Crowdfunding 2.0: Even You Can Invest in the Next High-Growth Startup

Crowdfunding—an online method of soliciting money from the general public for a business, project, or cause—is about to go through a seismic shift. And it could mean insane profits for some investors—profits that were previously unattainable due to government regulations.

We are talking about the potential for the kind of jackpot enjoyed by early investors in high-growth startups like YouTube and Facebook. We’ve all heard stories about the lucky janitors who cashed out on equity after an IPO or acquisition and bought million-dollar homes and a porsche, or two, or three.

For the fact that millions of crowdfunding investors have been shut out of this opportunity until now, one does not have to look back very far for a lesson in extreme disappointment.

Virtual reality technology company Oculus VR, Inc., which manufactures the hotly anticipated Oculus Rift headset, raised $2.4 million on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter, largely from the gaming and developer community it serves.

When Oculus VR was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion, its more than 9,000 crowdfunding supporters who helped launch the company got nothing.

Source: Crowdfunding 2.0: Even You Can Invest in the Next High-Growth Startup

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Hacking the Startup Fundraising Matrix — Medium

“The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” — Morpheus The Big Idea Contrary to what you may believe, there is a proven formula for raising capital. It’s what the world’s best CEOs and expert fundraisers have been using for decades. And now with fundraising and investing moving online, this formula can be amplified, and exponentially more valuable to you. As we’ve shared this formula with founders raising on Crowdfunder, the data shows that those who follow this formula raise ten times the amount of investment as those who don’t. Founders who follow the formula on Crowdfunder attract $240,000 (founders who don’t raise only $24K). Founders who follow the formula close money 50% of the time from interested investors, whereas founders who don’t close less than 10% of the time. I will show you how to hack this matrix, but first you need to understand what the agents are doing… The Quantification of Startup Finance “Never send a human to do a machine’s job.” — Agent Smith Last year in 2014, over 70,000 startups got $24 Billion in seed funding from 300,000 investors. The number of funded startups has doubled since 2002; and the data shows that even when total investment dollars drops — as it did during the 2008 financial meltdown — the number of startups getting funded (as well as the number of investors) has steadily increased each year.

Source: Hacking the Startup Fundraising Matrix — Medium

Seed Equity Opens Equity Crowdfunding Platform to a Global Audience

todd croslandSeed Equity, founded by an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year, is launching a U.S. Registered Broker-dealer and online equity-based crowdfunding platform for Startups targeting a global audience.  Seed Equity is a member of FINRA and SIPC.  Founder Todd Crosland previously started and sold Interbank FX – a company he operated from 2001 to 2011.

Seed Equity claims to already spans the US, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Honduras, Cyprus, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Turkey and United Kingdom. The company is preparing to open an office in Tel Aviv.

Seed Equity LogoSeed Equity sees their launch coming at a time when the startup market is expanding geographically and investment is being diversified through crowdfunding initiatives.  The platform allows entrepreneurs to share information about their startup, carry out due diligence processes, apply for funding, and close formal international investment agreements with multiple investors.

“Countries like Israel and Chile have actively been supporting their own startup ecosystems through grants and tax breaks which has spurred a boom of promising startups across the globe,” said founder and CEO Todd Crosland.

Seed Equity points out that hundreds of foreign entrepreneurs continue to move their startups to the US to improve their access to investors who continue to invest mostly in local tech hubs such as San Francisco and New York City.

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“This is why we are seeing an increase in equity investment crowdfunding that allow promising foreign entrepreneurs to seek their investments at home,” Crosland adds.

“This trend to seek investment through crowd-funding is much more prevalent abroad, especially in developing tech hubs where the geographical and psychological barriers between the entrepreneur and potential US investors long impeded local startups to push through.”

 

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Crowdfunding Can Help Build Business, But At What Cost?

rockethub_wide-e52cd223e8f6eaf45dd18cf2ccbe7b1f394ed410-s3-c85Entrepreneur Andy Krafsur raised money for Spira Footwear by reaching out to friends and family. But that was a dozen years ago. After the economy tanked, the common tactic became a lot more difficult.

“The pool of people that you can go to has shrunken significantly,” Krafsur says, “and everybody goes to those same people.”

Then Krafsur found a crowdfunding website that helped his cash flow enormously. The Securities and Exchange Commission is about to approve rules allowing small businesses to reach out to investors through these kinds of crowdfunding networks.

But the rules are already generating controversy. Continue reading “Crowdfunding Can Help Build Business, But At What Cost?”

