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MicroVentures Opens “500 Startups Fund III” Equity Investment Opportunity to Fund 4-Month Startup Accelerator Programs

27 Feb

Equity Crowdfunding Site Now Seeking Investors to Invest up to $10,000 in Multiple e-commerce, cloud services, mobile, education, digital health, payments and Internet startup companies

By Robert Hoskins

Austin, Texas – MicroVentures, an online equity crowdfunding portal based in Mountain View, California and offices in Austin, Mexico City and San Francisco, announced the launch of a new equity crowdfunding investment fund called “500 Startups Fund III,” which is seeking to sign up accredited equity investors to invest a minimum of $10,000 or more in early stage capital investments. The 500 Startups Fund III makes investments across multiple industry verticals, including e-commerce, cloud services, mobile, education, digital health, payments and Internet among others.

MicroVentures Equity Investment Network of 25,000 Global Investors to Date Have Invested $125 Million in Approximately 900 Startup Companies

MicroVentures Equity Investment Network Has Invested   $125 Million in Approximately 900 Startup Companies

Founded by Bill Clark in 2009, MicroVentures recruited Tim Sullivan, Garrett Paul and Jaclyn Strife from SharesPost in 2012, which is renowned for taking Facebook through its Initial Public Offering (IPO) and went on to found Oceanic Partners. The firm runs something commonly referred to an investment syndicate, where accredited investors who are new to the Angel and Venture Capital investment process follow seasoned, experienced lead investors.

“Over the years, MicroVentures has built a platform that gives investors the ability to diversify investments in early to late stage opportunities. Our level of due diligence and customer support are unique resources angel investors previously did not have access to,” stated Bill Clark, Founder and CEO of MicroVentures. “Investors are increasingly seeking diversification and international exposure. MicroVentures through the 500 Startups Fund III provides both, while reinforcing its long-standing commitment of supporting investor demand for diversified opportunities.”

Using this growth strategy MicroVentures had amassed more than 4,000 investors by the end of 2012 and over the past three years it has grown 625% to a very large pool of more than 25,000 global investors who have invested approximately $125 million in 900 companies.

Unlike typical broker dealers, which only solicit investments ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 and up, the MicroVenture site allows accredited as well as non-accredited investors to invest in a wide variety of funds that range from investments of $1,000, $3,000, and $10,000 and up. This allows investors to diversify their portfolio and spread their eggs across multiple startup baskets, which reduces risk and increases the chance of being able to discover and participate in the next Facebook, Oculus, or Pebble Time Watch at a very early stage.

The 500 Startups runs a four-month Accelerator Program for Startups that culminates in a private, invite-only Demo Day where each startup presents to a group of select investors in an effort to attract additional seed funding. About 30 companies participate in each four-month program offered at its various locations.  Batch 12 began January 2015 in San Francisco.

In addition to investing through its accelerator program, 500 Startups invests globally in early-stage companies through various seed-stage investment funds.

Across numerous funds, 500 Startups has committed approximately $125 million to over 900 portfolio companies.

The inaugural investment fund, Fund I, was formed in July 2010 and achieved an ultimate fund size of $29 million. As of September 30, 2014, the internal rate of return for Fund I stood at 18% with investment exits worth approximately $13 million.

Fund II was formed in April 2012 raising almost $45 million. Fund II has achieved $2 million in exits and a net internal rate of return of 27% as of September 30, 2014.

While Fund I and Fund II are closed to new investments, the 500 Startups is the fundraising process for four other funds: Fund III, Annex Fund, 500 Luchadores and 500 Durians.

Under its status as a FINRA-registered broker-dealer, MicroVentures offers both primary and secondary investment opportunities through their user-friendly, online equity crowdfunding platform. Series 7 licensed brokers develop personal relationships with Accredited and Sophisticated Investors to provide high-touch customer service, and support investment in startups with confidence.

The crowdfunding portal provides access to a flow of curated, vetted startup investment opportunities and allows novice investors to review due diligence, disclosures and speak with experienced licensed financial professionals prior to making an investment.

