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The Basics of Equity Crowdfunding

By | Jul 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

Just over six months ago, we launched equity crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Through our joint venture with MicroVentures, First Democracy VC, anyone can invest in startups and innovative companies for potential financial returns. Since November 2016, we’ve launched 14 offerings, raising nearly $5M from more…



Mattermark and Quire unveil results of the 2015 Startup Investing Survey

By | Oct 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

In an ideal world, anyone who’d like to invest in startups would be able to. However, because of a law created nearly 80 years ago, a whopping 97 percent of American households are legally unable to participate in investing in private businesses. But that…

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Crowdfunding for Real Estate and Why it’s a Game-Changer

By | Jul 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

With the passage of the JOBS Act in late 2012, crowdfunding has caught fire and is being used to raise money for everything from startups to small businesses. In fact, by the end of 2014, crowdfunding, which includes debt, equity, rewards, and donation -based…



Onevest Raises Nearly $2M for Self-Crowdfunding Its Series A

By | Jul 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

Onevest – the company whose online equity crowdfunding platform connects early-stage startups to accredited investors – has announced this morning that it has raised nearly $2 million towards its Series A round. While seemingly another typical funding announcement, Onevest’s Series A is unique in…


7 Insider Tips for Startup Fundraising with Alejandro Cremades

By | Apr 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Raising capital is not an easy process. It can take much longer than you think, causing you to take your eye off running your day-to-day business. That said, in many cases it’s essential to growing your business and realizing your ultimate vision. Alejandro Cremades, the cofounder and…


Is Investment Crowdfunding Already Here?

By | Mar 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

Today, the term crowdfunding is often associated with the term startup. A startup is a company in its early stage and, usually, such companies wish to seek funding. One of the ways of doing so is to engage in what can be called “collective…


10 Tech Trends Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

By | Jun 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

On May 21, several top venture capitalists got together at the 17th annual top 10 tech trends dinner hosted in San Jose by the Churchill Club to discuss what they believe will be the biggest tech trends between now and 2020. According to Forbes,…


Onevest Launches Crowdfunding Effort to Finance Its Own Series A

By | Jun 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

Onevest, the online equity crowdfunding platform that connects early-stage startups with accredited investors, announced today that it has launched an effort to self-crowdfund its own Series A round of financing through its own platform. According to the company, this approach to its Series A…


Tech Crowdfunding Investment: Use Protection

By | May 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The rise and rise of crowdfunding has some incredible benefits. For one, certain sites allow you to invest in stock rather than a reward scheme, making equity investment far less elite. The amount can be as low as $10 and it is an open…


Chance Barnett Talks Title III and the Future for Crowdfunder

By | Dec 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Back in October the SEC voted on and decided to implement Title III of the JOBS Act, which brings non accredited investors full force into the equity crowdfunding world. It was a massive decision that effectively sets the stage for crowdfunding to continue the…


With Title III of the JOBS Act Live, Crowdfunding is Changing

By | Nov 19, 2015 at 9:00 pm

The concept of crowdfunding has been around for centuries. Originally called syndication, the “creator” or entrepreneur had to personally find investors to finance the project. When marketplaces like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo jumped on the scene, crowdfunding changed overnight. Jack Dorsey, Accel and other huge technology…



Own a Piece of DC by Purchasing a Share of One of Its Buildings

By | May 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

We can’t all be real estate moguls like Donald Trump or Barbara Corcoran, but now DC residents can own a piece of an otherwise nondescript office building when it makes its debut on the Nasdaq next week. That’s right – a DC building will…


The JOBS Act Turns Communities into Shareholders

By | Nov 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Recently, the SEC voted to propose rules for equity crowdfunding in the United States. On April 10th, 2012 President Obama signed the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act. Two parts of this document have significant impact on the legal framework for business financing. The first…


A Quick Guide to the Funding Landscape for Startups

By | Jun 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

For startups, not all dollars are created equal: some come with board seats, others with interest rates, and a few with nothing at all. This list of resources is designed to help entrepreneurs understand their options, from bank loans all the way to venture…


Localstake: Crowdfunding for Small Businesses by Local Investors

By | Jun 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

I know what you’re thinking. Another crowdfunding platform? While the simple answer is yes, Localstake is not your typical crowdfunding startup jumping on the JOBS Act (or “Crowdfunding Act”) bandwagon. Localstake is a locally focused crowdfunding marketplace that connects local businesses with local investors of any…



Fundable: Crowdfunding Just For Startups

By | May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Tuesday was the official launch of Fundable, a crowdfunding platform specifically for startup companies. Founded by serial entrepreneur Wil Schroter, the platform follows the passage of the JOBS Act (or “Crowdfunding Act”), which allows companies to publicly raise money from anyone willing to back them: “With…


Poll: Who’s The Top Angel Investor in the US?

By | Apr 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Angel investors play a pivotal role in the backbone of the early-stage startup ecosystem (note: understatement of the century).  Not only do angels provide roughly the same amount of financing as venture capital firms ($20.1B versus $23.3B in 2010), but startups who acquire their funds from…