After Raising $6.2 Million for Pono Music on Kickstarter, Neil Young is Now Selling Piece of the Action So Fans Can Buy Equity Shares in the Company

20 Aug

In a move for what may become the “new norm” in crowdfunding, Accredited Investors can now purchase shares in PonoMusic for as little as $5,000 and become an part owners of the company

By Robert Hoskins

San Francisco, CaliforniaPonoMusic’s revolution is stirring unprecedented interest in the music community’s high-resolution digital music market, as the startup’s successful Kickstarter campaign recently raised $6.2M from over 18,000 backers — the third largest Kickstarter campaign ever — far surpassing even the campaign initiated by Oculus Rift.

In a move for what may become the new norm in crowdfunding, Accredited Investors Can Purchase Shares in PonoMusic for as Little as $5,000 and become an part owners of the Company

In a move for what may become the new norm in crowdfunding, Accredited Investors can now purchase shares in PonoMusic for as little as $5,000 and become an part owners of the company

Now Neil Young and PonoMusic are continuing their crowdfunding momentum by launching an equity crowdfunding campaign exclusively on Crowdfunder.com at PonoMusic on Crowdfunder. Accredited investors can invest as little as $5,000 and become an equity owner in PonoMusic alongside Neil.

Neil and the team at PonoMusic are excited about democratizing the investment process of PonoMusic by giving their Kickstarter backers, and anyone who loves music, the opportunity to now invest and become an owner in Pono.

Oculus Rift previously raised over $2.0M via Kickstarter, then sold to Facebook for $2 Billion. If their Kickstarter backers had been given the opportunity to invest in Oculus Rift through equity crowdfunding, they would likely have seen a significant return on their investment, but they didn’t — which stirred quite a backlash at the time.

Neil Young conceived of the idea behind PonoMusic to breathe life back into the experience and quality of audio in the digital age of highly compressed, poor quality music files such as MP3s. There’s recently been a huge resurgence of analog vinyl records among music lovers desiring true, undistorted sound. Yet the true, organic, nuanced experience most vinyl delivers hasn’t been convenient or portable, until now. PonoMusic offers a complete digital ecosystem, including a premium portable music player paired with a comprehensive digital music store offering high resolution music files with up to 30x more sound data than low-res MP3 files. PonoMusic is supported by all major music labels and their huge growing catalogues of premium quality digital music.

Says Crowdfunder’s CEO, Chance Barnett, “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Neil and his team to democratize the opportunity to invest in PonoMusic. Neil and his team get it; that’s why they’re going the route today’s most successful startups follow: first validating their business through pre-sales of their product on Kickstarter, then raising investment via our leading equity crowdfunding platform and rapidly growing base of institutional and individual accredited investors.”

Says PonoMusic’s visionary, Neil Young, “Pono is an artist-driven movement to rescue music and the art of recorded sound for posterity. It’s about the people who make the music, about the way it sounds to the artists when they record it in the studio and about preserving the original sound created by artists over the history of recorded sound. It’s also about fans hearing what we hear and that hasn’t happened in a long time. We wanted music lovers everywhere to be a part of this from the beginning and have an opportunity to help us launch this new music ecosystem into the world, together.”

“Pono” is Hawaiian for righteous. What righteous means to our founder Neil Young is honoring the artist’s intention. That’s why he’s been on a quest, for a few years now, to revive the magic that has been squeezed out of digital music. Through Pono, you no longer have to choose between quality and convenience when listening to music — you can have both. This is the fundamental idea behind PonoMusic.

Pono’s mission is to provide the best possible listening experience of your favorite music. PonoMusic is not a new audio file format or standard. PonoMusic is an end-to-end ecosystem for music lovers to get access to and enjoy their favorite music exactly as the artist created it, at the recording resolution they chose in the studio. PonoMusic is more than just a high-resolution music store and player; it is a grassroots movement to keep the heart of music beating.

Crowdfunder is where the power of crowdfunding meets investing. Entrepreneurs use the company’s platform to tell the story of their business and raise investment from a community of institutional and individual accredited investors. The company played a significant role in JOBS Act legislation, creating the new market for equity crowdfunding that brings private investing online and creates positive impact and economic opportunity.