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Front Page PR Seeks Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses and Franchises that Want to Take Advantage of the New Texas Crowdfunding Rules to Market Equity Investment Opportunities

29 Oct

Top 50 cities in Texas are home to 13.3 million residents that will soon be able to invest up to $5,000 per year in private equity investment opportunities

By Robert Hoskins

Austin, Texas Front Page PR (www.crowdfundingPRcampaigns.com), one of America’s leading crowdfunding PR and marketing firms, announced that the firm is now seeking new startups and entrepreneurs that want to take advantage of the new Intrastate Texas Crowdfunding Exemption rules that allows companies to raise up to $1 million from non-accredited investors.

Front Page PR is one of the leading Crowdfunding PR firms in America

Front Page PR is one of the leading Crowdfunding PR firms in America

On December 1, 2014, for the first time in 80 years, Texas-based startups and entrepreneurs will be able to sell private equity shares to all residents living Texas. In addition, all parties will be able to use mass marketing to advertise and publicize their equity investment opportunities using media outlets that focus on Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), which are home to more than 26 million potential customers.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) Population
Houston – The Woodlands – Sugar Land 6,484,279
Dallas – Plano – Richardson – Irving 4,627,393
Fort Worth – Arlington – HEB 2,358,186
San Antonio – New Braunfels 2,334,363
Austin-Round Rock 1,938,858
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 862,768
El Paso 862,638
Killeen-Temple 445,356
Corpus Christi 443,351
Brownsville-Harlingen 439,437
Beaumont-Port Arthur 413,982
Lubbock 304,682
Laredo 275,686
Amarillo 265,821
Waco 260,728
College Station-Bryan 246,910
Longview 226,407
Tyler 222,781
Abilene 170,164
Wichita Falls 152,426
Midland 150,721
Odessa 145,960
Sherman-Denison 125,901
San Angelo 113,969
Victoria 96,883
Texarkana 93,457
Total:   24,063,107

Approximately 20 million of these customers are over the age of 18 and will be able to invest up to $5,000 per year in private equity placements. Once the state educates its residents and new investors become Internet savvy investors, Texas will represent a $100 billion per year pool of venture capital that small businesses and entrepreneurs can use to raise start up funding.

This will prove to be a boon for the large majority of ideas and business plans that are currently being rejected or ignored by the states 70+ business accelerators and incubators.

Any business that has received the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) rubber stamp to be pre-approved for SBA loans should strongly consider opening a business in Texas. Franchisors and franchises are the perfect business model to help franchisees raise money using the new Texas crowdfunding rules. Unlike many startups that will have an unproven track record, franchises with 5 or more profitable locations should be able to provide investors with a better than average chance of success.

Rural areas are a prime target for economic development in Texas where the demand is present for new restaurants, movie theaters, shopping malls, trampoline parks, entertainment venues, but until now have not had access to traditional venture capital due to their location.

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Contact:
Robert Hoskins
Front Page PR
(512) 627-6622
rhoskins@frontpagepr.com

 

Latina Shopping Channel Launches Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to Provide Latinas with a Place to Shop and Socialize

9 Jul

Comadre.com will also be a valuable networking tool to connect Latina customers with Hispanic businesses

By Robert Hoskins

Coppell, Texas – Servicing the demand for four decades of rapid growth in the Latino population, Comadre.com has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to set the stage for the launch of a new social shopping website designed especially for Latinas.

The site will be the first social shopping network built by Latinas for Latinas. It will bring together two things Hispanic women love the most: shopping and socializing. The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is now underway and Comadre.com executives are excited to get their project off the ground, not only because the website will offer new shopping opportunities for Latinas, but because it will allow them to network and socialize and stay connected to their culture.

“By supporting us, you are helping to build an online community that keeps us connected to our culture, our heritage and our traditions”

“By supporting us, you are helping to build an online community that keeps us connected to our culture, our heritage and our traditions,” said Lillian Romero, Latina

“By supporting our campaign, you will help us build an online community that keeps Latinas connected to our culture, our heritage and our traditions,” said Lillian Romero, an upcoming Hispanic woman entrepreneur, who believes in the value of hard work and is eager to support other Hispanic businesses.

Comadre.com will give Hispanic women a fun, stylish and unique place to shop and socialize. The site will also be a valuable networking tool to connect Latina customers with Hispanic businesses of all types, so in essence it will be a vehicle to strengthen Hispanic economic clout and support other Hispanic entrepreneurs.

