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…)
Mike Rose and Eric Gonzales, Managing Directors at Montage Capital, spoke at the ASL Emerging Business Group’s best practices seminar on the topic, “Understanding Venture Debt & Equity.” In this podcast, Mike and Eric share that there are a number of different options available for companies in the early to mid-stage that are not traditional venture capital equity.
The landscape of nonprofits is changing and ironically it is looking a lot like the for-profit start-up world. These social entrepreneurs are using the same methods and ideas used by the most successful start-ups in the marketplace today and most of it is centered on harnessing the power of technology. (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…)