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Crowdfunding – An Adaptable Gamble and Game

Will crowdfunding continue to help your money grow?

Will crowdfunding continue to help your money grow?

With the popularity of crowdfunding rapidly increasing, we have noticed that everything from school plays to community renovations and business ventures are finding funding through various crowdfunding campaigns. But with the word crowdfunding, or crowd sourcing, becoming such a common American word, we must pose a question about the future of crowdfunding.

We have been discussing this very topic with various colleagues, and collectively we wonder if the effectiveness of crowdfunding will last or if we will have a need to find something new to revolutionize start-ups in the future the way that crowdfunding did in the past. Our Colleague Barry Rickert, like many others, believes in the idea that most crowdfunding is equity based and will adapt according to the times. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowdfunding: A Story of Success


Will crowdfunding bring in your funds?

Crowdfunding is a revolutionary method of gaining funding for start-ups and business endeavors that has been gaining popularity throughout the last decade and beyond. This particular method of fundraising allows entrepreneurs the chance to entice members of their audience and social circles to become investors within their business goals. Over the last several months, we have been highlighting various aspects of crowdfunding campaigns and their resources. Today, we review some of those aspects and highlight how a previously obscure invention used crowdfunding to gain ground and make millions.

Let’s review:

What is Kickstarter? Online outreach has become a very favorable method of crowdfunding and this online platform is one of the well-known pioneers. Kickstarter is offers crowdfunding opportunities for creative purposes. It is common to see films, music projects, art shows or inventions searching for funding on this site. In addition to the increasingly positive testimonials from users and entrepreneurs, Kickstarter has also received positive reviews from well-known media outlets like Time, BBC and CNN. The site as a whole is investor friendly and suggests both national and local funding opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowdfunding for Non-Profits – Tips for Spreading the Word

Time is money!

There are a handful of common misconceptions in regards to crowdfunding, but none more common that the idea that beginning a crowdfunding campaign somehow opens the monetary flood gates, or that money begins growing on trees all around you. It seems like common sense, but it really happens.

Non-profits are without a doubt the genre of start-ups that tend to utilize crowdfunding campaigns the most often for their endeavors, and just like the standards set for business crowdfunding, non-profits have a set of guidelines and structures that should be followed to ensure success. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowdfunding Campaigns: How to Ensure Success


Has crowdfunding satisfied your money hunger?

Crowdfunding campaigns have the potential to give entrepreneurs and business hopefuls a substantial boost into their desired markets. With hundreds of thousands of failed crowdfunding attempts, it is essential to understand the appropriate steps that can make all the difference when it comes to the success of a campaign.

Pick an appropriate launch site: With hundreds of sites claiming to be “just what you need,” picking an online platform is especially important. Be sure to consider what type of venture you are funding and how you hope to discover investors. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowdfunding – Top 9 Online Resources Part Two

Can crowdfunding grown your business?

In our last post, we introduced 5 of the top 9 websites that promote and host legitimate online crowdfunding. Today, we will familiarize readers with the remaining four crowdfunding platforms that can help ensure a successful launch.

They are:

5. Kickstarter: This platform is best known for offering crowdfunding opportunities for creative purposes; this includes films, music, art, journalism etc. Kickstarter has also received positive reviews from press outlets like Time, BBC and CNN. The site is very investor friendly and will present investors with both national and local funding opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

Crowdfunding – Top 9 Online Resources Part One


Can you make your money grow?

Crowdfunding is one of the most innovative methods by which entrepreneurs are funding their business ventures, but with hundreds of sites claiming to assist in legitimate online funding, it can be tough to differentiate the real from the risky. In part one of this post we will introduce 5 of 9 websites that have known popularity and proven results.

1. Community Leader: This site is our favorite here at Stock Connections and we highly recommend it to all of our clients. This site features online videos and seminars to help businesses and investors learn more about the practice of crowdfunding. Their CrowdLeader application allows for the highest level of organization with task lists, investor profiles and direct chat features Read the rest of this entry »

Crowdfunding for a Cause

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Within the last few years, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter have made it possible for young entrepreneurs to gain funding for their dreams. But with crowdfunding becoming an even more popular way to fund endeavors, the concept is shifting through other sectors.

Crowdfunding is now allowing individuals to capitalize and seize the opportunity to gain funding for personal and social causes including medical trust funds. These crowdfunding trends have allowed compassionate individuals the opportunity to directly fund life-changing procedures and plans.

For example, when the most recent Dark Knight film hit theatres, a gunman opened fire on an unsuspecting theatre full of movie goers. Among the injured was Farrah Soudani, a victim whose friends raised funds using the GoFundMe website to cover her medical expenses.

A $2,000 medical trust was set up in Soudani’s name and, thanks to the crowdfunding platform, nearly $7,000 was donated by complete strangers, part of the $170,000 total raised. The beauty of crowdfunding campaigns for a specific cause is in the knowledge of where each dollar of your donation is being spent.

Other medical companies are utilizing new crowdfunding opportunities, including the rare genomics institute and various un-named organizations granting funds to families fighting cancer and terminal illness.

Crowdfunding is a great option to raise funds, but before you or anyone else embarks in this direction, you must understand the legality of the situation and prepare yourself for the rules and regulations. We are here to help you understand your options with crowdfunding and the guidelines you must follow to navigate through these funding procedures. For more information on crowdfunding procedures and the options available, please contact Stock Connections. We are here to help you help your cause.

Stock Connections specializes in working with San Francisco Bay Area companies that are involved in mergers & acquisitions, are raising capital, or creating stock option or other equity plans. We help start-up, private and public firms become – and remain – SEC-compliant. Stock Connections’ services are designed to help both start-ups and established firms comply with SEC and other regulations in their equity compensation programs. If you or anyone you know is looking to get involved with any of the above, we encourage you to contact us today!


Business and Crowdfunding – The Effects Of The JOBS Act

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The JOBS act was created by the Obama administration to legalize crowdfunding by individuals of modest income.  What this means is that they can now become micro-investors for the thousands of startups or businesses born every year. For more detailed information in a more visually appealing way, check out this infographic by Forbes.

With this new business opportunity for potential investors, all small businesses and startup companies have to learn how to market their products or services differently to appeal to these new potential investors. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips on Crowdfunding for Your Business


Crowdfunding can help your business.

Starting a business or kick-starting a dream can be an intimidating feat, but with new concepts in investing like crowd funding, the idea of success can be much less daunting. Entrepreneurs have a great opportunity with the concept of crowd funding but to ensure a positive experience with investors must be cautious and careful with their dealings.

What is crowd funding:  Crowd funding involves asking for monetary donations from groups of individuals who will become investors in a business or project. Crowd funding can be a fast and efficient way to gain capital and there are three forms of funding, equity, donation and debt, all of which can be very effective means in gaining investors.

When gaining these investors it is important to take care in the dealings and planning. With crowd funding becoming such a popular and effective method, investor relations are more important than ever. To ensure a quality experience, follow a few of our tips for staying positively active in crowd funding situations. Read the rest of this entry »

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