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By now many of you are aware of what Crowdfunding is. It's been a real boon to small entrepreneurs who petitioned fans to donate money to get their projects off the ground or completed.
I was around at the beginning of this and as I've said for years now, your fans are your greatest asset, literally. A single cartoonist with 5,000 fans can make a great income by keeping those fans with affordable products on a regular basis.
I was finishing up a small ebooklet about Crowdfunding when the latest news from Washington came in regarding a bill introduced that will make it far more easier to get funding and far more of it! This is like a dream come true!
So read the link above regarding this bill and get ready for some big fun to come!
Charles, this should be a great way for you to get funding for your projects and your students.
The Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act (H.R. 2930).
Thanks again Greg. Posted the topic on AN's homepage for this date so more people can learn about it.
Here's a list of crowdfunding sites that folks can research and use for their own purposes.
With this new bill, once it becomes law, it will allow communities and churches to offer their own Crowdfunding services.
I had written a small ebook on Crowdfunding strategies and this turn in the law is just perfect.
The old boy network is falling apart now. Artists, musicians, and other creatives can reach global audiences without going to mainstream distributors. Now it will be a true test of the best work reaching the public and letting the public decide.
It's that and more Greg.
The website states...
The Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act (H.R. 2930) was introduced to foster relationships between investors and entrepreneurs. Specifically, it permits crowdfunding issuances that offer an equity stake (securities) to investors.
That means that entrepreneurs will be able to take their projects and perhaps even their companies directly to the public to raise funds. In essence, they'll be able to sell stock in their ventures just like they would in a private offering.
It has big ramifications. It's taking Wall Street to the people and could give a whole new meaning to the sale of securities.
If this bill passes it will be an extraordinary thing. This has great potential.
Very significant and beneficial. I hope it goes forward and becomes law.
This was published on MSN.com last week.
Got a good idea? Kickstarter 'crowd-funding' helps raise start-up money
By Rachel Bass
Dec 22, 2011
Somewhere in your Inbox between the unopened e-mails about unicorns and angels that your mom forwarded, and the Facebook friend request from that neighbor down the hall that you've intentionally ignored, is likely an e-mail from a friend or relative about a website called Kickstarter. Maybe you've heard about it in passing. Maybe you’ve come across it on the Internet. But what exactly is Kickstarter?
Founded in April 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler, Kickstarter is the largest online fundraising platform. Using a model called “crowd-funding,” Kickstarter encourages filmmakers, musicians, designers, writers and other creative artists to bring their ideas to life by posting projects on the site.
Users then set “rewards” that family, friends and visitors to the site will get for donating any amount of money to a specific project. The artists have the freedom to set the fundraising goal and the length of time they think they’ll need to raise the money. If a project reaches its goal in the set timeframe, the artists receive the funding. If a project doesn’t reach its goal, backers keep their money. Kickstarter takes 5 percent of the funds raised, while Amazon, which authorizes all payments, takes 3 to 5 percent.
Kickstarter says nearly half of the projects posted on their website have been fully funded. A million people have donated more than $100 million to support the diverse array of ideas, which range from tech gadgets to art, dance, food and music.
Every seven seconds someone is tweeting about Kickstarter – so if they haven't asked you yet, there's a very good chance you'll be the next potential donor asked to give.
Editor's note: Kate Snow's full report about Kickstarter, "Kick Off," airs Monday, December 26, at 10pm/9c on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams.
A behind the scenes look at Kickstarter, including an interview with its founder and some practical advice on how to use the site as a fundraising resource.
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