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Utilizing Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns to Cross Pollinate College Education with the Opportunity to Launch Real World Startups and Conduct Equity Fundraising Campaigns

13 Mar

Providing students with a way to contribute their skills to a steady stream of equity crowdfunding campaigns is a great way to gain valuable industry experience and make money

By Robert Hoskins

Real World Benefits of Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns

Depending on the strength of their various colleges, equity crowdfunding programs can help universities begin to leverage the resources from each college and begin to cross pollinate equity crowdfunding campaigns by harnessing the strength of the entire student body.  

Providing students with a way to contribute their skills to a steady stream of equity crowdfunding campaigns would be a great way for them to gain valuable industry experience while earning a college degree.

Instead of working in non-paid internships performing menial tasks, students can invest their time and sweat equity in real world startups by helping startups work their way through the seed investment raising process.  Getting paid with equity shares versus the opportunity to add one line-item bullet point to their resume is a much more attractive option for students worried about paying off their college tuition.

By providing any of the following services below to crowdfunding campaigns, students would benefit from the opportunity to practice their intended field of study as well as enjoy the potential payoff by aggressively seeking risk, innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities.  As a part of the mentoring process students and faculty could setup a management consulting firm that specializes in equity crowdfunding campaigns. 

  • Research & Development
    • Recognition for discoveries made at the institution
    • Compliance with federal regulations
    • Attraction and retention of talented faculty
    • Attraction of corporate research sponsors
  • Business Administration
    • Accounting/Audits
    • Finance
    • Business Planning
    • Investor Relations
  • Computer Science
    • Ecommerce
    • Social Media
    • Programmers/Coders
  • Law School
    • Private Placement Memorandums
    • Intellectual Property Protection
    • Copyrights/Patents
    • Legal Contracts
    • Corporate Structures
    • Licensing revenue to support further research and education
    • Technology Transfer Offices
  • Mass Communications
    • Advertising
    • Film/Broadcast
    • Journalism
    • Marketing
    • Mass Communications
    • PR
    • Social Media

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RockthePost Predicts Legalization of General Solicitation Will Change Startup Investing Forever

21 Sep

The SEC general solicitation rule change washes away some limitations on promotion of fundraising campaigns that have been in place for 80 years

By Robert Hoskins

Many changes are going to take place in the startup investment industry as the SEC lifts its ban on general solicitation on Monday, September 23.  With this implementation, the startup ecosystem will see an 80-year-old securities law modified for modern times, allowing private companies – startups in particular – to publicly advertise that they are seeking investments.

Alejandro Cremades launches crowdfunding project as a solution to help save the U.S. economy.

Alejandro Cremades launches crowdfunding project as a solution to help save the U.S. economy.

Among the exciting developments, leading startup investing platform RockThePost will unveil the following, in conjunction with Title II of the JOBS Act taking effect on Monday:

  1. Prominent featuring of startups publicly announcing investment rounds
  2. Investor verification system that shifts the burden off startups
  3. Secure transactions where Escrow accounts act as a safe haven for early committed investors
  4. Full transparency – third party identity checks and legal business verification, crowdsourced due diligence, bank-level security
  5. Smart matching of investors to startup investments that match their preferences

RockThePost CEO, Alejandro Cremades, notes that “our startups have had mixed feelings on general solicitation, but the ones who are planning to take advantage of it are really excited about the exponential exposure from which they can benefit tremendously.”

According to the Center for Venture Research, only 258,000 investors have made an angel investment out of the 8.7 million accredited investor households eligible to invest in the U.S. The general solicitation ban lift will allow startups to publicly fundraise via methods such as equity crowdfunding, harnessing the power of the internet and social media to reach potential investors in all corners of the country. We expect a large jump in angel activity in the coming years as individual investors seek higher returns on investment and feel more comfortable investing in startups.

The nature of startup investing is risky, but to grow the nest egg, investor money has to be put to work. With a financial shift underway in which low yields and high interest rates are prevalent, investors are forced to look beyond traditional investment avenues to reach their financial goals.

A 2013 UBS report, Investment Strategy Guide, recommends that 7 to 11% of any given investment portfolio be allocated to new alternative investments, which includes buying equity in early stage companies (note that only accredited investors may participate in private offerings).

Startup investing involves high risk. However, investing early in startups has the potential of yielding high returns as seen below.

  • $1,000 in Facebook in 2005 = $624,500 today
  • $1,000 in Airbnb in 2009 = $589,667 today
  • $1,000 in Dropbox in 2008 = $391,500 today

RockThePost does believe that openly fundraising in the startup investing world could significantly help startups gain access to capital in an economic environment in which investors are more readily looking for high-return investments.

General solicitation will potentially increase the number of transactions happening between investors and startups. RockThePost expects these changes to drive the U.S. economy as small businesses have created almost 65% of the net new jobs for the past 17 years.

By democratizing access to startup capital for entrepreneurs and bringing startup investment opportunities to a new investor demographic, RockThePost aims to be the go-to destination for both startups and investors.

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BlazeFund Launches New Innovative Equity Crowdfunding Platform

20 Aug

Entrepreneurs Gain Alternative Online Equity Crowd Funding Platform From BlazeFund For Securing Growth Capital, Investors Gain Access To Uncorrelated Asset Class

By Robert Hoskins

BlazeFund, Inc. launched a new equity-based crowdfunding platform for accredited investors to find a portfolio of potential investment deals through an online marketplace. The user-friendly platform offers a secure environment and ecosystem that simultaneously connects individual and strategic institutional investors with start-up entrepreneurs and growing private companies.

 Entrepreneurs Gain Alternative Online Equity Crowd Funding Platform From BlazeFund For Securing Growth Capital, Investors Gain Access To Uncorrelated Asset Class


Entrepreneurs Gain Alternative Online Equity Crowd Funding Platform From BlazeFund For Securing Growth Capital, Investors Gain Access To Uncorrelated Asset Class

BlazeFund’s platform focuses on listing ventures in technology, business services and healthcare/life sciences. These companies are beyond the seed stage and have proven business models, products and markets. Most of the venture listings will target a minimum average capital raise of $0.5M.

BlazeFund is the first equity crowd funding portal with multiple international offices located in developing economic regions. As a result, start-ups and growing private companies listed on BlazeFund receive greater exposure for their listings. BlazeFund also assists companies interested in potential cross-border joint ventures.

Aaron Sanders, founder and CEO of BlazeFund, believes that the portal delivers an added value to each of the three groups – entrepreneurs, institutions and investors that are connected to the platform. “Our mission is to help extraordinary entrepreneurs find the capital they need to grow their businesses from our private network of strategic investors. The end goal is to make the overall process more efficient and transparent for both investors and companies,” states Sanders.

BlazeFund’s portal has patent-pending features that reduce investor risk by:

  • Providing a two-step investment mechanism that splits the investment exposure of the crowd and links the release of raised capital to a company achieving predetermined milestones.
  • Facilitating private-equity/venture-capital style due diligence by the crowd/analysts, enabling potential investors to access independent reviews.

With equity crowd funding growing rapidly and market size projections of $6.3B over the next five years, Sanders believes that, “Investors can easily diversify a small percentage of their portfolios through this new investment class which has the potential to produce significant returns — perhaps multiples of their original investment.”

Mr. Sanders has a BS Chem. E. (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) and an MBA (Univ. of Rochester). His expertise is in strategy, operations, business process, CRM and ecommerce solutions. Sanders has been granted a number of US patents and is co-inventor of BlazeFund’s patent-pending innovations.

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Crowdfunding Industry Drills Its First Oil and Gas CrowdFunding Platform in Houston

16 Aug

Accredited Investors Can Now Shop for Texas Oil and Gas Investment Opportunities in Texas on eOilBoom.com

By Robert Hoskins

eOilBoom.com, the first Oil & Gas CrowdFunding platform has officially launched at Summer NAPE in Houston, Texas. eOilBoom.com’s proprietary and patented pending platform pairs oil & gas deals with accredited investors. The entire process from the due diligence of a deal to completing the transaction will take place on eOilBoom.com’s funding platform.

Crowdfunding Industry Drills Its First Oil and Gas CrowdFunding Platform in Houston

Crowdfunding Industry Drills Its First Oil and Gas CrowdFunding Platform in Houston

“We finally have created a platform where the masses have the opportunity to invest in an alternative investment such as oil and gas instead of continuing to only invest in the traditional volatile stock market. eOilBoom.com’s oil and gas deals can potentially provide larger and more stable rewards for our investors,” says Rodney D. Giles, CEO of eOilBoom.com.

eOilBoom.com states they have been working for months with their in house development team and outside legal counsel on figuring out the right method to make this platform work correctly. Giles goes on to say, “Our platform is unique because typically an investor is only able to buy into an ownership of a holding company such as a LLC or LP, with our funding platform, our investors will have direct ownership through a working interest in a lease or through a direct mineral or royalty ownership.”

