Crowdfunding

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6 Good Things Crowdfunding Is Doing for Startups
Crowdfunding

6 Good Things Crowdfunding Is Doing for Startups

Forget VCs. Crowdfunding has disrupted lending in your favor. And it offers instant feedback and helps you build a fan base.
Sujan Patel
How State and Federal Crowdfunding Regulations Differ
Radicals & Visionaries

How State and Federal Crowdfunding Regulations Differ

If you're considering crowdfunding your startup, it's pertinent you understand all the different laws and regulations surrounding these types of investments.
Vincent Bradley
Crowdfunding and PR: Have You Thought This Through?
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding and PR: Have You Thought This Through?

Reckless crowdfunding can backfire because anything less than achieving set campaign goals equates to failure.
Steve Fiore
Indiegogo Expanding Beyond Crowdfunding to Be a 'Springboard' for Entrepreneurs
Radicals & Visionaries

Indiegogo Expanding Beyond Crowdfunding to Be a 'Springboard' for Entrepreneurs

The San Francisco-based fundraising platform is pushing into new territory under its new CEO, David Mandelbrot.
Catherine Clifford
House Passes 2 Bills Aimed at Making It Easier for Entrepreneurs to Get Access to Cash
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House Passes 2 Bills Aimed at Making It Easier for Entrepreneurs to Get Access to Cash

Both bills sailed through Congress last night with strong bipartisan support, a rare sighting in the current political climate.
Catherine Clifford
Crowdfunding Could Be In Your Portfolio But Not Too Much
Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Could Be In Your Portfolio But Not Too Much

Due to new crowdfunding laws we can all be VC's, but you may want to hold off before you invest in your peers.
Sally Outlaw
3 Crowdfunding Secrets From an Entrepreneur Who Raised $11.5 Million
Crowdfunding

3 Crowdfunding Secrets From an Entrepreneur Who Raised $11.5 Million

Hiral Sanghavi successfully manufactured and shipped a travel jacket with funds raised on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. He's learned a thing or two -- or three.
Catherine Clifford
Amazon's Plan to Build a Kickstarter Knockoff Turned Into a Site That Helps Startups Sell Products
Amazon

Amazon's Plan to Build a Kickstarter Knockoff Turned Into a Site That Helps Startups Sell Products

'What Amazon knows a lot about is going to retail, and we continued to hear that that's a big problem for startups,' Launchpad's senior marketing manager said.
This Recent Immigrant Entrepreneur Is Living the American Dream Thanks to Crowdfunding
Radicals & Visionaries

This Recent Immigrant Entrepreneur Is Living the American Dream Thanks to Crowdfunding

Hiral Sanghavi and his wife raised more than $11 million to design and manufacture a jacket that aims to solve logistical pain points for road warriors.
Catherine Clifford
These 5 Companies Help Crowdfunding Campaigns Succeed
Crowdfunding

These 5 Companies Help Crowdfunding Campaigns Succeed

One secret to successful crowdfunding is hire people who know how to run one.
John Rampton
Watch Our 8-Episode Crash Course on Crowdfunding
Ready To Launch

Watch Our 8-Episode Crash Course on Crowdfunding

Here's the complete first season of our new web series, 'Crowdfund with Cat.'
Catherine Clifford
Understand the Crowdfunding Shift That Could Transform How Startups are Funded
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Understand the Crowdfunding Shift That Could Transform How Startups are Funded

A new regulation has the potential to alter the way many startups are funded.
Michelle Goodman
Olympic Athletes Turn to Crowdfunding for Travel Expenses, Training Gear and a Ticket to Their Dreams in Rio
Olympics

Olympic Athletes Turn to Crowdfunding for Travel Expenses, Training Gear and a Ticket to Their Dreams in Rio

More than $400,000 has been raised on almost 90 crowdfunding campaigns to help athletes from around the world take the final step to the summer games.
Catherine Clifford
There Are New 'Pools of Money' Available for Entrepreneurs. Listen in as This Startup Finance Braintrust Talks What, Why and How.
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There Are New 'Pools of Money' Available for Entrepreneurs. Listen in as This Startup Finance Braintrust Talks What, Why and How.

A roundtable of experts sit down in Nashville, Tenn., to break down what the new laws for equity crowdfunding mean and why they are important.
Catherine Clifford

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.