Returning to Las Vegas for seconds, InvestedIn increases it’s exposure at the top crowdfunding conference of the year.

Invested.in, a Santa Monica based Crowdfunding Software and Technology company will be sponsoring and attending 2nd Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp 2013.

The 2nd Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp is the world’s most prestigious crowdfunding event with the largest gathering of industry leaders. This is the must-attend event for entrepreneurs and small business owners, investors, crowdfunding professionals and enthusiasts, funding portals, investment bankers, financial advisers, VCs, angels, incubators, business coaches, mentors, secondary stock specialists, equity analysts, journalists as well as tax, legal and regulatory experts. – See more at:http://www.crowdfundingroadmap.com/bootcamp

Jeffrey Henderson, VP of Sales and Marketing at Invested.in, will be hosting a breakout session on strategies for launching your crowdfunding portal. “A lot of people are jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon without thinking through the business side of things. I’m hoping to help with that,” says Jeffrey.

Alon Goren, CEO and Founder at Invested.in will also be speaking as part of a panel at the event.

Watch the Invested.in Blog for a chance to win tickets to this event. Details to be posted in the coming months.

For more information and tickets, visit the information The 2nd Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention and Bootcamp information page.
 
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Since the passage of the overwhelmingly bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) on April 5, 2012, the curiosity of a revolutionary small business financing mechanism called, Crowdfunding (also referred to as Title III of the JOBS Act, “Crowdfund Investing” or “CrowdInvesting”), has intensified.

For those out-of-the-know, “Crowdfunding” is a process of raising capital, usually via the Internet, to fund a private venture by pooling small amounts of monies from multiple funders who share similar passions and ideologies. Crowdfunding is currently being utilized to finance charities, the arts, political campaigns and even startup businesses. However, laws dating back to 1933 have made it illegal for funders to receive securities in exchange for their investment. The S.E.C.’s implementation of Title III of the JOBS Act will ultimately legalize “CrowdFund Investing”, thereby allowing today’s investors, who are starving for yield, the opportunity to invest in the smaller private companies that are willing to provide it.

Because conventional financings are no longer viable options for small businesses, many have been desperately seeking alternative methods for accessing capital. “Crowdfund Investing” is rapidly emerging as a promising solution. Although most industry experts don’t foresee “Crowdfund Investing” legally employable until at least 2014, companies interested in ultimately employing the “Crowdfund exemption” should begin making preparations now in order to help ensure a successful offering.

NowStreet, a company on the forefront of financial innovation, has released the following guideline to help businesses properly prepare for the forthcoming CrowdInvesting Revolution. 


 
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There are two fundamentally different but related aspects of the “money problem” that urgently need to be addressed. One is exchange problem, the other is the finance problem. Recent history has made it clear that in both realms, existing structures and institutions are serious flawed.

The following blog post is Compiled by Thomas H. Greco, Jr. and appears on Beyond Money. The article contains not only an update, but countless additional information and resources surrounding Equity Crowdfunding.

 
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For those of us who are fortunate enough to be considered an “Accredited Investor”, crowdfunding is available today.  In fact Private Placements or Regulation D offerings have been around for quite some time.  It is just with the internet and a vibrant interest in crowdfunding that platforms facilitating these private placements have come to the forefront.

In a recent comment there was a statement that in the United States there are 8.6 Million Accredited investors but only 3% are actively funding start ups or small businesses.   This follows the thesis regarding the inefficiency in allocation of resources to companies, which have merit, as they struggle to raise capital to fund their business venture.

There is also a preponderance of angel investors and  venture capitalists in specific communities.  This creates super centers for business formation but may exclude other parts of the country.   There is only one silicon valley but that does not mean that start ups cannot grow in other cities or states where initiative and the entrepreneurial spirit is supported.  Crowdfunding of all kinds can allow start ups to raise capital regardless of artificial geographic boundaries.

And what exactly is an accredited investor?  You may find a brief description here.  But just having the financial resources does not make one willing to invest in risky start ups.  These new portals are designed to engage and encourage accredited investors to not only finance a growing business but to support the American dream.

