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Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell car goes on sale next year: We drive it in Japan - Roadshow

TOKYO -- Honda's been playing with fuel cells in cars for decades now, but finally it's bringing one to the mass market. In the spring of 2016, Honda will begin offering leases for its Clarity Fuel Cell, a comfortable four-door sedan that, if not for the unorthodox styling and a few odd noises, …

The 3 Keys to a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>After watching crowd-funding for several years with great interest, I recently decided Trident, my product commercialization company, would try our hand at it with Quickey, a one piece, key-shaped multi-tool designed to open mail and …

Crowd Funding

Can Your Crowdfunding Campaign Compete?

Competition is fierce in the crowdfunding space and the pressure is on for new campaigns to grab eyeballs and attention. Crowdfunding expert Sally Outlaw explains some of the basics your campaign will need.<p><b>Get the media interested.</b> Outlaw suggests identifying specific outlets or reporters who will …

Entrepreneurship

How to Stay Sane During a Crowdfunding Campaign

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From filmmakers to hardware developers, entrepreneurs are turning to Kickstarter to find financing for business and personal projects that otherwise might never exist.<p>In the last five years, over 6 million backers have pledged more than a …

Crowd Funding

Avoid These 5 Crowdfunding Mistakes

This story originally appeared on CNBC<p>Raking in $102,824 on Indiegogo in a campaign that ended July 3, the start-up Ambronite, maker of a drinkable organic "supermeal," achieved a goal that most crowdfunders would envy: It exceeded its $50,000 target by more than 100 percent.<p>"It was really exciting …

Crowd Funding

5 Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Don't be fooled by wild crowdfunding success stories--which are the exception and not the rule.<p>Getting capital, funding and investors for any startup is challenging, and crowdfunding is just one of many tools. However, there are certainly best practices, tricks and tips to running a successful …

Investors Are Wont To Follow — Data From Seedrs Shows Equity-Based Crowdfunding Is No Different

It’s said that investors are wont to follow. Once a startup has persuaded the first angel or VC to invest, it’s significantly easier to get others to join the round. A similar mentality at scale can be seen in crowdfunding. Campaigns that garner enough backers early on reach a tipping point that …

Why Your Local Bank Is Terrified of Crowdfunding

As crowdfunding becomes more mainstream, more entrepreneurs see it as an alternative to bank loans. Banks are none too pleased.<p>In 2012, crowdfunding portals helped small business owners and individuals raise about $2.7 billion. By the end of this year, that figure could nearly double, according to …

Crowd Funding

Crowdsourcing Spiffy New Book Covers For 50 Literary Masterpieces

Recovering the Classics, a joint initiative that includes the Harvard Bookstore, will print public domain books with well-designed jackets for $15.<p>Seventy years after a writer dies, their work falls into the public domain. That may sound sad, but from here it can be freely distributed to the …

Kickstarter Kills “Seduction Guide” Campaign, After the Fact

Following an online outcry, Kickstarter on Friday removed a completed campaign for a book that promised to teach men how to get women to sleep with …

Kickstarter

Why naming a startup funding round wrong could cost millions

While raising outside capital is not the only way to obtain financing for a startup, it seems to be the preferred method for new technologies where revenue or a business model is unclear. A common trend is emerging: more often than not, I hear that folks are raising their “seed round,” typically …

Venture Capital

SEC proposes rules to allow anyone to invest in startups

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has finally proposed new rules for equity-based crowdfunding, a way of raising money that is similar to Kickstarter but allows companies to offer stock instead of T-shirts and backstage passes.<p>The proposed rules are still months away from being approved. …

Crowdsource your salary! An economy built on love

<b>Chad Whitacre</b><p>The gift economy gets monetized. Gittip wants to crowd-fund your salary — and everyone else’s, too<p>Andrew Leonard<p>October 25, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>Two years ago, Chad Whitacre faced an existential crisis. He had a perfectly satisfactory job as a software developer for the online opinion …

Prefundia, A Platform For Crowdfunding Projects To Gain Backers Ahead Of Launch, Exits Beta

Prefundia wants to help crowdfunding projects get backers <i>before</i> they launch their campaigns. The startup, for startup it is — launching out of U.S. accelerator Boomstartup this summer — has been operating in beta for the past three months, and has just released some early performance data as it …

Why I Turned Down $5 Million in VC Funding

After weeks of gut-wrenching indecision, I turned down a dream offer. Today, I’m sharing the five critical questions that led me to make that</i> …

Venture Capital

3 Business Models Venture Capitalists Love

Are you obsessed with the same metrics investors care about? Here are three investor-friendly ways of looking at fast-growth businesses.<p>Nothing seems to grab headlines more easily than a company that raises, say, $50 million and is valued at $2 billion. No revenue? Never mind. Doesn’t matter. Then …

Venture Capital

The Real (and Very High) Cost of Crowdfunding

Raising money from hundreds of investors has never been easier--but it comes with higher costs than you might realize.<p>Crowdfunding is all the rage. You know, OK'd by Congress, a chance to raise money online from regular folks, a chance for entrepreneurs to obtain capital without the whole "let's go …

Investing

Why You Won't Use the Word Crowdfunding for Long

Armed with a whopping $40 million, Indiegogo has ambitious plans to shape the world of online fundraising. They involve equity, bitcoins, and maybe the moon. But they don't involve calling them "crowdfunding."<p>In the mid-2000s, when Slava Rubin, Eric Schell, and Danae Ringelmann's frustration with …

Startups

Successful Crowdfunding Requires a Little Elbow Grease

A case study that reveals while crowdfunding can be lucrative, it's also a lot of hard work.<p>I spend much of my time these days working with young entrepreneurs. I love it, not just because I enjoy helping people be successful, but also because I learn so much in the process. Recently, for example, …

Crowd Funding

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

Oculus's backers could have had a 145x return on their donation. Here's why that never would have happened<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. Those donors weren’t looking for a payout; they wanted to support something they believed in, …

Crowdfunding still has a trust problem

How do you trust a platform that promotes mind-reading pet gadgets?<p>The Danny DeVito to Kickstarter's Arnold Schwarzenegger, Indiegogo has been the perpetual second player in online crowdfunding. Second is no bad place to be in a rapidly expanding market, however, and Indiegogo has managed to …