The Indiegogo campaign is underway to raise money not only to build the website, but to make it work. Comadre.com owners will use the funds to import products from across Latin America so that their selections are appealing to Latinas everywhere. They will reach out to Hispanic business owners to build relationships with those who wish to sell their products on Comadre.com.

Finally, they will invest in a targeted marketing campaign to get the word out about the site and new technology to make the site easier to use and keep it current as technology changes.

The website will be bilingual and contributors receive a variety of perks depending on their level of support. The lowest level of support is $10 and highest is $1,000. Those who support at the $1,000 level receive various perks and a lifetime “Founder Discount Card.” Site owners are quick to point out that even those who don’t invest monetarily can help the site come to life by mentioning it on their social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter.

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New York Fashion Designers Skip “Crowdfunding” and Take a Walk Down the “Crowd Commerce” Runway

14 Apr

Global “Crowd Commerce” Concept Bypasses Crowdfunding and Goes Straight to Crowd Sales Targeting Consumers and Designers to Determine What Products Are Produced – Cynthia Rowley, Whit, and Meskita Currently Signed On

By Robert Hoskins

New York, NY – In a creative twist on e-commerce, crowdfunding, and social media, Crowdemand is a new fashion technology platform that connects consumers directly to the designers they love on their desktop, tablet, and mobile device. However unlike traditional crowdfunding sites, there are no crowdfunding profiles, no pitch videos, only the the opportunity to make a crowd purchase.

Global "Crowd Commerce" Concept Bypasses Crowdfunding and Goes Straight to Crowd Sales Targeting Consumers And Designers

Global “Crowd Commerce” Concept Bypasses Crowdfunding and Goes Straight to Crowd Sales Targeting Consumers And Designers

On Crowdemand established contemporary designers present pieces via the a new version of “crowd commerce” website, with consumers ultimately deciding which designs go into production. Crowdemand will feature select brands such as Cynthia Rowley for their launch, with the New York City based label Whit, and Brazilian designer Meskita to follow.

Designers showcase exclusive products on Crowdemand with price-points between $250 – $2,000. Each piece will fit into three categories: “Celebrity Spotting,” where designers will recreate an item worn by a celebrity, “Backed by Popular Demand,” where designers create popular pieces from past seasons, and “New Demands,” which are new exclusives for the coming seasons. This business model is the only one of it’s kind–currently designers, fashion e-commerce sites, and brick and mortar stores can only offer a selection of merchandise that has already been produced, and when the inventory runs out you’re out of luck.

Each designer individually determines the minimum number of orders required for a design to go into production, and to maintain exclusivity, Crowdemand sets a maximum number of orders that can be placed. Crowdemand will also take photos and edit the images of each design, at no cost to the designer.

Next the users, or “crowders” can pre-purchase the designs during a determined two-week campaign period, spreading the word via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media platforms, knowing that with the power of the crowd the design will get made. During the campaign process each design has a progress circle letting crowders and designers know how close they are to reaching their production goal.

Once enough crowders have pre-purchased the design, Crowdemand places an order with the designer, and products are shipped domestically and internationally within eight to sixteen weeks right to each crowder’s door. All items in original condition can be returned within 30 days, and as a bonus, for the next two weeks users who sign up and share Crowdemand with their friends will be rewarded with a $25 credit for every friend that signs up.

“This retail model is the future; it bridges the gap between consumer and designer, bringing unparalleled benefits to both parties which are unavailable within traditional retail models,” explains Liat Cohen, VP of Business Development at Crowdemand.

Both participating and future designers are excited to become a part of this unique platform because it solves a myriad of the industry’s inventory and production cost issues. Fashion houses place orders based on projections, but Crowdemand offers designers the chance to assess demand and capture pre-orders before any pieces go into production, as well as the real-time insight of what their customers, not department store buyers, are interested in wearing.

Consumers are generally sold to, not listened to, and by engaging with Crowdemand they are heard loud and clear.

By leveraging their social networks and enlisting their followers to help get designs made, they are becoming an integral part of the production process. The ground-breaking sales method of Crowdemand allows designers and customers to do what they do best: designers can create without the stress of production projections, while customers join in the process of creating an exclusive product in their size without ever having to search through racks for the right item. The future of retail lies in this model of “crowd commerce,” and Crowdemand is the first fashion e-commerce site to offer it.

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