Crowdfunding

The SEC is expected to approve a rule that would allow startups to raise money from ordinary people, but as Bob Pisani explains, there are risks involved.

A new world in banking is emerging as millennials look for on-demand solutions for their credit needs. For them traditional lenders are highly inefficient at originating and servicing loans, and lengthy, paper-based application processes take too much time. In recent years, online lending platforms, which include so-called “marketplace lenders” and “peer-to-peer lenders,” have emerged to …

Want to invest alongside Quincy Jones? Here’s a look at the music legend’s startup that could shake-up part of the music business.

When Ben Miller decided to use crowdfunding as a means to rehabilitate a beaten-down building in one of Washington, D.C.’s transitional neighborhoods, he didn’t really know crowdfunding was a thing, That’s because it wasn’t, at least not in real estate, yet. But Miller and his brother Dan were raised in both a real estate family …

Home prices are rising at a fast clip again, which is bringing house flippers back to the market. Just like during the housing boom, they are buying distressed properties, doing quick rehabs and selling them for a fast profit. Unlike during the boom, however, some of these flippers can’t get mortgages to ply their trade. …

Real estate equity-crowdfunding projects are giving individual accredited investors a shot at owning a piece of residential and commercial Manhattan real estate—with investments as low as $10,000. Owning a piece of Manhattan real estate may be a lofty pipe dream for some. But investors from around the world are now able to own a stake …

Meg Tirrell tells us about a young woman battling a rare form of cancer and the hugely successful crowdfunding drive to help find a cure for her disease.

‘Operation’ game inventor can’t afford his own surgery Fifty years ago, John Spinello, a student at the University of Illinois, invented the board game ‘Operation’ which lets kids pretend to be surgeons. Now at the age of 77, Spinello can’t afford his own real-life operation, reports Huffington Post. The oral surgery that he needs will …

Ten million dollars for a watch? Not bad. $13.3 million for a cooler? Impressive. Still, the crowdfunding records set by Pebble and the Coolest Cooler pale when compared to the amount video-game developer Chris Roberts has raised for his next title. Since kicking off the campaign for “Star Citizen” nearly two years ago, Roberts, the …

When Lynne Weaver, founder of Three Weavers Brewing, wanted to open a tasting room at her Inglewood, California, craft beer brewery, she did what an increasing number of women-owned businesses are doing: She turned to Kickstarter, the online crowdfunding site, to raise the money. Earlier this year, Weaver and her partners set a goal of …

As students head back to school in droves, many are finding classrooms full of new supplies, from pencils to computers. But increasingly those supplies are being paid for from a new source: crowdfunding. Funding platforms usually known for financing young companies are being used more and more by public school teachers to buy supplies, finding it an effective …

Raking in $102,824 on Indiegogo in a campaign that ended July 3, the start-up Ambronite, maker of a drinkable organic “supermeal,” achieved a goal that most crowdfunders would envy: It exceeded its $50,000 target by more than 100 percent. “It was really exciting to see so many people around the world fund our product,” said CEO Simo …

Campaign supporters fork over millions of dollars on rewards-based crowdfunding sites in exchange for goodwill, a trivial reward like a T-shirt or, some say, nothing more than an empty promise. The crowdfunding sector grew to $2.7 billion in 2012—financing more than 1 million campaigns globally, according to an annual report on crowdfunding from Massolution. That …

From rebooting “Reading Rainbow” to launching a brand of bras, crowd funding site Kickstarter has seen some ambitious projects come and go, but it’s never seen anything quite like this.

Jeremy Meeks—the “dreamy” convict who became a viral sensation after his mug shot was posted to the Stockton, California, police department’s Facebook page last week—has a mom who is radically changing the way mothers prove their affection. Katherine Angier, seeking to capitalize on the popularity of her son’s mugshot on the Stockton Police Department’s website, …