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Deep and intertwined in our humanity, is a need to support and feel involvement in the kinds of projects and companies which we care about. Until the recent crowdfunding phenomena emerged, our more centralized and intermediated capital formation and funding mechanisms scarcely recognized the social power of crowds which form affinities around any kind of mission. Crowdfunding is a natural systemic response to fill this gap, and an expression of our collective human will. It is perhaps, one of the most powerful developments in our modern-day socio-economics, and promises both to transform the capital formation landscape and to offer an avenue for a creative and intellectual re-birth. Whether funding sports-car racers, startup companies, indie movies, fashion, scientific research, or community projects — crowdfunding is already well under way, changing not only the way that we fund efforts, but the way we interact and support them. It is in the most simplistic terms, social networking meets venture financing. And a number of people in venture financing are now getting involved it. There are now nearly 7 billion of us, with over 2 billion having Internet access. Never before has there been such potential to bridge the collective creative and productive capacity with capital and other resources which are required to translate that capacity into social and economic activities. Even as exciting, is that crowdfunding links funding with the social dynamics and affinity groups which naturally surround efforts that resonate with our many motivations. That alone, is enough to cause a monumental shift in the way business and organizations operate. This is a deep and broad look at the history of finance that got us here, the present day zeitgeist of crowdfunding and its associated social networking & group dynamics, and a visionary look into the future and greater empowerment of crowdfunding. Join us on this intellectual discovery. Be part of the Crowdfunding Revolution!
I’m grateful for this wonderful book on Crowdfunding, I believe this is the first book to present Crowdfunding as a refreshing mix of social, economic and historic analysis in a very intriguing way. It seems Lawton and Marom are one step ahead in their field, with a daring vision, and it’s a pleasure to learn from them. After reading this book I was relieved to find out that financing my new ideas, and yours as well, is closer at hand!
Eye-opening and thought provoking
6 people found this helpful.
on November 29, 2010
By Cynthia Kocialski
The authors have painted an admirable picture of the winds of change whirling through the venture capital industry. This uproar is having a great impact on the start-up community, which depends on the venture capitalists for financial backing. Crowdfunding wonderfully describes the circumstances pushing start-ups to turn to non-traditional sources of funding such as to crowdfunding. It is an extremely well researched book for a topic that is so much in its infancy.
Setting the crowdfunding standard
5 people found this helpful.
on November 26, 2010
By Gijsbert Koren
“The Crowdfunding Revolution: Social Networking Meets Venture Financing” is the first book about crowdfunding! The title is spot on: crowdfunding is a revolution, creating a paradigm shift in the financial world.
3 people found this helpful.
on January 17, 2011
By Paul Spinrad
This is a book about the Next Big Thing.
3 people found this helpful.
on November 10, 2010
By Fred Bryant
Kevin and Dan are onto something. If you want to be part of the next wave to change the world economy this book is a must read. Both authors combine their own insight but also manage to capture the ideas of all of the major players in the space. It is a smooth read and the more difficult concepts are broken down into simple pieces. Read this book if you want to catch the next wave!
2 people found this helpful.
on November 22, 2010
By Korstiaan Zandvliet
In two parts Lawton & Marom provide readers with an insightful analysis of the Crowdfunding industry, the current regulatory difficulties, current initiatives and the future of Crowdfunding becoming a mainstream funding instrument.
Educational and a game changer
on June 18, 2012
By Wilson Recher
Being that crowdfunding is still somewhat new to the public, this book was very educational and informational. Just like I read in all my research ([…]), this book was right on point. When it spoke about the affects on startups and aiding the financial needs of an entrepreneur, I really related. I would suggest that if not all, then most entrepreneurs read about crowdfunding.
on July 11, 2011
By Karol Król
Really nice description of changes on the capital market. Going through virtual communities, changes in the VCs market, the autors theoroughly describe crowdfunding as a source of financing ideas. Worth buying![…]
A new world
on June 15, 2011
By Paulo Silva Pereira
A most interesting and revealing book on a topic that is changing society as we speak. Very much worth the reading!
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