Not black and white, but largely looking to facilitate investments in high-growth/high-risk startups. Investor motivations: high upside, sexiness, fun, etc.
PitchBrite, Reecntly acquired by Caprally
crowdfunding social network
Offers a plethora of business services/products in addition to a crowdfunding platform
Strategic partnership with GATE Impact worth noting; looks like they're positioning to provide a robust secondary market for crowdfunded securities. For more: http://www.thecrowdcafe.com/crowdfunder-partners-with-gate-impact/
CrowdIt is launching an entirely new approach to crowdfunding with a clear mission – to extend beyond just funding by incorporating much-needed expert advice, peer review, collaboration and business networking into the core functionality of the site. CrowdIt differs from other sites, because it focuses on tapping the collective power of the crowd to create the support system people need to turn their ideas into a reality.
Raised $1.15m Series A in early August; investing in preemptive education and awareness through a nationwide crowdfunding tour
Splash page - BD affiliation
Crowdfunding today through SCOR offerings. More info: http://bit.ly/UuyzJ0
Interesting player; will offer crowdfunding for free to companies and investors; monetization will be from cross-selling services. More info: http://bit.ly/QUdrv7
Connects investors to companies via webinars… interesting. refer to article: http://www.crowdsourcing.org/editorial/adding-webinar-presentations-to-equity-crowdfunding-projects/23406
Great early branding/positioning; strong partnerships within the industry
indicated in crowdsourcing.org interview that they're looking at european expansion; also very likely to enter the U.S. market
Ycombinator Alum; launched to AIs March 13; takes transaction fee and small interest in startup; will allow companies to use its platform for "private fundraising"
Publishing, unglue.it, Pubslush, Authr
Films, SeedandSpark (Films), Slated (Films), FilmFunder, Backed by production studio in Cali (Cloud Nine)
Events, Picatic, Gigfunder, Queremos, Togather
Collaperty, Just launched (2/26); social network for accred. real estate investors; interesting platform
Crowdmason, Friends with founder
Fundrise, live today; registering securities with SEC
Realtymogul, Accelerated through techstars; friends with founder
These portals are carving out niches or focusing on investor affinities. Niche:Investors will be attracted to niche portals as many of them will use domain-experience/expertise to filter dealflow (i.e. CircleUp) Affinity: Identifying with affinities that will motivate investors (i.e. veterans, hispanic, alumni, sports)
AlumniFunder, Friends w/founder
A global online marketplace connecting resource exploration projects with millions of accredited investors around the world.
Crowdfunding for traditional small businesses (this could be considered a niche/affinity, but I decided to break it out as its a major focus of many portals). Debt will likely serve this demographic best, particularly existing SMBs Investor motivations: social impact, community support, main st. vs. wall street dynamic
About to launch; loans 3k - 100k for businesses in Illinois
white labeling community platforms
non-profit, white label, open source
Beat out of techstars by Smallknot (nearly identical models). Accelerated in the Brandery
Pretty sure they failed
interesting platform; charges investors to view investment opportunities; raising today?
Stanford, MIT grads, trying to get into Y Combinator; didn't get in. still working on the platform.
Could be partners, or competitors?
Matchmakers, Lendio, Biz2Credit, BoeFly, CNF Exchange, Multifunding
Alternative Lenders, Friends company on twitter (based in Cali), OnDeckCapital, Kabbage?, Alternative? Or matchamker?
P2P Lenders, LendingClub, Prosper, Peerform
Accredited Capital Exchange (ACEportal)
GFI Private Shares Group
Cantor Private Markets Group