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How This New Innovation Could Be The Sliced Bread Of Solar Industry

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Andrew Yakub may be onto something. Big. Sliced bread big.

Yakub, 30, is the CEO and founder of Rayton Solar. A physicist who had used particle accelerators for cutting silicon had launched a solar installation business. Fearing the end of Federal tax incentives that might slow his business, he was thinking about ways to cut the cost of solar enough to make it economical without them. He surmised that the silicon in solar panels could be sliced with a particle accelerator rather than with blades, radically reducing wasted silicon.

From that foundation, Yakub has built a promising startup. Targeting a 60% reduction in manufacturing costs, he hopes to both lower costs to customers and operate with better-than-industry average margins. In addition, he expects the solar panels to be 25% more efficient. With those goals, he raised $2.8 million in seed funding.

Watch my full interview with Yakub in the video player at the top of the article.

Rayton Solar is now raising up to $50 million via a crowdfunding or Regulation A+ round from the public. Ordinary investors can participate. So far the Santa Monica, California-based company has received $4.2 million in funding commitments via the offering.

The first use of the new funding was to purchase the large particle accelerator the company will use to slice silicon for the solar panels. The custom equipment has been ordered; delivery is expected in January, Yakub says.

Yakub got his start in particle physics working as a design engineer at the UCLA Particle Beam Physics Laboratory. Those relationships have proven key to building the business.

Andrew Yakub displays prototype solar cell

James Rosenzweig, the Distinguished Professor of Physic in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, now serves on the Rayton Solar board. He says, “The concepts concerning use of particle beams in cutting materials for solar panels is an exciting spin off of the types of research we engage in at UCLA.”

Rosenzweig says that Rayton’s technology is “a potential game changer for solar manufacturing.” This is driven by the parallel impacts of cost reduction and increased efficiency.

Yakub, previously recognized by Forbes as one of the 30 under 30 to watch in energy, earned a degree in physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Yakub has a passion for solar as a part of the path to eliminating global reliance on fossil fuels. He notes enthusiastically that California is moving to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. He cites a prediction from the International Energy Agency that by 2050 the world will get 50% of its energy from renewables, representing a 50-fold increase in renewable energy production over just three decades.

He gushes about the economic revolution coming in Africa, mimicking that of South Asia. He sees off-grid and micro-grid uses of solar across the continent allowing the country to thrive without the expense of building an electric grid similar to ours. He sees an economy there built on renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.

Ultimately, the market will determine if Rayton Solar’s technology is the winning technology, but early signs suggest that slicing silicon with a particle accelerator could be the sliced bread of the solar industry.

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Northwest Startup Groundswell Provides Sustainable Funding Model For Nonprofits

Company to raise $1 million new crowdfunding laws to launch first customers

Press Release – WASHOUGAL, Wash. — GroundSwell, a Washington State social purpose corporation based in Washougal, Wash., is shaking up the philanthropic world with a sustainable revenue-sharing approach designed for nonprofit organizations. This month, the company–whose mission is to sustainably fund organizations that make the world a better place–kicked off its final round of investment crowdfunding to raise $1 million for its public launch this fall.

“Other companies, banks, and credit unions offer traditional debit cards. We created GroundSwell because we saw a better way to put technology, banking, and philanthropy together,” said Dr. Daniel Rubano, co-founder and CEO. “To date, we have raised more than a million dollars, and are now in our final phase of fundraising to allow everyone to become part of this movement and support our public launch this fall.”

Money on a Mission

Each time we swipe our credit or debit card, a transaction fee is generated, providing more than $60 billion in revenue to banks. Licensed as a bank, GroundSwell’s business model redirects these fees from big banks back and shares them with partner nonprofits through customized Visa debit card programs. Each time a card is used to make a purchase, the profits generated from the processing fees are shared with the nonprofit partner..

The result is a sustainable revenue stream that helps address the needs of the 1.5 million nonprofits that are underfunded, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Nonprofit members’ Visa debit cards act just like a checking account, with no credit checks, fees, or interest, and are FDIC insured.

