Appearing in The Los Angeles Daily News: By Bob Strauss, Staff WriterPosted:   07/13/2013 
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So you're all excited about crowdfunding your first/dream/calling-card film project via Kickstarter or IndieGoGo.

But you're not Zach Braff, and you're definitely not "Veronica Mars." In fact, once you've reached out to all the friends, relatives and colleagues willing to donate some bucks, how on earth are you going to reach and impress the total strangers you might need to make your goal amount (and if you don't, in most cases, you'll never see a cent) in the allotted campaign period?

The Crowdfunding Film Society may have the answer for that and many other questions about the process.

Still in its nascent stages, the organization was founded a few months ago by Beverly Hills advertising and marketing professional Philip Cardwell and San Francisco-based campaign manager John-Michael Scott.

The L.A. chapter's first meeting drew about 20 curious people to the Cat & Fiddle Pub in Hollywood Wednesday night. Currently free and accepting members, CFS hopes to organize regular meetups for members and interested parties in various media centers around the world. (Other chapters have already been established in the Bay Area, Toronto and London.)



 
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Ruth E. Hedges creator of Crowdfundingroadmap.com was among the distinguished guests at the White House event on June 4 honoring innovative entrepreneurs using crowdfunding to fund their companies and fuel job growth. Ruth will also be teaching the first-of-its-kind university course on equity-based Crowdfunding at the UNLV Division of Educational Outreach in July. Read More

Crowdfunding pioneer, Ruth Hedges,
seen here with Huffington Post
Contributing Writer Victoria Silchenko

 

Crowdfunding Bootcamp 2013: The 2nd Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp

"This is a must-attend event for anyone looking to launch, expand, raise capital for and/or invest in a small business."  - Dara Albright
“The introduction of equity crowdfunding may be an epic turning point in the history of entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system.  It has the potential to open the floodgates of alternative capital creation for today’s deserving/innovative entrepreneurs while stimulating an enormous explosion of new business creation and financial prosperity. This event could prove the definitive catalyst to shift your business future into an entirely better orbit.”  -Jay Abraham

Click HERE for tickets

The Event will include:
Speakers
Workshops
Seminars
Panels
Networking 
Events
Exhibits
Films
Understanding Compliance: what you need to do to qualify for this funding is critical to your campaign.

The Bootcamp has recruited the best and the brightest to come together for three powerful days of down and dirty no-holds-barred educational experience.

Build your crowd: learn how to create and supercharge your fan base and prepare for a successful campaign.

Connect with the world’s most sought-after community of crowdfund thought leaders, developers of crowdfund portals and service providers.

A program designed to eliminate barriers between experts and attendees.

The M Resort Spa and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 14-16, 2013                       TICKETS
 
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SeedInvest bridges angels, VCs, crowdfunding

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Instead, he told me, SeedInvest is partnering with angel groups on choosing which companies get to raise money in return for equity on the site. 


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