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Magnetic, Snap-On Wireless iPhone Charger Launches Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign in Miami

15 Aug

Revocharge is a smartphone charging system that provides power to phones wherever they go – setting customers free from cables and cords and delivering true mobility

By Robert Hoskins

Miami, FL –  The Revocharge magnetic, snap-on, wireless charging system crowdfunding campaign for iPhones and Androids is live on the Kickstarter platform. Revocharge is a smartphone charging system that provides power to users’ phones wherever they go – setting them free from cables and cords and delivering true mobility. Cutting cords and charging up anywhere and everywhere has never been easier as Revocharge launches its smartphone charging system.

Revocharge Wireless Charger for Mobile iPhone and Android Smartphones

Revocharge Wireless Charger for Mobile iPhone and Android Smartphones

With the launch of the convenient Revocharge charging system, users can charge up anywhere and everywhere wirelessly at full, plugged-in speed, thanks to conductive charging (meaning full speed!) and Autosense charging-optimization technology. Everyone has experienced the dreaded moment when they need to use their phone only to find that it’s nearly out of power with no cables or power outlets in sight. Until now, very few wireless charging options existed that could give users the ability to be truly mobile. Revocharge finally lets the mobile phone catch up with the truly mobile lifestyle.

“We’ve made a product that we know will help revolutionize the way people use their smartphones,” said Revocharge founder Cemal Samsilova. “We’re excited to introduce our wireless charging system to the Kickstarter community, and look forward to delivering this mobility-enhancing set of tools to a global audience.”

Revocharge is ready to go, and to bring this cord-cutting tech to the masses, Revocharge has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund initial manufacturing costs.

Revocharge wireless charging benefits:

  • A fast, full charge on-the-go –Using direct pin-to-ring conductive charging (which results in efficiency up to 90% – or up to 30% more than peak performance of alternatives), your phone gets a full charge at full speed from the convenient snap-on battery pack.
  • Our Autosense technology optimizes the charge for any smartphone, boosting efficiency. Most chargers are only optimized for one type of device.
  • Unleash your phone – Go truly mobile! Cut the cables and cords that are tying you down. Charge up wirelessly!
  • Complete ecosystem – Revocharge provides power to your phone at home, in the office, in the car, on the go – literally anywhere. It uses earth magnets to attach to different mounts, creating a whole ecosystem of tools to keep you charged everywhere you go.
  • Smart case – In addition to becoming a wireless, compact mobile charger when you snap on the battery, the Revocharge smartphone case is sleek, functional and offers complete access to headphone jacks, volume controls and USB ports for easy syncing.

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New Crowdfunding Research Firm Wants to Shine Light on Best Practices for Shooting the Perfect Indiegogo/Kickstarter Crowdfunding Pitch Video

14 Aug

In their new research study, Understanding the Effectiveness of the Pitch Video:  A Crowdfunding Research Study, the team plans to measure the effectiveness of crowdfunding pitch videos and their impact on online fundraising

 By Robert Hoskins

Sydney Australia – What type of pitch video helps crowdfunding campaigns achieve success or lead to their failure? That’s what the folks at DigitalMindWorx want to research and document.  In their new research study, Understanding the Effectiveness of the Pitch Video:  A Crowdfunding Research Study,  the team plans to measure the effectiveness of crowdfunding pitch videos and their impact on online fundraising. Conducted by Jess Milne, a Masters student at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney, the upcoming research study will use an online survey to collect quantitative data that will help inform future creators on how to how to make a compelling pitch video based on past Kickstarter and Indiegogo success/failure rates.

Understanding the effectiveness of the pitch video:  A Crowdfunding Research Study

Understanding the effectiveness of the pitch video: A Crowdfunding Research Study

“There is very little research in the crowdfunding arena,” said Jess Milne Masters, a film student. “The pitch video is the most persuasive tool available to crowdfunders I think more research insights are required to help crowdfunders make better and more effective videos.”