“We looked around and saw there was a need to act fast to make our world a better place,” said Joseph Graves, head of Operations & Program Development. “GroundSwell gives us a way to live out our commitment to making a difference and allow anyone to support the organizations they love by simply doing the things they would normally do every day already!”

Become a GroundSwell Investor

Anyone passionate about giving back and supporting nonprofits is invited to become part of the groundswell to share the wealth with those who will use it best. Participants can buy ownership through our partner Wefunder, an investment crowdfunding platform. These funds will support operations for the next 12 months to develop services, expand our nonprofit partner network, and conduct initial testing with early adopters. The minimum investment is $100. Owners will be the first to receive their Money on a Mission VISA debit card pre-loaded with thank you funds to start making a difference. They also will gain access to company updates, insider information, and company store. To learn more or make an investment, visit www.groundswellworld.com/media.

Nonprofit organizations interested in becoming partners, please visit groundswellworld.com/partner-faq

About Groundswell

Established in 2015, GroundSwell is putting money on mission by servicing nonprofit organizations dedicated to doing good in the world. By creating the opportunity for all of us to make a difference every day, GroundSwell provides sustainable revenue for underfunded nonprofits by redirecting visa debit revenue from big banks. To learn more, visit GroundSwellWorld.com and follow us at facebook.com/GroundSwellSPC, twitter.com/GroundSwellSPC and linkedin.com/company-beta/17955042.

Sources:

https://www.federalreserve.gov/paymentsystems/files/debitfees_costs_2015.pdf

https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2017/04/13/this-is-how-credit-card-companies-hauled-in-163-billion-in-2016/22038773/


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Lice Clinics of America Announces Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

The World’s Largest Network of Lice Removal Clinics Creates Unique Investment Opportunity with Title III Regulation Crowdfunding Campaign

Press Release – Salt Lake City, UT (June 28, 2017)Lice Clinics of America®, the world’s largest lice-treatment products and services company, announced the launch of its Title III Regulation Crowdfunding Campaign (Reg CF), allowing accredited and non-accredited investors to purchase equity in the well-established company.

Lice Clinics of America has grown rapidly, doubling sales in each of the last three years under the leadership of CEO Claire Roberts, to $7.6 million in 2016 and is now seeking to raise money in equity crowdfunding.

“We think our Reg CF offering will be very unique for both investors and supporters of what we do,” said Roberts. “This is more than just about raising capital to advance and expand Lice Clinics of America product and service offerings. We want people to know our story, including our philanthropic and community work, our mission to put an end to head lice, as well as to see this as a business opportunity where failure of the leading global brands has created great opportunity for innovation.”

With supportive capital from 37Ventures, LLC, plus an engaged and passionate group of accredited angel investors, Lice Clinics of America has grown to more than 250 clinics in 17 nations and recently passed the 250,000 treatment mark with its patented and FDA-cleared AirAllé® dehydration medical device and method.

Lice Clinics of America is seeking investments through StartEngine, an online equity crowdfunding platform co-founded by Activision co-founder Howard Marks.

“Companies can begin this process at any time – whether they are in very early stages or experiencing massive growth,” said Marks. “This solution to financing helps entrepreneurs stay true to their missions and maintain control of their companies. Consumer-owned means keeping the companies on track and allowing them to grow with their customer base.”

The campaign will feature a video highlighting the experiences of families at a women’s shelter in Texas, to which Lice Clinics of America has provided free treatments and products. The shelter suffered from a lice infestation for over a year, unable to cure it with the leading OTC products that no longer work because of pesticide-resistance. With Lice Clinics of America’s intervention, the lice were gone and the shelter became a true refuge for the clients.

“Lice Clinics of America is committed to the communities in which we operate, so no one gets left behind,” adds Roberts. “Yes, we are raising capital to supplement our ongoing growth strategy, but more importantly, we want to expand our network of supporters and attract people interested in helping us promote family health through accurate information and products and services that really work.”

