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What No one Tells You About Crowdfunding and Intellectual Property

What No one Tells You About Crowdfunding and Intellectual Property | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
In this day and age, the number of innovative ideas popping up daily are numerous. It is easy for creators and inventors to come up with similar products as each of them tries to meet a need in the market. Creators also face the potential danger of someone, or some group, stealing their ideas and claiming it as their own. This is a growing problem in the modern world, particularly with the rise of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. 


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Will a Pre-funded Deals Strategy Cause a Shift in Real Estate Crowdfunding?

Will a Pre-funded Deals Strategy Cause a Shift in Real Estate Crowdfunding? | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
Real estate crowdfunding platforms are increasingly shifting towards pre-funded deals to increase their market share and deal flow.
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Real estate crowdfunding platforms are increasingly shifting towards pre-funded deals to increase their market share and deal flow. Pre-funded deals occur when a crowdfunding platform gives a real estate developer who needs capital right way a loan guarantee without having to first take the risk of raising the entire loan amount from online investors. According to the 2015 TRN Real Estate Crowdfunding Report, crowdfunding platforms are opting for this strategy to meet the needs of developers who need to raise capital quickly in order to close lucrative deals in a short amount of time. In such situations, pre-funded deals come in handy because raising funds online can take longer – usually a few weeks or even months. While pre-funded deals enable real estate developers fast funding, it also benefits investors who get returns faster because deals with developers are closed prior to the commencement of the fundraising process online. 


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Going into Crowdfunding? Discover 3 Success Stories that Dared to Say No to the Banks

Going into Crowdfunding? Discover 3 Success Stories that Dared to Say No to the Banks | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Crowdfunding works like a cockfight where you raise your bet and anybody from the crowd takes the challenge. The only difference is that in a cockfight it is a 50:50 win-loss probability. In crowdfunding, risk is spread into different offerings and an investor has options to manage risk by conducting due diligence on the target proponents.

 

Read More: http://thesoholoft.com/going-into-crowdfunding-discover-3-success-stories-that-dared-to-say-no-to-the-banks-by-david-drake/

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WiSEED: Pleasing the Crowd

WiSEED: Pleasing the Crowd | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Crowdfunding continues to increase in scale in Europe and it is expected that 26% or $1.3 billion out of a global $5.1 billion will be raised via European crowdfunding platforms in 2013, based on the latest industry report by Massolution. Equity crowdfunding, in particular, will pick up a faster pace as regulatory uncertainties are mitigated and the necessary laws are put in place. - See more at: http://www.equities.com/editors-desk/crowd-investing/jobs-act/wiseed-pleasing-the-crowd#sthash.yVDLisyt.dpuf

 

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Top 4 Crowdfunding Developments and Predictions for Asia in 2015

Top 4 Crowdfunding Developments and Predictions for Asia in 2015 | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Unlike the U.S. and Europe where crowdfunding has grown into a massive industry that provides funding for a variety of “SPPICE” (Service, Product, Project, Investment, Cause and Experience), it is yet to gain a ton of traction in Asia.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/top-4-crowdfunding-developments-and-predictions-for-asia-in-2015-by-david-drake/

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Angels Lead Crowd Investors through Syndicate Funding

Angels Lead Crowd Investors through Syndicate Funding | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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This is what I want to see: The likes of Angel Capital Association (ACA) and European Business Angel Network (EBAN) embracing and starting to take a proactive role in the new ecosystem where deal flows are coming in quicker and proof of concept brings in regular people investing alongside the angels.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/angels-lead-crowd-investors-through-syndicate-funding/

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The Great Comeback of 2014: Top 5 US Real Estate Projects Funded by the Crowd

The Great Comeback of 2014: Top 5 US Real Estate Projects Funded by the Crowd | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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From its early days as a concept used to provide funding for innovative startup ideas, crowdfunding has since evolved into an investment vehicle used to fund million-dollar large scale projects across the globe.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/the-great-comeback-of-2014-top-5-us-real-estate-projects-funded-by-the-crowd-by-david-drake/

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The True Power of the Crowd: 5 Real Estate Projects Which Made History

The True Power of the Crowd: 5 Real Estate Projects Which Made History | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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The true power of the crowd lies in its ability to find its place in the market and to make investment decisions itself. Nowhere is this more true than in the real estate crowdfunding space. Despite the present limitations required in the JOBS Act that only accredited investors can play the equity crowdfunding game, the power of the crowd is already being unlocked and is now awaiting for a full blast once non-accredited investors enter the game.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/the-true-power-of-the-crowd-5-real-estate-projects-which-made-history-by-david-drake/

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Crowdfunding Grows Up: 4 Trends That Will Shape and Shake 2015

Crowdfunding Grows Up: 4 Trends That Will Shape and Shake 2015 | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it

As 2014 draws to an end, the outlook for crowdfunding does not wane one bit despite growing up pains.

