Impact Investing Platform SVX.US Debuts With Offering by TechSoup

A new impact investing platform is launching this week and its first offering—a financially self-sufficient global nonprofit—signals the type of innovative social enterprises it aims to help. The funding platform, SVX.US, is a three-way collaboration between Cutting Edge Capital, the Bay Area-based community capital consulting firm, Bequia Securities, a broker-dealer, and SVX Canada, an impact […]

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A Crowdfunding Bootcamp Aims to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs in North Carolina

Raising money is difficult for any entrepreneur, but veteran-owned small businesses in particular tend to struggle with capital raising. A new program in North Carolina aims to help. INVESTinNC, a Wilmington, NC-based crowdfunding education company, has launched an investment crowdfunding program specifically for veteran entrepreneurs. The company is recruiting six veteran entrepreneurs looking to raise […]

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Venture Capitalists Wear No Clothes (and Why Revenue Models Beat 10x Exits)

From his perch as founder of Fledge, a network of social impact accelerators, Luni Libes has claimed the role of industry provocateur, critiquing the prevailing Silicon Valley model of investment and agitating for more aligned funding models. In particular, he’s an advocate for revenue-based funding, whether via loans or redeemable equity, where startups buy back […]

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HTF 033 Elevating All Voices

In this episode Danielle and Jen interview Shiva Farrokhi, founder of in-it, a video crowdsourcing platform focusing on social change. The phrase video virtual memory is mentioned, so you know this is going to be good.

Shiva is an Iranian designer, strategist and social entrepreneur currently living in Portland, Oregon. She started in-it due to her experience of living through 2 important socio-political times that negatively impacted her life in Iran & USA -Green movement and the Muslim ban-. They made her realize that we, the people, don’t really have a voice in deciding anything that pertains to us socially, politically and economically. So she decided to use the power of design and technology to fix that.

 

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Forget Tech Startups. This Accelerator Wants to Scale Co-ops.

Cooperatives are gaining renewed interest as an antidote to our winner-take-all society. But while tech startups have a rich ecosystem to tap into, from accelerators to seed funding to get-big-fast playbooks, new cooperatives are usually left to figure things out on their own. That, says serial coop entrepreneur Greg Brodsky, helps explain why most co-ops […]

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With Acquisition, A New Chapter for Vermont’s Milk Money

Milk Money, a Vermont-only crowd investing portal, has been acquired, signaling a new phase for the platform—and perhaps the intrastate crowdfunding market as well. The two-year old intrastate crowdfunding platform’s new owner is the Vermont Innovation Commons, a regional innovation hub in Burlington combining a startup accelerator, co-working space and residential units under one roof. The […]

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Behold the DUSTO. A Guide to Crowd Investing Acronyms.

In the beginning, there was common stock—thanks for your money, here’s your certificate. Fast forward to the age of tech startups and gushers of digital coin offerings and things get a little more complex. Enter SAFES and ICOs. Now those terms sound almost quaint as the crowdfunding and fintech worlds dream up new twists on […]

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Behold the DUSTO. A Guide to Crowd Investing Acronyms.

In the beginning, there was common stock—thanks for your money, here’s your certificate. Fast forward to the age of tech startups and gushers of digital coin offerings and things get a little more complex. Enter SAFES and ICOs. Now those terms sound almost quaint as the crowdfunding and fintech worlds dream up new twists on […]

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With Help From State Crowdfunding Law, an Alaskan Brewery Looks to Expand

Many U.S. cities these days are dotted with microbreweries vying for attention. But for residents of Sitka, a tiny Alaskan city nestled below Baranof Island’s glacier-carved mountains and accessible only by boat or plane, their lone microbrewery is a vital part of the community. Baranof Island Brewing Co. was founded in 2010 by Rick Armstrong, […]

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Program for Diverse Founders Targets Lack of Friends and Family Funding

Most startups fund their earliest days with money from friends and family, as well as angel investors. But what if your friends and family are not wealthy—and, in fact, are more on the struggling side of the equation? That’s the stark reality for many entrepreneurs, especially those from diverse backgrounds. The average white household has […]

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