In addition to its focus on family health, Lice Clinics of America is unique because of its ownership and leadership. Half of the corporate leadership team is comprised of women; and 75 percent of the clinics are owned by women. While lice can affect anyone in a family, the chore of dealing with infestations usually falls to moms; and girls tend to get lice more frequently than their brothers. The Reg CF campaign video reflects this female reality and seeks to appeal to women who have previously supported family health causes, and who are interested in equity crowdfunding.

For additional information on Lice Clinics of America’s Reg CF campaign, please visit our investment page.

ABOUT LICE CLINICS OF AMERICA

Lice Clinics of America stands for healthy families and healthy kids, no matter where they live or what their life circumstance is. Our mission is to provide caregivers and medical professionals globally with lice-treatment solutions that are non-toxic, pesticide-free, science-based, completely effectively, and most of all, affordable.

With more than 150 clinics in the US and over 100 internationally, and new products now available at Walmart and other leading retailers, Lice Clinics of America is the world’s largest provider of urgent care lice treatment. Our expert clinicians treat and cure head lice infestations in a single one-hour treatment. The Lice Clinics of America brand is owned by Larada Sciences, Inc. For more information visit www.liceclinicsofamerica.com.

ABOUT STARTENGINE

StartEngine is a premier equity crowdfunding platform, connecting qualified millennials and other investors with tomorrow’s progressive companies. Based in Los Angeles, the company was created in 2013 by Howard Marks, co-founder of Activision, and Ron Miller. StartEngine is committed to revolutionizing the ways startups are funded, thereby helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.


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WeFunder To Offer Investment In Recoup Cold Roller

24-year-old’s invention, used by slews of professional athletes, opens capital raise

Press Release – DENVER, CO, June 28, 2017 – 24-year-old entrepreneur Matt Hyder has partnered with WeFunder, the largest regulation crowdfunding portal connecting startups with investors online, for his company’s first capital raise. The crowdfunding service will help connect Hyder to a potential investment of $1.07 million in Recoup Fitness.

“It’s really exciting to give people the chance to join us and become a part of our journey at Recoup Fitness,” said Hyder. “I am confident in our team, our ability to scale and continue to innovate with new products in the pipeline. With the potential investors we will meet through WeFunder, we can be the leading name in injury and sports recovery.”

Hyder turned an $8 prototype into a multi-million-dollar company when he launched Recoup Fitness in 2015. Recoup’s flagship product, the Cold Roller, is a two-in-one recovery/massage tool for relief from bodily aches and paints. Roll the Recoup Cold Roller over sore, achy muscles for concentrated self-myofascial release, toss it in the freezer for up to six hours of cold massage, or combine the two for faster overall recovery. Hyder developed the device, after receiving a basketball injury.

Recoup Fitness is a company designed to help athletes and everyday individuals recover faster from injury, combining the benefits of cold massage therapy and foam rolling to reduce inflammation and aid in post-workout recovery. The cold, steel surface releases metabolic waste products and toxins, while relaxing the muscles. Since its inception, the product has been crucial for top-caliber athletes and trainers, in optimizing the recovery process, while minimizing recovery time.

Wefunder uses a provision in the 2012 JOBS Act which allows unaccredited investors to provide equity for entrepreneurial undertakings. The Recoup Fitness raise begins with an investment as low as $100.00.

For more information, please visit https://wefunder.com/recoup.fitness or https://recoupfitness.com.


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CleanCapital Closes Investment Round Led by FinTech Leaders and Pioneers

Funding to be used to implement technology roadmap and scale operations to broaden clean energy investing

Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC-— CleanCapital, an innovative online marketplace for clean energy investing, announced today the closing of the first round in Series A funding, as part of an ongoing capital raise. The new capital will allow CleanCapital to implement their technology roadmap and continue scaling operations, growing its team, and expanding opportunities for clean energy investing. CleanCapital’s proprietary platform has benefits that are two-fold, by creating opportunity for investment and increasing ease for project owners to exit their current portfolios. By reducing barriers both for the flow of capital and access to investments, CleanCapital is accelerating clean energy deployment.

