David Marlett Now Accepting Crowdfunding Consultation, on Success-Fee Basis!

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DIFF 2011 – Miles for Film Dinner Party – April 4th, 2011 (Photo credit: Dallas Film Society Images)

I received an email from my most esteemed colleague, friend & mentor David Marlett, JD and I wanted to repost this along with my highest recommendation to anyone, especially film makers who are trying to navigate the choppy waters of crowdfunding for their own projects or initiatives. It has been my pleasure to serve under David at the National Crowdfunding Association and I can think of no one more qualified to consult with companies or individuals who are seeking outside assistance.

Crowdfunding Consultation on Success-Fee Basis!

Seeking clients on success-fee basis to help crowdfund their projects, especially film projects. For all film projects, please submit through www.BlueRunCrowdfund.com . For all other projects, please contact me directly at dmarlett@CrowdfundInternational.com.

David Marlett, JD CPA
writer / producer / director

Managing Director
BLUERUN MEDIA
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NATIONAL CROWDFUNDING ASSOCIATION
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2012 Top Crowdfunded Projects In Review

Source: Crowdsource.org

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In case you hadn’t heard, 2012 was the year that crowdfunding exploded onto the scene. Sure, KickstarterIndiegogoRockethub and others were around before this year, but the last 12 months saw the very concept permeate much deeper into the collective consciousness.

Numerous new platforms like WhenYouWish.com and niche platforms like Medstartr opened their doors, the JOBS Act in the US and other laws in Europe opened the door for equity crowdfunding, and donation-based campaigns began to collect seven-figure totals from the crowd.

To kick-off our year-end review of crowdfunding in 2012, our team profiled the five highest-grossing projects of the year. Lots of them have to do with gadgets and gaming, as you’ll see. I want to make it clear that these big money-makers are just a small slice of the overall crowdfunding pie, and we believe this top five reflects the fact that gamers and gadget early adopters have emerged as a kind of early “sweet spot” for donation-based crowdfunding. More about that in a massolution research report coming out soon.

It’s also important to note that there’s more exciting things happening across all crowdfunding platforms than we have time to cover. Many of them don’t bring in (or really even need) millions of dollars and don’t generate as many headlines. Rockethub, for example, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for important, science-based projects through its SciFund Challenge. Indiegogo has become the go-to place for instant fundraising in response to whatever is happening in the world, from the Connecticut school shooting to building a GoddamnTesla Museum or sending a bus monitor on a well-deserved vacation (or more likely retirement).

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VentureDocs

logo_home_pageStreamline the document preparation and disclosure process for the companies that want to pursue equity-based crowdfunding transactions through your brokerage or registered crowdfunding portal. With the average equity-based crowdfunding transaction raising approximately $85,000 (source, crowdsourcing.org), what is the legal budget for preparing term sheets and definitive agreements to close the transaction? If the entrepreneurs who wish to crowdfund need to form a new entity, what is the legal budget for preparing the certificate of incorporation, bylaws and other corporate formative documents? What is the legal budget for the smaller transactions? Answer, a couple of thousand dollars, maximum. Otherwise, the transaction costs swallow the deal.

With our document generation API, VentureDocs integrates seamlessly with brokers and registered crowdfunding portals and delivers these key documents in execution form for a fraction of the cost of a corporate and securities attorney, and the customer never even has to leave the broker or crowdfunding portal’s site.

Go to http://venturedocs.com/

UK’s Crowdfunder and Peoplefund.it Merge

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United Kingdom (Photo credit: stumayhew)

A spot of consolidation in the crowded crowdfunding space today — which is surely ripe for plenty more convergence in the future. Two U.K. crowdfunding platforms, Crowdfunder andPeoplefund.it, have announced plans to merge, combining their technology and marketing platforms, branding, and teams to create a single entity with “its own distinct British and community feel,” the pair said. Combined they have more than over half a million unique monthly users and more than 20,000 registered users.

The move follows U.S. crowdfunding platform Kickstarter’s launch of U.K.-based projects back in October — which makes the ‘game of scale’ even more important for local platforms. “The merger of Crowdfunder and Peoplefund.it makes a huge amount of sense for UK projects that need funding,” said Crowdfunder founder Darren Westlake in a statement. “It will deliver scale, expertise, and marketing reach — essential for those projects who want the best funding platform possible.”

Peoplefund.it co-founder Simon Deverell also noted the arrival of crowdfunding’s ‘big fish’ into the U.K.’s small pond — but talked up the potential to add local flavour, noting in a statement: ”The international arrivals into the UK market are fantastic news as they grow and validate the market, however Peoplefund.it has a distinctly U.K. feel in line with our culture. It’s more local and community connected. It’s a great platform for entrepreneurs, socialpreneurs and civic-preneurs who want to make a difference. Peoplefund.it seeks to remodel the relationship between communities and UK enterprise – one street at a time.”

Plymouth-based Peoplefund.it started life last year as a way for charities to raise money before opening its arms to entrepreneurs. It was launched by celebrity cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s digital media company, KEO digital, and is backed by Plymouth University’s Enterprise Accelerator Partnership. Earlier this year Peoplefund.it gobbled up an arts-focused U.K. crowdfunding platform, called WeDidThis. It has also partnered with a UK book crowdfunding platform Unbound to add another string to its project’s bow. Peoplefund.it’s network reach is pegged at more than 2 million, owing to cross-promotion from other KEO digital sites, such as rivercottage.net,fishfight.netlandshare.net and energyshare.com.

