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A Small Tibetan Family Needs Your Help to Open a Storefront

A Small Tibetan Family has started a kickstarter campaign to get funding for opening a storefront in the Raleigh area for handcrafted Tibetan beads, pendants and jewelry supplies. Recently I caught up with Tsering L to learn more about the effort; here’s what she told me:

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

I make traditional & modern style Tibetan Jewelry & crafts in Nepal. I am responsible for creating this cottage industry of materials & supplies that are used in my designs & supports many Tibetan & Nepalese artisan families working with us.

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

My goal is to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter to support opening a storefront for my designs. Funds will be used for securing the retail space for approximately 6 months, furnishings, rewards for the backers, commissions & fees,  & anything left over will be used for products.

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

My project helps Tibetan refugee artisans & Nepalese artisans. Most of them have not had any schooling and are only skilled in producing these craft supplies.

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

My rewards are all listed on my Kickstarter project page.

 

Check out the campaign:
Twitter: @TibetanBeadStor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TibetanBeadStore

 

Bobbi Rebell Launches Book With Fully Funded Crowdfunding Campaign for Teachers

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Bobbi Rebell, Reuters financial news television anchor and author of the new book How to Be a Financial Grownup, is launching the book with a fully funded crowdfunding campaign for teachers and students via DonorsChoose. You get to give without giving!

Here’s how it works. 1) You buy a copy of the book. 2) You post about it the purchase on social media including a link to the crowdfunding campaign on DonorsChoose. 3) Send screen grabs of your receipt and your post to Bobbie here. 4) You will receive a gift code for $18 allowing you to back a teacher’s project to benefit students without using any of your own money! (Of course, there are some teachers who are hoping you might add a few bucks of your own.) See complete rules here.

Bobbi wrote her new book to be of help to more than just teachers and their students. As a financial news reporter, she sees a crisis brewing in America.

“We are in an economic crisis because so few of us know the basics about how to manage our financial lives as adults. Americans want to get better at paying attention to—and managing—their money, but with a lack of financial literacy education and information overload thanks to the internet, it has become a daunting and overwhelming task. We need to make financial education accessible, compelling and inviting so we can finally start acting like financial grownups,” she says.

It was important to her that her book be accessible to readers. “I wrote How to Be a Financial Grownup specifically as a book people would actually read. It is fun. At first it even might be mistaken for a personal finance ‘beach read,’ but it is anything but. The advice is serious and specific.”

“The stories are raw, real and, at times, shocking. Most of the early feedback I have received includes an example of how the reader made an immediate change based on the book’s recommendations, and got results. It has already been incredibly gratifying,” she adds.

Getting a new book into the hands of readers is difficult even for a public figure like Bobbi. She says, “The challenge is that there is an overwhelming amount of content out there, and it is tough to break through. I hope that between the incredible stories from inspiring role models, and my own efforts to get the word out, the book will raise awareness.”

She also hopes that the launch can raise real money for DonorsChoose.org. “I also hope it will bolster my efforts to raise money for teachers that have made financial literacy a priority through DonorsChoose.org.” HighTower/Elliot Weissbluth is co-sponsoring the Donors Choose campaign.

DonorsChoose’s founder Charles Best is featured in the book as a role model of financial literacy.

Bobbi says, “I believe the issue of financial literacy is beginning to gain more and more advocates, including several of the role models in my book, among them Tony Robbins, Kevin O’Leary, Amanda Steinberg, Sally Krawcheck, Bob Moritz and of course DonorsChoose.org’s Charles Best.”

Bobbi envisions her book as a key part of the solution to America’s problem with financial illiteracy. “Without a clear understanding of the basics of finance, we cannot improve the economic well-being of millions of Americans. Only 17 states require that high school students take a class in personal finance, according to the Council for Economic Education. How can we expect our young people to be financial grownups if we don’t give them the tools to be successful? How to Be a Financial Grownup is one of those tools,” she concludes.