“We understand each investor has a different risk tolerance and with eOilBoom.com we provide both drilling prospects as well as long life production deals providing investor a wide variety of investment choice based on the investor’s risk profile,” says Giles.

Furthermore, eOilBoom.com choose Summer NAPE in Houston, TX, the premier oil & gas trade show to showcase its platform. eOilBoom.com is giving away a Royalty in a producing oil & gas well for anyone who registers for free at their booth.

Lead by serial entrepreneur Rodney D. Giles, eOilBoom.com is the first online Oil & Gas CrowdFunding platform that enables accredited investors to get direct access to a vast array of Oil & Gas Deals from multiple operators. eOilBoom.com has innovated a unique proprietary and patented pending platform that enables multiple buyers to purchase a single property and receive their direct proportionate share of the ownership.

CareerFuel Launches Crowdfunding Education Site For Entrepreneurs

15 Aug

On September 23, 2013, entrepreneurs will have a new way to reach accredited investors with private offerings—advertising.

By Robert Hoskins

Stemming from Title II of The JOBS Act and the recent regulations released by the SEC to support it, this is intended to make it easier for entrepreneurs to raise capital for their new businesses and create jobs in the process.

According to CareerFuel it will now be easier then ever before to raise capital for new businesses.

According to CareerFuel it will now be easier then ever before to raise capital for new businesses.

There are approximately 8.6 million accredited investors in the U.S. and they fund 3% of startups/small businesses. During 2012, an estimated 260,160 angels collectively invested $22.9 billion in 67,000 companies. An additional $26.5 billion was invested by venture capitalists in 3,698 companies. Advertising to these wealthy individuals has the potential to significantly expand the market of accredited investor small business capital.

Later this year, it is anticipated that the SEC will release the rules for Title III of The JOBS Act, enabling entrepreneurs to offer securities (debt or equity) to unaccredited investors in exchange for investment in their early-stage companies.

This new fundraising tool known as equity crowdfunding comes with a myriad of regulations that will have to be met. While potentially transformative for entrepreneurs, it is one of many ways available to raise money for new businesses. The primary options today include: personal savings, friends and family, donation crowdfunding, angel investment, venture capital and institutional investment.

To educate entrepreneurs about this exciting option—how it works, whether it is a good fit for their business and how to utilize it—CareerFuel has launched a comprehensive crowdfunding site for entrepreneurs. Free for their use and regularly updated, CareerFuel is the go-to place for the crowdfunding education “issuers” will need.

CareerFuel is one of the only sites that offers job seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs the direction, inspiration and job listings needed to find a job or start a business.

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Search for Crowdfunding Jobs on the Crowdfunding Press Center’s New Crowdfunding Career Center Job Board

1 Aug

Search for New Crowdfunding Job Openings/Post Free Crowdfunding Career Help Wanted Advertisements

The Crowdfunding Press Center has now opened a Crowdfunding Career Center Job Board to provide a place for Crowdfunding sites and platforms to begin posting job openings as the Crowdfunding industry grows.

Advisory Board of Crowdfunding Experts

For example, please consider joining the Crowdfunding Press Center’s Advisory Board of Crowdfunding Experts, which is now actively seeking to fill the Crowdfunding positions listed below.  Click here to submit your 30-second business pitch.

  1. New Business Development Director
  2. Public Relations Director
  3. Media Relations Director
  4. Investor Relations Director
  5. Industry Analyst Relations Director
  6. Fundraising Campaign Director
  7. Crowdfunding Escrow Director
  8. Broker/Dealer Director
  9. Crowdfunding Campaign Director
  10. Perks/Promotional Items Director
  11. SEC Compliance Director
  12. Social Media Director
  13. SEO Digital Content Director
  14. Database Marketing Director
  15. Financial Data Mining Director
  16. Information Technology Director
  17. Legal Counsel Director
  18. Human Resources Director

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UrbanCloud.com Launches Indiegogo Crowdfunding to Change The Way People View Networks, Information and Social Commerce

26 Jun

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Currently Raising Funds to Build a New Type of Social Network Designed Specifically to Promote Social Commerce for Individuals and Businesses

By Robert Hoskins

Urban Cloud is an innovative social network that unites people on a platform designed to promote collaboration. The company claims that there is still no social media platform that provides a secure, enjoyable interface for social commerce – one that respects its users’ privacy, and discourages the buying and selling of social capital with fake profiles. Instead, why not focus on collaboration?

