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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Fund dreamer – Crowdfunding for Women & Diversity Groups

I stumbled on this new nonprofit crowdfunding platform designed for women and diversity groups. Their site says:

“Fund Dreamer Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Los Angeles, CA. We leverage state of the art social media technologies to reach wider donor and investor base for making your campaign successful.”

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Specialties

Crowd Funding, Women Entrepreneurship, Social Media Amplification, Crowd Sourcing, Minority Entrepreneurship

  • Website

    http://www.funddreamer.com

  • Industry

    Financial Services

  • Type

    Public Company

  • Headquarters

    1444 S Point View Los Angeles, CA90035 United States

  • Company Size

    1-10 employees

  • Founded

    2012

 

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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7 Tips for Businesses to Prepare for Title III

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BY Judd Hollas, Founder & Chief Inventor, EquityNet The  industry is gaining serious momentum, and with the implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act coming up next year, entrepreneurs will soon have many more options when it comes to fundraising. Title III will allow many Americans who are not considered high-net-worth individuals to invest in private small businesses and startups to own a percentage of those companies. This is going to give entrepreneurs a much larger selection of potential investors than ever before. It’s anticipated that Title III won’t come into effect until sometime next spring, but proactive entrepreneurs can take action now to be prepared to leverage this new law when it gets passed. 1. Assess your need to utilize Title III Fundraising needs vary depending on a company’s industry and Title III will put certain rules in place that some entrepreneurs may find cumbersome. Under the Title III exemption, funds raised from all types of investors will not be able to exceed $1 million in a 12-month period. This might be suitable for entrepreneurs looking for capital in the six-figure range, but those seeking larger investments will need to be willing to launch multiple fundraising campaigns. […]

7 Tips for Businesses to Prepare for Title IIICrowdFund Beat.

 

Crowdnetic Acquires NowStreet Journal and Strengthens its Management Team with Key Hire

Industry Pioneers Unite to Construct the Infrastructure Necessary to Support the Rapid Growth of Crowdfinance

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Crowdnetic, the leading provider of funding portal platform technology and market data solutions, announced today that it has agreed to acquire NowStreet Journal, the preeminent educational platform for the burgeoning industry of crowdfinance.

Crowdfinance, perceived by many as the next frontier in financial services, has been increasingly popularizing emerging asset classes such as peer-to-peer (“P2P”) lending and securities-based crowdfunding. These promising assets democratize the flow of capital by giving America’s smaller investors and businesses newfound opportunities to prosper in a financial system that tends to favor large corporate entities and institutional buyers.

While financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, upon completion of the acquisition, NowStreet’s Founder, Dara Albright, will join Crowdnetic’s management team as its Chief Strategy Officer. In her new role, Albright will drive the expansion of Crowdnetic’s existing product portfolio as well as work with the team to launch a new line of products specifically designed to help conventional financial service providers increase assets under management, widen margins and add new revenue streams.

“It is an honor for me to join the Crowdnetic team and to have the opportunity to work alongside the very individuals who helped build the infrastructure in the 1990’s that allowed financial services to go online in the first place. Since starting NowStreet a few years ago, it has been my personal mission to help ignite the resurgence of the small cap underwriters who, throughout history, have consistently fostered economic growth by bringing some of the world’s most promising innovations to the investing public. With Crowdnetic’s technology and expertise, I finally have the chance to see this goal to its fruition,” said Albright.

Commenting on the acquisition, Luan Cox, Crowdnetic’s CEO, said, “Dara is a true visionary who, through NowStreet, has brought a great deal of Wall Street awareness to the nascent industry of crowdfinance. This union will not only bring a recognized media brand under the Crowdnetic umbrella, but it will also enable us to broaden our product suite, expand our sales reach and significantly increase both revenue and shareholder value.”

ABOUT CROWDNETIC
Crowdnetic is a leading provider of funding portal platform technology and market data solutions to the private equity and crowdfunded securities industry. We operate the industry’s premier centralized hub for real-time market data aggregated from platforms across the globe. Founded in 2011 by experienced financial technology and data industry experts, Crowdnetic is committed to creating a productive and sustainable marketplace for web-based private raises. Bringing over 15 years of experience in building complex, data intensive customized solutions, the leadership team has been instrumental in revolutionizing the equities industry through developing market data and analytics solutions. We are now bringing our expertise to the increasingly intricate crowdfunding space. Additional information can be found at www.crowdnetic.com.

