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Community Banks: Renewed Purpose and Survival through Crowdfunding White Paper Cites Importance of Crowdfunding to Upgrade the Vitality of Community Financial Institutions

5 May

Community Banks Experienced a 24-percent Drop from 2000 to 2013 due to increased regulatory oversight, to competition from non-banks and internal conflicts all involving limited resources

By Robert Hoskins

Sausalito, CA – Breakaway Funding LLC issued the first of a three-part white paper series which describes the changing landscape of the private securities market and the importance of immediately implementing a crowdfunding as a survival tool for community financial institutions.

Kim Kaselionis Breakaway Funding

Kim Kaselionis, Breakaway Funding

“The deregulation of securities laws governing direct solicitation and participation by non-accredited investors, combined with the incredible innovations in technology and widespread adoption of social media is forcing unparalleled change in the private capital market,” said Kim Kaselionis, CommunityLeader’s CEO.

Co-authored by Breakaway Funding founder/managing partner Kim Kaselionis, and CommunityLeader, Inc. CEO/co-founder Joseph Barisonzi, the paper argues that without the integration of a crowdfunding program into their product offerings, community banks will continue to struggle to remain relevant to their commercial clients seeking growth capital.

The first paper is entitled “Banking with Purpose.” The second and third installments to be issued over the next month are “Crowdfunding 101 for Community Bankers” and “Sink or Crowdfund.”

Citing a 24 percent drop in the number of community banks from 2000 to 2013, the authors write that community-based financial institutions face overwhelming challenges, ranging from increased regulatory oversight to competition from non-banks to internal conflicts all seeking limited resources.

“The papers provide community bank leaders with the information they need to build an irrefutable business case,” said Kaselionis, former CEO/chairman of Circle Bank, “and to implement an immediate community-based crowdfunding strategy. We also show how they can preserve valuable relationships to remain competitive in the evolving capital market system. And we explain how the inclusion of potential investors previously prohibited from participating in funding transactions will cause fundamental changes in the market.”

Breakaway Funding, created by Kaselionis in late 2013, is a new funding portal providing a complete capital raising ecosystem through the lens of community bankers.

CommunityLeader was created in 2012 to help organizations understand and operate in the regulatory environment created by the JOBS Act. “The opportunities now and becoming available to financial institutions, small businesses and investors have opened an entirely new financial environment. What we have been able to do for our clients is help them successfully put the applicable provisions of the JOBS Act to work for them. Those who adopt early will find themselves both beneficiaries and leaders in their respective fields,” said Barisonzi.

Breakaway has conducted workshops, seminars and meetings over the past five months and will continue to make available crowdfunding educational information for bankers, businesses and investors

“The deregulation of securities laws governing direct solicitation and participation by non-accredited investors, combined with the incredible innovations in technology and widespread adoption of social media is forcing unparalleled change in the private capital market,” said Barisonzi. “Community banks have a unique opportunity to reclaim their leadership position as the source of growth capital for emerging businesses.”

“What we are seeing is an enormous interest in crowdfunding among bankers, investors and businesses,” Kaselionis said. “The pace of adoption and demand promises to grow steadily as more and more companies successfully fund their companies through this emerging market. Everyone recognizes that our capital markets and investment opportunities are evolving quickly and they seek to learn and educate themselves to see how they may benefit by being part of this economic tsunami.”

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Reality Crowdfunding TV Show Launches New Meetup Group and Google+ Hangout News Casts to Schedule Events, Conduct Interviews and Raise Awareness for Equity Crowdfunding Industry

9 Feb

This week executives from OTT Communications, CommunityLeader, Smart Money Entrepreneurs and Pepper Hamilton Law Firm will discuss how to raise money via title II equity crowdfunding campaigns

 By Robert Hoskins

 The Reality Crowd TV Show, based in Hartford, CT,  announced that it has added two important marketing tools to help extend the program’s ability to reach the growing worldwide audience that wants to learn about the benefits of equity crowdfunding and how to use the process effectively to raise money to start or expand small businesses.

The first business development tool launched was a http://www.Meetup.com/RealityCrowdTV  Meetup Group, which is a social media networking site that allows the program to reach millions of members worldwide who are searching for weekly activities to attend based on their personal interests.  Meetups feature an activity calendar, discussion groups, email blasts and other communication tools that make it easy to schedule crowdfunding events and invite a wide range of members to attend.

