How to get funded or invest through regulation crowdfunding: Mike Norman, co-founder of leading platform Wefunder

What is regulation crowdfundingTopics covered during this interview

  • How it works, where to start
  • Can you make a fortune out of this
  • The Wefunder process
  • How Wefunder came to exist
  • The types of ideas to submit through regulation crowdfunding
  • Who is regulation crowdfunding for?
  • Difference between regulation crowdfunding and reward based crowdfunding

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Here is the deal here:

  • We bringing you the how to get funded or invest in a start-up leveraging the new regulation crowdfunding concept…
  • An interview of Mike Norman, one of those who lobbied in the US congress to have the law passed in May of 2016!
  • One of the co-founders, president of the first and largest regulation crowdfunding platform!

We invite you to listen to the talk below and get familiar with the platform by visiting Wefunder.com

Why is this important:

  • Wefunder is predicated upon the idea that anyone, regardless of wealth, should be able to invest in a company
  • Prior to their action only accredited investors could invest in a start-up (Taking the risk but also having access to huge opportunities)
  • Think about this: Only accredited investors could invest in early stage google, Facebook or amazon and get the returns
    • Think about how much money they made and how much money you could have made!
    • Of course, these are some unique examples but you get the idea…

Wefunder: The 1st and leading regulation crowdfunding platform!

  • Founders: Mike Norman, Nick Tommarello, Greg Belote. Founded in 2011, in Cambridge MA USA,
  • it raised $1.4-2 Millions in funding to launch from hundreds of investors
  • To date they helped 35 companies get funded, with 3 of them able to raise $1M each!
  • The community includes 75,000 investors and 10,000 investments were made
  • Investments ranges for the most part from 100-500 dollars.
  • Investors (You, me) invest in primarily companies they love, product they believe in and want to see succeed.
  • They currently own 80% market share and are by far the most successful regulation crowdfunding platform right now!

 

Dragon Innovation: Take your idea from prototype to mass manufacturing, the fast and innovative way!

It is with immense pleasure that we are sharing with you today a new, amazingly insightful webinar that we hosted earlier this month on Wednesday July 20th with Scott Miller, CEO and co-founder of Dragon Innovation and Bolt Partner.

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In this webinar with Scott, we cover the timeline that led to the creation of a unique startup: Dragon Innovation. It has received millions in funding, launched about 400 manufacturing lines for their clients which include many startups and corporations.

Scott also shares with us what it takes to launch a product from prototype to mass production and discusses key manufacturing trends and more. Learn directly from a manufacturing, engineering expert by watching this recorded presentation! Dragon Innovation has been widely talked about since it was founded in 2009. It has been featured countless times for their novel business model in Techcrunch, Forbes, Venturebeat, Xconomy, Betaboston. The company has received more than $2.6m in funding since its beginning few years ago.

Dragon Innovation is a unique, most modern start-up partner that provides a clear path from prototype through production with unmatched manufacturing expertise and trusted connections. Dragon’s has helped many start-ups successfully manufacture their products: including Jibo, Petnet,Arccos, Zuli, MakerBot, Coolest, Pebble, LIFX, FormLabs to Perkin Elmer and over 100 additional companies paving the road for how new technology gets made.

They have integrated teams in Boston, San Francisco and China!

Here is the presentation that was covered during the event for those who requested it. click here to download

Enjoy this new webinar!

Resources for the hardware entrepreneur provided by Dragon Innovation:

Visit the Dragon Innovation site below and get access for free to loads of resources perfect for the hardware entrepreneur. You will find:

  • Free courses on manufacturing design
  • Learn and tools to create a Bill Of Manufacturing
  • Suppliers and partners to help you create your prototype and much more…

Visit the Dragon Innovation resources

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Music Audience Exchange (MAX): The power of music for businesses with George Howard and Carlos Diaz

In this webinar by startupsinnovation (a blog and online accelerator that helps entrepreneurs) and askmusiclawyer.com (a blog that helps artists entrepreneurs), George Howard and Carlos Diaz, two of the co-founders of Music Audience Exchange (MAX), talk about the power of music, the state and evolution of the music industry, and how MAX helps promote both artists and brands. MAX is a start-up leading the way and creating a new marketing method using big data, expertise and proprietary technology.