ABOUT NOWSTREET
Symbolizing the Wall Street of tomorrow, NowStreet is a leading financial media and advisory company on the forefront of financial innovation. NowStreet is most known for its cutting-edge commentary and acclaimed financial events that introduce crowdfinancing mechanisms and neoteric asset classes to Wall Street. Some of the most prominent figures in the financial industry as well as the legislature have participated in NowStreet events. Our programs help issuers, investors as well as conventional financial service providers capitalize during this unprecedented period of financial industry disruption and regulatory reform. Additional information can be found at www.nowstreetjournal.com.

 

One Man’s Quest to Tell/Sell His Memoir, “Been There Done That”

Author launches Kickstarter campaign in effort to share his remarkable story of survival with others

rickramoneLOS ANGELES (March 3, 2013) – Rick Bassman has lived eight lives as a Stage 4 Cancer survivor, homeless person, gunshot and stabbing victim, heroin and cocaine addict, criminal, and 5’4” “tough guy”/street fighter. Yet, despite all his travails, the former Emmy Award winning Disney executive, NFL agent and movie producer and professional wrestling mogul & MMA pioneer may be facing the toughest challenge of his tumultuous lifetime: the publication of his memoir, Been There, Done That.

Bassman, in keeping with his own life script, has decided to do things his own way. And that certainly applies to the publication of his memoir. Rather than entrusting his life’s work to the hands and whims of others—even declining a highly lucrative major publishing deal—Bassman has decided to appeal to the public via Kickstarter (please see link below) to assist him in publishing his incredible life’s journeyhis way.

Been There, Done That is one man’s touching memoir of going to hell and coming back through the other side, electrified. From dying of cancer, living destitute on the streets and watching his family die one by one, to producing movies and concerts and communing with spiritual leaders and porn stars, Bassman’s life can best be described as not only that of a Winner and a Loser, but a Survivor. A true Survivor.

Readers will revel in travelling to every corner of the globe on one bizarre adventure after another, to the extreme, opposite recesses of an often hysterical, often dark and twisted, and always outrageous mind.Been There, Done That follows one person—self-described as short, bald, funny-looking and now old—on his quest to live his life to the max or do his damndest to die trying. Been There, Done That is not only the story of one Rick Bassman. Readers will find something of themselves in Bassman’s courageous quest and unflinching determination to live life to the fullest, on his terms, no matter the insurmountable obstacles.

Been There, Done That is not the conclusion of the Rick Bassman story. Far from it. There’s still Chapter Nine and you’re part of that. Will you help Rick so that he can share his inspirational story of survival, of beating overwhelming odds, again and again, with others?

Kickstarter: LINK HERE

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T: 310.300.0950 x 308

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First Silicon Crowdfund Valley Conference

indexover_01We invite you to the First Silicon Crowdfund Valley Conference which will bring together traditional private investors and crowdfunders. SVCrowdfund provides the participants with the unique opportunity to discuss current state of the industry, to learn from experts in venture capital, business angel and crowdfunding fields, to network and find new partnerships.

The Conference is held on April 4th – 5th, 2013 to celebrate the first anniversary of the JOBS Act signed by President Obama last year. You will hear from people who implement crowdfunding as a part of their current fundraising and marketing strategies and from those who work with SEC to make the equity crowdfunding legal in the United States.

Complete Conference program is being currently finalized and will be available on the website by the middle of February. If you want to get involved as a speaker, sponsor, vendor, advertiser or a volunteer, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Who will benefit from participating in SVCrowdfund?

  • Private investors (VCs and Business Angels) who want to learn about the opportunities crowdfunding creates for them
  • Startups and innovators examining their fundraising options
  • Crowdfunding platforms wanting promote their portals in the capital of innovation and private investments
  • Marketing Specialists, Legal Advisors, CPAs looking for new clients and partners
  • Students interested in getting involved in private investment or marketing business; or thinking about financing their new venture
  • Journalists and business bloggers searching for worthy topics
  • Anyone who is considering supporting crowdfunding projects or investing in businesses through crowdfunding

If you belong to one of these categories, join us at the SVCrowdfund!

Silicon Valley Meets Crowdfunders

CrowdFunding Conference | Thursday April 4 – Friday April 5, 2013 | Sheraton Hotel, Palo Alto, Ca