The Tabb Group has estimated that the market will hit $17 billion in 2015 after having been forecasted to touch $10 billion in 2014 with more than 1000 new platforms formed. Some of the funding will come from angel investors who could invest a total of $50 billion in 2015 across all funding opportunities compared to $22.9 billion in 2012, though a more conservative estimate puts the figure at $28 billion.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/crowdfunding-grows-up-4-trends-that-will-shape-and-shake-2015-by-david-drake/

TheSohoLoftEvents's insight:

As 2014 draws to an end, the outlook for crowdfunding does not wane one bit despite growing up pains.

The Tabb Group has estimated that the market will hit $17 billion in 2015 after having been forecasted to touch $10 billion in 2014 with more than 1000 new platforms formed. Some of the funding will come from angel investors who could invest a total of $50 billion in 2015 across all funding opportunities compared to $22.9 billion in 2012, though a more conservative estimate puts the figure at $28 billion.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/crowdfunding-grows-up-4-trends-that-will-shape-and-shake-2015-by-david-drake/

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Five Realty Crowdfunding Projects Raising $50M Or More

Five Realty Crowdfunding Projects Raising $50M Or More | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Real estate crowdfunding has been growing exponentially for the past couple years, and this year the industry continues to move from being a niche phenomenon to establishing itself as a legitimate and credible fundraising tool. It has also transformed real estate investing from being a rich man’s preserve to an activity in which the ordinary retail investor could participate. It provides smaller investors the opportunity to directly invest in real estate projects located in their own communities. TimesRealtyNews.com that I write for, as of September 1, 2014, saw $2 billion in real estate crowdfunding affected.

 

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/five-realty-crowdfunding-projects-raising-50m-or-more-by-david-drake/

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Hedge Funds Sail Towards Crowdfunding Space in 5 Steps

Hedge Funds Sail Towards Crowdfunding Space in 5 Steps | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Angel investors and venture capitalists are the sources of funding that new businesses are seeking to grow dynamically. New businesses and entrepreneurs, however, normally experience obstacles launching their ideas and sharing benefits with the investors. The basic factor that hinders entrepreneurs is finding smart, educated investors who could be their prospect fund providers. On the other hand, investors require strong platforms to gauge the profitability of business ideas with minimal risk.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article:  http://thesoholoft.com/hedge-funds-sail-towards-crowdfunding-space-in-5-steps/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheSohoLoft+%28The+Soho+Loft%29

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Realty Crowdfunding Exponential Growth: Numbers Don’t Lie

Realty Crowdfunding Exponential Growth: Numbers Don’t Lie | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Just as it gained traction in mainstream real estate investing, realty crowdfunding has grown rapidly into an industry of its own. According to a report by the WSJ, funds raised by U.S. crowdfunding platforms in 2013 were in excess of $135 million. With just a handful of platforms visible in the landscape previously, the numbers have soared today to over a hundred, with nearly 70 operating from the U.S. alone. These platforms, which offer different services to their clients, have created a niche for themselves and are experiencing phenomenal growth levels.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/realty-crowdfunding-exponential-growth-numbers-dont-lie/

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The Next 3 Surges That Will Change the Future of Crowdfunding

The Next 3 Surges That Will Change the Future of Crowdfunding | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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The remaining months of 2014 may still hold unexpected twists for those hoping to ride the ever-increasing crowdfunding wave in the U.S., Europe and beyond. The number of crowdfunding platforms available to investors continues to grow, with more than 536 active platforms estimated last 2012. If the SEC regulators make Title III of the JOBS Act workable (as it relates to crowdfunding), thereby imposing less restrictions on non-accredited investors, the uncapped crowdfunding market will continue to swell through more innovative platforms and startups. The ruling by this regulatory body will likely come about in late 2014, but even while the public is eagerly waiting in anticipation, due diligence is still recommended.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article : http://thesoholoft.com/the-next-3-surges-that-will-change-the-future-of-crowdfunding-by-david-drake/

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5 Reasons to Attract Hard Money Lenders into Crowdfunding

5 Reasons to Attract Hard Money Lenders into Crowdfunding | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it

The crowdfunding industry will continue to experience exponential growth in 2016. The entry of 400 of hard money lenders in the crowdfunding space will add into this growth. Hard money lenders are small groups of investors or private individuals who lend money to house flippers or real estate developers based on the property they are buying and not their credit score. Such loans can cost up to twice the average mortgage and feature high origination fees. Despite this high cost of borrowing, real estate entrepreneurs can access up to 100 percent of property purchase price from hard money lenders to finance their deals as long as they can back their loans up with real assets. 


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Top 4 Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of Crowdfunding Automation

Top 4 Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of Crowdfunding Automation | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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American crowdfunding platforms, such as FundAmerica, CrowdValley, WealthForge and Folio, are already leading the way in streamlining the automation process. Most importantly, these processes are in compliance with the online requirements of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as the Jumpstart Our Business Startup (JOBS) Act.

 

Read more here - http://thesoholoft.com/top-4-reasons-why-2016-is-the-year-of-crowdfunding-automation-by-david-drake/

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Building Up the Next Richard Lefrak from the Crowd

Building Up the Next Richard Lefrak from the Crowd | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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The Securities Act of 1933 included provisions on Regulation A that allowed an exemption from registration for small offerings. However, investors and those seeking funds did not benefit much from Reg. A for it has a cap of $5 million, to be raised from any individual or business over a 12 month period.