TapRaise Opens Public Beta

teaser_buttonBrooklyn, NY – April 17, 2014 – One tap, one dollar. That’s the core premise of a radically simple new donation/small payment system being opened to the public today by Brooklyn-based startup TapRaise.

TapRaise’s flagship product is the Dollar Button, the world’s simplest donation system for both fundraisers and supporters. It’s designed for anyone with an online following seeking ongoing support for their work, whatever that may be. It just takes two minutes to set up – and just one tap (or click) to give a dollar in support of someone or something you appreciate.

Because it’s so easy, the Dollar Button brings in money from people who would never have given before – and inspires people who give to give more often . From content creators like bloggers, musicians and video-makers to more traditional fundraisers – and just about anyone in between with an online following – the Dollar Button makes donations easier and friendlier than ever before.

To get your own Dollar Button right now, just visit https://www.tapraise.com/ and click on the big green button that says “Get the Dollar Button!”
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You’ve Got Funds – Crowdfunding For Startups

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Here’s information on a new crowdfunding site for startups at www.youvegotfunds.com

 

 

 

At YouveGotFunds, our website connects your new ideas with the world and our business development experts. Not only do we help you get funding, we help you execute your business plan and advise you how to optimize your success.
Need a business license or info on domain names? We can take care of that. Want to file a patent to protect your design? Our network of professionals can help you with the process. We can assist you with a To Do list, estimate your financial costs and provide you a roadmap for marketing. If you need a logo or a website, we have expert designers that can bring your presence to the web and optimize its’ visibility.
YouveGotFunds is dedicated to funding your next big idea. Whether it’s a new business, film, CD, art project, invention, personal cause or technology, we believe in your creativity. We help you gain exposure to a wider audience, find funding and market your concept to transform your dream into reality.
It use to be that when you needed money, you had to go ask the bank for a loan, max out your credit cards or beg your friends or relatives. In today’s world, luckily there are other options. Did you know that Nanolight, the creator of the world’s most efficient light bulb asked for $20,000 to complete their product development? Not only did they reinvent the light bulb, but they found an audience that believed so strongly in their product that they have raised over $135,000 with a month left in their campaign!
With our extensive business background, we have developed multiple start-up companies, derived from an initial concept to numerous successful and productive operations. With a combined 50+ years in business, we can help you raise capital and connect with resources.
We have experience not only, in sales, marketing, and web-based businesses, but our contacts also include legal, accounting, human resources, web design and manufacturing just to name a few. Our team is comprised of all ages and experience. When you join our fund connection, you have access to all these specialties and at discounted rates. We’ve been there: From a brick and mortar retail outlet to an internet company, or a self-publisher, photographer or a Human Resources Generalist. We’ve got you covered. Want to join our network? Click Here.
With Crowdfunding, you have the opportunity to share your vision to the whole world over the internet. ThroughYouveGotFunds.com and our links to Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram & My Space, you can tell the universe about your projects and plans. You will find people excited and willing to help you because they believe in your idea or cause.
Although this type of funding has been around for decades, it has only recently become a popular and desirable option. Entrepreneurs, artists, college students, senior citizens and more are finding this a powerful tool to validate their ideas, gain worldwide exposure, and raise capital. Ever heard of the Elevation Dock for iphones? Well, if you haven’t, you will soon. It is a newly designed docking station that can be used with or without phone cases. Initially, they had a goal of $75,000. They surpassed their target and raised almost $1.5 million from iphone users that saw an important need.
Even the Beach Boys have turned to Crowdsourcing to find people interested in participating in the making of their new concert tribute film. Finally, remember, Karen the elderly Bus Monitor that was verbally harassed by a bunch of students while trying to keep kids safe on the way to school? A proposal to raise $5,000 for a well needed vacation was suggested and an amazing $700,000 was raised. Now, Karen will most likely be enjoying her retirement.
YouveGotFunds is just as interested in your success as you are, and we will help you reach your goal as quickly as possible. While the completion of your project may often take longer, our recommendations for a fundraising campaign are 30, 45 or 60 days as we have found these are the optimal choices to complete a successful campaign.
Unlike some of the other funding sites, like Kickstarter, our fees are not based on the success of your fundraising. Nor, like Indiegogo are they based on the type of campaign that you choose. YouveGotFunds is positioned to showcase your cause or project and give you more exposure than some of the other sites.
Allow us to help you gain public exposure and funding for your success. Besides you own friends and neighborhood, wouldn’t it be exciting if someone in England or Bangladesh loved your idea and believed in your cause. At YouveGotFunds, we believe in coloring outside the lines and thinking outside the box. If you can dream it, we can support you in making it a reality.