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ENDVEST Offers Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding Investors Returns Ranging from 10% to Over 20% from Investments Starting as Low as $5,000

29 Jun

Now, non-accredited investors will profit alongside experienced financial institutions, family offices, hedge funds, and accredited investment partners

By Robert Hoskins

New York, New York  – ENDVEST launched a real estate investment and equity crowdfunding platform with a New York-based team that brings a combined eight decades of real estate experience to the site and aims to revolutionize the process of global real estate investment.

ENDVEST Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding

ENDVEST Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding

Investing via top U.S. real estate equity crowdfunding platforms has exploded since the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012. Until now, these opportunities have been available exclusively to accredited investors. To be accredited, an individual must prove individual income of over $200,000, joint spousal income of over $300,000, or a net worth exceeding $1 million, excluding a primary residence. However, Title IV of the JOBS Act has paved the way for investments from non-accredited investors as well, who may invest up to 10% of their annual income or net worth.

Many say real estate crowdfunding or real estate syndication is the evolutionary step for real estate financing, which has historically lagged in embracing disruption through technology, P2P services, and online software. Unlike many existing real estate crowdfunding platforms that have branded themselves as investment vehicles for the accredited investor, ENDVEST targets a wider scope. Now, non-accredited investors will profit alongside experienced financial institutions, family offices, hedge funds, and accredited investment partners.

Real estate crowdfunding benefits both sides of the table. Investors are attracted to the custom, direct investment process, while developers can finance projects generally overlooked by institutions because of project scale and location. By pairing developers with investors looking to make a greater return than a REIT’s typical 4% yield, ENDVEST offers investment partners returns ranging from 10% to over 20%. Investors can become partners in real estate projects around the world for as little as $5,000 on ENDVEST’s website, with live investments totaling $15.5 million. ENDVEST also claims that deals will be available for as little as $500 in the coming months.

ENDVEST sources their deals through a vast real estate professional network, sponsor partners, and inquiries passed through its website. Through a sophisticated underwriting process, projects are vetted and accepted based on merit. CEO Jack Boyajian explains the company’s transparency is demonstrated by its willingness to share every detail regarding the project to anyone. Whereas most platforms require a form of accreditation before viewing a project’s sensitive details, ENDVEST allows any registered user to access development plans, financials, and other relevant information.

Liquidity risk is a major factor in any real estate investing decision. While REITs allow investors to buy and sell at their discretion, more attractive investment opportunities typically require as much as a five-year holding period, with little to no liquidity. Unlike any other real estate crowdfunding investment platform to date, ENDVEST will soon launch ENDVEST EXCHANGE, its own integrated secondary market. The END/EX platform will allow users to place bids on past projects and match investors in those projects willing to sell.

Observing the success of real estate crowdfunding platforms, which offer online real estate investment, dozens of entrepreneurs have launched mirrored platforms with admittedly uninspiring projects. ENDVEST hopes to distinguish itself through unique, high yielding investments in cities around the world.

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Zivix Launches Indiegogo Music Crowdfunding Campaign for JamStik, which Won a Popular Science 2013 Invention Awards

29 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

Zivix, LLC announced it has partnered with Indiegogo to launch a crowdfunding campaign for its  popular JamStik, a portable, easy-to-use guitar-like instrument for iOS. Recently named a winner of the Popular Science 2013 Invention Awards, the JamStik enables a new dimension for learning, experiencing music and giving both novice and experienced players access to hundreds of existing midi-based applications. Over a span of 40 days, the campaign aims to raise $100,000, which will go toward prototypes, tooling, manufacturing set-up and consumer experience enhancements.

JamStik enables a new dimension for learning, experiencing music and giving both novice and experienced players access to hundreds of existing midi-based applications

JamStik enables a new dimension for learning, experiencing music and giving both novice and experienced players access to hundreds of existing midi-based applications

Making its debut in Las Vegas at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, Zivix demonstrated for attendees how JamStik bridges music with mobile technology to provide consumers with a real-time, life-like guitar experience on the go. The easy-to-use instrument transforms your mobile device into a guitar speaker and musical interface with real strings and frets that users can pluck and play while experiencing the real “feel” of a traditional guitar. Based on the company’s multi-patented IR fingertip-sensing technology, JamStik delivers an authentic guitar experience in a mobile-friendly style and with mobile-friendly connectivity.

IR Fingertip-sensing Technology at Heart of JamStik

Zivix’s proprietary, multi-patented (more than 90 claims), optical fingertip-sensing technology, which makes guitars compatible with the digital world, is at the heart of JamStik. This technology is unique in being able to precisely locate the position of the user’s fingers even before they touch the strings. High-speed scanning of all finger positions ensures there is virtually no latency. Since JamStik is a digital instrument, users do not have to tune it, which makes it easy for beginners. When they are ready, users can transfer the skills they learn on JamStik to a guitar.

JamStik Complemented by Bundled Apps, MIDI Apps

Zivix has developed a suite of bundled apps that broaden the appeal and depth of JamStik:

  • JamTutor is a truly interactive system that teaches entry-level guitar. Users can actually see where their fingers are on JamStik’s frets, get instant feedback, and learn at their own pace.
  • Using a variety of interactive game-like activities within JamTutor lets users learn and play songs in fun, engaging and rewarding way.
  • JamMix is a hybrid experience that combines guitar and DJ elements for instant action for both beginners and advanced players. JamMix enables players to mix loops, sounds and instruments on the fly to explore and create original music.

Over the past couple of years, crowdfunding has emerged as an alternative to the traditional Venture Capital or Angel investment route for start-up companies or products looking for funding. Launched as a collective public effort to fund companies and products, individuals have the ability to invest money in a product or cause based on tiered investments. In most cases each investment tier is accompanied by a return for the investor with the reward being early product access, mention as an investor in the campaign product campaign, or the ability to show support at an early stage for a new and exciting idea. Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding site and crowdfunding partner of JamStik, is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., and has hosted over 100,000 funding campaigns in the music, charity, small business and film space.

The Zivix team, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, needs funding to get the JamStik in the hands of guitar players, both expert and novice, throughout the United States. For contributing to this Indiegogo campaign, Zivix is offering various rewards in appreciation. Everyone who donates $25 will have their name creatively displayed on the Founder’s Page at JamStik.com, which will be incorporated into the JamStik Founder’s Poster design, as well as exclusive progress updates and a JamStik-backer T-shirt.

Those who donate $50 to the campaign will additionally receive a $35 discount coupon towards their future purchase of a JamStik. Other rewards include owning the JamStik prior to in-store and online availability, an option for an exclusive numbered version of the JamStik, receiving developer credit and being personally invited to attend Zivix’s official JamStik release party as a VIP.

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