UrbanCould plans respects its users' privacy and discourage the buying and selling of social capital with fake profiles

UrbanCould plans respect its users’ privacy and discourage the buying and selling of social capital with fake profiles

The founders of UrbanCloud believe they can make a difference by creating a social network designed specifically to meet the needs of social commerce applications such as promoting  crowdfunding campaigns.

“We recognize the problems existing social networks face and we’re offering you the chance to fix them. We’re tired of seeing the same old user experience, the impact of fake profiles, annoying advertising and misleading, opaque privacy policies,” said Sharan Soni, UrbanCloud. “We have already signed several brands onto the platform who share our vision: Quintessentially Lifestyle & Creative, Aftershock London, Patrick Hellmann Collection, Citizen M, Royal Spades and Ava Mirabelle.”

Soni added, “We are crowdfunding this exceptionally well-designed and secure platform, dedicated to social commerce for individuals and businesses. With your collaboration and contribution(s) we will make this happen.”

The company is focused on developing five key areas of innovation:

  • Innovative Design – Urban Cloud is the world’s first social media platform that seamlessly unites social networking and marketing.
  • Native Advertising – Urban Cloud uses a proprietary algorithm called STAC (Space, Time, Active, Content) to blend advertising into a user’s social timeline.
  • Validation – Urban Cloud is able to weed out unverified and fake/spam user accounts, allowing for an enhanced social media experience for advertisers and users.
  • Positive Reinforcement – Urban Cloud features a unique reward system, through which a user can accumulate points for interacting with a business. These can be redeemed for rewards to build brand loyalty and recognise social influencers all at once.
  • Retailing – Each and every user can play a role in effortless and seamless retailing of virtual goods and services using Urban Cloud.

Only half of what Urban Cloud will do has been released. The rest is being given over to the people; their voices will influence what features are implemented next and how the cloud develops.

National Financial Educators Council Launches SavingsFund.com Crowdfunding Site to Help Kids Save for College

25 Jun

Now kids have a crowdfunding site where friends and family can donate money to fund their future college education

By Robert Hoskins

The National Financial Educators Council has pre-launched the first crowdfunding platform designed for long-term financial security and personal finance education. SavingsFund.com was developed to give families a way to raise funds for their child’s future with the help of their family and friends. It also provides resources to deliver a real world financial education to the children.

SavingsFund helps families secure their children’s future by providing an easy way for loved ones to give money towards a child’s long-term savings goals (college, investments, etc). SavingsFund is a secure way to receive money for birthdays, holidays, and accomplishments.

SavingsFund helps families secure their children’s future by providing an easy way for loved ones to give money towards a child’s long-term savings goals (college, investments, etc). SavingsFund is a secure way to receive money for birthdays, holidays, and accomplishments.

According to econsultancy.com, at the end of 2012 there were expected to be more than 530 crowdfunding platforms. Of those, only SavingsFund is focused on helping families save money for their children while helping them acquire financial literacy skill sets.

Leveraging the latest technology and trends in the space, SavingsFund offers a unique approach to families seeking to save for their child’s future. With college costs expected to be over $200k for a state school and $400k for a private school in 2032, SavingsFund developers contend many families could not afford this unless they start saving early.

“The SavingsFund platform provides families timely financial education resources. As their savings account grows, so will their knowledge on how to manage their funds,” states Jayne Black, Mrs. Wisconsin International 2013 and SavingsFund National Spokesperson.

The National Financial Educators Council has been well-recognized for its leadership position in the financial education space. They develop cutting edge material that is used by youth and parents alike. Leveraging the support of celebrities, sports stars, and the entertainment industry helps raise interest and improve program effectiveness to reach this demographic. SavingsFund.com brings timely financial literacy training to families nationwide.

fundingGenie.com Launches New Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Forgotten Hurricane Sandy Victims Still in Need of Financial Donations

24 Jun

New Fundraising Campaign to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims Who Are Still Recovering

By Robert Hoskins

FundingGenie started the Help Hurricane Sandy Victims Crowdfunding campaign to encourage everyone to help each other and for the community to recover fast.

