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Washington Senate passes proposed crowdfunding law

The Washington State Senate today passed a proposed crowdfunding law with a 46-2 vote, as House Bill 2023 now moves back to the House for a vote on amendments. If the changes are approved by the House and HB 2023 is signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, Washington state businesses will be able to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month… Read More

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Washington House passes proposed crowdfunding law

The Washington State House today passed a proposed crowdfunding law with a 89-9 vote, as House Bill 2023 now moves to the Senate. HB 2023 would allow Washington state businesses to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month period from Washington state residents in a crowdfunding campaign, with the funds being raised from non-accredited investors, as… Read More

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Why I support Washington’s proposed crowdfunding law

The Washington state legislature has a unique opportunity in front of it right now. It can pass a state-specific crowdfunding law. You can read the bill, which has already unanimously passed out of a House committee here. The bill would allow Washington state businesses to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month period from Washington… Read More

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Crowdfunding, eh? Kickstarter launches in Canada

Following its launch in the United Kingdom late last year, one of the world’s most popular crowdfunding platforms is coming to Canada. Kickstarter, the wildly popular crowdfunding platform, will be available in Canada starting September 9. According to the company’s blog post about its upcoming launch, all pledges for Canadian projects will be made in… Read More

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This backcountry survival tablet has a GPS, solar panels and a two-way radio

Ever wondered what what would happen if your iPad met Google Maps and they decided to go out on an adventure together? The outcome might look something like a new hardware device called “Earl.” Sqigle, a Seattle-based startup founded last summer, is currently working on a crowdfunded Android-based tablet meant to be a “backcountry survival guide,”… Read More

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Google Ventures, Maveron and others bankroll crowdfunding platform CircleUp

Maveron, the Seattle venture capital firm led by Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz and former investment banker Dan Levitan, has joined with Union Square Ventures, Google Ventures and Clayton Christensen’s Rose Park Advisors to bankroll crowdfunding startup CircleUp. The San Francisco company is bringing in $7.5 million in series A funding, described as the largest fundraising for an… Read More

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Newsmakers 2012: The Oatmeal stirs up a crowd

Webcomic artist Matthew Inman is known for his wicked and funny takes on modern life as The Oatmeal. But the Seattle resident made another mark in the tech world this year, by tapping into the power of crowdfunding to make a big impact — not once but twice. Inman raised more than $1.5 million for… Read More

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3 keys to successful crowdfunding campaigns

There’s change in the air.  Entrepreneurs I talk to can smell it.  Especially those that are focused on consumer products.  The smell of money.  They whisper about it in hushed tones. Kickstarter. Money just waiting to be scooped up.  From consumers eager to buy the “next big thing.”  Before it’s even is a “thing” at… Read More

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Crowdfunding gets serious as leaders form trade group

We’ve been watching in amazement as organizations such as Kickstarter gain steam, revolutionizing the way that entrepreneurs go about raising cash for their projects. And it appears that the concept of crowdfunding will continue to gain momentum, especially in light of the new Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act that was signed into law by President… Read More