George Howard is a music industry key influencer, ex-executive of Rykodisc (music label), Co-founder of MAX, original founder of TuneCore, Adjunct Professor at The Berklee College of Music, and an advisor to Fortune 500 companies.

Carlos Diaz is the Chief Revenue Officer and a co-founder of MAX. He oversees all revenue and sales operations and has an extensive background in Internet, tech and sales (ex-ReachLocal).

Visit Music Audience Exchange here.

MAX received $3.5M in 2015 and leverages the power of music to provide a service that helps companies promote their brands through artists endorsements. The startup is led by Founder & CEO Nathan Hanks. In this webinar, we learned that MAX disrupts the traditional sponsorship model by offering a unique data and technology-based service that pairs brands to music artists. MAX helps “exchange” audiences between artists and brands to help cross-promote both parties and create a special and more emotional experience for the consumers. According to Carlos Diaz, these programs are extremely targeted and highly-measurable.

Some quotes from the webinar:

    • “You have to have a remarkable product and put it in front of people that are predisposed to care and you will shift the burden from you saying hey I am a great artist/entrepreneur to other people talking about your work. Unless and until you do that, you will not succeed.” -George Howard
    • “Laws and legislation follow culture. Culture and art can lead change. Civil, gay rights and other rights had, at their emphasis, art.” -George Howard (On the idea that inspired his commencement speech at the Berklee School of Music)
    • “All artists are entrepreneurs and the best entrepreneurs are artists.” -George Howard quoting Hugh MacLeod
    • “Artists need exposure. If they don’t get it, they won’t make it.” -Carlos Diaz
    • “The partnerships between artists and brands will only continue to grow.” -Carlos Diaz
    • “Entrepreneurs…just make sure that you have a problem you are solving that you don’t come up with a solution looking for a problem” -Carlos Diaz

George and Carlos elaborate on these quotes in this three-part recorded webinar about music and marketing:

Part 1: The music industry evolution, the power of music with George Howard and Carlos Diaz

– The music industry disruption and landscape today
– What should other industry learn from the music industry disruption
– George on his commencement speech at Berklee, the impact of art in the world

Part 2: How MAX works, why it’s great with George Howard and Carlos Diaz 

– How Music Audience Exchange works
– Who uses Music Audience Exchange
– Beats by Dre
– MAX success stories
– Artist social network profiling

Part 3: More insights on marketing leveraging the power of music

– How artists respond to the MAX value proposition?
– Music genres that are early adopters of the MAX service
– Artists in the corporations, will we see more of this?
– How does music help brands?
– Best advice to entrepreneurs and artists
– How to do business with Music Audience Exchange – who to contact, how to start!
– Carlos Diaz vision for the future

Special thanks to askmusiclawyer.com team for the help in promoting this event with us.

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Gary Jinks: Developing Start-ups, ecosystems from the Silicon Valley to the Middle-East

7c6860c6f92b98989f15928ed965c8cc-126x150Gary Jinks is an amazing individual and the founder of GLJ Group a company located in the Silicon Valley, California that helps entrepreneurs, corporations, cities and countries through “mentorship”, project management and training.

  • Teaching and driving entrepreneurs to be successful with their Start-ups:

This will prepare the entrepreneurs to the real life of an entrepreneur, dealing with board members and investors who have high expectations when you launch a startup, not falling in the basic traps that will lead to failure and bullet proofing your business and strategy.

  • Mentoring and implementing incubators for corporations, cities and countries (Globally)

Gary helps develop Innovative eco-systems around the world and is most recently doing some work in the Middle-East – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Emirates* (Go at the bottom of this article to read some insights we added on what is going on in the Middle-East right now in terms of Innovation and entrepreneurship – A great example of how to do things right – Many cities / countries can learn from).

