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004 Crowdability and educating investors on the crowdfunding opportunity

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm

On this week’s TWiC podcast, we interview the guys behind Crowdability — a great resource for investors thinking about getting a bit more serious about equity crowdfunding. Matt and Wayne are 2 extraordinary entrepreneurs in their own right and have a bold vision of providing an educational and decision-layer to help investors make better decisions when investing in startups online via equity crowdfunding.

In this week’s news roundup, David and Zack look at the differences between raising money via crowdfunding or turning to more traditional sources of capital. BitTorrent is using its massive network of 170 million users to crowdfunding new forms of content. Lastly, is beer the most perfect of crowdfunding projects? David thinks it just may be…

We review CrowdBrewed, a crowdfunding site that encourages (you guessed it), funding of beer-related enterprises.

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  • Create better consumer products, make more money with Quirky

    Posted on July 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm UTC

    Listen to this episode on Stitcher and on SoundCloud.

    Creating a new consumer product used to be a somewhat solitary process.

    But what if you could throw thousands of your closest from around the world into a virtual room to harness only the best ideas for the names, designs, and functionality for really cool, new consumer products? And (here’s the kicker), what if you could get paid for your contribution?

    Quirky is a community of hundreds of thousands of passionate people from around the world who enjoy ideating, designing, and producing novel consumer products — collaboratively. Quirky’s Nethaniel Padgett, Community Director, joins us, David Stark and Zack Miller, to talk about how developing products and making money selling them has changed forever — on this episode of the ThisWeekinCrowdfunding Podcast.

    During our News segment, we discuss whether we’ve reached peak crowdfunding. Are you being hit up to contribute to all your friends’ weddings via crowdfunding? Co-host David Starkup Nation is and he’s pretty sick with it.

    Lastly, we review Kicktraq, an analytical tool backers and project owners use to determine strategies to optimize their campaigns and participation.

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  • Peter Renton on How the Lending Club IPO changes everything

    Posted on June 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm UTC

    On the inaugural This Week in Crowdfunding podcast, David Stark and Zack Miller discuss all things crowdfunding.

    First up, we do a hard-punching news roundup. We chat about Kickstarter’s recent rule changes, why the real estate crowdfunding industry is currently receiving so much PR, and a recent study that sheds some light on optimizing crowdfunding campaigns.

    lendacademy's lend academyWe interview Peter Renton of LendAcademy and the Lendit conference, who’s a true pioneer in the marketplace lending industry. We ask Peter on where the industry is headed. Pay attention to Peter’s description of the rumored, upcoming Lending Club IPO and how he expects this to be a seminal moment in the crowdfunding industry.

    Lastly, in our product review section of the podcast, we take a closer look at NickelSteamroller which is a great site to both analyze the marketplace (p2p) lending industry in general, as well as analyze individual securities at the portfolio level.

    That’s a wrap for the first of what we hope to be incredibly engaging and informational podcasts we’ll be publishing weekly.

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  • Investing in real estate via crowdfunding – with Realty Mogul’s Jilliene Helman

    Posted on June 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm UTC

    Crowdfunding is changing the way many people invest. Real estate crowdfunding, in particular, has seen massive interest as investors now have the opportunity to invest in some of the top properties in the world, alongside top institutional investors — all from their laptops or tablet computers.

    Jilliene Helman is the co-founder and CEO of Realty Mogul, one of the leaders in the real estate crowdfunding sector and she joins me on the Tradestreaming Podcast to talk about how investors are using her platform to invest in cash flows and hard assets.

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    About Jilliene

    0a232fcJilliene Helman is the co-founder and CEO of Realty Mogul.

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    OurCrowd is a better way to invest in startups. Identify and invest in the next Facebook, Google, and Apple on OurCrowd’s investment platform of vetted and diligence of startup investment opportunities. Check out OurCrowd at www.ourcrowd.com

    ***Thanks for joining us on Tradestreaming Radio — I’m very grateful for your time. It’s awesome learning about these new tools and technologies together.

    If you’re listening to this episode on iTunes, please give it a ranking and rating so that others know of the value you’re finding in it. Thank you ahead of time.****

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  • Investing in people with potential — with Upstart’s Dave Girouard

    Posted on June 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm UTC

    What if you’re a recent Stanford college grad with a computer sci degree and need to borrow money? (crickets)

    What if you’re an investor and would like to be able to loan to these (future) high performers? (Upstart…)

    Dave Girouard, co-founder and CEO of Upstart, joins us on the Tradestreaming Podcast today to talk about how his firm is enabling lending to — and investing in — young, high potential people who haven’t had enough time to build out a long credit history.

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    About Dave Girouard

    urlDave is the co-founder and CEO of Upstart.

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    Visit our Sponsor

    OurCrowd is a better way to invest in startups. Identify and invest in the next Facebook, Google, and Apple on OurCrowd’s investment platform of vetted and diligence of startup investment opportunities. Check out OurCrowd at www.ourcrowd.com

    ***Thanks for joining us on Tradestreaming Radio — I’m very grateful for your time. It’s awesome learning about these new tools and technologies together.

    If you’re listening to this episode on iTunes, please give it a ranking and rating so that others know of the value you’re finding in it. Thank you ahead of time.****

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