According to some sources,  such as the Indiegogo Playbook, including a video with a crowdfunding campaign to demo the product and explain the project can increase fundraising by 115%.

Kickstarter, another popular crowdfunding platform, reported that campaigns with a pitch video succeed at a much higher rate than others (50% vs 30%).

Last, but not least, MWPDigitaMmedia, a professional video production company, reports that projects that have a good crowdfunding pitch video are 85% more likely to achieve their fundraising goal.

“The aim of our research is to relate how the pitch video in a crowdfunding campaign can incite affective and emotional responses in the viewer and ultimately influence the decision to pledge to the campaign,” Masters continued.

With an estimated 49,000 launched projects in 2013 on Kickstarter alone, this research has the opportunity to make a big impact for entrepreneurs and creative types. After data has been collected the unbiased conclusions will be released in a guidebook for filmmakers and other individuals who want to lean how to create a compelling crowdfunding pitch video.

As an incentive all participants of the study will have the chance to win a 200 iTunes voucher after completing the research survey. Click here to participate in the Crowdfunding Pitch Video Research Study, which will be open to all participants until October 1, 2014.

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Formula One, NASCAR and NHRA Get the Green Flag to Join the Crowdfunding Race and Fund All Types of Racing-Related and Team Projects 

12 Aug

First Gear Project’s new auto racing crowdfunding site has built a community that encourages new innovations and fosters projects that can now be supported directly by  the public, friends, family, and sponsors

By Robert Hoskins

Portland, Oregon – In motorsports, funding is often the critical bridge between opportunity and execution. First Gear Project, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to the automotive & motorsports industries, will help build that bridge by establishing a platform to connect opportunity and funding.

First Gear Project Crowdfunding Sites for NASCAR, Formula One and NHRA Projects

First Gear Project Crowdfunding Sites for NASCAR, Formula One, NHRA and Other MotorSports Racing Projects

The motor sports crowdfunding site, which recently expanded from a successful beta phase to being open to the public, has been built to facilitate programs across the spectrum of the industry, from karting to drag racing, from the development of new aftermarket products to the creation of inspiring documentaries. First Gear Project will build a community, encourage new innovations and foster projects as the open marketplace of motorsports ideas meets with the support of the public, friends, family, and sponsors to turn dreams into realties.

With a financial base built on upon the 20 year success of Vital Enterprises, an Oregon technology firm with revenues approaching $40 million, First Gear Project has been spearheaded by racing driver Guy Cosmo and his wife Louisa.

“The opportunity to partner Vital Enterprises’ vast array of engineering capabilities with Guy Cosmo’s racing and Motorsport industry experience was a great opportunity,” said Ryan Hoppes, President, Vital Enterprises.  “Being able to bring a new method of financing to influence further creativity, ability to self advocate, as well as provide personal connections between fan and driver within the Motorsport’s realm will be exciting to witness.  We are thrilled to be a part of this shift.”

First Gear Project will give participants the opportunity to influence the future by making tangible contributions to a favorite driver or team, or convert a compelling new concept into a publicly available product with a built-in brand awareness and support system.

“This is a project of a lifetime for me, because being in the sport for so many years I’ve seen first hand how critical funding is,” said Cosmo. “We have designed First Gear Project to not only be an opportunity for someone to transform their vision into a marketable reality but it is also a chance for backers to witness the impact of their support. It’s a place for our whole community to actually participate by building programs or supporting them. We are trying to change the industry, and we and our investors believe that this is the best way to do exactly that.”

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Investors Provide $1 Million Investment to Shore Up Seed&Spark, a Crowdfunding Platform that Funds and Distributes Independent Films

12 Aug

The investment in documentary and narrative films gives a huge boost to women due to the fact that within the entrepreneurship film space, 58% of all films successfully funded on Seed&Spark are led or co-led by women

By Robert Hoskins

Los Angeles, CaliforniaSeed&Spark closed an important round of $1 million in seed venture capital to expand its operations. In addition to the cash infusion, two seasoned film and entertainment executives will join the crowdfunding platform’s board of directors.  Julie Parker Benello (co-founder of Chicken & Egg Pictures and Gamechanger Films) and producer and Veritas Prep founder Chad Troutwine (Oscar-winning UndefeatedFreakonomicsPrint the Legend) will join the board later this month.

Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution

Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution

Earlier this year, Parker Benello, along with Chicken & Egg Pictures co-founder Wendy Ettinger, launched Gamechanger films with Dan Cogan and Geralyn Dreyfous of Impact Partners to “shift the gender disparity in the film marketplace.” Parker Benello’s commitment to women in film both in documentaries and narrative films now extends to entrepreneurship in the film space. 58% of film projects successfully funded on Seed&Spark are led or co-led by women, a statistic Seed&Spark founder and CEO Emily Best attributes to the fact that women are so marginalized in the film industry they’re willing to take a risk on newer platforms. “It could also be that our company leadership is almost entirely women.”

Says Parker Benello, “I am excited to join Seed & Spark as an advisor, given the company’s interest in promoting women directors, both documentary and narrative, on their innovative crowdfunding and streaming platform. I look forward to working with the team to help build out the company while furthering the work of many filmmakers supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures and invested in by Gamechanger Films.”

“We are honored to add two incredibly experienced film producers to our board who are deeply invested in the social impact of the films they make,” says Seed&Spark founder and CEO Emily Best. “What’s more exciting is that we have been able to communicate our company’s mission as an impact investment. We are deeply committed to building tools to give access to a greater diversity of creators—tools we believe can help creators make a sustainable living from their craft.”

“We’re not taking the approach of building this company with money. We wanted to engage the community and grow organically only on the strength of what the community finds valuable about what we’re offering. It means we’ve been able to get a long way with a tiny fraction of the money our competitors have raised. It also means that more of our resources can get poured back into the community because we don’t have so much to pay back,” says Best. “We also hope that we can demonstrate to filmmakers that the strength of this community is more powerful than money. And we can build a sustainable business this way – together!”

Says Troutwine, who most recently produced Print the Legend, which was nabbed by Netflix Originals at SXSW, “There is an exciting new frontier in distribution, one that can more greatly benefit both creators and audiences. Seed&Spark’s founding team of filmmakers understands they’re working for the audience.”

The lead in this round is the Wadsworth Family investment fund Manitou Ventures. Other investors include producer and philanthropist Abigail Disney, Catapult Film Fun co-founder Lisa Kleiner-Chanoff, Emmy-winning producer and Spacestation Founder Matthew Mills, Mitro founder Vijay Pandurangan, and angel investor Deborah Meijer among others.

Having just announced a distribution partnership with American Express, Seed&Spark plans to pursue more distribution partnerships, “to put truly independent content in front of the widest possible audiences and make sure the creators benefit,” says Best.

Seed&Spark is a truly independent film community where filmmakers and audiences join forces to fund, promote and watch the best new independent films. As a selective crowdfunding platform and curated streaming service, Seed&Spark is an online destination for engaged audiences to get involved in exceptional projects at all stages. Seed&Spark’s film specific crowdfunding tool – the “WishList” – allows supporters to buy or loan specific items to a production. Every time an audience member supports a project, they earn rewards points called “Sparks” which they can spend to watch films on the streaming platform. Supporting films gives audiences greater access to watch them.

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Investors Offered $82 Million New Jersey Commercial Real Estate Property via Equity Crowdfunding Site 

11 Aug

The target annual cash yield to investors is 10.5 percent and backed by value of  $92/sq. ft., which is covered by the current property value of $119/sq. ft.

By Robert Hoskins

Portland, OregonCrowdStreet listed a mezzanine financing for 30 Knightsbridge Road, a four-building class B+ office complex in Piscataway, N.J., sponsored by EverWest Real Estate Partners, a privately held Denver-based real estate investment and operating company. By listing on CrowdStreet, a crowdfunding marketplace connecting accredited investors with institutional-grade real estate investments, EverWest is targeting a raise of $1.7 million as part of its $6 million mezzanine financing.

