News about crowdfunding platforms.
News about crowdfunding platforms.
20th November, 2014 Houston, Texas: RealtyWealth.com today announced the launch of the first commercial real estate Crowdfunding platform dedicated to Single Tenant Net Lease “STNL” investments.
Targeting accredited investors in the USA and global investors in South Africa, China, Canada and India, RealtyWealth.com gives investors the opportunity to invest in institutional quality, corporate backed lease properties from credit rated tenants such as McDonalds, Walgreens, Starbucks and Walmart.
RealtyWealth is also the first portal to offer these passive realty investments to foreign investors seeking the stability and yields of US Real Estate Assets. Chinese investors in particular have been active, with investments in US commercial properties jumping 10-fold from 2012 to 2013 and expected to reach $10 billion in 2014 according to Real Analytics.
The last six months have seen significant development within the real estate Crowdfunding market and RealtyWealth.com seem poised to take advantage of this heightened interest from investors, developers, owners and intermediaries. Over $700M has been raised by Real Estate Tech Startups since 2012 with peer sites Fundrise and RealtyMogul each boasting $100M+ post Series A valuations.
In order to take advantage of this foreign investor wave, RealtyWealth have built key marketing relationships with international consumer sites like Juwai.com – the largest outbound Chinese investment portal for US & UK properties – and have distribution partners arranged or under discussion in South Africa, India, Latin America and Canada.
“RealtyWealth.com operates as an aggregator of local and foreign investors typically seeking stable US-based Real Estate Investments,” said Sam Vogel, co-founder and president of Strategic Business development. “These STNL products offer long-term, corporate-backed, passive income with an inflation and currency hedge to our investors.”
STNL and in particular Triple Net Lease (NNN) Investments offer investors a “hands off”, passive investment consisting of long term leases, guaranteed by the corporate tenant. These Corporate Tenants are responsible for ALL incidentals including taxes, insurance, maintenance, trash etc that may normally be the lessees’ responsibility. Many leases have periodic rental bumps to keep pace with inflation and investors can write off depreciation of the property against tax. In the unlikely event that the tenant defaults, the investor still retains the underlying property.
Whereas UHNW, Family Offices, Hedge Funds and REITS have been taking advantage of these investments for decades, less than 10% of the 8.7 million Accredited investors in the USA are aware of the merits of these real estate investments.
“The NNN Investment is essentially a corporate bond-type investment in a real estate wrapper,” said Bryan Smith, co-founder and chief executive of RealtyWealth.com. “Compare investing in Starbucks stock at 1.6% dividend with the market risk involved versus acquiring a corporate backed Starbucks lease and achieving returns of 6 to 7% unlevered?”
RealtyWealth’s proprietary, state-of-the-art platform and investor dashboard allows investors anywhere in the world to review properties, make investments, track portfolios and receive statements, earnings and tax computations all online.
Smith and Vogel are members of the ICSC and will be working closely with top developers, brokers and intermediaries in the Commercial Realty market to introduce STNL and NNN investments to the investing public in the USA and abroad. From as little as $5,000 a month, investors can invest in these appealing investment properties and enjoy the opportunity to build value over the long term.
NNN Lease Investments Explained : SEE VIDEO – www.realtywealth.com/video-page
October 23, 2014, Houston, TX – In the wake of the announcement by Texas Lawmakers approving Texas Intrastate Crowdfunding, InvestPeer Real Estate Holdings has announced the beta launch of a commercial real estate crowdfunding platform and website which will provide accredited investors and average citizens an opportunity to invest corporate backed single tenant leased properties.
The InvestPeer Commercial Real Estate Crowdfunding website (www.investpeer.com) will give qualified, accredited investors and average citizens instant access to confidential, proprietary real estate investment opportunities that will provide investors with great cash flowing and profit making investment opportunities, according to the management team at InvestPeer.
The Management Team consists of Justen Aranda CEO & Co-Founder, T. Fitzgerald Jones COO & CMO, and Justin Ryan CTO. With 50 years combined experience in real estate and information technology, the team is poised to capitalize on the new crowdfunding laws in the state of Texas, as well as, the JOBS Act of 2012.
Justen Aranda is Chief Executive Officer for InvestPeer, and is a highly respected investment professional, having spent the last 15 years perfecting his career in real estate. Mr. Aranda proclaims, “InvestPeer will be a level playing field for would be investors who traditionally never had access to corporate backed single tenant leased, high yielding commercial real estate opportunities. This will provide accredited investors and newly minted investors under the new Texas Intrastate law great access to cash flowing commercial real estate.” Mr. Aranda said.
