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How You Can Benefit From Supporting Small Businesses

Posted by Catherine Yushina on Mar 14, 2017 7:20:00 AM

Today, the new crowdfunding rules enable every American to invest in small businesses and startups while getting a financial return - instead of a t-shirt or a product. One of the models gaining popularity is investing in companies in return for a share of their revenues. This is a perfect model for business owners who run local companies - like that cool coffee shop you work from every other day or that awesome artisan making the unique jewelry everyone compliments you on. The best part is that you need less money to start investing than traditional methods - investing as small as $200 could pay for a few extra cups of coffee in a few months.

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Topics: Crowdfunding Trends, Investment Tips, Investing Trends

Why Do Entrepreneurs Turn Investors?

Posted by Catherine Yushina on May 5, 2016 5:30:00 AM

Just because you’re a great entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’ll make a great investor. Gallup research (2,500 entrepreneurs studied) shows that certain behavioral traits are shared among top entrepreneurs - but the skill set that makes an individual a powerhouse when it comes to building a company isn’t the same as what makes a profitable investor. But why do entrepreneurs turn investors?

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Topics: Investing Trends

Why Did P2P Lending Become So Popular?

Posted by Catherine Yushina on Mar 31, 2016 5:30:00 AM

The Qeneration Y values personal freedom and wants to take control of their work and leisure. They believe in people, not banks and rather than work for one company for 30 years, they prefer to collaborate in networks on various projects for short periods of time. The spread of web technologies, which foster mass collaboration, is creating a variety of new tools. These tools enable individuals to work together online in huge groups to achieve mutual goals. At the same time, the disintermediation is everywhere. Technological change, globalization and other international trends continue to reduce the number, size and role of business intermediates in many industry sectors. This led to development of micro and peer-to-peer lending.

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Topics: How to Fund Your Business, Investing Trends

How Does Generation Y Invest?

Posted by Catherine Yushina on Mar 29, 2016 5:30:00 AM

At 80 million strong, the Generation Y has defined itself as a generation of change-makers: they are known for their collective passion for social causes, their entrepreneurial spirit, their grassroots organizing abilities and their eagerness to reinvent and create new models for change. Millennials is a group who are oriented toward the future, who don't want their lives to revolve around money. No matter their background, young adults share a sense of entrepreneurship. That innovative spirit can limit the amount of risk millennials are willing to take with their investments.

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Topics: Investing Trends

What Investors Think: Making Profit VS. Fast Growth

Posted by Press on Feb 22, 2016 8:50:00 AM

On the fundraising trail this month, California entrepreneur Jason Fritton is getting an unusual question from venture capitalists: How soon can you produce make profits?

Making money quickly was rarely a demand during a near-record influx of startup capital, with investment into U.S. startups rising to almost $60 billion last year from $30 billion in 2013. Fast-growing companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Snapchat Inc. saw their bank accounts generously stocked as they prioritized rapid worldwide expansion over profits.

Desire for fast growth hasn't fallen. But as mounting concerns about slowing global spending hammer U.S. stocks, investors are demanding lower prices for shares in early stage companies. And before agreeing to invest, they're eager to see a startup's backup financial plans, spooked that economic conditions could worsen.

"With all this volatility, you have to be able to assure investors how you're not only going to show explosive growth, but also be on a predictable and clear path to profitability," Fritton, 40, said on the eve of investor meetings in New York City. "They want to know you can survive."

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Topics: Investing Trends