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 1:00 Eastern, Bobbi will join me here for a live interview to discuss her book and the crowdfunding campaign. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Bobbi Rebell, author of "How to Be a Financial Grownup"

Bobbi Rebell, author of “How to Be a Financial Grownup”

More about How to Be a Financial Grownup:

How to Be a Financial Grownup provides a fresh, new approach to getting readers to pay attention to their money and take action. Just as parents sneak veggies into sweet treats to get their kids the nutrition they need, How to Be a Financial Grownup is designed to draw in readers with can’t-resist stories from incredibly successful Role Models, and then turn their attention to specific solutions readers can use to improve their financial well-being.

Bobbi’s bio:

Twitter: @bobbirebell

Bobbi Rebell is an award-winning journalist and advocate for financial literacy. She currently leads the U.S. business video unit for Reuters, the largest news organization in the world. In that role she anchors business reports, interviews top newsmakers and reports on breaking news. Her work is syndicated globally and seen by millions of viewers on Reuters broadcast and online clients. Bobbi also writes a globally syndicated personal finance column on millennials.

Her work has appeared on hundreds of media outlets including Reuters, Fox, CNBC, CNN, NYTimes.com, WSJ.com, MSN.com, Yahoo Finance, Huffington Post, USA Today, Time.com, Money.com, NYPost.com, PBS, and many more. She began her business news career as an intern at CNN, where she worked with top journalists including Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Stuart Varney. Her first job was at CNBC, after which she went on to work at CNN and Nightly Business Report.

Bobbi has interviewed hundreds of the world’s business leaders, some of whom have contributed to her first book “HOW TO BE A FINANCIAL GROWNUP: Proven advice from High Achievers on How to Live Your Dreams and Have Financial Freedom.” The book uses memorable stories to teach basic financial skills, inspiring readers to take control of their finances, and successfully navigate financial adulthood.

Bobbi is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Certificate in Financial Planning from New York University. She lives in New York City with her husband, their son, her teenage stepkids, and morkie Waffles.

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5th Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention Approaches



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The 5th Annual Global Crowdfunding Convention is coming up on October 15 through 17, 2016 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.

Ruth Hedges, the showrunner for the convention, bills it as the biggest industry event of the year.

Featured speakers will include Slava Rubin, co-founder and CEO of Indiegogo; Lisa Song Sutton, Miss Nevada 2014; Vladimir I. Ivanov, PhD, of the SEC; and, yours truly, Devin Thorpe, among many others.

The speakers will include a number of people profiled on the Your Mark on the World Show, including Ruth, Douglas Ellenoff, Richard Swart, Kendall Almerico, Jilliene Helman, Mary Juetton, Jillian Sidoti, Samuel Guzik, and Howard Leonhardt.

Ruth says, “We bring together a dynamic program featuring exciting breakout sessions, crowdfunding superstars who have raised millions of dollars, office hours with investors and mentors, crowdfunding professional experts, and leading Fintech companies driving the growth of the industry. They will share actionable information and proven strategies on all facets of Reward, Donation,and Equity Crowdfunding. You will not find this anywhere else.”

The crowdfunding industry has been reenergized by the belated implementation of the JOBS Act Title III provisions allowing ordinary investors to participate in startup investing for the first time since the 1933 Act was passed during the Great Depression.

On Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 Eastern, Ruth will join me here for a live discussion about the Global Crowdfunding Convention, the speakers and the events associated with it. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Ruth Hedges, courtesy of the Global Crowdfunding Convention

Ruth Hedges, courtesy of the Global Crowdfunding Convention

More about the Global Crowdfunding Convention:

Twitter: @thegccworld

The Global Crowdfunding Convention (GCC) consistently hand picks the best and the brightest in the field and covers all topics of crowdfunding. Produced by Crowdfunding industry experts, it attracts the world’s business leaders to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues. For more information visit www.thegccworld.com. Follow the hashtag #thegccworld on Twitter for real-time hashtag highlights.

Ruth’s bio:

Ruth E. Hedges is one the world’s foremost authorities on crowdfunding and is one of the original pioneers of the legislation that was ultimately signed into law as the JOBS Act on April 5, 2012. She was honored with an invitation to the White House for its Crowdfunding Champions of Change event. Ruth created and operates the worlds first Global Crowdfunding Convention (GCC) now in entering its 5th year. It is hosted every year in Las Vegas NV.

Ms Hedges is the founder of CrowdfundingCRM.com the industry’s first Marketing Automation CRM and Social media platform built for Crowdfunding and Crowd Financing.

The company aims to fill the void between basic email software and complex and expensive marketing software. Along with an easy to use Crowdfunding Task & Action Plan™-A virtual placeholder,guide and calendar for you to create a step by step crowdfunding plan with timelines for launching and running a successful and compliant campaign.

As an industry expert, Ms Hedges has been interviewed or quoted in over 50 major publications and was selected to teach the first university-level course on securities-based crowdfunding in the nation at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Ms Hedges was also a Founding Board member of the CrowdFund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) and CFPA. ​In 2012 Ms Hedges also launched globalcrowdfundingday.com to help spread the word across the globe.

Previously, Ms. Hedges was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy as well as the New York Times, the LA times and People magazine for her work with Oxfam America and the Hollywood Hunger Banquets.She was featured on ABC’s Home Show, and the Financial News Network produced a two-part series on Ms. Hedges for their show” American Entrepreneur.” She was invited to fill a cabinet seat on the Second Century Campaign board which raised over 16 million dollars to build the new Union Rescue Mission. She is the recipient of the Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for that work.

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This Film Needs your Support to help “HANA: Help a Needy Animal”

The filmmakers want to produce a documentary profiling “HANA, the Help-A-Needy-Animal Fund”. This nonprofit has a mission to prevent euthanasia in pets. They are raising money on Kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Josh Haygood to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

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

I’m a film and television producer in New York city having made two Emmy Award winning television programs as well as many others. I’ve made my career primarily in the documentary space. I love projects with a big heart, such as the feature doc Ride With Larry which we released last year about a man battling Parkinson’s. My father also has this disease, so this was a very personal journey for me and very rewarding to help such a wonderful cause. We’re now working with the Michael J Fox foundation to raise money for research. I feel it’s the highest calling of an artist in any medium to be able to use their voice to help others.

It’s this call to action that’s led to my current project. I was introduced to a wonderful charity in California called HANA – the Help A Needy Animal fund, a 501c(3) non profit that provides life saving veterinary care to animals whose lives hang in the balance, but whose owners lack the financial resources to afford the often high cost of surgery and other procedures necessary to save their animals. The doctors at HANA have spent years treating domestic pets as well as horses and other critical working animals across California and now want to take their expertise to other areas to try and save as many animals as possible.

My idea is to make a film about their incredible work to get the word out to a big audience. As an animal lover myself, I feel this incredible work deserves to be recognized on a national stage. However the bigger hope is that similar to our film about Parkinson’s, which has helped raise money and awareness of that cause, this film will drive donations and support to HANA which can only do its life saving work with continued financial support.

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

We just launched our Kickstarter campaign two days ago, so far it hasn’t been seen very widely, thus my outreach to you. I’m a filmmaker, not a marketing or social media guru. I definitely need help in this area as I believe very much in the cause this film will promote.

The total ask is $75,000 which is about a quarter of what a film of this nature would cost on the open commercial market. I’m calling in every favor I’m owed from the film making community to get it done on a modest budget.

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

I’ll repeat what I wrote on your first page in case that’s not the place to enter this info:

I was introduced to a wonderful charity in California called HANA – the Help A Needy Animal fund, a 501c(3) non profit that provides life saving veterinary care to animals whose lives hang in the balance, but whose owners lack the financial resources to afford the often high cost of surgery and other procedures necessary to save their animals. The doctors at HANA have spent years treating domestic pets as well as horses and other critical working animals across California and now want to take their expertise to other areas to try and save as many animals as possible.

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

We are trying to be as generous as possible in this area. On our Kickstarter campaign backers are offered everything from t-shirts and DVDs at the lower levels up to invites to the LA premier of the film. We are also offering access to a live online backers only premier stream of the film at nearly every support level, which includes a live chat with the film makers. For those looking to be very generous, we are also offering Associate Producer and Executive Producer credits.

As animal lovers ourselves, we believe so much in this cause. We very much hope to have the opportunity to make this film and support what we think is an absolutely wonderful and necessary organization.

Check out the campaign:

How To Do Your Due Diligence Before Investing

Todd Crosland is the CEO and Founder of Seed Equity Ventures, which sponsors GoodCrowd.info.

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Hundreds of millions of Americans who have been statutorily and practically prohibited from investing in startups are now allowed to do just that under two new regulations. The 2012 JOBS Act created new rules for Regulation A offerings and Regulation Crowdfunding. Neither requires investors t o meet a specific net worth or experience requirement. Common sense suggests it is time to ask the expert how to do “due diligence” on a startup investment. Todd Crosland, CEO and Founder of Seed Equity Ventures, offers some advice on conducting proper due diligence. He suggests exploring each of the following questions:

  • Is there at least a minimum viable product or prototype with proof of concept?
    • If possible, you’ll want to use the product. If not, you should at least see it. If there isn’t a working prototype, be sure to ask yourself if you are prepared to invest at such an early stage. The answers to the other questions should be overwhelmingly favorable before investing in what amounts to a business plan.
  • Is there any initial traction with active users?
    • It is possible to have an active community without a product, but generally some type of minimum viable product will have to be in the market to prove the concept in the market. If the product is available and there isn’t an active user community, it may be time to move along.
  • Are there at least two full time team members?
    • Experienced investors have seen this movie before. A lone wolf entrepreneur fails because he can’t share credit, can’t delegate, can’t work well with other people or just thinks he can do it all himself. Look for a solid, committed team before you commit your hard-earned money to the deal.
  • Have any team members successfully founded companies in the past?
    • While many first time entrepreneurs are successful and some who have been successful in the past, miss on subsequent efforts, you improve your odds of making a good investment by finding teams that have been successful before.
  • Was the team able to raise any funds prior to this raise?
    • It is scary for investors to be the first money invested in a company. If there are investors who have invested before, you may also want to know if they are investing with you in the current round. Are they still true believers? As a general rule, you don’t want to invest your money to help a prior investor get paid. Remember, this isn’t your problem until you put your money in.
  • What is the payback period on the investment?
    • Most startup investments are in the form of equity and it may be difficult to determine how long your money may be tied up, but spend some time trying to understand the development cycle, the time required to get the product or service to scale in the market and how an “exit” happens, that is, how you’ll get your money back,
  • Have you calculated when you are expected to see a return on investment?
    • Depending on the cash flow projections, you may get your investment back before you get a return on the investment. Be sure to calculate your expected returns based on realistic projections. Be sure that you are willing to lose all of your investment for the possibility of achieving that return.
  • Is the entrepreneur’s marketing plan realistic?
    • By comparing the projections of the company to actual results for other companies in the same sector you can get a feel for whether the marketing plan is realistic. Investments like Facebook are exceedingly rare; be cautious if an entrepreneur suggests topping their early results.
  • Do you fully understand the industry?
    • Owning and using a mobile phone doesn’t give you the expertise to make investments in mobile technology any more than eating gives you the experience required to run a restaurant. Be sure you either really come up to speed on the industry or find experts who have to advise you.
  • Have you looked closely at the competition?
    • Don’t ever let an entrepreneur tell you there is no competition. This fallacy not only suggests a problem with the business plan, it suggests a problem with the management team. Get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the competition before you invest.
  • How many investors are on the cap table?
    • The “cap table” is the roster of owners, some of whom frequently have special rights that you may or may not be getting with your investment. Be sure you understand not only the number of shareholders but also the rights that each has. Typically, the entrepreneur has common shares that are riskier than the preferred shares the investors receive.
  • How does the entrepreneur plan to use the next round of capital?
    • It is vitally important to understand the company’s planned use of proceeds from the investment. You want to understand exactly what the entrepreneur will do with the money you invest. While thoughtful entrepreneurs will never plan to use the money on fancy cars and bonuses, you want to go deep enough to understand how the money will be used to generate a positive return on investment.
  • What is the startup’s burn rate?
    • The “burn rate” is the pace at which the company is spending money faster than it comes in. Most startups do spend more money than they generate in revenue and often continue to do so for years as they scale up. Be sure to understand not only how much the company is burning now but how long they project burning cash before they reach the break-even point when revenue will match expenses.

Perhaps the most important part of due diligence is to get to know the management team and their capabilities. As you explore these questions with the team, use their feedback to understand their personalities, strengths and weaknesses. You’ll be counting on them to turn your investment into something bigger and better.

Even if you are focused on social impact more than profits, remember that if you lose your money on an investment you can never put it to work again. If you invest well and get your money back with some return, you can reinvest that money in another social venture and have more impact. Be sure to weigh your social impact and financial goals carefully.

On Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 5:00 Eastern, Todd will join me here for a live discussion about conducting due diligence on an investment. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Todd Crosland, Seed Equity Ventures

Todd Crosland, Seed Equity Ventures

Twitter: @getseedequity

Seed Equity Ventures is a registered broker dealer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a member of both FINRA and SIPC, providing investment banking services to startups and growth companies from around the world. Seed Equity believes the best entrepreneurs in the world should be funded, no matter who they are or where they live. Investors throughout the world, should have a voice to choose what the future should look like. They should be able to support entrepreneurs who will build that future. Seed Equity was founded to provide growth equity to entrepreneurs and their startups in exciting industries globally.

Todd’s bio:

Twitter: @ToddCrosland

A seasoned entrepreneur, Mr. Crosland has demonstrated the ability to build successful teams and companies. Mr. Crosland was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Interbank FX, LLC (“IBFX”; www.IBFX.com), from 2001 until he sold the firm in 2011. IBFX was a Futures Commission Merchant and Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer registered with the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission. IBFX was also authorized and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. IBFX was a worldwide leader in retail Forex trading services. IBFX offered individual traders, fund managers and institutional customer’s proprietary technology and tools to trade Forex online. IBFX saw Global customers grow to over 40,000, in more than 140 countries. Annual trading volume reached $750 billion. IBFX had 120 employees and offices in Beijing, China; Seoul, South Korea; Sydney, Australia; Salt Lake City, Utah and London, England. IBFX and Mr. Crosland have received many awards, including: The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and numerous Inc. 500 awards. Mr. Crosland holds a B.A. in Business (Business Finance) from the University of Utah. He also currently holds the following Securities Licenses: Series 7, 24, and 63 and previously held series 3 and 30 Licenses.

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Devin is a journalist, author and crowdfunding speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at DevinThorpe.com!

 

Giving Through Gifting; Support “Packed with Purpose” to Make Positive Change

Packed with Purpose is a specialty gifting company that curates gift boxes comprised of products with a social impact. They are raising money on Indiegogo. Recently I caught up with Leeatt Rothschild to learn more about the effort; here’s what she told me:

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

Packed with Purpose curates gift boxes comprised of products that have a social impact. Each product is produced by a social enterprise or purse-driven company and has a unique contribution to society.  For example, we feature honey produced by formerly incarcerated Chicago residents, who are part of a workforce development program to help them learn job skills, land a full time job, and successfully re-join society.  Other products contribute to positive youth development, or sustainable farming practices.

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

Packed with Purpose aims to raise $30,000 to help cover expenses related to product sourcing, box production, fulfillment, among other things.  Less than 48 hours after launch we are just shy of raising $9,000, and are already at 30% of our funding goal.

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

Packed with Purpose aims to generate social good across diverse individuals and communities in the US. In our first crowdfunded launch box we will be supporting individuals with barriers to employment through workforce development opportunities.  We are also supporting the entrepreneurial and leadership development of urban teens.  Every social enterprise (and individual associated with that organization) benefits from a Packed with Purpose purchase- be it through transitional employment opportunities to break the cycle of poverty or teen leadership development to secure a promising future.

Packed with Purpose Launch Video from Leeatt Rothschild on Vimeo.

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

Rewards vary and include: a Packed with Purpose launch box, which will feature 5 products from social enterprises and socially conscious businesses; a subscription to a seasonal delivery of 4 Packed with Purpose boxes, each a unique curation of products; a fully- funded Bee Hive, in partnership with a Chicago social enterprise that produces honey, and a customized tour of a social enterprise + lunch with Founder, Leeatt Rothschild

Check out the campaign:

Follow on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter at @PackedwPurpose

 

Support The Film to Spread Friendship and Equality

Opening Day is a film about Friendship and Equality. It isn’t just for the LGBTQ community though, it’s for everyone. They are raising money on Indiegogo. Recently I caught up with Dani Cordaro to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

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

We hope to fuel the national conversation around gender inequality, specifically within the transgender community. Many transgender people are faced with hatred, ridicule and disgust when revealing their true selves to their family, friends and communities. The filmmakers of Opening Day believe strongly that no one should be in fear to be themselves. We are living in a vicious reality, one that needs to be changed drastically and quickly. The filmmakers hope to educate, evoke emotion and ignite a campaign about gender inequality in this country and across the world through this short but poignant film.

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

We are hoping to raise $18,000 by August 14th. This amount will cover production costs for Opening Day. We have an amazing cast and crew lined up and excited to create this project! Thus far, we have raised $515. We know a small push, will go far though.

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

We are hoping to be a voice for the transgender community. We want to assist in educating those who may not understand what it is to be transgender and why those who are should be treated no differently than anyone else. We can’t help but be who we are. It’s ridiculous that we are fighting against those who are doing just that. There is far too much hatred in this country and in this world against the transgender community that if we expand an understanding and an appreciation of human decency, we will consider ourselves successful.

Opening Day Indiegogo Promo from T Zhang on Vimeo.

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

$10 USD
Special Thank You
Receive a very SPECIAL THANK YOU on the Opening Day Facebook page.

$25 USD
Digital Download of the Film
A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of Opening Day! + A very special thank you on the Opening Day Facebook page.

$50 USD + Shipping
Signed Film DVD
An OFFICIAL DVD of Opening Day SIGNED by the CAST & CREW!! + A very special thank you and digital download of the film.

$75 USD + Shipping
SIGNED FILM POSTER
An Opening Day Poster (complete with original artwork) SIGNED by the CAST & CREW!! + A very special thank you, digital download of the film, and a signed DVD.

$100 USD + Shipping
SIGNED BASEBALL
A BASEBALL SIGNED by the CAST & CREW! + A very special thank you , digital download and signed DVD of the film.

$250 USD + Shipping
Film Credit
A special ON-SCREEN THANK YOU in the credits of the film. + A very special thank you , digital download, signed DVD, and signed baseball by cast & crew.

$500 USD + Shipping
Cocktails with Cast & Crew
You will enjoy COCKTAILS with film Producer, Michelle Cutolo, Actor/Story By, Sean Rogers, and Head Wardrobe, Pebbles Russell in New York. + A very special thank you , digital download, signed DVD, signed baseball and film credit. (Travel and lodging not included.)

$1000 USD + Shipping
Dinner with Cast & Crew
You and a friend will enjoy DINNER with film Producer, Michelle Cutolo, Actor/Story By, Sean Rogers, and Head Wardrobe, Pebbles Russell in New York! + A very special thank you , digital download, signed DVD, signed baseball and film credit. (Travel and lodging not included.)

$2500 USD + Shipping
Associate Producer Credit
Be a part of the film with an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit. + A very special thank you , digital download, signed DVD, signed baseball and film credit.

$5000 USD + Shipping
Night Out
After DINNER with the CAST & CREW, enjoy TWO HOUSE SEATS to the TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. + A very special thank you, digital download, signed DVD, signed baseball and film credit. (Travel & lodging not included.)

Check out the campaign:

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Follow on Twitter at @openingdayfilm

 

Support the Campaign to Send New Children’s Book to Charities in India

Generation 2050 is a non-profit social enterprise which publishes children’s books to inspire a kinder world.  They are raising money on crowdfunder. Recently I caught up with Nicola Gothard to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

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

We aim to raise enough to money to send 1000 books to four charities in India which will use the books for humane education and literacy programs. Three of the charities -Help Animals India, Tree of Life for Animals and The Welfare of Stray Dog all work directly in animal rescue to reduce cruelty to animals through prevention/education and rescue. The fourth charity KISES work with children who live on a rubbish dump in India and receive no formal schooling.

Reaching our campaign goal would mean so much to the charities benefiting from these books and in turn the children and animals that they help. As well as being fun and educational for the children, we believe this story will inspire them to see street dogs as emotional, individual beings that deserve compassion.

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

We are hoping to raise £1000 to cover the cost of printing and shipping the books to India. We got off to an amazing start raising £700 in the first we but we are struggling to maintain momentum and currently have £730 in the campaign fund.

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

Our project has a multitude of benefactors but ultimately it began through wanting to improve how street dogs are treated in India. The project benefits the charity beneficiaries by enabling them to deliver their humane education outreach work more effectively. It benefits the children they work with by providing them with a fun, educational and inspiring story to learn about empathy and improve their literacy. It also hopefully ultimately benefits the dogs of India when the next generation grows up to treat them with more, empathy and respect.

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

Every book sold will pay for three more to go to India, so you can enjoy a good read and give the child in India the gift too, some of who will never had had a book of their own. We also have lots of other rewards for donations such as beautiful prints and even the chance for an advance copy of our upcoming title on the five needs of animal welfare.

Check out the campaign:

Visit the website.
Follow on Facebook.
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Seed Equity Looks to Streamline Regulation A+ Offerings

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Following the passage of the 2012 JOBS Act, the greatest excitement in the startup finance community was on Title III, which has now been implemented by the SEC as Regulation Crowdfunding. Title IV of the Act, however, is proving to be where the real action is.

The SEC’s implemented the rules for Regulation A+ on June 19. An article by Amy Wan at Crowdfund Insider provides some key statistics about offerings being conducted under the act. 105 offerings were filed, 44 of which were “qualified” by the SEC.

Elio Motors raised almost $17 million earlier this year. Paul Elio joined me twice in the last year to discuss his offering, here and here. The scale of that offering suggests appropriately that Reg A+ offerings are not intended for idea-stage or seed-stage transactions. They may be best seen as a path to an early and more affordable IPO, as the shares of a company that has completed a Reg A+ offering can be listed.

Seed Equity Ventures, a sponsor of our work here at GoodCrowd.info, is a FINRA-registered broker dealer providing investment banking services to early-stage companies. Founder and CEO Todd Crosland has indicated that the firm hopes to make it easier and more affordable for small companies to raise money with a Reg A+ offering.

Todd notes that Seed Equity’s inside legal counsel will work with companies and their legal advisors to ensure complete and affordable regulatory compliance. The firm will help with the company’s offering materials, the closing process and “everything in between,” he says.

Seed Equity has an online investing platform with thousands of investors already signed up. New investors can sign up quickly with their streamlined application process, Todd says.

The Seed Equity platform includes a communications portal so issuers (the companies raising money by issuing shares) can communicate efficiently with interested investors.

The platform also includes a connection to a transfer agent so that seamless records are kept of every shareholder from the first sale of shares.

Seed Equity also takes care of a rafter full of regulatory compliance steps from determining investor suitability, anti-money laundering rules and guidelines for knowing your customer (KYC).

All of the information on the platform is secured with Bank Level Security, according to Todd. The platform includes a secure data room where the issuer’s documents and financial records are stored for review by the investors performing their due diligence.

On Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 3:00 Eastern, Todd will join me here for a live discussion about regulation A+ and how Seed Equity can make completing an offering easier. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Todd Crosland, Seed Equity Ventures

Todd Crosland, Seed Equity Ventures

More about Seed Equity Ventures:

Twitter: @getseedequity

Seed Equity Ventures is a registered broker dealer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a member of both FINRA and SIPC, providing investment banking services to startups and growth companies from around the world. Seed Equity believes the best entrepreneurs in the world should be funded, no matter who they are or where they live. Investors throughout the world, should have a voice to choose what the future should look like. They should be able to support entrepreneurs who will build that future. Seed Equity was founded to provide growth equity to entrepreneurs and their startups in exciting industries globally.