This capital raise follows an exceptional first year for CleanCapital. To date, the team has financed over $40M of solar projects and more than 20 MW in operating solar assets. They have also received funding from industry leader John Hancock Life Insurance to finance numerous assets. CleanCapital has created a unique algorithm to efficiently scrub and value projects so that only the best investment opportunities are included in investment portfolios.

Investors include FinTech leaders and pioneers such as Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace, Jon Barlow, Founder of Eaglewood Capital Management, and Bradley Pattelli, Former Chief Investment Officer of LendingClub. In addition, the company was recently selected to be featured on leading startup fundraising platform SeedInvest which historically has accepted just 1% of startups applicants.

“To accelerate clean energy we need a marketplace that provides all investors with access to this asset class. Our team is honored to be working with numerous FinTech pioneers to grow CleanCapital and clean energy more broadly,” said Thomas Byrne, Co-founder and CEO of CleanCapital. “CleanCapital is committed to attracting more investors to the space by providing a simple, understandable way to invest in clean energy.”

Ron Suber is at the center of San Francisco’s flourishing FinTech community. As of today, he’s invested in 16 FinTech companies, including high-profile players like DocuSign and SoFi, and serves as an official advisor to a half dozen companies.

“Clean energy is more important than ever before. I am excited to support CleanCapital as it provides retail and institutional investors with a simpler way to invest in clean energy. They have a strong team that can execute and a unique strategy to accelerate growth in the industry,” said Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace.

Jon Barlow is the founder and former CEO of Eaglewood Capital Management, a leading P2P asset-management firm with approximately $2 billion of assets under management. He currently serves as a director and advisor to several FinTech companies, including Money360, eOriginal, VeriComply and Marketlend.

“I was initially attracted to CleanCapital because they are on the cutting edge of an emerging and highly scalable asset class, with an innovative platform that I believe helps create an attractive risk adjusted return profile for investors and accelerates clean energy at the same time,” Mr. Barlow said. “Furthermore, they have validated their market and I believe the company is poised to grow substantially as both institutional and retail investors discover the compelling merits of this platform.” Mr. Barlow’s investment was consummated following a multi-month due diligence process, and he will join CleanCapital as a board advisor.

Bradley Pattelli, the Founder of Troodon Advisors, is the former Chief Investment Officer of LendingClub. Prior to joining LendingClub, Pattelli was a partner at Angelo, Gordon & Co., a $26 billion alternative investments advisor, where he managed CDO portfolios and multiple non-investment grade portfolios while leading significant growth in assets and delivering solid returns. Pattelli, a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was most notably trained by Jim Rogers, Chairman of Rogers Holdings. CleanCapital is excited to welcome Mr. Pattelli to the Board of Directors.

“CleanCapital has the potential to profoundly transform clean energy by leveraging its proprietary technology to create a lower cost, more transparent flow of capital between projects and investors,” said Pattelli. “By streamlining the acquisition of high quality, clean energy projects, CleanCapital is able to pass through the benefits to its investors. I look forward to working with this talented team to help make CleanCapital a reliable provider of unique, tax efficient, impact investments to alternative fixed income investors.”

CleanCapital will be making a small portion of its Series A available to individual investors who are interested in clean energy through SeedInvest. For more information, potential investors may visit www.seedinvest.com/cleancapital.

About CleanCapital:

CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. CleanCapital allows accredited investors—including institutional investors, family offices, and investment funds—to invest in secure and diversified clean energy projects. Investors can monitor investments in real-time using our seamless online platform. We were founded in 2015 and are headquartered in New York, NY. Stay up to date on the evolving market of clean energy finance by signing up on our website, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting via LinkedIn.


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JOBS Act Opens New Window For Small Company IPOs


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With the “dot com crash” in 2000, largely by regulatory design, small company IPOs all but disappeared from the American economic landscape.

A scarcely noticed part or title of the 2012 JOBS Act sought to address that directly by reinvigorating Regulation A, raising the cap from $5 million to $50 million and creating a path for a Reg A offering to be an effective IPO (initial public offering). The new rule is commonly called Reg A+.

In early 2016, Elio Motors went public using Regulation A.

The rules weren’t effective until mid-2015 and the market is just beginning to mature. Rod Turner is the founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, one of the players in this nascent marketplace.

