Crowdfunding

$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
How State and Federal Crowdfunding Regulations Differ
Crowdfunding

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
Make More Happen

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
Equity Crowdfunding

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.

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.