Crowdfunding is a method of raising financing for projects from the public via crowdfunding platforms and social media. Some of the most common crowdfunding platforms are Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe. According to Investopedia, Kickstarter has raised over $2 billion since 2009.
Forbes predicts that crowdfunding eventually will surpass venture capital for investing. According to Business News Daily, ““Crowdfunding is here to stay. By 2025, the global crowdfunding market potential could be between $90 billion and $96 billion,” said Bill Clerico, co-founder and CEO of WePay, citing data from the World Bank.” (more…)
Historically many Silicon Valley start-ups have been unable to generate immediate benefit from the R&D credit because of having no taxable income. The law changed with 2016 tax returns. If you have qualifying research activities and expenditures in 2016, you can now use the credit to offset payroll taxes in 2017. This new and exciting benefit is for start-ups that have gross receipts for five years or less, and less than $5 million of gross receipts in 2016. (more…)
Dana Brody-Brown & Kathryn G. Spelman, Attorneys from Hoge Fenton, spoke at the ASL Emerging Business Group’s best practices seminar on, “Intellectual Property (IP) Essentials for Emerging Businesses.” In this podcast, Dana and Kathryn shared how important it is to plan ahead and address IP early. Consider addressing IP early, “even if you cannot execute on the plan immediately so that you can identify any risk areas and identify priorities for obtaining protection.”