Turner says his firm has 18 clients preparing their Reg A+ offerings. Watch my discussion with Rod at the top of this article.

Rod is passionate about using capital for good, creating opportunities for women entrepreneurs and creating companies that will employ people at scale. He’s also a Forbes contributor who has written about these topics.

Rod says, “Mid-sized companies have very limited access to growth capital. Regulation A+ provides an excellent solution in that our companies can raise up to $50 mill per year from investors of any income level worldwide, and the shares can be publicly tradeable, making them more appealing to the investor and providing liquidity to the company founders.”

Allowing ordinary investors to participate in offerings of small companies, gives them the opportunity to participate in their growth. Back in the 1980s, Microsoft went public as a relatively small business and ordinary investors were able to participate in the growth of the company exceeding two orders of magnitude. On the other hand, Facebook didn’t go public or allow ordinary investors to participate until the company had reached a valuation of $100 billion–only wealthy investors participated in the creation of value.

The new marketplace is exciting. Watch the interview with Rod to learn how your organization can take advantage of Reg A+.

Rod Turner, courtesy of Manhattan Street Capital

Rod Turner, courtesy of Manhattan Street Capital

More about Manhattan Street Capital:

Twitter: @Manhattanstcap

Funding platform for mature startups and mid stage companies. using Regulation A+. We take companies through the whole Reg A+ offering process to achieve a successful Reg A+ offering. Our website technology integrates the necessary services so companies can make their offering work efficiently on Manhattan Street Capital.

We provide some services directly, others we provide by introducing our companies to specialized service providers: Specialized CrowdFunding Marketing agencies, Legal, Broker/Dealer, Investment Banks, Underwriters, Broker Dealer Syndicates, Market Makers, escrow, transfer agent and auditors.

Rod’s bio:

Twitter: @iamrodturner

High energy strategic thinker. Excellent leader. Engineer with skills in all areas. Experienced M&A expert. Crowdfunding expert.

M&A experience: At Symantec I led the takeovers of their first acquisition (TimeLine), and their most strategic acquisition, Norton. I drove the merger processes to ensure success and upside. The implementation of the Norton merger has been called “the best ever in Tech.” I also lead the successful acquisition of PCAnywhere and an AV technology company into the Norton Group. Mobile Automation was acquired by iPAS and Our Neighborhood Energy was acquired by CBD Energy Australia. Two informative experiences of being acquired.

Founder, CEO Manhattan Street Capital and FundAthena April 2015 – now

RegA+ growth capital marketplace for mid-sized companies. Adapting IPO business model to the Internet, using new SEC RegA+.

Advisor to startups and CEOs of large companies, 2004 to current. Chairman & cofounder CirrusLS SaaS, bank lending. Strategic Advisor AssistMyCase (SaaS Legal research). NetQuarry, a .NET app dev platform. Our Neighborhood Energy, electricity retailer in Australia. Workshops for Warriors, non-profit trains Veterans in advanced workshop skills free of charge. Numerous other startups.

Founder, Chairman and CEO, START.ac: April 2011 – June 2013. Built business CrowdFunding marketplace with Mentors, advisers and unique innovations for scale.

Chairman, Artslant. Sept 2008 – current: CEO 2008 through 2010. Grew revenues 12.5%/month compound, and site page views by 700%.

Managing Partner, Irvine Ventures 1999-2003: Founded Irvine Ventures with Safi Qureshey, investing in tech startup companies, mentoring entrepreneurs. Raised $32million in angel and venture capital for, and built six startups.

Chairman & Founder, Mobile Automation 1996-2004. LAN & Internet software configuration, MSP and Enterprise IT market. Angel financing (Peter Norton), VC from Greylock (Dave Strohm). Sold the company to iPass (IPAS on NASDAQ) in 11/04.

President & CEO, Knowledge Adventure 1993-94. Grew revenues from $240k/month to $1.5m/month. Raised $12 million venture capital from Mayfield (Mike Levinthal).

