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Is Crowdfunding a Replacement to Traditional Money-Raising Methods?

Last month, I was moderating a panel in which there were speakers from Indiegogo, Yelp and Hotels Tonight. I had a great discussion before, during and after the session with the Indiegogo person about crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the uber concept of raising capital rather than seeking loans from banks. These platforms could be seen as intermediaries between donors and beneficiaries. In 2014, the total crowdfunded amount was estimated to be around $16 billion. The trend is expected to continue and the amount of money raised is going to surpass the traditional fundraising (through venture capital, etc.) by 2016, which accoun ...

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