crowdfunding / Crowdfunding Please request to get permission to edit this page. I approve people who appear legitimate so it helps to add a message with your request. Due to overwhelming amount of requests and spam, I am not activating any editors so instead please just send a brief description and URL of the crowdfunding project that you would like listed here. Contact Michael Sullivan - sulleleven on gmail or @sull on Twitter. This content was written in 2006 and originally added to Wikipedia by Michael Sullivan. Crowdfunding, inspired by crowdsourcing, describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money together, usually via the Internet, in order to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Overview Crowdfunding can replace the need for specialized grant applications or other more formal and traditional fundraising techniques with that of a more casual, yet powerful, approach based on crowd participation. Name (Global Alexa Rank)
Kickstart Seed Fund - What We Look For "Wanted. Crew for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success." In 1907, Ernest Shackleton issued a challenge: journey with him, literally, to the ends of the earth. This challenge is familiar territory for any entrepreneur. At Kickstart, we recognize and accept risk; nevertheless, we look for several factors to help anticipate and mitigate these challenges. Human Capital Matters: We invest in people, not technology. Listening: We have yet to see an entrepreneur succeed without being able to listen -- to customers, employees and sometimes even investors. Transparency: Integrity, openess, and honesty are essential. Large Market: A large market provides a cushion and mitigates unforeseeable risks. Nail It: Formulate and apply a customer-validated value proposition. Technology: We are technology sector-agnostic. Avant-Garde Approach: Find your competitive advantage.
9 crowdfunding websites to help you change the world. - Webdistortion For many people, the thought of taking significant financial risk holds them back from jumping head-long into launching the idea that has been stuck in the recesses of their head. This collection of sites are designed to take the risk out of that creativity and innovation, allowing even the little guy to do something amazing. Who needs venture capital funding to get their idea off the ground? If you’ve been holding back because of it, you might just find there’s help out there, fueled by the community, and managed by some of these fantastic sites, which can help you fund your idea, business startup or music project. KickStarter URL: KickStarter has received quite a bit of publicity recently for its efforts. As far as the rules for funding goes, KickStarter keeps things simple. RocketHub URL: Another very similar site to KickStarter is RocketHub. Edit. Quirky URL: Fundbreak URL: CatWalkGenius
5 Ways To Raise Funds for Your Startup Bill Clark is the CEO of MicroAngel Capital Partners, a venture firm that gives more investors access to alternative investments. He also gives investors the ability to invest in startups online through crowdfunding. You can follow him on Twitter @austinbillc. Raising capital can be the hardest step in launching a startup. 1. People like to invest not only in the idea but in the person. There are some negative sides of having your family or friends invest in your company. 2. If you can get your startup into an incubator program like Y Combinator, TechStars or 500 Startups, you will get more than just money. 3. Startups generally offer preferred shares when they raise money. 4. Convertible debt has gained popularity in the last few years thanks to its success with Y Combinator startups and the fact that SV Angel and Yuri Miller have offered every Y Combinator startup $150,000 in convertible debt. Convertible debt is popular because you don’t have to set a valuation. 5.
Ideavibes™ - The crowd is speaking. Are you listening? How to Fund a Startup November 2005 Venture funding works like gears. A typical startup goes through several rounds of funding, and at each round you want to take just enough money to reach the speed where you can shift into the next gear. Few startups get it quite right. I think it would help founders to understand funding better—not just the mechanics of it, but what investors are thinking. I don't mean to suggest that our investors were nothing but a drag on us. Apparently our situation was not unusual. Let's start by talking about the five sources of startup funding. Friends and Family A lot of startups get their first funding from friends and family. If your friends or family happen to be rich, the line blurs between them and angel investors. The advantage of raising money from friends and family is that they're easy to find. The SEC defines an "accredited investor" as someone with over a million dollars in liquid assets or an income of over $200,000 a year. Consulting Angel Investors Seed Funding Firms
Youcapital Crowdfunded windmill will generate energy for members’ own use Gain instant and exclusive access to over 5,000 of the most creative ideas, innovations and startups on our database and use our smart filters to take you direct to those that are most relevant to your industry and your needs. Not interested? You can still browse articles published in the last 30 days from our homepage and receive your daily and weekly fix of entrepreneurial ideas through our free newsletters. Crowd Backers (crowdbackers)