Symantec 1985-1993. At startup, Executive VP for worldwide marketing, sales & product management. Promoted to division General Manager with P&L 5/87. Raised three rounds of venture capital, lead investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (John Doerr). In 1987 as GM, I ran the merger and accelerated the first company acquired by Symantec-Breakthrough Inc, TimeLine project management, and the Q&A database line. Trebled product group revenue in three years while generating 100% of Symantec’s profit. Grew Symantec revenues from zero to $250mil/year. IPO 1989.

In 1990 Symantec acquired Peter Norton Computing (maker of the Norton Utilities), and I was GM for the merger and the business. Introduced the Norton Antivirus in ‘91, the main profit generator for Symantec. In three years we grew Norton revenues from $20/mill/year to $200mill/year, taking the Norton group from 25% of Symantec’s revenue to 82%.

Acquired two companies into the Norton Group.

Chairman, Cofounder 1984-1990: Microport Software Inc. Startup ported UNIX System V to the 286.

Ashton Tate/dBASE 1981-1984: Startup microcomputer database software company, 12th employee. VP of US marketing and sales; GM of the International division. Grew sales from $2m to $150m/yr, IPO in ‘83. Made dBASE the market leading database on the PC by 1983.

Aston Univeristy 1975-1979: First Class Honors, Bachelor of Science in Energy Technology (Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) from Aston University, England. Stanford: Graduated Executive Institute 1983.

Interests: Married, with two sons. Boating. Racing cars. Public speaking. Altruism. Leadership. Innovation Born on a farm in the UK, moved to Silicon Valley to get into VC funded startups. My accent is gradually migrating across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Social Bluebook Invites The Crowd To Invest Alongside Top Content Creators

Company Seeks Growth Capital; Launches Reg A+ “mini-IPO”

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, Calif. — April 18th, 2017 — Today Social Bluebook, the social media technology company that provides the tools for content creators to make social media their full-time business, announced a Regulation A+ initial public offering. In line with Social Bluebook’s democratic values, the offering is open to both accredited and unaccredited investors. Investing in Social Bluebook is an investment in the creative community as well as the future of creator-led marketing.

Started in 2014 by creators for creators, Social Bluebook simplifies and streamlines the process of executing influencer marketing, connecting thousands of online content creators and advertisers on their platform. Their proprietary algorithm produces a dollar value that can be used as a starting point for negotiating branded deals.

Per their “for creators by creators” mantra, Social Bluebook’s Reg A+ offering is intended to open the door for creators to invest in their own careers. Notable creators investing include Eh Bee family, Shaytards, Furious Pete, Ellie and Jared, and more. The funding will accelerate Social Bluebook’s expansion via strategic acquisitions and marketing. This strategy is aimed to cement their platform as the leading space for advertisers and creators to connect, negotiate deals, and build together.

“Marketing professionals, including Fortune 500 companies using Social Bluebook, are now realizing there is a tremendous value to teaming up with online video personalities who are drawing millions of viewers with the content they post on platforms like YouTube and Instagram,” said Chad Sahley, CEO of Social Bluebook.

“We are very excited to share this investment opportunity with creators and other like-minded individuals,” said Sahley. “While early stage offerings before an IPO would generally allow only accredited investors to invest at this stage, we are taking advantage of new SEC regulations and opening up the door to the crowd in an effort to level the playing field for all creators.”

Social Bluebook was the first to introduce patent-pending valuation formulas for YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and blogs, with more on the way. As of June 2016, over 33,000 social media platforms with an audience reach of over 2.87 billion people and over 400 brands have registered with Social Bluebook and growing daily.

The company seeks to raise up to $12 million in its “mini IPO” under Regulation A+. Individuals interested in learning more about the Social Bluebook Regulation A+ investment opportunity can visit http://invest.socialbluebook.com.

About Social Bluebook

Social Bluebook was started by creators for creators in order to bring transparency to influencer marketing and specifically the content creator community. It was designed to simplify and streamline the process of executing influencer marketing for online content creators and advertisers with the goal to help creators make the money they deserve so they can do what they love.

