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Crowdsourcing's New Platform: Prime-Time Reality TV

Crowdsourcing's New Platform: Prime-Time Reality TV

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CNBC announces a new television show called 'Crowd Rules' where business owners compete for $50,000. The money is awarded based on an audience vote.
April 15, 2013 in Financing
Clif Bar Founders Get Into Venture Capital

Clif Bar Founders Get Into Venture Capital

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The founders of Clif Bar set out to fund more altruistic success stories with their venture capital firm White Road investments.
April 15, 2013 in Venture Capital
Venture Capital's Big Boys Getting Bigger

Venture Capital's Big Boys Getting Bigger

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Fewer private U.S. venture-capital funds are raising money to invest in startups, the National Venture Capital Association says. The biggest players are at the top, the smallest are at the bottom and the midsize firms watch the clock tick.
April 10, 2013 in Financing
Lending to Franchises Reaches the Highest Level Since the Recession

Lending to Franchises Reaches the Highest Level Since the Recession

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Banks are expected to make $23.9 billion available to franchise businesses this year, according to a new report by the International Franchise Association.
April 9, 2013 in Financing
A Mobile Game That Enables Real-World Microlending

A Mobile Game That Enables Real-World Microlending

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Seeds, a free mobile game, lets players build a virtual civilization while microfinancing women entrepreneurs in Kenya.
April 8, 2013 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Crowdfunding Industry On Fire: Trends to Watch

Crowdfunding Industry On Fire: Trends to Watch

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Market research data shows that 308 active crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion last year. In 2013, the industry is expected to raise $5.1 billion. Here's a look at where the rapidly-evolving industry is heading.
April 8, 2013 in Financing
JOBS Act, One Year Later: Hang Tight, Equity Crowdfunding Is Coming

JOBS Act, One Year Later: Hang Tight, Equity Crowdfunding Is Coming

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President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act into law one year ago today, and it's still not implemented.
April 5, 2013 in Financing
JOBS Act Expected to Increase Diversity in Funding

JOBS Act Expected to Increase Diversity in Funding

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Industry experts anticipate more women and minorities will become startup funders when non-professional investors are allowed to participate in crowdfunding.
March 26, 2013 in Angel Investors
VCs See Ex-Wired Editor's DIY Drones Taking Flight

VCs See Ex-Wired Editor's DIY Drones Taking Flight

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Chris Anderson left one of the most prominent posts in tech media to become CEO of 3D Robotics, a company that helps hackers and engineers build do-it-yourself drones. Last fall he locked up a $5 million funding round.
March 26, 2013 in Venture Capital
Raising Money Through Crowdfunding? Consider These Best Practices for Success

Raising Money Through Crowdfunding? Consider These Best Practices for Success

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At a conference in New York City, industry experts shared tips for tapping the crowd.
March 22, 2013 in Financing
10 Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching Investors (Infographic)

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching Investors (Infographic)

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For many entrepreneurs looking to start a business, getting access to capital can be the make-or-break moment to a successful launch.
March 19, 2013 in Venture Capital
'Veronica Mars' Secrets You Can Use in Your Kickstarter Campaign

'Veronica Mars' Secrets You Can Use in Your Kickstarter Campaign

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Entrepreneurs looking for a funding boost can learn a few tricks from the cult favorite's Kickstarter success story.
March 14, 2013 in Financing
Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)

Why Consumer Credit Matters to Small Businesses (Opinion)

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Washington's recent efforts to protect consumers may be hampering small-business growth.
March 14, 2013 in Financing
Why Business Loans Are Up for Grabs

Why Business Loans Are Up for Grabs

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Lending experts suggest that, finally, small-business owners and entrepreneurs can secure loans for their businesses -- if only they wanted them.
March 11, 2013 in Bank Loans and Microloans
5 Quick Tips for Better Bootstrapping From SXSW

5 Quick Tips for Better Bootstrapping From SXSW

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The founders of popular image-hosting service imgur on what it takes to launch a tech startup without seeking outside investors.
March 10, 2013 in Financing
SBA Budget Whacked $92 Million By Sequestration

SBA Budget Whacked $92 Million By Sequestration

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The Small Business Administration's budget has to be chopped by 5 percent across the board as a result of forced budget cuts.
March 5, 2013 in SBA and Government Funding
SBA Lending Marches On Post-Sequester, But Anxieties Linger

SBA Lending Marches On Post-Sequester, But Anxieties Linger

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The third annual Small Business Lending and Investment Summit convenes in Washington this week and will focus on the importance of SBA-backed lending.
March 4, 2013 in SBA and Government Funding
Online Platform Connects Entrepreneurs with Local Lenders

Online Platform Connects Entrepreneurs with Local Lenders

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SoMoLend has facilitated over 100 small-business loans totaling nearly $3.5 million.
March 4, 2013 in Financing
Sequester Countdown: What's in Store for the SBA

Sequester Countdown: What's in Store for the SBA

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Here is how the small-business agency is going to be affected by the $85 billion in government-spending cuts that will go into effect starting Friday.
February 28, 2013 in SBA and Government Funding
Angels in America: A Look at Angel Investment Growth Across the U.S. (Infographic)

Angels in America: A Look at Angel Investment Growth Across the U.S. (Infographic)

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When it comes to raising financing, angel investors are increasingly spending with startups. Here's a snapshot of the angel-investor landscape.
February 21, 2013 in Financing
Tough Credit Conditions Predicted for the Remainder of 2013

Tough Credit Conditions Predicted for the Remainder of 2013

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Findings from Moody's Analytics shows that small-business credit quality dropped in the fourth quarter of 2012, but predicts a better outlook for 2014.
February 20, 2013 in Bank Loans and Microloans
Crowdfunders Step Up Lobbying for SEC Rules

Crowdfunders Step Up Lobbying for SEC Rules

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Members of the crowdfunding community descended on Washington, D.C., calling for the regulatory agency to finalize rules.
February 19, 2013 in Financing
Crowdfunders Press the SEC: What Is Taking So Long?

Crowdfunders Press the SEC: What Is Taking So Long?

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Various members of the crowdfunding community are expected meet in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to press lawmakers and the SEC to implement the JOBS Act.
February 18, 2013 in Financing
Barbara Corcoran on How to Win Over the 'Crowd'Play Video

Barbara Corcoran on How to Win Over the 'Crowd' (Video)

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The Corcoran Group founder answers an entrepreneur's question about what works on crowdfunding sites.
February 14, 2013 in Financing
Barbara Corcoran on Two Things Investors Look ForPlay Video

Barbara Corcoran on Two Things Investors Look For (Video)

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The Shark Tank investor describes exactly what she looks for when entrepreneurs pitch to her.
February 14, 2013 in Angel Investors
Loans, Contracts and Jobs: How Federal Spending Cuts Could Affect You

Loans, Contracts and Jobs: How Federal Spending Cuts Could Affect You

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If Congress can't come to a deal over how to reduce the budget, numerous small businesses could be affected.
February 13, 2013 in SBA and Government Funding
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