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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: November 2014

RealtyWealth Launches First Passive-Income, Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform Amid Surge of Foreign Interest

  • First dedicated US Net Lease Crowdfunding platform within $1.8 Trillion market
  • Strategic marketing relationships – USA, China, South Africa and soon India

20th November, 2014 Houston, Texas: today announced the launch of the first commercial real estate Crowdfunding platform dedicated to Single Tenant Net Lease “STNL” investments.

Targeting accredited investors in the USA and global investors in South Africa, China, Canada and India, gives investors the opportunity to invest in institutional quality, corporate backed lease properties from credit rated tenants such as McDonalds, Walgreens, Starbucks and Walmart.

RealtyWealth is also the first portal to offer these passive realty investments to foreign investors seeking the stability and yields of US Real Estate Assets. Chinese investors in particular have been active, with investments in US commercial properties jumping 10-fold from 2012 to 2013 and expected to reach $10 billion in 2014 according to Real Analytics.

REALTYWEALTH.COM – Bringing Passive U.S. Commercial Real Estate Investing to the World. from Sam Vogel on Vimeo.

The last six months have seen significant development within the real estate Crowdfunding market and seem poised to take advantage of this heightened interest from investors, developers, owners and intermediaries. Over $700M has been raised by Real Estate Tech Startups since 2012 with peer sites Fundrise and RealtyMogul each boasting $100M+ post Series A valuations.

In order to take advantage of this foreign investor wave, RealtyWealth have built key marketing relationships with international consumer sites like – the largest outbound Chinese investment portal for US & UK properties – and have distribution partners arranged or under discussion in South Africa, India, Latin America and Canada.

“ operates as an aggregator of local and foreign investors typically seeking stable US-based Real Estate Investments,” said Sam Vogel, co-founder and president of Strategic Business development. “These STNL products offer long-term, corporate-backed, passive income with an inflation and currency hedge to our investors.”

STNL and in particular Triple Net Lease (NNN) Investments offer investors a “hands off”, passive investment consisting of long term leases, guaranteed by the corporate tenant. These Corporate Tenants are responsible for ALL incidentals including taxes, insurance, maintenance, trash etc that may normally be the lessees’ responsibility. Many leases have periodic rental bumps to keep pace with inflation and investors can write off depreciation of the property against tax. In the unlikely event that the tenant defaults, the investor still retains the underlying property.

Whereas UHNW, Family Offices, Hedge Funds and REITS have been taking advantage of these investments for decades, less than 10% of the 8.7 million Accredited investors in the USA are aware of the merits of these real estate investments.

“The NNN Investment is essentially a corporate bond-type investment in a real estate wrapper,” said Bryan Smith, co-founder and chief executive of “Compare investing in Starbucks stock at 1.6% dividend with the market risk involved versus acquiring a corporate backed Starbucks lease and achieving returns of 6 to 7% unlevered?”

RealtyWealth’s proprietary, state-of-the-art platform and investor dashboard allows investors anywhere in the world to review properties, make investments, track portfolios and receive statements, earnings and tax computations all online.

Smith and Vogel are members of the ICSC and will be working closely with top developers, brokers and intermediaries in the Commercial Realty market to introduce STNL and NNN investments to the investing public in the USA and abroad. From as little as $5,000 a month, investors can invest in these appealing investment properties and enjoy the opportunity to build value over the long term.

NNN Lease Investments Explained : SEE VIDEO –

Indiegogo Announces Reduced Fees for #GivingTuesday

$5.2 Million Already Raised for #GivingTuesday 2014 Campaigns

Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, announces reduced fees and added support for nonprofit and social-change campaigns linked with the third annual international #GivingTuesday initiative. #GivingTuesday encourages people worldwide to celebrate generosity.

Cause-related campaigns that launch through the #GivingTuesday partnership page on Indiegogo before December 2 will receive fee discounts of at least 10% as well as free advertisements and assistance announcing the campaign from partners including AdRoll and GreenInbox. Campaigns can also request personalized coaching from Indiegogo experts and join a free webinar on maximizing social media for the best fundraising results.

“At Indiegogo we’ve always been passionate about changing the world for the better, whether that means helping someone fund their medical bills, amplifying nonprofit fundraising or bringing innovative ideas to life,” said Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer of Indiegogo. “The #GivingTuesday initiative on Indiegogo advances our mission of enabling people everywhere to fund what matters to them.”

Last year, more than 250 campaigns from 43 countries participated in #GivingTuesday on Indiegogo, raising more than $1.3 million to help change the world. And already this year, 150 campaigns including Nuçi’s Space and have raised more than $5.2 million, with new campaigns like the American Heart Association joining the platform as part of #GivingTuesday 2014.

For more information or to start a campaign, visit:

To contribute to participating #GivingTuesday 2014 Indiegogo campaigns, visit:

Seattle Startup Launches Crowdfunding Campaign For Organic Waste Biofuel

Seattle, WA, USA, 17 November 2014 – Vitruvian Energy, a Seattle-based Social Purpose Corporation, has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its EEB biofuel. This biofuel can power a vehicle, blend with gasoline and diesel, or produce clean electricity.

EEB is made from organic waste materials that are currently under-utilized as a potential source of renewable energy, including sewage treatment biosolids, agricultural by-products such as corn stalks and rice straw, and animal waste from ranches and dairies. These organic waste sources have the potential to make the United States a net energy exporter, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and dramatically lower our carbon footprint.

Vitruvian Energy’s initial source material for developing EEB is sewage biosolids, the carbon-rich, dirt-like organic material that remains after wastewater is treated. By using biosolids as the energy source, every community has the starting material to produce clean, affordable, renewable energy.

As we face the challenges of climate change, multiple renewable solutions are needed to replace the energy we currently generate from fossil fuels. The EEB biofuel complements other types of renewable energy, such as solar and wind, by producing energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, because EEB can blend up to 20% with gasoline and diesel or be burned cleanly for electricity, it integrates with our existing energy infrastructure.

EEB is backed by 5 years of research and development, including grants from the National Science Foundation and the California Energy Commission.

The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will allow Vitruvian Energy to build a pilot EEB production facility, use EEB-infused diesel to power a vehicle, and demonstrate the economic and technical value of EEB in real-world conditions. As a licensed Washington State Social Purpose Corporation with a triple-bottom-line approach, Vitruvian Energy is committed to bringing this renewable energy breakthrough to communities everywhere.

Indiegogo page:

Vitruvian Energy website:

Sensor Device Takes the Guesswork Out of Tracking Your Valuables

FYI sensors, which inform you when things move, get wet, or get too hot or cold, launches Indiegogo campaign.

PORTLAND, Ore. (November 18, 2014)FYI Devices announces a product that keeps personal belongings safe by keeping you informed when something unexpected happens. FYI sensors, which became available for pre-order on Indiegogo for 45 days beginning Tuesday, November 18th, are designed around the simple idea of sending immediate notifications to people when something they care about moves, gets wet or goes above or below set temperature parameters.

“We designed FYI sensors to give you essential but basic information about the things you care about,” explains Jon Maroney, FYI Devices co-founder. “With a series of FYI sensors placed on doors, windows, basement floors and under sinks, one can easily create a personal home security system at a fraction of the cost of alarm equipment and with no monthly fees.”

Whether for a primary residence, vacation home or vehicle, FYI Devices provides a versatile security system without the monthly monitoring fees. Sensors are turned on and off from a users phone and alerts are sent when something changes so they can respond immediately. The system is based on common Internet of Things (IoT) standards and has a range of up to 150 meters (over 3 times standard WiFi range), providing a much larger coverage area and greater reliability than BlueTooth or WiFi.

The standard FYI Devices Starter Kit comes with a base station that is connected to an Internet router, 3 multi-purpose sensors and an app for iPhone and Android OS devices. Up to 100 additional sensors can be added to an installation. If a door opens, the user receives a text message saying “FYI – your back door moved.”

FYI Devices was formed by a team of entrepreneurs, engineers and product designers who have designed and launched successful products for companies such as Nike, 38 Zeros, Handmark, FreeRange, StoryCode, Logitech, HP and Dell.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch the campaign to fund this innovative security device,” says Maroney. “With growing consumer interest in accessing updates on your home and valuables when you’re away, FYI sensors are a reliable, easy-to-set-up solution to prevent damage to personal belongings in a way that has never been available before.”

For more information and to follow updates, follow FYI Devices on Twitter and Facebook.

About FYI Devices

FYI Devices creates sensors that track and send mobile alerts about motion, liquid accumulation, and temperature changes in your primary residence, vacation rental or vehicle. FYI Devices’ proven technology provides versatile and easy entry into element alert systems without the expense or infrastructure of a hard-wired system. FYI sensors are available for pre-order Tuesday, November 18th, 2014. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit, and find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Giving Back:

FYI Devices has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East by donating 2% of the funds raised from the Indiegogo campaign. Habitat is one of the only organizations that offers homeownership opportunities to hardworking families making as little as $20,800 (for a family of four). This is done through a hand-up, not handout model in which homeowners help to build and then buy their home from Habitat. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity please visit

Delightful Video Lesson Uses Animation and Music to Teach Children the Alphabet

Children around the world are the same in many respects; they often don’t want to learn and would prefer to be entertained. The new video “Sunny, Funny ABC’s” uses captivating stop-motion animation along with singing and dancing characters to help young children quickly grasp the fundamentals of the English alphabet. The film has some of the most delightful characters that will immediately entrance kids, like Awesome Beetle, Royal Spider and Yellow Zebra. These colorful and humorous characters will help keep the attention of young viewers while imparting the basics about the alphabet.

Created by Indra Sproge, “Sunny, Funny ABC’s” is a three minute video that uses plasticine figures in stop-motion animation. Each character and environment is carefully created by hand and manipulated frame by frame to produce the illusion of action. This is an extremely time and labor intensive form of animation, but has proven to be especially effective in maintaining the interest of young viewers. Indra and her team are close to completing “Sunny, Funny ABC’s”, but still require assistance from the public to finish this project.

In order to complete “Sunny, Funny ABC’s”, the production team will need $22,000. These funds will help hire animators and digital designers who will add the final touches to the film. In return for supporting this project, you may receive perks like video downloads, invitation to the Opening Party, a “Sunny, Funny ABC’s” book, film credits, a personalized character in the film, or a dinner with the team. To learn more about “Sunny, Funny ABC’s” or to make a financial contribution to this important project, please visit

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DLYTE ™ and Toys for Tots Announce Holiday “For-Not-A-Penny-More™” Campaign

The Toys for Tots “For-Not-a-Penny-More™” Campaign Empowers Consumers and Corporations to Raise Funds for Additional Toys by Directing Planned Holiday Spending through the DLYTE’s Trusted Brands™

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 12, 2014DLYTE™ is launching its breakthrough “For-Not-A-Penny-More™” campaign (social media hash tag – #4napm), with a 90-day fundraising effort for individuals and corporations who are seeking innovative ways to benefit Toys for Tots during this Holiday Season.

DLYTE™’s “For-Not-A-Penny-More™” campaign framework allows Toys for Tots to leverage DLYTE™’s proprietary, customizable fundraising toolset which includes: DLYTE’s™ website, a custom landing page, email blasts, social media and embedded video. The campaign encourages consumers and corporations to benefit Toys for Tots by directing their discretionary spending through DLYTE™’s brand partner’s gift cards, thereby a meaningful percentage of the card’s face value will be donated to the organization without spending a penny more than the card’s face value.

Dlyte’s “For-Not-A-Penny-More”: Toys For Tots from on Vimeo.

“This “For-Not-A-Penny-More™” campaign for Toys for Tots will allow individuals and organizations who are doing all they can to ‘do even more’ “for-not-a-penny-more’ this Holiday season”, says DLYTE™ CEO Barry Shore. “We believe that there is no organization more deserving than Toys for Tots. Our “For-Not-A-Penny-More™” campaign unlocks revenue previously unavailable during the Holiday season. Our goal is to enable the millions of people who participate in toy drives to literally add an additional 1,000,000 toys to the Toys for Tots toy drive this year by simply using DLYTE’S Trusted Brands™ gift cards without spending a penny more than they already planned to spend this Holiday season,” continued Shore. “We are very pleased to welcome DLYTE’S Trusted Brands as a new national corporate sponsor of the Marine Toys for Tots Campaign,” said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation ” With their generous support through the “For-Not-A-Penny-More campaign, we will be able to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of many less fortunate children, who otherwise might be forgotten this year.”

DLYTE™’s Trusted Brands include, but are not limited to:.,, Applebee’s International, Inc., Albertson’s, American Airlines, 1-800-Flowers.Com, Inc, Barnes & Noble, Inc., Bass Pro Shops, Brookstone, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Cabela’s Incorporated, Caribou Coffee, Chart House Restaurant, Champs Sports, Chili’s, Crutchfield, Cvs Pharmacy, Domino’s Pizza, Foot Locker Retail, Inc., Gander Mountain Sports, Gamestop, Gap, Gilt Groupe, Groupon, Inc., Golfsmith, Inc., Home Depot, iTunes, J. C. Penney Company, Inc., Kmart, L L Bean, Marshalls, Mccormick &, Schmicks Seafood & Steaks, Morton’s Steakhouse, Old Navy, Omaha Steaks, Overstock.Com, Inc., Overton’s, Panera Bread Inc., Papa John’s, QVC, Rainforest Café, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., Regal Cinemas, Staples, Inc., Sephora Usa, Inc., Sports Authority, Starbucks, Texas Roadhouse, TGI Fridays, The Gap, Tom Thumb, TJ Maxx, Walmart and Xbox. DLYTE™ brand partners are continuously being added to further expand consumer options and fundraising efforts.

About DLYTE™:

DLYTE™ Trusted Brands is an online company based in Los Angeles, California and specializes in gift card sales, awards and redemptions. DLYTE™ delivers on 3 enticing promises [SHOP.GIVE.WIN.] via a methodology entitled “The Gamification Of Loyalty™. DLYTE™ delivers on its promise: (1) Shop: Top brands consumers know and trust to their fingertips, saving time and making them money in the form of cash-backed redeemable points. (2) Give: Empowers individuals, groups and organizations to donate a meaningful percentage of each transaction to the cause or non-profit of their choice. (3) Win: DLYTE™ randomly award gifts and prizes to its community, just by being registered. Consumers and Brand Partners experience DLYTE’s™ “wow” as consumers pay and receive full face value for gift cards and get more for their discretionary dollar.

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Social Entrepreneur Develops App With ‘Win, Win, Win’

Social entrepreneur Kyle Thomas and his team have developed an app called Adora to deliver advertising to the lock screen of your phone with proceeds going to a charity of your choice. Adora is about a client of the Your Mark on the World Center.

Kyle noted, “Adora is a win, win, win, – a win for advertisers, a win for charities, and a win for that app users.”

Explaining the potential impact, Kyle said, “Doing good doesn’t have to always be a grand gesture. Add up many small good deeds and you can have an amazing impact.”

“Advertising can mean something, giving users a choice in the advertising they see can play a huge part in reaching an individual in ways they actually want to be reached, and it creates more value for the advertiser. The fact that our app does good is an amazing benefit to this process; the more valuable an app user is to an advertiser the more we can all donate to a cause,” Kyle concluded.

On November 25, 2014, Adora will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to promote the new app.

On Thursday, November 20, 2014 at  7:00 PM Eastern, Kyle will join me for a live discussion about the new app and the upcoming Indiegogo campaign.

You can download an audio podcast here or subscribe via iTunes.

More about Adora:

Adora is an app focused on helping users do good through taking control of their mobile advertising experience. For the first time users are able to have a say in where some of the ad revenue they generate goes – to a cause of their choice.

Kyle Thomas

Kyle Thomas

Kyle’s bio:

Kyle is a serial entrepreneur who loves the challenge of taking an idea and making it real and profitable. Adora is his 6th venture and he is excited to finally have the opportunity to really make a difference in the world, and that drives him like no other opportunity has before.

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Devin D. Thorpe

The Best and Worst States in America for Crowdfunding

The Best and Worst States in America for Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding lives and dies with the willingness of the crowd. Ergo, if you are looking to raise money for your startup with crowdfunding in the U.S., you are going to have the best chance of success in Washington, D.C. And you are probably going to have the hardest time in Mississippi.

That’s according to a new report on crowdfunding by The Crowdfunding Centre, a London-based industry data analysis firm and Crowdfund Capital Advisors, a U.S.-based, for-profit advisory organization.

The ranking — known as the JOBSIMPACT Small Business Crowdfunding Index 2014 — explores the best and worst areas in the U.S. for crowdfunding and offers an analysis of how many jobs are generated in each locale. The ranking relies on 40 different metrics, including new project/company starts, total number of projects/companies, percent of fully funded projects/companies, average amount raised and total amount raised.

The Roddenberry Foundation Supports Children’s Literacy through the Global Learning XPRIZE Crowdfunding Campaign

XPRIZE Adds Stretch Goal to Continue Momentum and Boost Target Funds

Today, The Roddenberry Foundation announced a $100,000 contribution to the Global Learning XPRIZE crowdfunding campaign to support the development of technology that will bring literacy to hundreds of millions of children.

The XPRIZE Foundation recently launched the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, challenging teams from around the world to develop open source software to enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing, and arithmetic in a period of 18 months.

Simultaneously, an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign was announced to raise $500,000 to expand the testing and to create a global community that will participate in and contribute to the success of the prize. The Roddenberry Foundation hopes that their $100,000 contribution to the campaign will inspire public engagement in the project and further Gene Roddenberry’s utopian vision for the future through improved universal access to high-quality education.

Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, President of The Roddenberry Foundation said, “We are passionate about every child having essential literacy skills and strongly believe in the power of the Global Learning XPRIZE. This innovative crowdfunding campaign provides a great opportunity for people all over the world to lend their support to this valuable effort and we are proud to join them by making this contribution.”

With this contribution, the XPRIZE Foundation has also announced a $750,000 stretch goal for the campaign, to bring the technology to even more kids in more parts of the world, and put further community collaboration tooling and infrastructure in place to build this global movement. To learn more, and to support the crowdfunding campaign, please visit – Crowdfunding Industry Spotlight #20: Charles Sidman – Crowdfunding Industry Spotlight #20: Charles Sidman

charles-sidman is the business network for crowdfunding professionals. Connect and collaborate with industry professionals, share information and grow your business. Editor’s Note: Each week I put a crowdfunding industry thought leader in the spotlight and ask them ten questions to inspire and educate. Charles Sidman, the president of the Crowdfunding Professional Association, shares his insights this week…

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