Mr. Aranda also indicated that InvestPeer is headquartered in Houston, but is looking worldwide, “because crowdfunding is online, we have the opportunity to seek investors around the world ready to invest in prime United States commercial real estate transactions. Right now we are talking to investors to help us build out our back end technologies, while we recruit potential investors for the platform through our beta registrations. We want investors to enroll into the program for updates, and access to new investment opportunities.”
T. Fitzgerald Jones is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer with InvestPeer, is also the co-founder of Kickercon Crowdfunding Conference and Expo held annual in Texas. He has been in the Information Technology Industry for 20 years from desktops to the datacenter, from hardware to software, from the network to the virtual cloud. “This is a very huge opportunity for the novice investor, as well as accredited investors. I see equity based crowdfunding as a very disruptive force in commercial real estate. I think most Americans have dreamed of owning real estate ever since they played their first game of Monopoly.”
The InvestPeer beta website has gone live to recruit investors in advance of the main launch scheduled for 1st quarter 2015.
All properties and potential transactions go through a strict vetting process and investors will only be able to invest after they have completed thorough investigation of the relevant and due diligence. All deposit monies will be escrowed with a separate independent party and detailed subscription agreement that will illustrate the general and limited partner obligations and responsibilities.
InvestPeer specializes in Crowdfunding Commercial Real Estate for national and international investors for corporate backed single tenant net leased properties. No speculation, no renovations, or construction headaches – we only invest in the corporate backed major brands. (ie – Walmart, Jiffy Lube, Ross, etc.)
InvestPeer is created to take advantage of the emerging market of crowdfunding and commercial real estate by providing a world class portal for transacting lucrative investment deals.
SAN FRANCISCO, October 20, 2014 – Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, announces the immediate integration of the new single touch iPhone payment system Apple Pay™. Indiegogo is the only online funding platform selected to join the launch of the transformative mobile payment technology.
Apple Pay provides Indiegogo’s global customer base with a one-touch way to fund ideas that matter to them, wherever they are and whenever they want. Indiegogo also recently introduced an iPhone app that allows funders to discover and support campaigns they care about while also providing advanced on-the-go management tools for campaign owners.
“Apple Pay is the latest product improvement we are introducing that will help Indiegogo achieve our core mission of democratizing access to funding by making it as simple as possible for people to fund the ideas they care about,” said Slava Rubin, CEO of Indiegogo.
In addition to enabling people to fund campaigns with the touch of a button on their iPhones, Apple Pay also provides an added layer of safety and security through Apple’s Touch ID™ system that encrypts and remotely stores credit card data.
Apple Pay is available in the US on iPhone 6 ® and iPhone 6 Plus devices recently introduced by Apple. Users securely store their credit card and debit card information, enabling them to make one-touch payments safely with multiple layers of security, including the breakthrough Touch ID fingerprint-verification feature and the Secure Element chip that protects users by encrypting private data.
Indiegogo is phasing in Apple Pay beginning today, with all campaigns integrating the payment option in the coming weeks. In addition to Apple Pay, all Indiegogo campaigns will continue to accept credit cards, debit cards and ACH payments drawn directly from funders’ bank accounts.
Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is an open platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com and follow us at http://www.twitter.com/indiegogo and www.facebook.com/indiegogo.
Sean Nasiri is creating an equity crowdfunding platform for his own generation, GenY, and he’s appropriately calling it, “GenYrator.”
To explain why he’s focusing on millennials, he said, “More young people are becoming entrepreneurial or electing to join startups, so there needs to be more done to support them. Also, because we are the most powerful generation on the planet.”
He’s not only interested in tapping into their entrepreneurial nature, but also wants to tap into their focus on social good, by creating a “mission-driven portal that wants to make investing about more than just returns. We are combining real investments with real positive social impact, but this is NOT a philanthropy, though it can still give you the same good feeling.”
On October 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM Eastern, Sean will join me for a live discussion about the new site, his generation and his plans to make a difference. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.
More about GenYrator:
GenYrator, which combines the words “Generation-Y” with “Accelerator”, is an online platform that brings the benefits of Silicon Valley to all Millennial entrepreneurs, regardless of industry or location. It is the first mission-driven Equity Crowdfunding platform made for Generation-Y entrepreneurs and by Generation-Y entrepreneurs. By supporting the businesses of young entrepreneurs today, investors not only have an opportunity for real returns, but also to generate positive social capital and contribute to a growing economy. The 20-year-olds of today will be the future business leaders and job creators of tomorrow, and they need your help. Everyone must come together and do their part to ensure a more prosperous future.