SEC Disclaimer

An offering statement regarding this offering has been filed with the SEC. The SEC has qualified that offering statement which only means that Social Bluebook may make sales of the securities described by that offering statement. It does not mean that the SEC has approved, passed upon the merits or passed upon the accuracy or completeness of the information in the offering statement. You may obtain a copy of the offering circular that is part of that offering statement HERE. You should read the offering circular before making any investment.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements regarding projected business performance, operating results, financial condition and other aspects of the company, expressed by such language as “expected,” “anticipated,” “projected” and “forecasted.” Please be advised that such statements are estimates only and there is no assurance that the results stated or implied by forward-looking statements will actually be realized by the company. Forward-looking statements may be based on management assumptions that prove to be wrong. The company and its business are subject to substantial risks and potential events beyond its control that would cause material differences between predicted results and actual results, including the company incurring operating losses and experiencing unexpected material adverse events. Please see the Offering Circular for the discussion of these risks.

The Public Can Now Invest in Cornerstone Kids, the First Truly Eco-Friendly Childcare Center

Press Release – AIKEN, S.C., March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cornerstone Kids is pleased to announce that it has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign, making investments in the company available to the general public. Terms of the offering can be found at: https://jumpstartmicro.com

Investing in a venture isn’t just for the wealthy anymore. Now is your chance to invest in a socially significant company setting out to change the childcare industry from the ground up. Cornerstone Kids is raising money to begin construction of its first green energy facility and has plans to nationally franchise. “I’ve been in the childcare industry for more than 25 years. This new facility we are constructing is totally eco-friendly, runs on green energy, built to reduce germs in the air and physical environment with a focus on early childhood education with all of the tools a child needs to start off right,” said Lynne Fleming, CEO.

The Company’s vision is a physical environment designed from the ground up to significantly reduce bacterium, viruses, and other microorganisms as small and viscous as the flu virus. It will also run using green energy and clean-air systems. To accomplish this they have partnered with Insulsteel™, Inc., which is uniquely qualified to build these facilities using their patented EcoShell™ designs.

For early childhood education, the center will provide programs for all pre-school levels with advanced learning through Khan Academy as well as after school programs like karate, dance, and music. So, in addition to being designed to keep kids healthy, these facilities will also foster early childhood development.

“We are excited to be partnering with Lynne and her team at Cornerstone Kids to build what we believe will be a totally new eco-friendly concept for this industry. Before getting involved we commissioned an environmental study, which can be found on the Jumpstart Micro site,” said Steve Bostic, CEO of Insulsteel.

Investors receive stock and profit sharing for investments as low as $500 through regulation crowdfunding which allows nearly anyone to make investments in startup ventures. SEC regulations prohibit us from providing more information about our offering here. To get more information and learn how you can become an investor, visit: https://jumpstartmicro.com/deal-show/id-241.html

About Cornerstone Kids

Cornerstone Kids is located in Aiken, South Carolina. The founders have been operating successful childcare services for over 25 years. Cornerstone Kids, Inc. is a newly formed entity to develop a new brand of eco-friendly childcare facilities. http://www.aikencornerstonekids.com

About Insulsteel

Insulsteel™ building enclosures offers the EcoShell™, which is an innovative building enclosure system that withstands hurricane winds up to 200 MPH, and provides thermal insulation values 4-times greater than traditional wood framing. www.insulsteel.com

About Crowd Smart Marketing

Crowd marketing agency provides marketing strategic crowd marketing services. http://www.crowdsmartmarketing.com

About Jumpstart Micro

Jumpstart Micro™, is a Registered Funding Portal under SEC regulation Crowdfunding 4(6)(a) and a member of FINRA. Jumpstart Micro does not provide investment advice. Please see investor disclosure and risk statement at https://www.jumpstartmicro.com

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-public-can-now-invest-in-cornerstone-kids-the-first-truly-eco-friendly-childcare-center-300431759.html

Space Nation Astronaut Program Raised $3.4 Million Through 541 New Space Investors

Space Nation gives everyone a chance to participate in space travelling. It’s an opportunity to learn and train for a space mission, and ultimately to become a crew member on board the International Space Station.