CrowdStreet Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding Platform in Indianapolis, Indiana

CrowdStreet Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding Platform in Indianapolis, Indiana

The target annual cash yield to investors is 10.5 percent. The investment opportunity in 30 Knightsbridge offers attractive risk-adjusted returns, as the total debt position through the mezzanine loan of $92 per square foot is well covered by the current property value of $119 per square foot.

“CrowdStreet is excited to work with EverWest and provide access for investors to participate in the 30 Knightsbridge mezzanine loan,” said Tore Steen, CrowdStreet’s CEO. “With the property’s strong tenant base, proximity to major transportation routes and New York City, as well as advanced infrastructure and amenities, we believe that 30 Knightsbridge is a great example of the institutional-grade deals we are listing on the CrowdStreet marketplace.”

30 Knightsbridge, which is valued at $82 million, is comprised of 686,316 square feet of commercial office space. Currently 91 percent of the four-building property is leased to nine tenants, including AT&T Corp., QualCare Inc., AECOM Technology Corp., Cablevision and Paychex North America Inc. Keystone Property Group acquired the property in June 2014 as part of $230 million purchase of a 2.3 million square foot, 12 building office portfolio owned by Mack-Cali Realty Corporation.

“We chose to post 30 Knightsbridge on the CrowdStreet platform because they focus on and understand institutional-grade commercial real estate,” said Thomas Ling, director at EverWest Real Estate Partners. “The CrowdStreet business model provides a modern approach to online capital formation that complements our traditional fundraising process. The senior management team at EverWest has collectively invested over $30 billion across the United States and we are confident that 30 Knightsbridge presents an attractive opportunity for investors.”

CrowdStreet recently closed a large fundraising effort on behalf of Mainstreet, the nation’s largest and most innovative developer of short-stay rehabilitation and long-term care properties, in May, raising $1.6 million in just four weeks, one of the largest raises for a real estate crowdfunding transaction.

CrowdStreet provides accredited investors with unique access to commercial real estate investment opportunities through an intuitively designed portal that makes it easy to find opportunities, manage offers, track investment performance and build a commercial real estate portfolio — all at no cost to the investor. The CrowdStreet marketplace allows investors to search and select pre-screened commercial real estate opportunities by product type, geographic region or risk allocation.

CrowdStreet provides a crowdfunding marketplace that connects accredited investors with institutional-grade real estate investments. With its cloud-based fundraising and investor relationship management platform, CrowdStreet offers real estate operators, funds and private equity companies an online vehicle to raise capital and manage relationships with new and existing investors more efficiently and cost effectively. Based in Portland, Ore., CrowdStreet was founded in 2013 by a team with deep experience in commercial real estate, finance, consumer Internet and software development.

EverWest Real Estate Partners, LLC is a Denver, Colorado-based leading private real estate investment manager and operator who invests in core, value add, and opportunistic investments in office, industrial, multi-family, retail, and mezzanine debt investments. EverWest serves a variety of clients that include major institutional investment managers, pension plans, foundations, endowments, and high net worth individuals. EverWest provides a full-service investment management operating platform through its six regional offices with established acquisition, asset-takeover, asset management, property management, financing, operations, risk management, advisory, and reporting capabilities to its clients.

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First Mobile Crowdfunding App for Real Estate Equity Investment Deals Rolls Outs in New York

5 Aug

“iFunding – Real Estate Investment through Crowdfunding,” allows investors to perform every function in the real estate investment lifecycle that they currently can through a computer and web browser

By Robert Hoskins

New York, NY – iFunding announced the launch of the first-ever real estate crowdfunding mobile app for investors. The app, called iFunding’s website. It is available on the Apple Store for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android products. New mobile app allows investors to browse deals, make investments, monitor project progress and receive alert notifications, from iFunding’s real estate crowdfunding platform.

iFunding is a real estate investment platform that uses technology to make private real estate investing simple. Individual investors can select and make direct investments in pre-vetted institutional quality real estate assets directly on our website.

iFunding is a real estate investment platform that uses technology to make private real estate investing simple. Individual investors can select and make direct investments in pre-vetted institutional quality real estate assets directly on our website.

