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State crowdfunding & state banks will moot the JOBS Act

Congress passed the baton to the SEC to pile on more regulations before crowdfunding becomes available to the general public. And the SEC is dragging it on as long as possible. But this might be the best thing ever for crowdfunding.

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5 ways the booming crowdfunding ecosystem is changing in 2013

If you think that participating in crowdfunding simply means investing in smaller companies that launch games and devices on Kickstarter, think again. With crowdfunding volumes reaching $2.7 billion in 2012, it has emerged as a viable, scalable alternative to public and private finance across the globe.

Crowdfunding raised $1.5B last year — and is on track to double in 2012

Until Kickstarter started gaining attention for giving people a place to raise huge amounts of money very quickly, the term crowdfunding didn’t mean much. Now, crowdfunding has become a full-fledged industry, contributing $1.5 billion to new ventures in 2011. That total includes pledges from average people backing quirky projects like the Pebble smartwatch as well as seed funding for startups.

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Before you crowdfund, read this

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was signed into law on April 5, 2012 to help early-stage and emerging companies get easier access to capital.

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Are we in a startup bubble?

Have you noticed how many online startups there are again recently? While it’s great for overall innovation, it can create a challenging ecosystem for budding entrepreneurs. I’ve spent more time than I care to remember, evaluating various businesses, looking at models, and seeking opportunities where I could compete. Invariably no matter what idea I find and no matter how niche or arcane it is, it’s likely there are already more than a handful of competitors already in the space.

JOBS Act becomes law, but questions linger about potential for fraud

President Obama signed the Crowdfunding Bill, aka the JOBS Act, into law today. It will change the way startups do business in a lot of ways, most notably by making it easier for them to accept smaller investments from a larger number of investors. Chance Barnett, chief executive officer of crowdfunding service provider Crowdfunder, sent us the nifty infographic below helping to explain.

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3 reasons crowdfunders will hit consumer products first

President Obama is expected to sign the JOBS Act into law tomorrow — a piece of legislation that allows small businesses to receive investments via crowdfunding. This Act will benefit investors by providing a new source of portfolio diversification and potentially strong returns. It will also benefit startups and small businesses by opening up a much needed source of financing. While crowdfunding holds promise for many different industries, there are three reasons why investors should look closely at consumer-related companies in particular: