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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: June 2015

BankRoll Web Site Launches To Help Companies Raise Millions Online With New Mini-IPO Law “Regulation A+”

Kendall Almerico, who Forbes called “one of the top Regulation A+ attorneys in the country” launches BankRoll on June 19, the first day the revolutionary law goes into effect.

On June 19, 2015, it becomes legal for small businesses to raise up to $50 million by conducting an online Mini- IPO under a revolutionary new law referred to as “Regulation A+.” On that same date, Kendall Almerico, the leading Regulation A+ attorney in the country and an outspoken proponent of the law, will launch BankRoll (www.BankRoll.Ventures ) a web site that allows startup and emerging companies to raise million in new capital from “the crowd” online. Almerico was among the first to file paperwork with the SEC, allowing his clients to launch a Mini-IPO on BankRoll, once the SEC completes a review process of the filings.

“I am excited to launch BankRoll and to finally be able to help small companies raise millions in new capital using the new Regulation A+ Mini-IPO,” Almerico said. “I’ve been waiting for this day for more than three years.”

Regulation A+ is part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), a bipartisan bill signed into law in April 2012, with President Obama calling the law “a potential game- changer” for startups and a law that will “remove barriers” for small businesses by providing broader access to capital and investors. After three years of review, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently finalized rules to allow small companies to use “Regulation A+” to affordably conduct a Mini-IPO where up to $50 million in new capital can be raised online through web sites like BankRoll.

Almerico, who was called “one of the top Regulation A+ attorneys in the country” in a recent Forbes article, will be using BankRoll and the new law to “test the waters” or gauge interest in a Mini-IPO for a high-profile client at launch. Almerico’s client StarShop is a new e- commerce venture where celebrities ranging from entertainment stars Paula Abdul and Rhianna to sports icon Peyton Manning appear in short, viral videos promoting celebrity owned or endorsed products. The StarShop mobile app and web site launched June 3, 2015 to much fanfare when it appeared in People, Us Weekly, E Online, the New York Post and numerous other media outlets. While Almerico and StarShop await approval from the SEC to launch the Mini-IPO, the public can learn more about the possible investment in StarShop on the BankRoll web site.

“StarShop is excited to use the new Mini- IPO law to give their fans a chance to invest in their company,” Almerico said. “Before Regulation A+, unless you were rich or well-connected to Wall Street, most people couldn’t invest in companies at this early stage.”

About Kendall Almerico

Kendall Almerico was the top ranked practicing attorney on VentureBeat’s list of the 20 most influential crowdfunding thought leaders in the world. Kendall is a subject matter expert who has been interviewed and had his crowdfunding businesses featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Business Insider and on CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC and NBC. Kendall is a regular crowdfunding and JOBS Act columnist for Entrepreneur.com and an international keynote speaker. Kendall practices law with the prestigious law firm of DiMuro Ginsberg in the Washington DC area.

About BankRoll

BankRoll (www.BankRoll.Ventures ) is the premier Regulation A+ and Mini-IPO website and will assist companies with raising millions of dollars using the game- changing new JOBS Act laws. Founder Kendall Almerico created BankRoll to give “the crowd” access to investments in startups and young companies that, before the new law, were only available to wealthy investors or those with Wall Street connections. BankRoll not only assists companies raising capital online through Regulation A+ Mini-IPOs, but also through private placements and other online means of new capital access. A registered broker-dealer that is a member of FINRA conducts all securities-related activity on BankRoll. BankRoll is operated by BankRoll Ventures, LLC, which is not a registered broker-dealer, and does not give investment advice.

Mindfull Crowd Launches Hybrid VC/Crowd-based Investment Platform ­ Funding Disruptive Health Tech Companies and Allowing Investors to Share in Profits and the Greater Good

30-Year VC Tech Veteran Sourcing Investment Opportunities Previously Only Accessible to Silicon Valley Insiders

First Investment Opportunity is Muse, InteraXon¹s Brain Sensing Platform

Belvedere, CA ‹ June 16, 2015Mindfull Crowd, a new equity-based hybrid VC/Crowdfunding platform that enables the public to join forces with top tier VCs to invest in the world¹s most innovative health-focused companies, launches today with an investment opportunity in Muse, the leading brain fitness platform.

The Mindfull Crowd offers accredited investors the opportunity to directly invest in disruptive, advanced technology companies making a positive impact by improving our health, environment, and lifestyles. This is the first time a venture fund will open its curated investment flow to the public by means of a crowdfunding platform.

Mindfull Crowd is the brainchild of Stuart Rudick, a 30-year investment industry veteran whose ability to identify emerging market trends has allowed him to invest in a series of first mover market leaders, including Earthlink, one of the first Internet service providers. His leading role as an early investor in some of the most innovative companies of the past three decades gives investors in Mindfull Crowd access to a unique and exclusive deal flow, usually open only to select VC firms. Mindfull¹s best in class due diligence process ensures that potential investors benefit from the professional investment experience and proven track record of the Mindfull team.

Several factors differentiate Mindfull Crowd from other crowdfunding platforms. Most importantly, Mindfull Crowd is an investment platform, not merely a marketing platform, which has ³skin in the game² and has invested its own capital through Mindfull Ventures Fund in the companies offered to the public. The platform focuses exclusively on offering the most innovative health technologies shaping our future and enhancing our lives.

As Mindfull Ventures sources and validates compelling investment opportunities, it will offer these companies to the Mindfull Crowd, allowing Crowd investors the ability to participate on the same terms as elite VC funding rounds. This unique symmetry offers unprecedented opportunities for crowd investors to achieve outsized gains from their investment, just like a VC.

MUSE BRAIN SENSING PLATFORM

For its initial launch, Mindfull Crowd is offering an investment in Muse, the leading platform bringing meditation and brain fitness into our daily lives. Muse is a brain-sensing tool that helps people do more with their minds, reduce stress and improve brain cognition. Muse deploys medical grade EEG technology to detect and record brain signals, as a heart monitor senses heart rhythms, giving valuable real-time feedback in as little as three minutes a day.

InteraXon, the parent company of Muse, recently raised $10 million in their Series B offering, in which Mindfull Ventures invested. ³We are honored to be the first firm chosen by Mindfull Crowd,² said Ariel Garten, Co-Founder and CEO of Muse. ³We believe Mindfull will help us bring in investors who aren¹t just customers, but actually share our vision of helping people to live happier, healthier and more connected lives with brain-sensing technologies and experiences and will help evangelize this to the public.²

Muse is being deployed in brain research at Mayo Clinic, MIT, Berkeley, UCLA, and more than 40 leading health institutions across North America. ³The advancement of new technology is about to unleash radical transformation of all areas relating to health: the health of our bodies, the environment and our lifestyles,² said Stuart Rudick, founder of Mindfull Crowd. ³The companies Mindfull is funding, like Muse, curate proprietary technology to drive major changes in the way we live, act, and think. Right now we see a perfect storm of brains and technology coming together creating an unprecedented opportunity to address and solve some of our world¹s most vexing problems. A new age of fearless entrepreneurs is rising to solve these challenges, and Mindfull Crowd is providing the financial resources and expertise they need to enhance their long-term success and offer investors exceptional returns.²

ABOUT MINDFULL CROWD

Based in Marin County, CA, and founded by Stuart Rudick, Mindfull Crowd is an equity based crowdfunding platform investing in the new breed of entrepreneurs creating disruptive, breakthrough companies that positively impact our health, our environment, and our healthy lifestyles. The Mindfull Team sources and funds one-of-a-kind companies, providing investors a compelling opportunity to generate outsized returns. Mindfull is the go-to platform for companies and founders seeking a partner that will enhance and accelerate their financial success while being aligned with their values and purpose. To learn more and access Mindfull Crowd¹s offerings, please join us at www.mindfullcrowd.com.

ABOUT MINDFULL VENTURES

Based in Marin County, Mindfull Ventures Fund was founded by Stuart Rudick with the purpose and passion to provide venture funding to leading edge companies solving our world’s greatest health challenges while providing investors top performing returns. To learn more about Mindfull Ventures, please go to www.mindfullinvestors.com.

New Research Study Establishes 30 Day Crowdfunding Bootcamp for Rare Diseases

Washington D.C., June 16, 2015 – Rare Genomics Institute (RG) today announced a 30-day Crowdfunding Bootcamp to help rare disease patients raise funds for high-end exome sequencing to pinpoint the cause of their disease and map possible treatments. The training session is an integral part of Amplify Hope, a new RG program that navigates patients and their families through the emerging fundraising opportunities. The project, funded by the Templeton Foundation, is free for the participants.

“Rare Genomics Institute has helped many affected families by putting them in touch with the World’s top rare disease and genomics specialists,” said Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS, President of the Rare Genomics Institute. “However, expert opinion is sometimes not enough: proper diagnosis requires sophisticated genome sequencing and other research, often on the brink of human knowledge. The reality is that such projects are very costly. That is why, in addition to global scientific expertise, we will be involving top fundraising experts and provide hands-on coaching that was not possible before. I am excited to see how the Amplify Hope Initiative will help families raise much-needed funds to uncover the cause of their child’s illness.”

The program will train families how to understand available fundraising platforms, plot campaigns, reach out to their networks, and leverage social media more effectively with eye-catching images and videos. World’s top fundraising experts will be conducting free webinars and offering remote support to showcase most effective email templates and messaging strategies.

Scientific partners on this project include two life sciences technology leaders: Ambry Genetics and Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratories. Crowdfunding partners include three leading industry pioneers: CrowdRise, Indiegogo Life and YouCaring. Communications software for the project is provided by xTeros.

For more information about the Amplify Hope Initiative and to apply, please visit http://amplifyhope.raregenomics.org/

About Rare Genomics Institute

Rare Genomics Institute is an international 501(c) 3 non-profit that makes cutting edge research technologies of genome sequencing, physicians and scientists around the world accessible to rare disease patients. Rare Genomics helps families source, design and fund personalized research projects for diseases not otherwise studied helping rare disease patients find hope for a cure. By providing an expert network and an online crowdfunding mechanism Rare Genomics works alongside patients and their families, providing them with the necessary tools, knowledge, and connections so that they can better understand the cause of their disease.

For further information on Rare Genomics Institute, please visit http://www.raregenomics.org.

A Short Film by Award-winning Filmmaker About Veterans and PTSD

Following the completion of his 2nd feature film, “Behind the Mirror”, a psychological thriller made for Sampsonic Media, which premiers June 19th at the Manhattan Film Festival – New York based producer / director Minos Papas has announced immediate plans for a new short film: “TANGO ON THE BALCONY”. The Rocket Hub Crowdfunding campaign has begun, having raised over $11,000 in the initial stage: http://rkthb.co/57550

“TANGO ON THE BALCONY” is a narrative short film about Johnny, an Iraq War Veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress (PTSD) and the transition to civilian life. Johnny is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia, and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat. “TANGO ON THE BALCONY” will be approximately 15 minutes long, intended for international film festival release.

Minos Papas has been researching post traumatic stress for the last three years in preparation for the production of this short, as well as a feature film on the same subject: “The Divide” (working title – screenplay currently in development). Papas has worked closely with Michael Day, a Veteran Marine, writer and filmmaker, to develop “Tango on the Balcony” and “The Divide”. He has also been actively involved with the Patton Veterans Project’s I WAS THERE film workshops for Veterans and military families coping with service-related stress. As an instructor in the workshop, Papas had the opportunity to work closely with Veterans and service members coping with transition and post-traumatic stress. Most recently, Papas participated in a filmmaking workshop at Fort Drum.

Papas says: “Unlike other films of the war fatigue genre, “TANGO ON THE BALCONY” seeks to avoid cliché representations of Veterans, and portray some of the real issues faced by those transitioning to civilian life. My personal goal is to create a film that will be authentic and as close to the Veteran experience of transition as possible in order to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress. This is a non-political agenda, being neither for or against the wars, but more of a call for aware-ness of the epidemic of PTS challenges faced by Veterans that civilians need to wake up to. The film will also touch on the losses of the Iraqi people. This is one of the most important stories of our time.”

Papas and Day have launched a 30 day crowdfunding campaign on ROCKET HUB, for the duration of June, 2015: PTSD Awareness Month. The goal is to complete the film by the end of the year and submit to the festival circuit. The production will attempt to involve Veterans and service members as cast and/or crew wherever possible. During the campaign Cyprian Films, New York has been releasing daily Infographics, links to articles and statistics on the challenges faced by Veterans. Public Script Readings are being held at a variety of venues during the campaign. The campaign has been covered by international media in the UK, Israel and Cyprus, and has raised over $11,000 so far.

Film Featuring Veterans Seeks To Help Those With PTSD

Minos Papas, producer at Cyprian Films, New York, LLC is raising money on RocketHub to fund the production of “Tango on the Balcony,” a film about veterans. Recently, we connected with him to learn about the effort; here’s what he told us.

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

“Tango on the Balcony” is a film about Veterans, but not only for Veterans. Our intention is that Veterans and their families may recognize the symptoms of PTSD in the film, and possibly seek help or advice. Moreover, we hope that through the subjective power of narrative film, civilian audiences may understand the challenges faced by many Veterans in transition to civilian life. My personal goal is to create a film that will be authentic and as close to the Veteran experience of transition as possible in order to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress. This is a non-political agenda, being neither for or against the wars, but more of a call for awareness of the epidemic of PTSD challenges faced by Veterans that civilians need to wake up to. The film will also touch on the losses of the Iraqi people. This is one of the most important stories of our time.

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How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

Our goal is to raise $50,000 in order to produce a film with high production values. We will invest in set building, cast and crew, post production audio and special effects to effectively portray the symptoms of PTSD. We also would like to hire Veterans wherever possible who are either already working in the field of independent film, or wish to enter it with an apprenticeship. We have raised over $11,000 so far.

“Tango” RocketHub Fundraiser Video from Minos Papas on Vimeo.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We want to help Veterans and their families recognize PTSD, and find a therapeutic way to identify with the main character in the film. Storytelling through film can be therapeutic, and we hope to introduce the real challenges of PTSD into our cultural vocabulary. We also want to spread awareness on PTSD that may inform civilians who may have prejudices or misconceptions of what PTSD may be.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

We are offering on screen credits, invitations to script readings, behind the scenes access, chapbooks of the script and full color books of our info graphic. Info graphics are being released daily on our social media sites and are comprised of our original photography by producers, veteran Michael Day and director Minos Papas, and statistics and facts about PTSD, TBI and other challenges Veterans face. We are also going to be offering a special item for a high contributor – a unique piece of art made by a Veteran of the combatpaper.org Workshop, made from materials that were once their uniform.

Check out the campaign:
Visit the website.
Follow on Twitter at @cyprianfilms

23-Year-Old Student Denied Coverage For His Cancer Treatment Will Receive First Treatment Thanks To Funds Raised By His Community On Crowdrise But There Is Still A Ways To Go.

Manny Alvarez, 23, was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma. A cancer that, according to his doctors, is more rare than being struck by lightening. There is hope, however, for young Manny. In Manny’s treatment, a large tumor was removed in his knee. His doctors then analyzed his tumor and discovered a new combination of drugs that knocked out the cancer cells. The only hitch, is that his insurance company, Florida Blue, denied coverage for the treatment which costs over $266,000 for only the first two cycles.

In light of this news, Manny’s community took to CrowdRise to help him raise the funds necessary to cover this treatment. In just a short amount of time they have raised over $130,000 and are nearly 40% at their goal. As a result, Manny is able to start his first round of treatment. His family released the following statement:

In response to the incredible outpour of support we have received from our community, family and friends, Manny can start his first treatment. Because Manny’s treatment will likely require more than two cycles, our efforts to raise funds will continue. We are in awe of the generosity that has been bestowed on us in the last couple days. Thank you so much for the continued prayers and support.

In spite of everything, Manny remains positive, telling NBC Miami overcome it, I’m still running.

For more information or to donate to his care, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/mannyalvarezfromheartbreaktohope

In Under 60 days, Crowdfunding Sites Raise Over $20 Million for Nepal Relief

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

The tragic earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015 has spawned an unprecedented amount of charitable crowdfunding across the internet. Reaching out to my network of players in the crowdfunding space, I learned that over $20 million has already been raised on crowdfunding sites for Nepal relief efforts.

CrowdRise reports the most money raised for Nepal with “over $6 million raised”

Robert Wolfe, CEO and co-founder of CrowdRise, said, “The way the CrowdRise community responded to the earthquake in Nepal was amazing and even overwhelming. We built CrowdRise to enable individuals and causes to really easily engage their personal networks to help drive impact. We continue to be in awe of the way that everyone’s passion and energy can turn into such positive outcomes especially in the midst of extraordinarily dire circumstances.”

GoFundMe reported a nearly identical amount (having reported in a few days earlier, GoFundMe’s total may actually top CrowdRise’s reported numbers) with $5,927,022 as of June 5, 2015.

GoFundMe’s Media Director Kelsea Little, said, “GoFundMe is happy to be able to provide a platform that allows those in need to receive help quickly. Our thoughts are with Nepal during this incredibly difficult time.” She adds, “Additionally, GoFundMe donated its 5% fee from a portion of Nepal earthquake campaigns back to relief efforts – over $200K has been donated by GoFundMe to AmeriCares, who have been providing on-the-ground support in Nepal since the first days following the disaster.”

GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding site focused on international nonprofits, reports that it has helped 77 nonprofits raise $4,231,060.72 for Nepal relief.

Britt Lake, Senior Director of Programs, said, “GlobalGiving has been partnering with nonprofits in Nepal for over a decade. Prior to the earthquake on April 25th, GlobalGiving had raised more than $1.3 million for more than 100 vetted projects in Nepal. We have long-term relationships with these Nepali nonprofits and a high degree of confidence in the quality of their work. After the earthquake, we were able to raise funds on behalf of these organizations and disburse much-needed immediate relief funds to the ground in under a week.” She adds, “Since April 25th, individuals and companies from more than 111 countries have given more than $4.2 million to GlobalGiving’s Nepal Fund and to campaigns created by more than 70 organizations on the GlobalGiving site.”

Crowdfunding powerhouse Indiegogo reports that over $3 million has been raised on the platform for Nepal.

Breanna DiGammarino reports, “It was incredibly inspiring to see the way personal fundraising was able to turn the world’s sympathy for Nepal earthquake victims into meaningful contributions to relief efforts. From helping single families rebuild their homes, to supporting established nonprofits working in the affected area, personal fundraising platforms like Indiegogo Life empower passionate individuals to have a major impact in a time of crisis.”

Razoo reports having raised over $802,000 for Nepal earthquake relief.

Tom Matthews, Razoo’s CEO, said, ““Razoo.com is focused on providing effective crowdfunding technology to empower individuals to change the world, one donation at a time. Nepal’s devastating natural disaster inspired hundreds of individuals to take action both on the ground and online to support disaster relief initiatives.”

“Razoo is continually moved by the generosity and impact each individual has made on our platform. We have highlighted Nepal fundraising campaigns in our communications and social media to help inspire others to raise funds and awareness for disaster relief. It is Razoo’s goal to continue providing crowdfunding technology that changes the world and supports philanthropy on a global scale,” Matthews concluded.

Fundly reports having raised $267,000 for Nepal.

Mark Feinberg, President, said, “One of the greatest benefits of crowdfunding is the ability to organize a swift response during the most urgent of times, and that’s exactly what happened after the Nepal earthquake. As images of the devastation were being broadcast around the world, organizations with boots on the ground, along with their supporters, were able to identify the critical needs and quickly create targeted donation pages. It’s remarkable to see a community of fundraisers take shape within a matter of hours. Now, through our social media pages, we’re already seeing some success stories coming out of those fundraising campaigns.”

Teespring reports having raised over $75,000 for Nepal Earthquake relief.

Walker Williams, Co-Founder & CEO, said, “It’s been both inspiring and humbling to watch the community rally to raise money for Nepal through Teespring. Our mission is to remove the barriers to bringing great ideas to life, and its especially rewarding for us to see people use our platform to raise awareness and support charitable causes around the world.”

Brasil-based Kickante report having raised about $58,000 for Nepal relief.

Candice Pascoal, Kickante co-founder, says, “We feel great. We have run a very successful campaign with Unicef Brasil that we are very proud of. Brazil is a country with already so much local need. And yet, people united forces with us to raise funds to support Nepal in a selfless and fast way.”

DepositAGift reports having raised $10,000 to $15,000 for earthquake relief in Nepal.

Dana Ostomel, CEO and founder of DepositAGift, said, “Any time that the Deposit a Gift platform can be used as a ‘rapid relief mechanism,’ we are thrilled. Our hope is that we built something that makes it easy for the average person to have an online fundraising campaign up in minutes. That’s the beauty of crowdfunding — it puts the power in the hands of regular people to respond to a world crisis in minutes. And for countries like Nepal that open their arms to world travelers, you see how many people want to run their own campaigns and not just be beholden to larger organizations. Many people build relationships while visiting and want to be able to support those individuals in times of need.”

Firelily, a startup focused on disaster relief, reports having raised $1,000 for Nepal earthquake relief.

Tamara Habib, CEO and co-founder, said, “It is humbling that our site is being used to help those suffering from the earthquakes in Nepal. The organizations that are fundraising on our site are on the ground throughout Nepal, partnering with local agencies to provide relief supplies and services. One of these organizations is the Field Innovation Team. They’ve partnered with Women LEAD to teach young women disaster recovery principles to help their communities move forward, ensuring the leadership is in place to rebuild. This is just one example of the incredible work being supported on our site and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Of course, millions more dollars have been raised across platforms that either chose not to respond to my queries or that I neglected to query.

This sampling provides more than adequate evidence that crowdfunding has become a potent player in the nonprofit and disaster relief arena.

Entrepreneur Sets Out To Make Life Good

David J Wudyka, founder of Make Life Good is raising money on Kickstarter to fund the social enterprise’s launch.. Recently, we connected with her to learn about the effort; here’s what she told us.

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

We came up with the idea to created The Make Life Good Company because we believe the world needs to be a better place, especially for people who are suffering in some way, who’s life isn’t good.

The idea for our business began in the fall of 2011 when we realized that millions of Americans were still suffering from the negative effects of the Great Recession of 2008. So many of them lost their jobs, their homes, their businesses, couldn’t afford to feed their families with so many becoming homeless. We thought that if we could all do something to help these people in any way, it would be worth the effort.

That’s when the idea for “Make Life Good!” began. We thought that if we could spread messages that suggest positive good deeds, behaviors and acts of kindness, maybe we could help Make Life Good! for anyone and everyone in our way.

This has evolved into and now become the mission of our start up, which is to remind, encourage and inspire people to Make Life Good! for others through the messages on our apparel and other products we offer.

In addition to our “Make Life Good!” message and logo, which features our trademarked phrase of “Make Life Good!” that includes a graphic of hands reaching up or out (to convey reach out to help someone), we plan to add what we call “secondary messages” in the future. These secondary messages communicate specific actions people can take when they see others wearing or with our products, like “Imagine,” “Make A Difference,” “Give,” “Spread The Word,” “Pay It Forward,” “Teach,” “Stand Up,” “Come Together,” “Adopt,” “Support Our Troops,” “Help The Homeless,” “Make It In America,” “Dance, “Entertain,” “Lead,” among many others.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

  • So far, we have raised almost $2,900, or just about 60 percent, of our goal of $5,000, from 57 backers, through our Kickstarter campaign, which ends on June 21st. So we have about two more weeks to raise the remaining $2,000.
  • We plan to use the funds to fulfill our orders as well as to create more “Make Life Good!” designs that include a few of our secondary messages.
  • We’ve already invested quite a bit of our own money to develop and trademark “Make Life Good!? and create our logo, along with photography, producing our website, and manufacturing some of the products we currently offer in low quantities. If we raise more than our goal, we will develop more design and invest in marketing activities to grow our business.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We are trying to reach everyone because all of us can do something to Make Life Good! for someone else, even if it’s as simple as a smile or a friendly greeting or a bit bigger like helping the homeless or giving to the poor. Specifically, we hope to reach socially conscience people who care about social issues and doing social good. So we view these people in particular, who wear and buy our products, as our ambassadors, urging the people who see our messages to do something that makes life good for others.

It’s really a very simple concept. When one wears, for example, our silicone wristband or t-shirts, they become more aware and mindful of doing good. Specifically, some have even told us that they restrain themselves from being harsh, disrespectful or even a jerk when they wear our products. It makes them think long enough to be kind and patient rather than rude.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

Our rewards include the following:

– $1.00 = a postcard with our logo
– $5.00 = a silicone wristband with “Make Life Good” on the outside and “remind,” “encourage” and ” inspire on the inside of the wristband
– $5.00 = a static window sticker with our logo
– $10.00 = a mousepad with our logo
– $10.00 = an acrylic keychain with our logo
– $10.00 = a sports water bottle with our logo
– $15.00 = ceramic coffee mug with our logo
– $19.00 = tumbler travel mug with our logo
– $23.00 = heather grey t-shirt with our logo in grey
– $29.00 = black or royal blue t-shirt with our logo in three colors
– $49.00 = 8″ x 12″ canvas wall are with our primary message and some of our secondary messages

Check out the campaign:
Visit the website.
Follow on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter at @MakeLifeGood2

Is There Really A Business Named The Make Life Good Company?

WRENTHAM, Mass. (June 7, 2015) Can a company that says it will “make life good®” in its corporate name really do things or make products that make life good? The founders of a new company named The Make Life Good Company, a new social products lifestyle brand, believe they can.

According to David Wudyka, president and a co-founder of the start up, the company’s mission is to remind, encourage and inspire people to make life good for others through the messages on the products it offers. Its products include a variety of apparel and other products that feature the company’s logo, which is comprised of the company’s trademarked phrase “Make Life Good!” and a graphic of hands raised.

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It’s current product line includes t-shirts, a coffee mug, a travel mug, a mousepad, a keychain and canvas wall art.

The Make Life Good Company’s products are currently only available through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign it is running through June 21, 2015 to raise funds for the recently-launched company (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/makelifegood/make-life-good-a-new-social-lifestyle-products-bra?ref=nav_search). The company has already raised more than 50 percent of its $5,000 goal. Once the Kickstarter campaign ends, its products will be available for purchase on the company’s website (http://www.MakeLifeGood.co).

In the future, the company plans to add more apparel items like baseball caps and sweatshirts as well as wrist and neck jewelry and home-related products such as pillows, posters and other wall art.

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“We hope to make a difference and have a a positive impact in people’s lives,” Wudyka states. “So we also hope that the people who see our messages reach out to do something that makes life good for others, It can be anything from simply giving a stranger a smile or a friendly greeting, to helping the homeless or feeding the hungry.”

According to Wudyka, the company plans to introduce products soon with additional secondary messages and designs in combination with “Make Life Good!,” like “Imagine,” “Make A Difference,” “Give,” “Spread The Word,” “Pay It Forward,” “Teach,” “Stand Up,” “Come Together,” “Adopt,” “Support Our Troops,” among many others.

Wudyka adds that all of the company’s messages are targeted not only to the people who support the company’s mission, but also to the people who see its messages. “The people who buy our products are really our ambassadors, helping us urge others to engage in the positive behaviors featured on our products that will benefit the lives of others.”

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The company plans to support organizations that make life good for others and donate a percentage of its profits to these groups. It also plans to manufacture all of its products in the United States to support American jobs and businesses.

The Make Life Good Company is part of a growing movement of companies across the country that incorporate concern for public welfare into private enterprise, called a benefit corporation (AKA B-corporation), rather than focus solely on the profits and shareholder value of a typical corporation. B-corporation is a type of for-profit corporate entity, legislated in 28 states, including Massachusetts, that provides enabling law for socially-conscious entrepreneurs and investors by writing corporate social responsibilities into an enterprise’s architecture.

Herman Film : The True Story Of Romania’s Most Effective Torture Machine In The Infamous Pitesti Experiment

The first feature film about the true story of Romania’s most effective torture machine in the infamous Pitesti Experiment is launching its fundraising campaign. The project team invites people who love cinematography, history and art to contribute for this independent film production: http://igg.me/at/HermanMovie/ .

“Herman – The man behind the terror” is telling the story of a promising young man who, under extreme circumstances, changed into Romania’s most effective torture machine in the infamous Pitesti Experiment during the Communist Regime. It is going to be the first movie about the Pitesti Experiment, about which Alexander Solzhenitsyn said to be “the most terrible act of barbarism in the modern world”!

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The feature film is produced by a crew of twenty five young independent filmmakers, artists and professionals, which developed this project over the course of five years. The initiator of this project is Victoria Baltag, a young director and filmmaker. Victoria finished her MA in Film, History and Television at University of Birmingham, UK in 2011. In 2013 she won the Popular Prize Award at the LSE Research Festival with her documentary film ‘Faith and Flame’(http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/TLC/TLCPhD/LSEResearchFestival/archive/Research-Festival-2013/home.aspx). In 2014 the same movie was selected for the Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival videotheque. Victoria started the development stage of her feature film ‘Herman – The Man Behind the Terror’ in August 2014, after a dedicated archive documentation of 4 years.

‘We successfully ended up the development stage (all that includes documentation, script, cast, locations) and we are ready to continue our path with the feature film production. We need your support for this pre-final stage – to shoot the movie! Then we need to edit it and release it in the worldwide theaters! It is a story that must be known.’’ says Victoria Baltag, the director and producer of the movie.

The shot needs at least $35,000 and the budget is going to be spent on pre-production, production and post-production (fees for cast and crew, equipment renting, travel, accommodation and food for cast and crew, fights choreography, prosthetic and make-up, props, location renting, editing, special effects, festival fees, DCPs – digital cinema packages – for film festivals, consumables, digital storing, public space renting, car renting, festival submission fees, DCPs copies and tens of other costs involved in making a movie.

The fundraising campaign (http://igg.me/at/HermanMovie/) is launched on the biggest on-line fundraising platform in the World: Indiegogo.com and will be visible over 200 countries worldwide.

Cast:

Olimpia Melinte (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3864922/ ),

Ion Caramitru (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0135944/ ),
Axel Mustache (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2420488/ ).

More information at:

www.hermanfilm.com – the official website
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4623752/ – IMDb
https://twitter.com/HermanMovie – Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/HermanTheManBehindTheTerror?fref=ts – Facebook
http://hermanfilm.com/partners/ – Partners

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