Sean Nasiri is the Co-Founder of GenYrator, and a proud member of Generation-Y. Born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, Sean has entrepreneurship in his blood and received early exposure to all the benefits of an established startup ecosystem.
While attending school at the University of Southern California, Sean noticed a spirit of entrepreneurship that rivaled those more well-known entrepreneurial institutions closer to wear he grew up.. Through his travels and involvement with collegiate entrepreneur organizations such as Kairos Society, Sean met a lot of other talented young entrepreneurs with promising startups. He realized, though, these startups lacked a similar level of support and resources found in Silicon Valley, and he wanted to bridge that gap
Sean made some attempts at corporate life working at technology companies, Motorola Mobility and Salesforce.com, before quickly realizing it was not the right route for him. He has since been working on GenYrator for over a year and is excited to launch its private beta over the next couple of months.
According to Michael Gale, Senior Program Manager, “The guide distills some of the best practices we’ve seen over the our last decade.”
“We have a goal to support 10,000 nonprofit organizations around the world by 2020,” Michael said. “This guide, we hope, will help more organizations – particularly organizations that are new to online fundraising or crowdfunding – have greater success with their fundraising efforts, both on and off our platform.”
“The ‘funding’ in crowdfunding is important – and its the reason most organizations are intrigued by the concept,” continued Michael. “We think there is also power in the community building and accountability aspect of raising small amounts of money from many people. Our cofounder, Mari Kuraishi, says that ‘The power of crowdfunding isn’t in the funding, it’s in the crowd.'”
On Thursday, November 20 at 11:00 AM, Michael will join me for a live discussion about the new guide. Tune in then to watch the interview live.
More about GlobalGiving:
GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities.
Michael Gale manages GlobalGiving’s efforts to grow a network of global do-gooders by helping more world-changing nonprofits join the GlobalGiving community. Before becoming a GlobalGiver, Michael supported grassroots nonprofits in Latin America as a Program Officer with the Global Fund for Children, and he has also dipped his toes in the fields of immigrant legal services and indigenous South American languages. Michael earned bachelor’s degrees in international studies and Spanish studies from American University and his master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside the office, you’re likely to find Michael on stage or in his garden.
This post was originally produced for Forbes.
Chevron CVX -0.67% has committed $140 million to education in the U.S. since 2010 and will top $45 million in 2014 alone, according to Brent Tippen, a spokesman for Chevron.
Commenting on Chevron’s motivation, Tippen noted, “Effective STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math – is one of the most fundamental requisites to securing healthy future economic growth for the country.”
“Innovative approaches are needed to help public school classrooms,” he added.
DonorsChoose CEO Charles Best reported, “This back-to-school season was our best ever at DonorsChoose.org, which is great news for teachers who spend, on average, about $500 of their own money each year for classroom resources.”
“Chevron is helping us reach our “big hairy audacious goal” of raising $100 million for 100% of the nation’s highest poverty schools, all in one calendar year,” he concluded.
Best and Tippen will join me on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 5:00 Eastern for a live discussion about the Fuel Your School program and its impact on teachers and students. Tune in then to watch the interview live.
More about Chevron:
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
More about DonorsChoose:
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at 62% of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 1.5 million people have donated $286 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 13 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.
Brent Tippen is a Global Public & Government Affairs Advisor and Company Spokesman for Chevron Corporation based in San Ramon, California. He serves as the Chevron Fuel Your School program manager.
A native of West Monroe, Louisiana, Brent earned his B.A. in Communications in 2004 from Louisiana Tech University and his M.A. in Communication in 2007 from the University of Louisiana. In 2007, he studied abroad for graduate school through the University of Southern Mississippi in London, UK, studying Intercultural Communication.
Before joining Chevron, Brent was a media and communications representative for a prominent U.S. Senator, a media spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, and worked with Entergy Corporation, an electric power producer. After serving in positions of increasing responsibility, in 2008, Tippen transitioned careers and now works in Policy, Government and Public Affairs for Chevron Corporation, a California-based energy company.
Brent has worked and continues to work with many service and charitable organizations in leadership positions including: Rotary International, the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, Louisiana Communication Association, active member of the Louisiana Tech University Alumni Association as well as the University of Louisiana, Monroe Alumni Association. In 2013 he was named “Young Alumnus of the Year” at Louisiana Tech University.