Todd’s bio:

Twitter: @ToddCrosland

A seasoned entrepreneur, Mr. Crosland has demonstrated the ability to build successful teams and companies. Mr. Crosland was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Interbank FX, LLC (“IBFX”; www.IBFX.com), from 2001 until he sold the firm in 2011. IBFX was a Futures Commission Merchant and Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer registered with the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission. IBFX was also authorized and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

IBFX was a worldwide leader in retail Forex trading services. IBFX offered individual traders, fund managers and institutional customer’s proprietary technology and tools to trade Forex online. IBFX saw Global customers grow to over 40,000, in more than 140 countries. Annual trading volume reached $750 billion. IBFX had 120 employees and offices in Beijing, China; Seoul, South Korea; Sydney, Australia; Salt Lake City, Utah and London, England.

IBFX and Mr. Crosland have received many awards, including: The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and numerous Inc. 500 awards.

Mr. Crosland holds a B.A. in Business (Business Finance) from the University of Utah. He also currently holds the following Securities Licenses: Series 7, 24, and 63 and previously held series 3 and 30 Licenses.

Community Builder Tackles Chicago’s South Side Using Crowdfunding

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Bernard Loyd, an MIT-educated activist born on Chicago’s West Side and raised in Liberia, has returned to Chicago to lead the rebuilding of a historically black community.

“Despite being the historic center of Black Chicago, a former cultural and commercial hub of Black America, and located only minutes from downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, Bronzeville is one of the most economically-challenged communities in the United States and a food and jobs ‘desert,'” Bernard says.

With that as motivation, Bernard and his company, Urban Juncture, is out doing something about the problems he sees.

He says, “We are developing a culinary district celebrating unique Black cuisine from around the world in order to provide delicious food for residents, a one-of-a-kind dining destination for visitors, a significant number of locally accessible jobs, and wealth creation opportunities for restaurateurs and investors. We’ve also started development of a companion cultural district highlighting Bronzeville performance arts and hospitality.”

Rebuilding won’t be easy. Money is the biggest constraint on success, he says. “Accessing the capital needed to build culinary enterprises is our most difficult challenge.”

Bernard is raising $100,000 using crowdfunding site Wefunder today. Readers can learn more about the offering here.

The shortage of cash is a result of a complex variety of factors. “Our community was redlined for decades, starting with the federal government, and the after effects of this redlining, along with bad municipal policy, and unintended byproducts of civil rights have created a tremendous resource crunch in Bronzeville and similar communities,” Bernard says.

He acknowledges that the community’s problems go deeper and reach further than his program can solve, but he sees Urban Juncture as a part of a solution that will bring jobs and prosperity back to the neighborhood.

He says, “Gun violence is the single biggest problem that ails Chicago and, while our projects are having positive impact on our community, we need a much broader effort to create the volume of jobs, social connections, and sense of hope needed to eliminate the key root causes of violence.”

Bernard is looking beyond Chicago’s South Side. “We are creating a cuisine-based model for community revitalization that, with the appropriate tailoring and adaptation, can be applied to thousands of urban neighborhoods that lack good food, accessible jobs, and social capital.”

On Thursday, July 14, 2016 at noon Eastern, Bernard will join me here for a live discussion about his efforts to rebuild the South Side of Chicago and his crowdfunding campaign. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Bernard Loyd, courtesy of Urban Juncture

Bernard Loyd, courtesy of Urban Juncture

More about Urban Juncture:

Urban Juncture, Inc. is a for-profit social enterprise focused on leveraging the unique cultural assets and underutilized talent of economically-challenged neighborhoods to catalyze revitalization. Urban Juncture, Inc. works closely with Urban Juncture Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit with the same goal.

Bernard’s bio:

A native of Chicago’s West Side, Bernard was raised primarily in Liberia, West Africa. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including a doctorate in computational fluid dynamics and a masters of science in business.

Between 1990 and 2003, as an associate and partner of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company, Bernard helped senior corporate leaders around the world expand existing businesses, create new businesses, and improve operations. Bernard’s contributions at McKinsey include co-founding its global Agriculture and Food Chains initiative and leading world-wide client development and service in that arena. He also co-founded and led the firm-wide Black Client Service Staff initiative, which catalyzed substantial increases in the number of Black associates and partners.

Bernard created Urban Juncture, Inc., a community development firm and Urban Juncture Foundation to act as catalysts for the economic revitalization of urban communities and the empowerment of residents through the development of business and social ventures, provision of amenities, and creation of jobs.

He and his family reside in Chicago’s Bronzeville community.

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