To encourage investors to try the app and real estate crowdfunding, iFunding is offering, through Labor Day, 2014, a $100 credit back to anyone who makes an investment during this period.

Key app features let users:

  • Browse live investment opportunities, including information about the property, the neighborhood, the project team, pro forma financial projections, legal documents and Q&A with the sponsors. Users can select specific investments or just browse real estate investment opportunities, at any convenient time and place.
  • Complete an investment transaction entirely from the mobile device, including document signature and initiation of funds transfer. Or, optionally, switch to their computer to complete a transaction.
  • Monitor progress on a project in which they are participating, reading about construction activity and financial expenditures, and viewing photos.
  • Receive notification alerts to be informed when there are new deals available or existing deals have reached key milestones.

“This is the first time that accredited investors will be able to manage their real estate crowdfunding investments via a mobile device. Since some types of iFunding deals tend to fund in a matter of hours or days, the app will be an invaluable way for investors to stay informed about what opportunities are available, and to initiate investment transactions with just a few taps,” said Sohin Shah, co-founder of iFunding and product strategist for the app. “A large percentage of our web visitors are already on mobile devices, and early feedback shows a lot of excitement about having a custom app for streamlined and full-featured mobile access.“

William Skelley, CEO of iFunding, added, “Our COO, Sohin Shah, and our internal development team deserve a lot of praise for designing the app to meet investor needs and add features that our leading users requested during feedback sessions. This is advanced use of technology for real estate investing in general, not just for crowdfunding. It reflects our vision for democratizing real estate investing through access and transparency.”

The iFunding app, for both mobile devices and tablets, also has social features allowing accredited investors to interact with other investors, project operators, and iFunding executives to pose questions and have the answers shared across the community.

Every iFunding user is assigned a secure log-in, all data traffic is encrypted, and no personal data is stored on the mobile device when the app is not in use. All financial information is further encrypted and stored at a secure, third-party financial services provider focused on this purpose.

The app is free to use and there is no cost to registering for an iFunding login. Financial regulations require that one be an accredited investor to register and view deals. The investment opportunities listed are from independent residential and commercial real estate developers & operators working with iFunding’s crowdfunding platform. Investors can review a wide range of supporting information to make decisions about investments that are right for their situation.

iFunding is a leading real estate crowdfunding platform, facilitating equity and debt fundraising for single family homes, multi-family residences, apartment towers, retail locations, office buildings and mixed-used buildings. iFunding provides opportunities for accredited investors to invest in institutional-quality real estate deals, with a minimum investment of just $5,000.

The company specializes in preferred equity investing and directly oversees each deal throughout its lifespan, providing extensive information and transparency to give investors insight and oversight into their investments.

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Raising Awareness for the Crowdfunding Industry through Free Online Crowdfunding Training Programs

4 Aug

Please help us spread the basic concepts of the crowdfunding campaigns with the masses by sharing the following free training class links with your social media networks

By Robert Hoskins

Austin, Texas – It amazes me to discover at business networking events the number of people that that have never heard of crowdfunding.  And while crowdfunding may still be under the radar for general population, based on the number of calls we receive each week, the crowdfunding industry is definitely experiencing hockey growth rates.

Our team at Front Page PR used to spend a tremendous amount of time on the phone educating future crowdfunding campaign managers one person, which was extremely time consuming.

Over the past 6 months, the demand for crowdfunding knowledge became overwhelming, so we decided to create the crowdfunding industry’s first free source of crowdfunding training classes.  The goal was to make it as easy as possible for anyone to learn more about crowdfunding by providing the basic crowdfunding training materials listed at the bottom of them page.  If you like the reading materials and find them useful, please help us spread the word about using crowdfunding as a small business finance tool to your social media networks.

“Just click to tweet. It is very easy!”