Gary is also the founder and chairman of the board of South Valley Angels an investment group from the Silicon Valley that meet regularly and invests in a wide range of startups. He also dedicates some time to mentor students at the Santa Clara, Draper University and San Mateo College. (Yes! Entrepreneurship starts in school!)

More importantly, we picked Gary for this presentation because he loves what he does and delivers his science and expertise on product launches, innovation, investors with a lot of energy and passion.

It is always a pleasure to hear Gary and we hope you will find the information he provides in the below replay useful as well. In addition to this talk, if you are launching your startup now or want to learn more about how the whole start-ups world works (how to launch, etc.) we recommend you to read the e-book provided at the bottom of this post.

Webinar replay here:

Content: Developing Innovative eco-systems, Silicon Valley, Middle-East, launching startups, hot technologies in the “Valley”

 

*In the Middle-East: The region is investing and taking the lead in developing their future and diversifying their portfolio beyond petroleum, gas for many reasons. (Available reserves, the climate change driving customer behaviours to change for cleaner energies which in turn is driving the evolution of technologies such as electric cars, solar energy, hyperloop transportation systems etc.). It is absolutely fantastic and fascinating to see smart regions like this take their destiny in their hands early and believe in the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to resolve their problems and drive their economy. It is clear that many other countries and cities are falling behind the Technological revolution and should start thinking the same way.

Check out here the visions 2030 for each of the respective countries sited in this webinar:

Many other countries, cities need to go through similar exercises.

Visit Gary’s site here:

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If you enjoyed this content you may also enjoy this ebook (Guide for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to launch their new product)

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Innovation Mastery: Chris Kalaboukis on Corporate Innovation, staying relevant, leadership

Very excited to bring to you another insightful webinar with one extra-ordinary and hard working individual: Chris Kalaboukis.

He talks with us about his new book, shares his experiences and expertise on corporate Innovation, intrapreneurship and his views on the future and the importance of leadership and how the era of intense innovation is changing expectations towards employees.

Chris, is a serial entrepreneur, inventor of hundreds of products, has his name on 60+ patents and has hundreds more pending. He is the author of Innovation Mastery: The guide to running the ultimate innovation programs. He comes from the #1 most innovative region in the world: San Francisco area.

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Scroll down below the video to learn more about Chris and what we covered during this event. You will also find the links to the books mentioned during the talk.

Enjoy this replay, make sure you also watch our other ones and don’t hesitate to share with your team: A good start to driving the right behaviors that will help innovating!

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INNOVATION MASTERY: The Definitive Guide To Running The Ultimate Innovation Program

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Innovation Fast lane: Start-up tools and mindset for anyone wishing to learn about these new (lean) ways of launching ideas / resolving problems

Zone to win (Geoffrey Moore):

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Zone to Win: Organizing to Compete in an Age of Disruption

About Chris Kalaboukis

  • Prolific inventor (51 issued patents and 113 pending primarily in social networking and media – many of which, patented up to 7 years ago, are now seeing true product development)
  • Exceptional innovator (launched and headed internal innovation programs at Yahoo, Walmart & Citigroup
  • Invented products for all of the above corporates)
  • Experienced technologist (developed and launched a multitude of apps in everything from Ruby to C#)
  • Serial entrepreneur (led a number of startups from inception to launch)
  • A practical futurist (launched and ran corporate futurist programs envisioning far forward products and services).

People mentioned during the talk:

Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Black Eye Peas, X-men and many more!

Visit Chris’s website: hf-logo-with-name-1

Topics covered during the event

– About Chris, Hellofuture, his patents, work at Yahoo, CITI, Walmart, BNP
– His book: Innovation Mastery, running the ultimate innovation program
– Corporations success / failures example
– How to unearth innovation and innovators
– Do you really need skateboard ramps and jacuzzi meeting rooms to drive an innovation friendly environment
– How the era of endless innovation is changing employee’s expectations and recruiting of new hires and leaders – what you may need to have as a resume line going forward
– Tips to run a workshop that fosters creativity and new ideas
– Chris K’s views on “The zone to win” Geoffrey Moore’s new book that proposed the new way of running businesses in the era of disruption
– Start-up tools in the corporations: Leaner than lean?
– Corporations and Startups mingling: How to make it work
– Measuring innovation: How to..
– The power of serendipity (and what it is…)
– Homo Superiors
– Vision of the future (Note the slide says 2020 but should say 2030+…sorry)
– Q&A

Jay Samit: What is the era of endless Innovation – Why you should care!