Reality Crowd TV Crowdfunding Series introduces Title II Equity Crowdfunding to Entrepreneurs

Reality Crowd TV Crowdfunding Series introduces Title II Equity Crowdfunding to Entrepreneurs and Startups

The second enhancement includes creating one of Google’s recently released Google+ Hangouts. The Hangouts allow the Reality Crowd TV program to host a fully interactive video news broadcast, which allows viewers to ask pre-newscast questions to be answered during interviews; to share PowerPoint presentations and conduct polls during the broadcast; as well as access cool new social media marketing tools that allow the show to target the very hard to reach target audience of 18 to 34 year-old millennials.

Reality Crowd TV’s next Google+ Hangout, entitled “Introduction of Title II Equity Crowdfunding to Entrepreneurs,” will be held Thursday, February 13th at 6:00 pm Eastern Time.

Panelists can sign up for future shows at: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Reality-Crowd-TV-Crowdfunding-Hangout-7455927?home=&gid=7455927&trk=anet_ug_hm.

After the news cast concludes the video will be archived on both Google+ and Youtube.com.

Guest Speakers include:

  1. Manolis Sfinarolakis, Host, Reality Crowd TV
  2. Kelly Peterson, CEO, OTT Communications Inc.
  3. Joseph Barisonzi, CEO, CommunityLeader
  4. Jeremy Andrews, CEO, Smart Money Entrepreneurs
  5. Brian Korn, Attorney, Pepper Hamilton LLP

If your business would like to be featured on Reality Crowd TV, simply line up a panel of crowdfunding speakers that provide a good story and send us a media pitch at:

http://www.realitycrowdtv.com/contact-us-crowdfunding/

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KPCB, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures, and Occam Partners Follow Successful OUYA Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign with Venture Capital Investments Bringing the Total of $15 Million in New Funding Raised

13 May

By Robert Hoskins

In a sign of thing to come for the infant Crowdfunding industry, video game startup OUYA announced $15 million in new venture capital funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), with participation from the Mayfield Fund, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures, and Occam Partners. The company intends to use the additional funding to support OUYA’s growing game development community, and meet increased demand for the upcoming retail launch. KPCB General Partner Bing Gordon will join the company’s board of directors, which also includes Julie Uhrman , OUYA founder and CEO, and Roy Bahat , chairman of the Board.

KPCB, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures, and Occam Partners Follow Successful #OUYA #Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign with Venture Capital Investments Bringing the New Total of $15 Million in New Funding Raised

KPCB, NVIDIA, Shasta Ventures, and Occam Partners Follow Successful #OUYA #Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign with Venture Capital Investments Bringing the New Total of $15 Million in New Funding Raised

OUYA’s vision for a new kind of game console, open to all game developers, was brought to life through the support of early backers who crowdfunded the initial product development on Kickstarter. The crowdfunding effort set Kickstarter records, and delivered $8.6 million – almost nine times the target raise – signaling strong consumer demand for the console.  Venture funding validates the business strategy.

“We want OUYA to be here for a long time to come,” said Uhrman.  “The message is clear: people want OUYA.  We first heard this from Kickstarter backers who provided more than $8 million to help us build OUYA, then from over 12,000 developers who have registered to make an OUYA game, next from retailers who are carrying OUYA online and soon on store shelves, and now from top pioneering investors.”

Before joining KPCB where Gordon is focused on digital investments, he was a long-time executive at Electronic Arts, beginning with EA’s founding in 1982 which had initial funding from KPCB. As an OUYA board member, Gordon will advise the company as it scales its development community and executes its retail strategy and product development plans. Gordon also serves on the board of directors of Amazon, Klout, Lockerz, MEVIO, Zazzle and Zynga.

“OUYA’s open source platform creates a new world of opportunity for established and emerging independent game creators and gamers alike,” said Gordon.  “There are some types of games that can only be experienced on a TV, and OUYA is squarely focused on bringing back the living room gaming experience. OUYA will allow game developers to unleash their most creative ideas and satisfy gamers craving a new kind of experience.”

OUYA’s appeal lies in its unique philosophy within the console market. On OUYA, every game is free to try, and any developer can publish a game. OUYA is powerful enough to run 3D games in beautiful 1080p HD with its NVIDIA Tegra-3 processor, and open enough to invite game developers to bring their most creative inventions back to the television. More than 12,000 game creators worldwide have registered to make an OUYA game, from AAA studios to new entrants, including Square Enix, Inc., Double Fine Productions, Tripwire Interactive, Vlambeer, Kim Swift ‘s Airtight Games, Mighty Rabbit Studios, nWay, Polytron Corporation, and many others.

OUYA is now shipping exclusively to early backers as part of a preview program.  On June 25th, OUYA will be available for purchase in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. through retailers Amazon, Best Buy, GAME, GameStop, and Target, and on OUYA.tv for $99.99. Additional controllers will retail for $49.99.  Through these retailers, consumers can pre-order OUYA today.

