JD Supra

On July 10 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted implementing regulations under the JOBS Act of 2012 (concerning the relaxation of the prohibitions against “general...
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North Carolina JOBS Act of 2014: Introducing the North Carolina ...

The bad news is that the North Carolina Senate has adjourned for the year without taking up consideration of HB680, the North Carolina Jump Start Our Business Start-ups (NC JOBS) Act of 2013. Despite excellent support ...
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