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The Rock Impacts Hollywood Crowdfunding

English: Dwayne Johnson at the 2009 Tribeca Fi...
English: Dwayne Johnson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Photographer’s blog post about this photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: Dwayne Johnson at the 2009 Tribeca Fi...
English: Dwayne Johnson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Photographer’s blog post about this photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Hollywood is preparing for what could be a tectonic shift in the way it does business: crowdfunding. While it was locally made, independent films that were the first to latch onto crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter,Indiegogo, and Gofundme, the concept has moved up the film world’s power ladder with West Hollywood production company Five by Five Media forming a strategic partnership with a crowdfunding site called EarlyShares.com, with its sights set on equity rewards for funding films.

 

“Commercially successful entertainment comes from talented people receiving the money they need to execute on great ideas,” said Guy Zajonc, chief executive of Five by Five Media in a statement. “People who watch are about to become the people who invest and we are talking about millions of them. Crowdfunding will fundamentally change this industry and the perfect partner for us is EarlyShares.com”

 

With the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has 3.6 million Twitter followers, already signed on a a “partner” in the Five by Five Media project, the potential of a crowdfunded movies becomes readily apparent, even if it won’t be fully implementable immediately.

 

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The Top 10 Crowdfunding Platforms According To 3P

Whether he knew it or not, President Obama created a brand new industry when he signed the JOBS act into law on April 5th. Up until now, it’s been illegal for private businesses to offer equity to anyone other than accredited investors in exchange for funding. As a result, crowdfunding sites (like Kickstarter andIndiegogo) and the investment seekers that use them have been restricted to giving gimmicky thank you gifts and pre-selling new products in exchange for donations. Although this method of fundraising has proven successful for many artists, charities, and startups, the payback for the people who are giving away their money has been limited to cheap schwag and a few new toys.

The passing of the JOBS Act is about to change all of that. Once the rules are in place early next year, private businesses and startups will be able to use crowdfunding to give equity to investors who will get an actual monetary return instead of a sticker or T-shirt. This shift is expected to attract a huge influx of capital from regular Joes looking for better ways to invest than what is currently being offered by the stock market or the meager 0.5 percent interest from savings accounts.

Fred Wilson, co-founder of the venture capital firm Union Square Ventures (which has invested in TwitterTumblrFoursquare, and Zynga), predicts that once it gets up and running, the equity crowdfunding market will reach $300 billion and will be largely driven by families and individuals investing a small percentage of their assets via crowdfunding. As a point of comparison, a study from Crowdsourcing.org reports that about $1.5 billion was raised from 452 crowdfunding platforms in 2011.

The opportunity to cash in on this new industry by creating “next generation” equity crowdfunding platforms is substantial. Hungry tech entrepreneurs are scrambling to get out in front of this imminent boon; and the market is poised for saturation. To help you keep track of all the happenings in this space, here is a an overview of ten existing platforms that may be getting into the equity game, as well as the status of the newcomers that have been popping up daily.

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Crowdfunding Industry Briefing

Crowdfunding Capital Advisors is proud to announce the first of a monthly series of Crowdfunding industry briefings on November 19, 2012.

Access to information is the difference between success and failure—this rings especially true in a nascent industry. In an environment where companies are making decisions based upon regulations that are not even written yet—up to date information and access to insiders will mean the difference between success and failure.  For those who wish to participate in crowdfunding this is of particular importance.

As the leading crowdfund analysis firm and the group at the center of the launch of this global movement, we are being asked on a daily basis for briefings on what is occurring at the highest levels of this global movement. In response to overwhelming demands, beginning November 19, the Principals of Crowdfund Capital Advisors will be launching a monthly briefing on the state of the crowdfunding industry. Here is the link: http://crowdfundingindustrybriefing.eventbrite.com/#

This briefing will provide information and behind the scene updates on:

  • Regulatory changes and updates on the status of the JOBS Act implementation.
  • A global update on regulatory occurrences—what other nations are doing and how to benefit from these changes.
  • Breaking news and data—CCA is a leader in crowdfunding research, all new data produced will be released at these meetings.  Participants will have early access to the full reports before anyone else. These surveys and peer reviewed research papers will give insight into the market data (that has be reviewed and verified by leaders in top tier institutions.)
  • Current industry analysis—no other organization has the view that the CCA team has. We are speakers at all of the major conferences, know all of the participants and see what is occurring from an insider’s perspective. These briefings will provide an overview of the industry with key insights on opportunities to benefit and other information that will give those interested in participating in crowdfunding a true competitive advantage.

This month will be one of our biggest updates. Over the last two months we have or will be:

  • Worked with leaders of the Italian government, entrepreneurial and investment communities. Italy legalized crowdfund investing on October 6, 2012.
  • Worked with leaders of the Colombian government, entrepreneurial, and investment communities.
  • Advised entrepreneurial, government and industry leaders in Canada regarding crowdfund investing.
  • Speaking at events at the White House, UC Berkeley and SEC.
  • Revealing original data on the size of the crowdfunding market.

Up-to-date information gives you the completive advantage you need to thrive in today’s market. Please join us for an in-depth look at the crowdfunding industry. To facilitate discussion during our Q&A period we will be limiting the number of seats for this virtual event.

Who Should Attend:

  • Crowdfunding Platforms
  • Crowdfunding Service Providers
  • Investment Industry Professionals
  • Governments exploring crowdfund investing initiatives
  • Investors seeking trends for identification of investment opportunities
  • Legal, Accounting, and other professional service providers looking to help clients with new information

Need original research?  The CCA team works with a number of organizations producing original reports, analysis, conducting independent crowdfund audits, and consulting services. For more information contact us at Richard@theccagroup.com.