If you have a marketing background and would like to start a crowdfunding training class in your city or town, please give us a call (512) 627-6622.  We have several printed books that combined with the crowdfunding training materials listed below can help  any get a basic understanding of what it takes to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Crowdfunding Training Class Links:

  1. Introduction to Launching a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

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  2. How to Conduct a Competitive Analysis for Crowdfunding Campaigns

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-F [Click to Tweet]

  3. How to Shoot a Persuasive Video for Crowdfunding Campaigns

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1r [Click to Tweet]

  4. How to Write an Effective Crowdfunding Profile that Converts Donors

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-S [Click to Tweet]

  5. How to Write Copy with Language that Encourage People to Donate

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-P [Click to Tweet]

  6. How to Offer the Right Perks/Rewards with Good Calls to Action

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1n [Click to Tweet]

  7. How to Utilize Perks/Rewards to Conduct Marketplace Research

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-P [Click to Tweet]

  8. How to Set Realistic and Achievable Crowdfunding & Fundraising Goals

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1a [Click to Tweet]

  9. How to Do a Great Job of  Explaining How Crowdfunding Funds will be Spent

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1e [Click to Tweet]

  10. How to Raise the First 30% of Crowdfunding Funds from Family and Friends

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-17 [Click to Tweet]

  11. How to Build a Great Crowdfunding Management Team to Enhance Success

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1i [Click to Tweet]

  12. How to Build a Press Room for Crowdfunding Campaign to Achieve Success with the Press

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1x [Click to Tweet]

  13. How to Build a Press Kit with the Materials Reporters Need to Write a Story

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1z [Click to Tweet]

  14. How to Write SEO’ed Press Releases to Promote Crowdfunding Campaigns

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1B [Click to Tweet]

  15. How to Create an Informational Crowdfunding Campaign FAQ Sheet

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-14 [Click to Tweet]

  16. How to Develop a Crowdfunding Timeline Complete with Milestones

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-2y [Click to Tweet]

  17. How to Plan an Effective Advertising Campaign to Promote Crowdfunding Campaigns

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-g [Click to Tweet]

  18. How to Use Content Marketing to Promote Crowdfunding Campaigns

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-u [Click to Tweet]

  19. How to Calculate Average Crowdfunding Conversion Rates by Industry

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-M [Click to Tweet]

  20. How to Use Email Marketing to Reach and Convert More Crowdfunding Buyers

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-12 [Click to Tweet]

  21. How to Conduct Media Relations to Generate Publicity for Crowdfunding Campaigns

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1l [Click to Tweet]

  22. How to Find the Best Social Media Tools to Promote Crowdfunding Campaigns

    http://wp.me/P4r9U5-1M [Click to Tweet]

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CircleUp Begins Pairing Institution Investors such as Johnson & Johnson Innovation with Private Company Equity Investment Opportunties

1 Aug

Johnson & Johnson science and business experts collaborate with innovators to accelerate cutting-edge science into healthcare solutions through equity crowdfunding

By Robert Hoskins

San Francisco, CA  – CircleUp announced a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation and the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. to identify innovative consumer companies working in areas of strategic interest such as healthcare and bio-tech. [Click to Tweet]

CircleUp is the largest equity-based crowdfunding platform where accredited investors find free access to select private investments

CircleUp is the largest equity-based crowdfunding platform where accredited investors find free access to select private investments

“Our mission at CircleUp is to enable entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams by matching them with value-added investors and helpful resources,” says Ryan Caldbeck, founder and CEO at CircleUp. “Through this new collaboration, representatives from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies will have an opportunity to meet directly with consumer-oriented entrepreneurs to begin a dialogue and form relationships.”

As a result of the collaboration, CircleUp companies will have the opportunity to participate in incubator days, during which companies will have the opportunity to connect directly with mentors from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies.

CircleUp identifies early-stage consumer product companies with high-growth potential and matches them with investors who are looking to fund or co-develop innovative ideas.

CircleUp is the largest equity-based crowdfunding platform where accredited investors find free access to select private investments, easy tools to identify and diligence companies and online transaction capability to make investments. For retail and consumer product entrepreneurs, CircleUp offers an efficient way to access a network of sophisticated investors as well as value added partners.

