Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Unlocking the global trillion-dollar crowdfunding market

Now here is the one percent you do want to hear about!

The world is on the precipice of creating a trillion-dollar crowdfunding market. In Australia, the ASSOB has offered a crowdfunding investment portal since 2005. In the UK, equity crowdfunding is already in progress, with investment platforms such as Crowdcube andSeedups. And in the Netherlands, crowdfunding is ramping up with Symbid.

The crowdfunding components of the American JOBS Act and the Italian Decreto Crescita are now in the process of finalizing the attendant regulation before securities crowdfunding goes live.  Industry associations are popping up everywhere, including in IndiaEuropeCanada, and the U.S. (CFIRACfPA).

If you want to get an idea where things are headed, look at the travel list of the leading crowdfunding advisory team, Crowfund Capital Advisors. Recently, they’ve visited Colombia, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Turkey, Sweden, and Dubai, with upcoming visits to Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Sydney. They’ve also secured a relationship with the World Bank to study crowdfunding as a way to unlock innovation in developing countries.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

2nd Edition of The Crowdfunding Revolution available!

Two years from our self-published 1st Edition, we are excited to announce the launch of the 2nd Edition of The Crowdfunding Revolution with our publisher, McGraw-Hill!

It's been quite a journey that's taken us so many places, from the blogosphere to the White House.  This is a book, wrought not just from our hearts & souls, but from the synthesis of a wide spectrum of research across many disciplines, such as sociology, venture finance, economics, entrepreneurism, and social networking.  And as much so, from our interactions with leaders, users, researchers and political figures active throughout the crowdfunding space.

It is our incredible honor to participate in what is only the beginning of a powerful revolution in finance; one which will play a defining role in unlocking the potentials of achievement for the human race.  As we look around us, the entire international finance & economics scene is in flames, an inevitable outcome from a system which has no soul.  But the revolution in crowdfunding brings us a natural and culturally organic alternative.

It is perhaps, one of the most powerful developments in our modern-day socio-economics, and promises both to transform the capital formation landscape and to offer an avenue for a creative and intellectual re-birth.  Crowdfunding is after all, an expression of our collective human will, and ties together true forms of human economic activity such as contribution, participation and co-creation, along with our current system of capital.  The World is waking up quickly to crowdfunding; tomorrow's crowdfunding won't necessarily look like today's.  We hope that you find our contributions valuable.  And look forward to co-creating our future with you.

Kevin Lawton & Dan Marom

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pics from the JOBS Act signing at the Rose Garden

For all of you who wonder if it's still possible to make a difference in the World.  And in memory of my mother, who gave up so much so that I could be here.