Funding Genie

Funding Genie

The massive storm hit the north eastern coast of the United States on October 24, 2012, leaving at least 285 people dead. The cost of the damage is estimated at $68 billion dollars as data released this June recorded.

The shops participating will be providing discounts and special offers. This is to encourage everyone to help and donate for the recovery of businesses in New Jersey (NJ) and New York (NY).

Donors are entitled of these discounts and special rewards. By participating, donating, and buying, the whole city will end up being picked up from the disaster.

Every cent counts. It doesn’t matter how much you give but what matters is how many people will be helping.

Lilly Services plus business affected by the hurricane and the Business Supporting and Relief and Recovery Efforts joined forces to organize this event.

This aims to help businesses to rebuild. Everyone’s support, especially those who were distressed by Hurricane Sandy, is much needed.

The month-long fund raising event could have ended but people are still calling for you to help and participation. You can still show your love and support by donating through FundingGenie here. Any amount helps

This organization is helping communities affected by natural disasters and victims of injustice and violence like the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut. They encourage people to give a hand with the campaigns they launch.

A helping community is sure to recover fast. With the number of people showing love and support, nothing is even close to impossible. Giving can save thousands of lives and more in the years to come.

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Crowdvance.com Offers Crowdfunders 100% Free Crowdfunding Opportunity to Launch Fundraising Campaigns with Zero Service Fees

23 Jun

Crowdvance is poised to disrupt the entire online fundraising industry by serving as the for-profit fundraising platform that passes 100% of donations received to organizations for processing and that rewards donors for their donations

By Robert Hoskins

Crowdvance.com announced plans to drop the Crowdfunding service fee they deduct from donations to zero percent, down from 6.5%. By removing the company’s service fee, Crowdvance.com becomes the first for-profit online fundraising platform to be 100% free.  Most other crowdfunding and fundraising platforms continue to promote the same model: no cost to sign up, but the various platforms deduct 3-10% from donations as a service fee on top of universal credit card processing fees. Crowdvance now offers one of the the only online fundraising platforms on the planet that does not deduct an additional service fee on top of standard credit card fees.

Crowdvance.com Now the Only Fundraising Platform on the Planet to not Charge a Service Fee and to Reward Donors

Crowdvance.com Now the Only Fundraising Platform on the Planet to not Charge a Service Fee and to Reward Donors

“When we launched Crowdvance, we set out on a mission to help organizations run more engaging, effective, and efficient fundraisers,” said Dylan Fox, Crowdvance’s CEO.  “We got the engaging part down by rewarding donors with gifts from great national companies we partner with, but our fee was getting in the way of our company reaching all of our goals.”

Crowdvance announced this service fee reduction after completing a recent round of seed-stage financing. “After we closed our seed round, we were able to think longer term, and that’s when our team realized we wanted to go big and really change the game,” said Fox.

Crowdvance.com’s 100% free model is not the only unique aspect to its fundraising platform. The company strives to be more than just a passive middle-man like other fundraising websites. It does this by forming partnerships with national companies to arrange exclusive gifts for donors to choose from as a reward for their donation. Current partners include companies like Hulu and Fathead.

“We saw that donors were getting burned out with traditional and online fundraising campaigns,” said Zachary Herman, CMO of Crowdvance. “With traditional fundraisers, small organizations are wearing out donors by trying to sell them the same bland fundraising products every year. How many tubs of popcorn or t-shirts can someone buy? And with more organizations making the switch to online fundraising, donors are experiencing fatigue. We solve that problem by rewarding donors for their good behavior. Donors can save on things like concert tickets or pro-sports tickets, or even on jewelry, as a reward for contributing through Crowdvance to an organization they care about. Plus, now a donor can have their donation go where it is intended to go.”

As the only for-profit fundraising platform that passes on 100% of donations received for processing, Crowdvance is poised to disrupt the entire online fundraising industry.

“We can support a 0% service fee because of our innovative business model,” said Fox. “We’re focusing on the value we deliver to national companies as our main business, and passing the benefits back to the organizations that use our platform to raise funds, making it entirely free.”

Crowdvance has always had a values focus. It won first place in the international Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition in April, 2013 and now the company feels even stronger about its ability to focus on its values mission.

“Over the next few months, we’re going to open the Crowdvance platform to the masses, and are going to become the standard for fundraising. Our model just makes sense,” says Fox.

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