Crowdfunder Milestone: 50 Companies Funded

We are excited to announce that we have helped fund over 50 companies to date, and have grown our community of investors and entrepreneurs to over 100,000 strong.  It’s the power of the entrepreneurial spirit that is the driving force behind Crowdfunder and we are grateful that we have accomplished this together.

Moreover, we have helped some of the most influential celebrities in the world raise funding including Neil Young and Yao Ming, and are working with top investors including Tim Draper, Barbara Corcoran, Mark Pincus, Y Combinator, 500 Startups and many more.

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Former NBA Superstar, Yao Ming, Turns Passion For Wine Into Successful Business Venture

Trending Startup: Yao Family Wines

“Every empty bottle is a permanent memory – a night to remember with family and Friends. We are all eating different meals but sharing from the same bottle. That’s why I fell in love with wine. It reminded me of the family-style meals in China.” – Yao Ming, CEO & Former NBA Superstar

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The Top 10 Celebrity Companies

Read on Forbes

Over the last several years a growing number of celebrities have been getting into the startup game.

The different models by which celebrities are doing so have seem to come in waves. First there were endorsement deals for equity (no cash investment). Then came a growing number of celebrities making individual angel investments in startups, and more recently celebrities are co-founding their own companies.

“Celebrities are increasingly moving from endorsing products to being the product,” said John Demsey, group president of Estée Lauder. “This is only going to get more common.” (New York Times, November 14, 2014)  The fact that celebrities can turn their millions of fans into loyal customers, or even investors in the case of equity crowdfunding, more and more red-carpet dwellers are jumping into the startup fray.

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Startup Funding Online: The 5 Success Factors

In this article I’ve highlighted some of the most critical factors that drive successful startup fundraises online.

For a brief refresher, it was just over a year ago (September 2013) that we saw  Title II of the JOBS Act kick off and unleash a powerful new market for startup funding online, also referred to as equity crowdfunding.

This new capital market created under Title II is showing rapid growth, even while the opportunity to invest is currently limited to accredited investors and institutions.

Restrictions keeping everyday people (non-accredited investors) from participating may be lifted at some point under Title III of the JOBS Act, though regulators have stalled to release final rules.

That said, startups and investors are not waiting on Title III. The new startup funding market is off to the races. Technology and automation are rapidly transforming the way investments in startups and small businesses are done – driven primarily by a few leading equity crowdfunding platforms.

Today we are seeing everyday individual investors getting to invest alongside VCs and super-angels online, often in the same deals and at the same terms as some of the worlds most experienced early stage investors.

According to Kay Koplovitz and her article on the impact of the first year of equity crowdfunding, estimates for the startup funding commitments made online were estimated at over $217,000,000 in equity and debt. The sectors leading the way were the technology and real estate sectors.

Within these funding numbers are a variety of potential signals for what leads companies to succeed with raising startup funding online. Here are some of the potential signals and success factors that drive startup funding online.

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Crowdfunder Raises $3.5M Series A To Expand Tech + Media Equity Crowdfunding

CROWDFUNDER.COM RAISES $3.5M SERIES A ROUND TO FURTHER ITS LEADERSHIP AS THE PLATFORM WHERE NOTABLE TECHNOLOGY + DIGITAL MEDIA COMPANIES RAISE EQUITY FROM EXPERIENCED INVESTORS AND THE CROWD

Crowdfunder raises $3.5M round on the heels of groundbreaking equity crowdfunding campaigns for top tech and digital media startups like GoCoin, Neil Young’s PonoMusic, Social Rewards and more.

LOS ANGELES, CA — (October 7, 2014) — Leading equity crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder.com has raised a Series A round of financing from a combination of VC funds, notable investors like Tim Draper, along with a crowd of individual accredited investors. Crowdfunder aimed to raise $2,500,000 in the round, but due to significant investor demand the round was opened up to additional investors and oversubscribed at $3,500,000.

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TripScope, A Travel App Startup, Wins CROWDFUNDxLA

Last week Crowdfunder and Social Media Week LA hosted the Live Pitch Event Finale for CROWDFUNDxLA, which happened as part of SMWLA’s week-long program of trending talks, events and networking. The event started off with two Investor Panels and ended with the live pitch presentations where early stage investors from Launchpad LA, Siemer Ventures, Rustic Canyon, General Catalyst and others selected the winner for CROWDFUNDxLA.  Continue reading…

Meet The Finalists Of CROWDFUNDxLA

Crowdfunder, Social Media Week LA and Silicon Beach LA would like to extend you a special invitation to the CROWDFUNDxLA Live Pitch Event, where 10 promising local startups will present their businesses to expert judges and an audience of top investors and business leaders.

We’d like to congratulate to the 10 Finalists and wish them the best of luck at the live pitch event!

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Wanted: The 10 Top Startups in LA

Investors and the crowd are looking to identify the Top 10 Startups in Los Angeles. If you are one of them, you won’t want to miss this…

Crowdfunder has partnered with Social Media Week LA and Silicon Beach LA to launch CROWDFUNDxLA — the second acceleration process for the local LA startup ecosystem, that engages investors and the crowd in identifying the Top Startups in Los Angeles. Continue reading…

CROWDFUNDxMexicoCity – Meet The Winners

If raising capital is not an easy task in the U.S., where thousands of startups get funded every year, in Mexico the path to getting funded is often a true endurance test for any entrepreneur. (See some interesting stats about the current investment landscape in Mexico here.)

That’s why we’re thrilled about CROWDFUNDxMexicoCity — our first international CROWDFUNDx Contest + Pitch Event that is accelerating investment for top startups in Mexico. The contest was launched in partnership with Crowdfunder México (our subsidiary), Jóvenes COPARMEX, and Emproyecto México. It also received the support of Endeavor, 500 Startups, NAFIN and the Entrepreneur’s Institute.

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