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Jay Samit, one of the world’s leading expert on innovation and disruption and author of best selling book (Disrupt You – Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation) talks for startupsinnovation.com (Fast Lane Innovation webinars series) about the opportunities and challenges that people, companys, countries are and will be facing now and in the future. How many industries are being and will be disrupted, which ones and how this impacts all of us and requires us to change the way we think and do things: In our lives, for our careers and for our sustained or increased success in general.

Note: This video is for educational purposes only – Do not use what is discussed herein to make investment decisions without seeking the advice of a Financial & investment advisor.

Enjoy this information!

Get the book here!

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Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation

Disrupt you! authored by Jay Samit offers empowering advice for anyone looking to break through; for anyone with a big idea but with no idea how to apply it. This engaging, perspective-shifting book demystifies the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike. It incorporates stories from his own experience and anecdotes from other innovators and disruptive businesses-including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, YouTube, Cirque du Soleil, Odor Eaters, Iams, Silly Putty, and many more. Samit shows how personal transformation can reap entrepreneurial, professional & economical rewards.

 

 

Partners for this event (Thanks for the help on the promo):

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Topics we covered during this presentation / talk:

  • About Jay Samit, how he worked with Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Reid Hoffman
  • What is disruption
  • Disruptor vs. Disrupted
  • Impact of disruptive Tech
  • Collaborative economy
  • Acceleration of Innovation
  • Future for 9-5 Employees / Careers
  • Corporations vs Startups
  • Equity crowdfunding
  • Knowledge economy
  • Value chain innovation
  • Overcoming waste in “R&D”
  • Networking, mentorship
  • Implementation
  • Jay’s Vision for the future

Industries / technologies we touched on:

  • Transportation
  • Hyperloop
  • 3D Printing
  • Entertainment
  • Virtual / Hyper / augmented Reality
  • Energy
  • Big Data
  • Medical
  • Consulting
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • And more…

Enjoy, comment, share and partner with us on our next events. Better, bring one of these events in your organization, group or community!

Quotes from the webinar:

““You suddenly realise big ideas attract big minds. The first thing is to figure out how you can solve problems for others and that will attract success” Jay Samit

“The best time to start your business/launch your idea was last year, the second best time is now” Jay Samit

Follow Jay Samit:

Web: Jaysamit.com

Twitter: @Jaysamit

 

Sheri Mason: Attorney – Legal considerations for Start-up entrepreneurs

 

Speakers: Sheri Mason (VC) & Alistair Schneider (Founder Innovation Fast Lane)

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Sheri Mason: Protect your assets, do what’s right. Sheri is a successful and very experienced legal attorney. She will talk about what are the key legal considerations entrepreneurs working on the next big thing should absolutely have on mind when working on the next big thing: From the way you will set up your business, to how you need to protect your assets (IP) and think about contracting with your teams, partners, investors etc.

Feel free to start a discussion by commenting or asking questions at the bottom of this page.

Ian Knowles – New York Venture Capitalist: how to get funded by a VC firm

 

 

Speakers: Ian Knowles (VC) & Alistair Schneider (Founder Innovation Fast Lane)

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Ian Knowles: Venture Capital, “must haves” to get funded. Ian is a Venture Capitalist and entrepreneur who founded the Investment firm Spruce & Norton. He will talk about the day in a life of a Venture Capitalist and explain what it takes to be a successful entrepreneurs and how to have the most chances of being heard and funded by investors.

Feel free to start a discussion by commenting or asking questions at the bottom of this page.