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4 Local Businesses Perfect for the New Equity Crowdfunding Law

On May 16, 2016 the long awaited (four years, five months and six days after the law was signed by the president, but who’s counting) JOBS Act equity crowdfunding law goes into effect allowing startups and small businesses to raise new capital up to $1,000,000 online through an equity crowdfunding portal. Entrepreneurs can now legally raise money from “the crowd” ...

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Are You Ready to Seek Funding? This 10-Point Checklist Will Decide.

You’ve got an idea that you’re excited about. You’ve talked about it with your friends and family members. You might have even quit your job to start exploring the possibilities of entrepreneurship. You’re on the verge of getting your company off the ground, but to do it, you need capital, and you can’t front all the money yourself. Your natural ...

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5 Fundraising Tips From ‘The Billionaire Whisperer’

If you want to change the world for the better, it’s going to take a lot of money. However, according to philanthropist Jennifer McCrea, money should never be at the center of what you do. McCrea, who has been called “the billionaire whisperer,” has partnered with philanthropists and nonprofit leaders for more than 27 years to raise resources to tackle ...

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The ‘Mayor’ of Entrepreneurship in Atlanta On Empire Builders Vs. Lifestyle Entrepreneurs

There is no one reason why an individual may decide to become an entrepreneur. But for David Cummings, the unofficial “mayor” of Atlanta’s startup scene, there is one very specific reason that he looks for in an entrepreneur if he is going to become an investor. “I look for people who are empire builders,” says Cummings, the founder of Atlanta ...

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Women Are Better Crowdfunders Than Men. Here’s Why.

Women raise more money with crowdfunding than men do, all other things being equal, according to a study of nearly 10,000 Indiegogo campaigns. That’s because women tend to use more positive and inclusive language and that builds community with potential investors, says UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Assistant Professor Andreea Gorbatai. In the eighth episode of Crowdfund with Cat, ...

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If, Like Many Others, You’re Hesitating About Going Public, Scale This Way Instead.

The American business trend of building out to an eventual IPO (initial public offering) is changing: Companies such as Uber, which Fortune ranked No. 1 of the 25 most important private companies, are opting to remain private — and for good reason: When you’ve worked hard to create a successful business, the pride you have in running things your way and building customer relationships at ...

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How Does an Investor Make Money With Equity Crowdfunding?

Investing in startups is crazy risky. The chance of sinking money into a startup that runs for a bit, putters out of gas and dies without ever getting your principal investment back to you — let alone any return — is very high. There is, however, a chance of making a very attractive return on your investment. Chances are, if ...

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Here Are the Best Cities to Run a Socially-Conscious Startup

For many entrepreneurs, it isn’t enough to only solve one problem — they want to change the world. And when launching a business, a social mission embedded in the company’s DNA can be a selling point for customers, investors and prospective employees. But it’s one thing to just state your mission, and another to be able to realize it. To ...

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4 Reasons ‘Alternative Financing’ May Be Right for Your Business

So you’ve been turned down for a bank loan. Or perhaps you heard you would be, so you didn’t even apply. Join the club. In the world of traditional banking, small business loans have all but disappeared. This sounds like bad news for small businesses, until you realize just how robust the alternative lending space has become in recent years. With the ...

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