WTF is Crowdfunding?

Creating a campaign is only part of the battle – pressing the big red “go live” button is the culmination of a lot of work, but what not a lot of people realize, is that creating the campaign is only the start. In a way, crowdfunding campaigns are mini-startups in their own right. This video covers common pitfalls.

5 Ways To Build an Audience For Your Campaign

A bunch of advice from the IndieGoGo blog that you should read. Caution; some of it is not all that encouraging including, “Did you know that most campaigns should have 30% of their goal already funded before they even launch?” Sheesh. What a bummer.

The Best–and Most Livable–Places to Build a Startup

A new study from Pitchbook crunches 10 years of numbers to paint a clear picture of how access to venture capital is different across the country. This info is far from academic. For entrepreneurial Millennials, today America’s largest working generation, thinking about where to settle down often also includes thinking about where to launch a startup, someday.

Peek at the Future of Crowdfunding Through 2016

According to crowdfunding research firm Massolution, crowdfunding grew 167 percent in 2014. To put that into dollars, crowdfunding platforms raised $16.2 billion in 2014, escalating to $34.4 billion in 2015. For 2016, crowdfunding trends are predicted to pass VC funding for the first time.

IRS Examines Tax Treatment of Crowdfunding

Like most tax codes, there is room for interpretation but the IRS has concluded that, generally, money received without an offsetting liability (such as a repayment obligation) that is neither a capital contribution to an entity in exchange for a capital interest in the entity nor a gift is includible in income.

Storytelling Tips for a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

For people who don’t spend much time writing, telling an engaging story can be intimidating at first. That’s why the fine folks at are here to help empower you to tell the most authentic and inspiring story, with the goal of transforming passive readers into active donors and sharers.