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Silicon Valley: Risk is the Reward

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. -Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder Today, some of the hottest business models under the microscope in the Valley are multi-sided platforms (MSPs) which include talent and funding marketplaces like crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, […]

Decoding the JOBS Act | Harvard Law Forum

All the buzz about crowdfunding regualtion in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act needs clarification, though as you’ll see the lines are still very hazy. Comments on these provisions are due in February 2014. Below are key excerpts to help clarify what’s currently in place as of 10/23/2013. This comes directly from the Harvard Law School […]

Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn’t a Threat to Venture Capital

Here’s a blog post from Entrepreneur.com that discusses the same issues that I touched on in my recent post: Why Equity Crowdfunding Isn’t a Threat to Venture Capital | Entrepreneur.com. The JOBS Act has effectively loosened restrictions on equity-based investing in startups via crowdsoucing, but will this take the place of Venture Capital? This blog […]

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Bullish on the Crowdfunding Economy Despite The Serious Pitfalls

Time magazine recently posted an article on the growth of the ‘crowdfunding economy’ enabled by the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which passed through the federal government with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Obama. Under JOBS, companies can sell ownership shares to investors via websites and social media channels […]

Crowdfunding: The New Way To Finance Your Personal Life – Forbes

Why should you care about crowdfunding? Because you can fund anything, including your personal life! Do you have a project you’ve been working on or a cause you’d like to support? Make it happen quickly and socially with sites like kickstarter.com or fundanything.com. This ability for literally anyone to gather funds from friends, family, and […]

Crowdfunding Raises More Than $76K for Homeless Good Samaritan

Honesty pays, thanks to the crowd! A Boston homeless man found a backpack full of $40K… and he returned it! After his kind act, a total stranger created a crowdfunding page for him on gofundme.com. The campaign raised $76K! Talk about a good return on your decision. Crowdfunding raises more than $76k for homeless good samaritan […]

Crowdfunding college – Startups and MOOCs lowering the upfront cost of education

Check out this CNBC article on lowering the cost of education. Step 1 – take whichever class you can online to save on tuition. This refers to the emerging trend of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Step 2 – get backers to loan you money at lower rates than available elsewhere. See Pave – a […]

Crowdfunding Against Big Coal | Steve Fenberg

Check out this group of activists utilizing crowdfunding to get their message heard and build support. Crowdfunding Against Big Coal | Steve Fenberg. Chris Kluesener