Below are some of these  US based accredited, crowdfunding portals which are disrupting venture capital and funding start ups now.


 
Editor's Note: The following was originally posted on Crowdsourcing.org and is from Thomas Vass, owner and manager of The Private Capital Market, a subscription-based crowdfunding website. Vass writes in to explain how the internet is changing communication and marketing, and introduces two ways for entrepreneurs and CEOs to market their equity crowdfunding raise.

SEEING THE INTERNET AS A RADICAL TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION 

One of the ways to think about the social and economic effects of the internet is to imagine all the ways it changes market relationships between its users. 

In an evolutionary interpretation, when two distinct technologies cross over, such as telecommunications and electronic devices, new markets are created that tend to disrupt old markets and the old way of doing things. For example, the internet has created a new information exchange based relationships, where the value-added, or unit of exchange, is measured in the value of the information.

The new information relationships in financial and product markets are disrupting the older exchanges between consumers and producers that were price based, where money was the unit of exchange.

 
With crowdfunding websites dotting the internet like trees in a forest, Business Insider has listed what it considers to be the best crowd funding sites currently available.
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Everybody knows about Kickstarter. That's just the start. These platforms have gone global, and are giving the opportunity to participate in and change projects, rather than just fund them.  It's part of a new movement that trendwatching.com's latest report calls 'Presuming.'  Joining a community, finding great stories, and following a product all the way through to its production allows a consumer experience long before the product ships.
Source: trendwatching.com

View all 15 of the hottest crowdfunding websites


 

Hello Crowdfunding; Goodbye FHA, Fanny Mae and Home Mortgages.

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No Loan Homes Are The Future, There is no downside
Compared to investing in your home via a conventional loan, you have zero risk and will never loose your deposit, go bankrupt or even pay another real estate commission when you move. Your equity moves with you, it does not stay in your home.

Imagine this financing model:
You wish to live in a $250,000 house. In this financing model, you will pay $1,250 per month plus all other expenses for this home, taxes, maintenance, etc. Same as you would if you had a mortgage.

There is no debt, no mortgage as a crowd of people merged their funds (Crowd funded) to purchase your home. This crowd comprises the CLOUD. Royalty Clouds, Inc. , the CLOUD administrator, holds the ownership in escrow.

So, what is so great about that, paying rent does not help me build a nest egg of equity in my home.


 
If you are CrowdFunding or going to offer some rewards in addition to offering equity in your CrowdInvestment, then here is how to create an offer that maximises your contributions.   The first rule is to think of your target market of contributors or investors. Who is most likely to donate or invest?   Write the answers to the following questions down now.   What type of person would be most interested in what I am doing?   For example lets say you are pitching to finance the creation of a new social network just for football fans. Then football fans would be an obvious target. Even better rich ones!   What category of interest can I put them in?

 
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Equity crowdfunding will democratize the opportunity for small investors to have access to ground floor investments.  While many small businesses that go down this path will inevitably remain small – or fail – this is a natural part of the entrepreneurial process.  And who should decide which investments an individual should choose?  The broker on the other end of the line? The ubiquitous Securities and Exchange Commission?  Perhaps that respected investment advisor that has done oh so well for his or herself that, well she certainly must know what is best for you.  No.  This decision is for the person who earned the money and has the right to decide how they consume (spend) or invest their proceeds.

Click HERE to view the SOURCE LINK to the full article by CFI Correspondent
 

SeedInvest Connects Accredited Investors With High-Quality Curated Investment Opportunities Via an Equity Crowdfunding Platform

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Description: SeedInvest, an equity-based, crowdfunding platform, has launched its platform that connects accredited investors to high-quality start-ups and small businesses seeking funding. SeedInvest's mission is to help both entrepreneurs and investors to leverage the disruptive power of the internet to make it easier for companies to raise capital. The company provides accredited, angel investors access to high-quality, curated opportunities in a myriad of industries across the entire country.

Click Here for the SOURCE LINK to the full article, written by Chris Capra