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Mike Mongo Launches InkShares Crowdfunding Campaign to Write New Astronaut Instruction Manual for Kids in Key West, Florida

2 Sep

The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Kids Lays Out Course to Become an Astronaut by the Year 2025 and Prepare for Careers in Space

By Robert Hoskins

Key West, Florida – Launching a campaign for his debut non-fiction space careers book, “The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens,” on web-based crowdfunding publishing platform Inkshares.com this week, professional space educator and self-described ‘astronaut teacher’ Mike Mongo is on a mission: to get your kids to space.

Mike Mongo Launches InkShares Crowdfunding Campaign to Write New Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens

Mike Mongo Launches InkShares Crowdfunding Campaign to Write New Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens

“Being a native Floridian, I am a life-long advocate of space. When it comes to converting for space, I was practically born into the role, “ says 49-year old Mongo. “It is one of the reasons I became such a dedicated proponent of space careers to students.”

In addition to his role as Chief Brand & Culture Officer for interstellar space science advocacy non-profit, Icarus Interstellar, and being a popular speaker at space science conferences, Mongo is the Key West-based author of HUMANNAIRES! Mike Mongo’s Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens. After initially self-publishing, Mongo’s book has recently received a new burst of attention and activity from having been selected for crowdfunding by publishing startup Inkshares.com.

“Inkshares is a better model than traditional publishing,”said Adam Gomolin, Inkshares’ Chief Legal Officer, “one that is more remunerative for authors, and more sensibly disperses risk, but does not diminish quality.”

At Inkshares, books are selected by Inkshares editors and then prepared for crowdfunding. After a crowdfund campaign, the successfully funded books are then published for release and distribution in the general market.

“[Our] model allows us to gauge interest in a title and build a community around a book or piece of writing before it even hits the marketplace,” Gomolin explains, “It is like a traditional publishing house with all the editing, marketing and art support — the difference being the crowdfunding model and that our authors keep a lion share of their sales proceeds. In our opinion, everybody wins. And Mike Mongo’s Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens is a title all of us here at Inkshares are very excited about.”

Mongo says the time is right to encourage middle-school age students to pursue careers in in space. “The difference from when I grew up during the Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle eras, and today…is that today private industry is taking the space industry to unimagined heights. Companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, XCOR, and Bigelow Aerospace are tomorrow’s Apple and Google, they are tomorrow’s Hilton and Ford. These are real companies that already offer real jobs, and soon those jobs with be in space. ”

The crowdfund campaign kicked off this past week for The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens and has already achieved nearly 15% of its $10,000 goal. If the campaign reaches its financial goal by the campaign’s October 15th deadline, the book will then immediately be prepared for publication.

“It’s exciting,” says Mongo. “I became an astronaut teacher and wrote The Astronaut Instruction Manual for Pre-Teens when it dawned on me several years ago how, for me, astronaut was no longer a viable career option. That epiphany is the exact reason why I became an astronaut teacher and why I wrote the book. I want to make sure all the young students today who want to go to space realize that they genuinely do have the opportunity to live, work, and place in space…and maybe one of them will be so inspired by my book and they will remember and hold a seat for me to come along too!”

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Accredify Offers High Net Worth Individuals an Easy Way to Invest in Private Equity Crowdfunding Investments

16 May

Universal Verification Solution streamlines the entire process with the benefit of technology making it a superior cost-effective standalone solution

By Robert Hoskins

Miami, FL  – Accredify.co has announced it has released Accredify Connect, a universal log-in and accredited investor verification tool that makes investing online simple and safe. Accredify Connect integrates easily into crowdfunding websites to make equity-based online investing possible. The service works in the same manner as Facebook Connect, where Accredify members sign in to portals to instantly qualify as an investor.

New Verification Service Announces Universal Verification Solution

New Crowdfunding Accredited Investor Verification Service Announces Universal Solution

“The landscape for investing is changing in a very big way,” said Herwig Konings, CEO of Accredify, “Thanks to the JOBS Act, private businesses can now raise funds online from professional investors and soon from the American people as well in exchange for equity.” Konings illustrates the crowdfunding phenomenon by referencing the popular ABC TV show, Shark Tank. “With the JOBS Act, anyone who qualifies can now effectively become a shark with their own money. Entrepreneurs aren’t presenting to just five sharks in a room, but to a vast online audience of anyone and everyone who has the desire and ability to invest in that idea’s success. We believe this enablement of consumer power will lead to radical increases in innovation, jobs, and to an overall healthier economy.”

“One thing we recognized as a major bottleneck in this industry was the need for a compliance solution that was simple enough to be adopted by the industry but comprehensive enough to be secure, confidential, and efficient for investors,” said Will Silverman, CFO and co-founder, “Investors should control who gets access to their information. As investment opportunities become more prevalent, investors would otherwise be forced to hand over sensitive financial information to multiple parties in order to meet compliance and pay potentially hundreds of dollars to an attorney.

Accredify streamlines the entire process with the benefit of technology making it a superior cost-effective standalone solution. It’s simple and secure to verify your financials in confidence and, once verified, you receive a certificate that can be printed for offline deals or used online through Accredify Connect, supported by the industry’s leading platforms.

What distinguishes Accredify from other service providers is its relentless focus on making the crowdfunding process better for investors. Unlike competitors who bundle their verification service with other compliance tools for issuers, Accredify’s customer are able to take back control of the verification process and easily invest online with trusted platforms. Issuers benefit from a free-to-use API and an efficient solution for verifying the high net worth status of potential investors over the Internet.

The SEC recently heard from the Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) on this matter of verification with respect to equity-based crowdfunding for the masses. At an April 10th meeting, the IAC’s Barbara Roper said “…if someone comes along and creates the technological solution… it would be expected portals move on to that system.” The IAC reasonably expects a market innovation will be the answer. “You can imagine the solution that would be developed, but it doesn’t exist.”

Thankfully, a solution DOES exist and it’s called Accredify. Konings added, “The JOBS Act is one of the most citizen-empowering pieces of legislation we’ve seen in a long time. Soon it will be easier than ever for entrepreneurs to find individuals who are ready, willing, and able to invest in startups and Accredify is on a mission to empower that vision with compelling solutions that make it possible for Americans to invest in one another to change the world.”

Accredify, LLC is a Miami-based technology company dedicated to providing independent third-party investor verifications for crowdfunding portals, private equity exchanges, broker-dealer portals, and compliant entrepreneurs seeking to raise equity capital through Rule 506(c) filings. Accredify makes investing easier by innovating the verification process for Accredited & Non-Accredited investors who are otherwise asked to repeatedly submit the same financial information again and again to confirm their status, while serving the needs of equity issuers, who are required by law to verify their investors.

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