Cohu Experience recently closed a $3.4 million crowdfunding round in Finland for its Space Nation Astronaut Program. Cohu raised its first million in only 43 minutes.

“Space travel is a universal dream and we are proud to welcome everyone to join Space Nation as investors or participants. This is an inclusive program so anyone in the world can participate. We really want to democratize space,” said Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola, the CEO of Cohu Experience.

“Space is something that interests us all, no matter where you live or how old you are,” said Michael Suffredini from Axiom Space. Suffredini is a member of Cohu Experience’s Advisory Board and former NASA International Space Station Program Manager.

“Space travel has been, until now, only accessible to a very limited set of people, but Space Nation is here to change that. The Program is truly the adventure of a lifetime, and it will offer something for everyone.”

Space Nation Astronaut Program (SNAP) is being developed together with NASA’s astronaut trainers. The program commences with a freemium smartphone app that develops its users’ physical, mental and social skills through an array of tailored challenges. Participants who have gained the most points will be selected for a televised training competition under the supervision of NASA’s astronaut trainers.

A central element in the astronaut training program is the transmedia concept. It allows participants to create teams and attract fans to support their efforts to win a ticket to space. Even if you were not destined to become an astronaut, you can learn new skills and have fun while cheering for your favourite participant.

The next funding round will take place in the United States in the coming weeks via Fundable.com.

NextGen Crowdfunding Announces Investor Commitments in Title III Equity Crowdfunding Pass $15 Million Milestone

NextGen Data Shows A 262% Quarterly Increase in Title III Investments Since New Rules Took Effect in May

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December 16, 2016 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time: LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)-NextGen Crowdfunding, the leading company that helps people explore investment crowdfunding, announces that investor commitments into Title III equity crowdfunding campaigns have surpassed $15 million. NextGen is tracking Title III companies through the “NextGen Dashboard,” which displays progress of investor commitments since the new SEC crowdfunding regulations took effect last May.

According to NextGen data, there has been a 262% growth in investor commitments between the second quarter and fourth quarter of this year. NextGen research also shows that investor commitments have effectively doubled each quarter since the new regulations took effect last May:

  • Second Quarter (May-June): $2,204,733 total investor commitments
  • Third Quarter (July-September): $4,825,132 total investor commitments
  • Fourth Quarter (October-December): $7,985,497 total investor commitments

“As 2016 comes to a close, it’s very encouraging to see that the equity marketplace has found success in its first eight months and is growing at a steady pace,” said Aubrey Chernick, founder of NextGen Crowdfunding. “A continued increase in monthly investor commitments is a positive sign that both accredited and first-time investors are exploring equity crowdfunding with heightened enthusiasm as they become more familiar with the different offerings and opportunities.”

The new Title III rules – also known as “Regulation Crowdfunding” – enable even first-time investors to fund startups online with as little as a few hundred dollars of investments. Using Title III crowdfunding, companies are able to raise up to $1 million.

As the equity crowdfunding space continues to evolve, NextGen is creating new resources to track the growth of the industry. NextGen recently launched an Indiegogo equity crowdfunding tracker on http://nextgencrowdfunding.com/indiegogo after Indiegogo began offering equity investments. The “Indiegogo Crowdfunding Watch” dashboard will specifically monitor equity investments available on the Indiegogo platform.

Important information on NextGen Dashboard chart data and accuracy can be found here.

About NextGen Crowdfunding

NextGen Crowdfunding helps people explore the new era of crowdfunding. Through unique, online live events, NextGen enables individuals to discover, follow and support companies launching crowdfunding campaigns. NextGen’s unique Ignition™ Events give companies and emerging businesses a place to present their investment crowdfunding campaigns, and its Crowdfunding Video Awards program showcases the best videos to pitch crowdfunding campaigns. NextGen also provides educational content, including online webinars, boot camps and videos, to inform the public about crowdfunding as well as to provide education to, and visibility for, companies with crowdfunding campaigns. As a purpose-driven company, NextGen aims to encourage entrepreneurship and help spark a new economy. Visit www.nextgencrowdfunding.com.

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