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New Crowdfunding Rules Could Do More Harm Than Good For Some Startups

New rules that allow startups to raise capital by selling equity shares in the business could their jumpstart fundraising efforts. But the promising alternative way to attract investors also holds the potential for missteps that could have long-term financial implications.<p>Equity crowdfunding gives …

House Passes 2 Bills Aimed at Making It Easier for Entrepreneurs to Get Access to Cash

5 min read<p><i>Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story lead with the incorrect statement that the House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow entrepreneurs to raise up to $5 million with equity crowdfunding, five times the current $1 million cap. That reporting was based on outdated</i> …

How State and Federal Crowdfunding Regulations Differ

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In May, new rules from the SEC went into effect that allow companies to raise capital from anyone in the U.S., opening up opportunities for people, who typically did not have access to these types of deals in the past. It took …

Equity Crowdfunding Takes Off: What Your Business Should Know

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As crowdfunding took off, serious investors noted that something was missing from the process. While savvy investors want to put money into a promising crowdfunded product like Pebble or COOLEST Cooler, they want more than an …

Crush It With Crowdfunding: 7 Steps To Get Your Startup Fully Funded

If you’ve heard of crowdfunding, you’ve no doubt seen the heroic campaigns that manage to raise millions in just 30 days, exceed their goal by five thousand percent, and ascend to celebrity stardom on social media.<p>If you ask me, saying “yes” to humble, transparent companies with homestyle videos …

Invesdor raises another $1.4m to expand equity crowdfunding in Europe

Equity crowdfunding continues to be a hot topic around the world, with a number of players new and old re-doubling their efforts to capture the hearts and wallets of investors everywhere. The most recent example is Invesdor, a platform focusing on Scandinavia, who used its own platform to raise its …

Mergers & Acquisitions

Here is the FCA Document Regarding Review of Crowdfunding Regulations

The FCA explains they “have potential concerns about some areas of the market and would like to explore them further in this year’s review.” As part …

How Niche Crowdfunding is Helping Inventors Thrive

In recent times, we have seen entrepreneurs, inventors and a new breed of business owners spring up to take the world of entrepreneurship by storm. While it might look all glamorous on the outside, there are numerous challenges faced by entrepreneurs and inventors, one of them being lack of funding …

‘Fifty Shades’ of green: Sex toys are now a $15 billion industry

Sure, sex sells. But apparently, it sells a whole lot better when there’s a blockbuster entertainment franchise involved.<p>The sex toy market is …

Here Are The E-Retailers Tackling China’s Sex Toy Industry

Sex was a taboo subject in China not long ago. Although it’s the largest sex toy manufacturer globally, making 70% of the world’s adult products, …

eCommerce

Sex toy startup will make virtual reality porn much more, um, immersive

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset hasn’t shipped yet, but adult entertainment companies are already making sex toys that they swear will make porn in VR better.<p>Lovense, a manufacturer of sex tech toys, and Virtual Real Porn are announcing a partnership today to introduce “haptics,” or touch …

Off3r Is Tinder For Finding Your Next Equity Crowdfunding Investment

Q: What do you get when you combine the swipe-to-like mechanism, popularized by dating app Tinder, with a wealth of potential equity crowdfunding investment opportunities?<p>A: an aggregator-sorter app called Off3r, that’s launched in the U.K. today (on iOS and Android) — promising to apply Tinderish …

Crowd Funding

How a Sex Toy Set Crowdfunding Records on Indiegogo

Sex sells but it can backfire, too. When entrepreneurs Alexandra Fine and Janet Lieberman of Dame Products launched a crowdfunding effort via California-based Indiegogo to bankroll a high-tech sex toy last year, they knew investors might be squeamish. But Fine, who has a master’s degree from …

Equity Crowdfunding Platform FlashFunders Is Automating Securities Law For Seed-Stage Rounds

Thanks to the JOBS Act, the world of equity crowdfunding is blowing wide open.<p>FlashFunders, an equity crowdfunding platform, is announcing a new program that automates the process for entrepreneurs, making it entirely free to raise or invest in a seed round.<p>Most crowdfunding platforms like …

Venture Capital

Brits Say 'No' To Porn Filters

Ofcom has stumbled upon what must be one of the most un-shocking revelations about the human being which is: people love porn.<p>The UK government …