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Crowdfund it Today Partners with CommunityLeader to Deliver Crowdfunding Solutions for Entrepreneurs, Startups and Small Businesses in Atlanta

2 May

By Robert Hoskins

Crowdfund it Today has partnered with CommunityLeader to educate, empower and encourage business owners to effectively grow their business with crowdfunding financial tools by leveraging the greater Atlanta metro business community.

Atlanta-based

Atlanta-based “Crowdfund it Today” expands its business development services for individuals and organizations that want to take a leadership role in the emerging Crowdfunding market

“Companies are chomping at the bit for new capital. With the rapidly emerging industry of crowdfunding, I have found that both individuals and organizations are searching ways to raise capital or play in this exciting market,’” said Rod Reed, founder and CEO of Crowdfund it Today. “I see hundreds of businesses, organizations and the community benefiting from participating in or supporting crowdfund raises through our platform.”

“I’ve been in the financial field for over 17 years, in various positions in the financial industry managing over 500 clients and more than $300 million in assets under management, so I know why investors invest,” Reed continues. “Now, I’m positioned to use this knowledge to assist entrepreneurs on how to grow their business through the effective use of crowdfunding.”

Crowdfund it Today can help businesses seeking to raise capital through crowdfunding; professionals expanding their business to include crowdfunding related services; financial advisors seeking to include crowdfunding in their portfolio of tools; and organizations seeking to support business development in their Atlanta community.

“We have found that local business and community leaders are overwhelmed with the process and rules surrounding crowdfunding,” said Joseph Barisonzi, CEO of CommunityLeader, Inc. “Crowdfund it Today provides an learning platform that removes the uncertainity and complexity surrounding crowdfunding, and show local business owners how they prepare for a financial boost today.”

CommunityLeader is an industry leading full-service provider of custom and private-labeled crowdfunding platform solutions for individuals, organizations and businesses seeking to sponsor, host and run their own crowdfunding portals. Crowdfund it Today is built on a CommunityLeader platform. Together, crowdfunding partners will make a positive impact in the greater Atlanta metro area helping businesses grow while creating new and sustainable jobs.”

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CommunityLeader Launches 85% Finance Program for Qualified Broker/Dealers that Want to Launch a Turnkey Crowdfunding Platform

27 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

CommunityLeader, Inc. announced it has secured the necessary capital resources to provide financing for the development and launch of turnkey crowdfunding portals for qualified broker/dealers.  CommunityLeader is an industry leading full-service provider of custom and private-labeled crowdfunding platform solutions for individuals, organizations and businesses seeking to sponsor, host and run their own crowdfunding portals.

CommunityLeader Launches 85% Finance Program for Qualified Broker/Dealers that Want to Launch a Crowdfunding Platform

CommunityLeader Launches 85% Finance Program for Qualified Broker/Dealers that Want to Launch a Crowdfunding Platform

“Our complete portal solution provides a community-focused business professional or organization everything they need to launch a compliant crowdfunding portal,” said Joseph Barisonzi, CEO of CommunityLeader, Inc. “As of today, no longer should cash flow be the barrier to building a crowdfunding portal.”

“Launching a crowdfunding portal is much more than an investor-facing website,” stated Jennifer Amys, CommunityLeader’s CIO. “It is about having the systems in place to effectively solicit and promote a qualified investment opportunity to a qualified investor, manage the settlement and fulfillment process, and then provide transparent ongoing support. A CommunityLeader crowdfunding portal has the power to manage all of the required and necessary steps.”

CommunityLeader’s financing option provides qualified portal partners the opportunity to minimize their upfront financial outlay so they maximize the resources they have for recruiting quality businesses and educating investors. CommunityLeader is offering three financing packages designed for individuals and organizations seeking to launch an integrated community-based crowdfunding portal.

“Everyone who wants to launch a portal has to consider whether to build their own system or to partner with an experienced platform provider,” said Scott Bachman, CommunityLeader’s CMO. “The CommunityLeader Portal Platform solution makes this an easy choice. For probably less than 20% of the cost of building out a proprietary solution, we can deliver a personalized portal with everything needed to solicit and sell securities in today’s regulatory environment.”

CommunityLeader is seeking portal operators who have deep connections in their chosen community. Communities may be geographic, industry, affinity or business model; and will evaluate qualified operators on depth of their business plan and their personal and professional attributes. With as little as 15% down, CommunityLeader’s financing packages cover the upfront license fee, configuration, custom development and training.

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