4 reasons ‘crowdlending’ will be bigger than crowdfunding

What if I told you that debt crowdfunding, also known as debt crowdlending, will grow to be bigger than any of the other models? Let's take the market pulse... The Coolest Cooler campaign

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: September 11th, 2014 Bret Conkin

CrowdfundSuite to help businesses navigate pools of alternative funding

You may have only crowdfunded your first burrito this year, but Bret Conkin’s interest in crowdfunding stretches back to before Kickstarter ever allowed you to fund a potato salad. In 2008, Conkin founded

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 12th, 2014 Candice So

What Batman can teach you about enterprise CSR

In this follow-up to my last post 4 Ways your Brand's Social Responsibility is falling short, I introduce a new frame for brands on how to get a much bigger bang for their CSR

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 11th, 2014 Bret Conkin

4 reasons your brand’s social responsibility efforts are falling short

As a Procter & Gamble brand alumnus and 25-year marketer, I've seen a lot of brands - Crest, Vicks, HBC, Lotto 6/49 among them - trying to use causes and good works to

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 4th, 2014 Bret Conkin

Crowdfunding: An investor’s perspective

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of being invited by the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada to be a panelist at their breakfast briefing "Igniting Entrepreneurship and Capital Flow in Ontario." The other

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 17th, 2014 Gerard Buckley

The funding continuum enters stage left

The rules posted yesterday by Canadian securities regulators are still being digested, but upon first read, they appear very encouraging for Canadian startups, small business and even public issuers. The regulators have struck

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 25th, 2014 Bret Conkin

4 thoughts on the future of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has come a long way since the first crowdfunding projects surfaced a few years ago, with the first Kickstarter project coming online in 2009. The concept of getting the public to fund

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 25th, 2014 Candice So

Micro-ecommerce solution Shoplocket acquired by Irish firm

Toronto-based ecommerce firm Shoplocket has been acquired by Cork, Ireland-based global product development and supply chain company PCH International, the two firms announced this morning. When the graduate of accelerator Extreme Startups launched

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 24th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Want to get funded on Kickstarter? Mention cats

If you're trying to get a business funded on Kickstarter, using the words "cats", "Christina", and "December", could help improve your chances of being funded, according to a new study. A report on

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 15th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Indiegogo allows crowdfunders to embed campaigns on their own sites

Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo Inc. has launched a new feature called Outpost, giving campaigners the ability to embed their campaign pages on their own web pages, instead of just having them hosted on Indiegogo's

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 8th, 2014 Candice So

Canadians turn to Kickstarter to fund Power Pillow idea

Many of us already sleep with our smartphones right next to our pillows anyway, so why not have that pillow providing a charge at the same time? That's the promise of a new

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 8th, 2014 Brian Jackson

10 Bold Predictions for Crowdfunding in 2014

1. Alternative Financing is not a trend. Venture capital is being democratized. More and more entrepreneurs will build crowdfunding into their funding cycle to tap supporters. The market validation, feedback and community building

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 2nd, 2014 Bret Conkin

FundRazr kicks off ‘crowdfunding as a service’

FundRazr, one of the largest crowdfunding sites in Canada, has started up a partnership designed to help people embark on crowdfunding campaigns and raise money for their medical bills. This week, FundRazr announced

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 18th, 2013 Candice So

BLG points to tech issues as top business risks for 2014

Canada's business landscape is a relatively stable one and a good place to operate in for 2014, Borden Ladner Gervais says, but there will be growing areas of risk that organizations must be

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 16th, 2013 Brian Jackson