At Chevron Corporation, Brent serves as a Global Public and Government Affairs Advisor and company spokesman on a large portfolio focusing on Downstream and Chemicals and has previously included corporate issues / community engagement / corporate social responsibility. He also currently manages Chevron’s Fuel Your School program operating in 22 U.S. markets as well as Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and New Zealand. Brent brings a broad knowledge base both in the nonprofit and political realms with a strong background in communication and media relations.
Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things” and was featured on the cover of Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.” For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its “40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”
Investment lays groundwork for scaling solar energy finance in emerging markets
San Francisco, Nov. 12, 2014 — SunFunder, an emerging market solar finance company, has completed its Series A equity round with investments from Schneider Electric, Better Ventures, and a private family foundation based in Palo Alto. This follows the first stage of the round led by Khosla Impact and a group of angel investors, bringing total Series A funding to over $2.5 million.
Ryan Levinson, CEO of SunFunder, says that the investments validate the need for innovative financing solutions to unlock solar energy development in emerging markets.
“Over a third of the world lacks access to reliable energy and solar energy is leapfrogging the grid in these markets. Access to reliable finance is the main barrier preventing solar energy providers from reaching scale. In the last 2 years, SunFunder has established a solid track record and proven that the market is economically viable. This investment round will allow us to expand our capacity in local markets and substantially grow our loan portfolio.”
Based in San Francisco and Tanzania, SunFunder provides short-term, working capital and project finance loans for solar home systems, micro-grids and commercial solar projects in emerging markets. It brings strong solar industry and local market expertise and provides reliable financing designed to scale with its customers’ long-term needs. SunFunder raises debt capital through the Solar Empowerment Fund, offering accredited investors a risk-reduced, fixed-income investment opportunity in diverse portfolios of high-impact solar loans across multiple countries and solar technologies.
Sandhya Hegde of Khosla Impact Fund said: “Investors agree that solar is a reliable, clean market-based solution, however solar companies and projects struggle to attract finance. SunFunder’s diligence weeds out risks, and their technology and systems make investments in off-grid solar a mainstream finance product. It’s creating a standard for viable, profitable and ‘bankable’ solutions to attract large commercial investors to this rapidly growing industry.”
SunFunder has financed $1.3 million of solar projects, with 14 solar companies in 6 countries, and maintains a zero percent default rate. This has helped over 140,000 people get access to affordable solar energy. In the next three years SunFunder aims to raise and deploy $100 million into solar projects around the world.
SunFunder provides short-term, working capital and project financing for solar home systems, micro-grids and commercial solar projects in emerging markets. It raises debt capital by providing accredited investors a risk-reduced, fixed-income investment opportunity in diverse portfolios of high-impact solar loans. http://sunfunder.com
About Khosla Impact
Khosla Impact is a global venture fund founded by Vinod Khosla that invests long-term capital in high-impact entrepreneurs driving economic development in frontier markets. Khosla Impact focuses on technologies and services that can open up markets, increase income levels and productivity, and improve standards of living in the bottom half of the world’s economy. http://www.khoslaimpact.com
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy. http://www.schneiderelectric.com
About Better Ventures
Better Ventures backs entrepreneurs building a better world. It provides funding and support to early-stage technology companies building innovative solutions to big and important problems, from work and education to health and sustainability. Better Ventures deploys a high-engagement model to help its portfolio companies succeed in developing profitable and scalable businesses. http://better.vc
DreamFund.com Raises Crowdfunding to a New Level by Offering the Benefits of a Savings Account, Fund-Boosting, Marketing Tools, and Built-In Fraud Protection
Wellesley, Mass. (November 12, 2014) – DreamFund.com, the circle giving platform for important dreams, today announces the launch of the industry’s first family-friendly crowdfunding site that also offers the benefits of an insured savings account. DreamFund.com allows “Dreamers” of all ages to not only raise – but also save – the money they need for life-changing experiences, meaningful causes, and awesome purchases.
The site is rich in innovative features that make it easy for Dreamers to succeed in achieving their long or short-term goals. All funds donated are automatically deposited into the Dreamer’s own FDIC-insured saving account, earning interest every day. DreamFund.com also allows teenagers ages 13-17 to sign up, making it the first and only crowdfunding site where kids can have their own account to raise and save for their dreams – whether it’s buying their first car or saving for a college education. The site’s spending rules and controls give funders confidence that the money will be used as intended based on the Dream.
