10 Top Equity Crowdfunding Campaigns From 2014

Read on Forbes

It was a banner year of growth for the crowdfunding industry in 2014 as several record-setting rewards-based and equity-based crowdfunding campaigns took place.

Each year the bar continues to rise, as the overall crowdfunding industry is estimated to grow to nearly $10.9 Billion in total funding in 2015, up from $1.5 billion in 2011.

This post highlights 10 of the top equity crowdfunding campaigns that raised equity funding for startups in 2014. For clarity, this list does not include rewards-crowdfunding campaigns where participants don’t invest, but rather donate or pre-purchase products or experiences on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Continue reading…

Trending Startup: Sir Richard Branson, a DeepFlight Customer & Explorer

View DeepFlight

“Even though we live on an ocean planet, there are few commercially available technologies that can provide an engaging underwater experience to a large number of users. I am thrilled to invite the public to support our initiatives to open the oceans to a larger audience.”

Graham Hawkes, CEO 

Testimonials

“The sub handled beautifully — straight down smoothly, straight up 100 feet. The next day we went in search of Great White Sharks when suddenly one appeared.” – Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

Continue reading…

Trending Startup: Invest in ivee with CEO of Siri + K5 Ventures

View ivee

“Our team is comprised of USC, Apple, Samsung, Moshi, Venarc and Beam Box. Our lead is Dag Kittlaus, CEO and Founder of Siri (Acquired by Apple), and this holiday we’ll be in over 800+ retail locations including Staples, Best Buy, Lowes, and Home Depot.”

Jonathon Nostrant, CEO

Continue reading…

Trending Startup: Breakr Ignites #AlexFromTarget Fandom Firestorm

View Breakr Deal

“Like Disney/Maker Studios, we are a multi-channel network (MCN), but unlike existing MCNs, we’re also a platform focused on actually creating celebrity talent, and helping them monetize their new brand. We’re the ultimate content and talent aggregator for the Z generation.”

Dil-Domine Leonares, CEO

Continue reading…

Trending Startup: MyForce

View MyForce Deal

“MyForce is supported on nine college campuses and in one hospital. We are also in conversations with a larger wireless carrier and national insurance provider to distribute the service. Ken Langone, Co-Founder of Home Depot and active angel investor, just invested and we’re offering you the same terms.” – Brad Zotti, CEO

Continue reading…

First Rewards, Then Equity Crowdfunding: The New Way Startups Are Going From Validation to Seed Funding

When entrepreneur Peter Li and his team at Atlas Wearables, an Austin-based start-up, developed their fitness monitor last year, they knew they had a game changer. All the other devices out there were little more than prettified pedometers.  But the Atlas tracker was like having an elite coach on your wrist.

Its sensors detect your movements in 3-D, analyze them instantly and displays live feedback on everything from your heart rate to the form of your squats, bicep curls and breaststrokes (yes, the device is waterproof). Atlas counts not only steps but reps. It can tell the difference between a plank and a push-up. It offers tips on improvement, warns you when you’re hitting a plateau and it can measure your workout against those of your friends or professional athletes.

With a solid prototype created by fall, Atlas had two audiences to reach.

Consumers who would buy the product.

Investors who would provide the start-up money so Atlas could grow the business and bring the product to the marketplace.

Peter needed to decide which audience to approach first.

Continue reading…

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.

Continue reading…