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Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Targets $100 Million Personal Submarine and Superyacht Market

28 Jul

DeepFlight launches Crowdfunder.com Series A fundraising campaign to fund the next evolution of super yacht submarines and meet the booming demand for the deep sea exploration and tourism industry

By Robert Hoskins

Point Richmond, CADeepFlight has launched a Series A round Crowdfunder.com equity crowdfunding campaign to address an estimated $100 million market for personal submarines for the superyacht and tourism markets. The Company has already established initial sales to early adopters, including the late adventurer, Steve Fossett; venture capitalist, Tom Perkins; the founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz; Sir Richard Branson, and others. The goal of the campaign is to raise $2.5 million to support the next evolution of the DeepFlight submarines and dominate the market for private submarine ownership, as well as access the emerging market of undersea tourism.

Led by industry pioneer, Graham Hawkes, DeepFlight has invested the last twenty years perfecting the DeepFlight submarines through five generations of working prototypes. The Company’s flagship technology, DeepFlight Super Falcon, is a fundamentally new type of submarine whose patented winged design offers the unparalleled experience of underwater flight and the unique safety of automatic return to the surface. Over the last two years, DeepFlight has refined its product roadmap with five different craft, optimized for the various market segments. While several other companies have recognized the market potential for personal submarines, none have adapted their designs for large-scale recreational use.

DeepFlight presently generates revenues through sales and service contracts, and currently has contracts in-house worth over $3 million. The Company’s first sales have been to high net worth individuals (HNWI), including superyacht owners. Its near term business model is to continue to target the $10 billion global superyacht market, with the goal of equipping 1% of the superyacht fleet with DeepFlight craft by 2020 for a projected $80 million in revenues. Additionally, the Company has delivered DeepFlight craft to two resort locations and the Company anticipates continuing to expand its revenues from resort and tourism operations..

DeepFlight is taking advantage of Title II of the Jobs Act which has recently allowed private businesses to generally solicit and publicly raise money from accredited investors via equity crowdfunding. This technique is entirely different from rewards crowdfunding which does not allow for equity investments. The Company is seeking to raise $2.5 million; information regarding the equity raise is available at http://www.crowdfunder.com/deepflight. The funds will be used to build and commercialize the next generation of DeepFlight personal submarines, including its newest product line to be introduced in Q4 2014, and to expand its marketing presence in its target markets.

President of DeepFlight, Adam Wright, stated, “We are excited to launch our campaign on crowdfunder.com. Having proven our technology and established initial sales, we see a great opportunity to grow the market for undersea recreation and tourism. In the short term, the Company expects most of our orders will continue to come from individuals, however, we anticipate expanding our business to include other large-scale recreational and tourism activities.”

Tom Perkins, venture capitalist and owner of a DeepFlight Super Falcon, said, “I spent three years adventuring in the South Pacific with my DeepFlight craft, and the experience exceeded my wildest imagination. I believe DeepFlight is well-positioned, with a proven technology, to capitalize on the new possibilities for private exploration of our oceans, and to grow this company to its potential.”

Graham Hawkes, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, added, “Even though we live on an ocean planet, there are few commercially available technologies that can provide an engaging underwater experience to a large number of users. From the beginning, our DeepFlight submersibles have captured the public’s imagination, and I am thrilled that we are now able to invite the public to support our initiatives to open the oceans to a larger audience. I look forward to introducing our newest product line in the coming year, and I am fully confident that our DeepFlight personal submarines will expand the market for undersea recreation.”

DeepFlight, formerly Hawkes Ocean Technologies, was founded in 1996 by world-renowned engineer, Graham Hawkes, with the goal of innovating underwater technologies to expand human access to the oceans. In 2012, the Company pivoted from a research and development organization to focus on commercializing its submarines for the recreation and tourism markets. The Company’s flagship technology, DeepFlight Super Falcon, is a fundamentally new type of manned underwater vehicle that is a combination of submersible and high-performance aircraft. DeepFlight is globally recognized for its series of advanced personal submarines, designed, built and operated for the private owner and recreational markets, including the superyacht and tourism industries.

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