 

 

 

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Angels, Venture Capitalists or the Crowd: Who Should Fund Your Startup?

Angels, Venture Capitalists or the Crowd: Who Should Fund Your Startup? | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Startup entrepreneurs have more options in raising funds thanks to crowdfunding, an innovative way of fundraising from a large number of investors online. Since the JOBS Act this new investment phenomenon has grown in popularity as a veritable tool for funding startups.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/angels-venture-capitalists-or-the-crowd-who-should-fund-your-startup-by-david-drake/

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Crowd Investing for Real Estate with Barry Sternlicht and Kent Swig

Crowd Investing for Real Estate with Barry Sternlicht and Kent Swig | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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When Joe Rubin (FundingPost) and I were planning for this Real Estate Investing conference we knew that crowdfunding’s foray into real estate is a promising innovation to the financing and investing industry. We were compelled to bring #people, entrepreneurs and investors, #media and #spectators, to join in the talks in order to sharpen the game.

 

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Angels Lead Crowd Investors through Syndicate Funding

Angels Lead Crowd Investors through Syndicate Funding | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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This is what I want to see: The likes of Angel Capital Association (ACA) and European Business Angel Network (EBAN) embracing and starting to take a proactive role in the new ecosystem where deal flows are coming in quicker and proof of concept brings in regular people investing alongside the angels.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/angels-lead-crowd-investors-through-syndicate-funding/

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Why the New Regulation A+ Rules Will Rock the Crowdfunding World

Why the New Regulation A+ Rules Will Rock the Crowdfunding World | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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The US #crowdfunding industry hit a major milestone on March 25 this year as the #sec passed into law Reg A+ under Title IV of the JOBS Act after years of prolonged deliberation and advocating by stakeholders.

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/why-the-new-regulation-a-rules-will-rock-the-crowdfunding-world-by-david-drake/

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The Top 70 US Real Estate Crowdfunding Sites Enlarging the 2015 Horizon

The Top 70 US Real Estate Crowdfunding Sites Enlarging the 2015 Horizon | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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When you consider that real estate crowdfunding was only made possible in 2012 when Congress passed the JOBS Act, the progress has been quite remarkable. At first sight, real estate does not seem to be an obvious candidate for crowdfunding because investment is expensive yet the idea of real estate crowdfunding is spreading like wildfire.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/the-top-70-us-real-estate-crowdfunding-sites-enlarging-the-2015-horizon-by-david-drake/

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Leading Alternative Cigarette Firms Challenging the Big Tobacco Industry

Leading Alternative Cigarette Firms Challenging the Big Tobacco Industry | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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There are three firms currently trying to disrupt the tobacco industry.

One is an early-stage development company from the biotech industry which is very much under the radar for many investors but whose prowess at biotechnology has the potential to be a game-changer. The others are two of the leading e-cigarette companies.

 

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/leading-alternative-cigarette-firms-challenging-the-big-tobacco-industry-david-drake/

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How Baby Boomers can Leverage Real Estate Crowdfunding

How Baby Boomers can Leverage Real Estate Crowdfunding | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Each day in the United States, an estimated 10,000 baby boomers retire. With a population placed at 78 million, the boomer generation, representing those born after World War II (between 1946 and 1964) currently control 70% of the household wealth in the U.S. according to Brian Sozzi of the Belus Capital Advisors. It has also been predicted that about $12 trillion worth of assets will be transferred from the greatest generation (those born between the 1920s and 30s) to the boomers in the near future, according to Bank of America’s Sarbjit Nahal and Beijia Ma. Against this backdrop, to ensure a constant flow of income during their retirement, the need for proper management of their accumulated and inherited wealth arises.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/how-baby-boomers-can-leverage-real-estate-crowdfunding/

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Crowdfunding Metals and Mining: How Family Offices and Angels are Investing

Crowdfunding Metals and Mining: How Family Offices and Angels are Investing | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Natural resources like minerals and metals are used in all major sectors of a country’s economy. Based on statistics released by the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICCM), an increase in the demand for minerals is witnessed when a country’s urbanization gets to 30 percent and the per capita income is between 5,000 and 10,000 dollars per annum. Countries such as India, Brazil and China have already reached these levels which explain the rising demand for minerals over the last few decades across the globe. The mining sector has experienced substantial growth. Between 2000 and 2010, the industry grew from US$ 214 billion to US$ 644 billion.

 

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/crowdfunding-metals-and-mining-how-family-offices-and-angels-are-investing-by-david-drake/

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Crowdfunding’s Latest Invasion: Real Estate

Crowdfunding’s Latest Invasion: Real Estate | Social Media and Crowdfunding | Scoop.it
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Crowdfunding is rapidly changing the real-estate investment market, offering developers new ways to finance projects, small investors a way in, and the socially conscious an avenue to support their local communities—and their local farms.
Here is a rundown of the real-estate crowdfunding firms I think will have the biggest impact. (Full disclosure: I have advised Primarq (number 7) on its secondary market strategy, where investors can sell their shares without having to liquidate the actual properties.)

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://thesoholoft.com/crowdfundings-latest-invasion-real-estate/

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