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5 Important Questions About Real-Estate Crowdfunding
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5 Important Questions About Real-Estate Crowdfunding

It may seem like just another tech fad. But consider that real estate-specific websites have raked in millions in investments.
Steven Kaufman
This 'Home Disaster Alert System' Is Catching Fire on Kickstarter
Smart Home

This 'Home Disaster Alert System' Is Catching Fire on Kickstarter

The Dome Alert promises to detect flooding and freezing conditions along with carbon monoxide and fire threats.
Laura Entis
How to Choose the Right Crowdfunding Model for Your Business
Crowdfunding

How to Choose the Right Crowdfunding Model for Your Business

It depends on your startup's life cycle, says crowdfunding expert Sally Outlaw.
Geoff Weiss
These Are the Models That Dominate Today's Multibillion-Dollar Crowdfunding Market
Crowdfunding

These Are the Models That Dominate Today's Multibillion-Dollar Crowdfunding Market

Crowdfunding has been around for over 100 years, says expert Sally Outlaw, and it's here to stay.
Geoff Weiss
Crowdfunding Platforms Need to Be Better Watchdogs, Says Journalist Who Investigated Kickstarter's Biggest European Failure
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Crowdfunding Platforms Need to Be Better Watchdogs, Says Journalist Who Investigated Kickstarter's Biggest European Failure

Some of the sketchiness associated with crowdfunding should be addressed by the platforms themselves, says Mark Harris.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
CES Has Become an Innovator's Pre-Crowdfunding Launch Pad
CES

CES Has Become an Innovator's Pre-Crowdfunding Launch Pad

Companies that need to raise capital must first create buzz. There is no place better for that than the Consumer Electronics Show.
Andre Bourque
A 'Self-Propelling' Stroller Just Launched on Indiegogo
Indiegogo

A 'Self-Propelling' Stroller Just Launched on Indiegogo

The Internet of Things may soon include a smartphone-controlled stroller equipped with a wireless speaker for music, an electric feeding bottle warmer and a battery charger.
Carly Okyle
London Cabbies Crowdfund to Fight Uber
Uber

London Cabbies Crowdfund to Fight Uber

Traditional taxi drivers say they are unable to compete on a level playing field with the ridesharing giant.
Catherine Clifford
2 New Crowdfunding Pathways That Entrepreneurs Should Keep In Mind
Crowdfunding

2 New Crowdfunding Pathways That Entrepreneurs Should Keep In Mind

Intrastate crowdfunding and Regulation A+ rules are changing the equity-crowdfunding landscape.
Geoff Weiss
This 'Smart Wallet' Found Success on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. So Why Didn't It Deliver?
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This 'Smart Wallet' Found Success on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. So Why Didn't It Deliver?

Crowdfunding is all about the numbers, but the humans behind the risky campaigns are often hard to calculate.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Less Than a Third of Crowdfunding Campaigns Reach Their Goals
Crowdfunding

Less Than a Third of Crowdfunding Campaigns Reach Their Goals

But one platform sees much higher rates of success than the others, according to a new report.
Catherine Clifford
This New Crowdfunding Platform Lets Fans Invest in Music Artists' Success
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This New Crowdfunding Platform Lets Fans Invest in Music Artists' Success

TapTape bets on fans to be the most knowledgeable and passionate investors.
Alice Guilhamon
Here's Why Your Failed Crowdfunding Campaign Could Be a Golden Opportunity
Crowdfunding

Here's Why Your Failed Crowdfunding Campaign Could Be a Golden Opportunity

Repeat support can be critical, says crowdfunding expert Sally Outlaw, in terms of ginning up early momentum.
Geoff Weiss
Why Overpriced Rewards Could Be the Kiss of Death for Your Crowdfunding Campaign
Crowdfunding Rewards

Why Overpriced Rewards Could Be the Kiss of Death for Your Crowdfunding Campaign

$100 for a T-shirt? 'That doesn't sound like a deal to me,' says crowdfunding expert Sally Outlaw.
Geoff Weiss

Crowdfunding is the process of raising money to fund what is typically a project or business venture through many donors using an online platform, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Crowdfunder. The fundraising window is usually finite -- 90 days, for instance -- and the fees and rules vary across platforms.

How to: Crowdfunding is typically done through an online platform that allows the fundraiser to set up a public campaign for accepting donations. The campaign will advertise details such as the nature of the project or venture, the amount of money the company is hoping to raise and the campaign’s fundraising deadline. People can donate a specified amount through the fundraising campaign’s website and often receive some sort of acknowledgement or reward in return for their donation.         

Applications of crowdfunding: This can range from charitable and educational projects to creative projects -- like funding films -- as well as supporting scalable businesses. Crowdfunding platforms each tend to cater to specific categories, such as Kickstarter which focuses on creative projects or Crowdfunder, an equity-based platform which is used for businesses looking to raise investment capital.    

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