Crowdfunding

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5 Essentials for Your Crowdfunding Project to Succeed
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Less than a third of crowdfunding campaigns reach their financial goals. Will yours be one of them?
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Crowdfunding

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A successful crowdfunding campaign requires more than just a few social shares.
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From customized headphones to fidget cubes, here are the year's most successful campaigns.
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4 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding
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4 Rules for Successful Crowdfunding

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5 Tips to Make Your Crowdfunding Launch Stand Out From the Crowd
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Your success will come down to the innovation, individuality and importance of the big mission that you share.
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Equity Crowdfunding's First Report Card
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Equity Crowdfunding's First Report Card

First reports show the new legislation is yielding very encouraging grades for entrepreneurs everywhere.
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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.
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$5 Million Raised Since Change in Equity Crowdfunding Rules
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'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.

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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