Crowdfunding

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4 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding
Entrepreneur Network

4 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding

Learn how you can launch your crowdfunding campaign with these easy tips and tricks.
Mark J. Kohler
5 Tips to Make Your Crowdfunding Launch Stand Out From the Crowd
Make More Happen

5 Tips to Make Your Crowdfunding Launch Stand Out From the Crowd

Your success will come down to the innovation, individuality and importance of the big mission that you share.
Craig Corbett
VC Funding's Gender Gap Is Hurting the Marketplace
Venture Capital

VC Funding's Gender Gap Is Hurting the Marketplace

There's no single reason why women-led companies struggle to secure VC investors. But for the first time, multiple platforms exist to help bridge the distance.
Pamela Wasley
Equity Crowdfunding's First Report Card
JOBS Act

Equity Crowdfunding's First Report Card

First reports show the new legislation is yielding very encouraging grades for entrepreneurs everywhere.
Kendall Almerico
How to Decide Whether to Crowdfund or Bootstrap Your Business
Startup Funding

How to Decide Whether to Crowdfund or Bootstrap Your Business

How you chose to fund your business has a lot to with how much control you are willing to lose and how hard it is to explain your idea.
Michael Georgiou
2 Reasons You Don't Need Funding for Your New Business
Funding

2 Reasons You Don't Need Funding for Your New Business

You have a great business idea. But a lack of funding isn't your issue; it's a symptom.
Doug and Polly White
9 Ways to Profit From Your Passion
Business Ideas

9 Ways to Profit From Your Passion

Take what you love and combine it with business strategies to make money.
John Rampton
$5 Million Raised Since Change in Equity Crowdfunding Rules
Equity Crowdfunding

$5 Million Raised Since Change in Equity Crowdfunding Rules

'Entrepreneurs and investors are embracing' the 'new era of crowdfunding,' according to a group that tracks the funding method.
Stephen J. Bronner
The Crowdfunding Landscape Is Evolving: Should Entrepreneurs Be Worried?
Crowdfunding

The Crowdfunding Landscape Is Evolving: Should Entrepreneurs Be Worried?

Should entrepreneurs hold off on crowdfunding until legislative changes are in place? Yes, and no.
Who Needs Venture Capitalists When You Can Crowdfund?
Crowdfunding

Who Needs Venture Capitalists When You Can Crowdfund?

There are now thousands of specialized crowdfunding sites and, cumulatively, they are likely to provide more funding this year than VCs will.
Brenton Hayden
Kevin O'Leary's 7 Golden Tips for Startups
Shark Tank

Kevin O'Leary's 7 Golden Tips for Startups

From Shark Tank to the art gallery, from pulling the plug to crowdfunding, 'Mr. Wonderful' gives you the big picture.
Deep Patel
'Trust But Verify' Is How to Fight Back Against Employee Theft and Fraud
Entrepreneur Lending

'Trust But Verify' Is How to Fight Back Against Employee Theft and Fraud

The people you can trust handling money are the ones who don't bristle at reasonable internal financial controls.
Daniel DeMeo
Why Equity Crowdfunding Matters to Small Business
Make More Happen

Why Equity Crowdfunding Matters to Small Business

Equity crowdfunding can supply needed capital for equipment, growth capital or for strategic hires.
Richard Swart
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

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.