DreamFund.com is led by serial entrepreneur and Salary.com founder, Kent Plunkett. While at Salary.com, Kent revolutionized access to compensation information and completed a successful initial public offering in 2007. DreamFund.com launched in beta in July and has doubled in size every month since. The company has fourteen employees and is currently funded by private investors, including the founding management team.
“We all have circles of people who care about us and want us to achieve our dreams. At DreamFund.com we have built an unprecedented, easy-to-use platform to help kids, families and charities tell their stories and make their dreams come true,” says Kent Plunkett, founder and CEO of DreamFund.com.
DreamFund.com features include:
“Big or small – everyone has Dreams. Every day, our Dreamers are using crowdfunded savings as a way to make them come true,” says Peter Crosby, co-founder and CMO of DreamFund.com. “It’s a great way for an entire family to gather support, and we’re so happy to offer a platform that makes it easy to raise and save to achieve even the biggest Dreams.”
DreamFund.com is the circle giving platform for important dreams. Through the Dreamer’s circles — family, friends, community, groups, etc. —DreamFund.com helps people of all ages raise and save the money they need for life-changing experiences, meaningful causes, and awesome purchases. DreamFund.com is the first and only crowdfunding site to offer the convenience of an FDIC-insured savings account, so not only can users raise money, they can save for even their biggest dreams.
Fairfundr has an ambitious goal to help 1 million creative entrepreneurs around the world raise $10,000 over the next five years. Now that’s a goal!
Fairfundr founders Jeannine and Rajiv Srivastava explain, “We found out that more and more people want to make a living with their talent and they are not satisfied with current funding models – crowdfunding platforms that are mostly DIY, Bank loans that require Collateral and VC models that require equity and lead to endless discussions.”
Jeannine and Rajiv will join me for a live discussion about the platform on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 11:00 Eastern. Tune in then to watch the interview live.
More about Fairfundr:
Fairfundr is a crowdfunding platform that enables artists, artisans and entrepreneurs to raise funds from 100+ countries and keep up to 100% of the funds raised. Fairfundr is managed by Majamba Digital Agency of Switzerland.
Challenge: Millions of artists, artisans & entrepreneurs want to make a living with what they love. But they all struggle to raise or sell the first $10,000. This is a very expensive problem to solve because the artists, artisans and entrepreneurs need a lot of support.
Opportunity: We have developed a platform together with Swiss Government (with support at the Federal, State, City and Embassy level), IBM and Stripe that will allow the innovators to raise funds from 139 countries and keep up to 100% of the funds raised.
Approach: We support artists, artisans and entrepreneurs to build a crowdfunding campaign remotely as well as locally via a network of Fairfundr Ambassadors.
Goal: Support one million artists, artisans and entrepreneurs raise $10,000 in the next 5 years.
Jeannine Srivastava is a digital marketing and communications strategist with more than seven years of work experience in managing the roll-out of digital marketing projects at Swiss companies.
Projects include brand management, website development and content creation. Jeannine studied the management of technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She holds a Master Degree in Management of Innovation and Organisational Change from Brunel University (UK) and a Bachelor in International Business from Faculty of Applied Economics, Aix-Marseille III (France).
Rajiv Srivastava is a strategist and business developer with over fifteen years of experiences managing multi-national businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, India and Switzerland. Before co-founding Fairfundr, Rajiv worked at Orange Communications, where Rajiv was the Director of Strategy & Business Development and supported the company become a highly profitable billion dollar company in Switzerland over a five year period. He holds an MBA from University of Southern California and is a alumni of London Business School and Delhi University.
HalalSky is a new crowdfunding platform that focuses on the Muslim market, providing Sharia compliant services.
Founder and CEO Naeem Randhawa will join us on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:00 Eastern, to discuss the new site and the market it serves. Tune in here then to watch the interview live.
More about HalalSky:
HalalSky is the world’s first Sharia friendly crowdfunding equity platform. Halal Sky is a platform that delivers qualified, highly attractive real estate and other financial deals by ensuring all opportunities meet a strict Sharia review to meet the requirements of the Muslim investor.
- Over 17 years of Big 5 IT consulting in social, web, & mobile to Fortune 1000 clients like Dell, VMware, Boeing, FedEx, United Airlines, Walmart, State of Texas, US AID.
- National speaker on Big Data, Marketing and Sharia Crowdfunding.
- Multiple startups: Real Estate, Web Auto, Square Domain & others.
- Active philanthropist & documentary filmmaker (PBS).