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Crowdfunding: The Winning Formula: How to Raise Money For A Business That Works For You [Kindle Edition]

Gary Spirer
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CrowdFunding: The Next Big Thing – The Winning Formula

In CrowdFunding: The Winning Formula money-raising expert Gary Spirer reveals the timeless secret of raising capital and building fabulous wealth. The Secret was given to him by his mentor, Andre Meyer, the senior partner of the prestigious investment banking firm Lazard Frères and one of the wealthiest men in the world of his time. Contrary to many investment bankers Meyer was publicity-shy, even if he was an advisor to the Kennedy family and a lifelong friend and advisor to Jackie Onassis


“At Lazard, André Meyer organized SOVAC (Societé pour la Vente à Crédit d'Automobiles), a finance company that in the late twenties introduced the concept of automobile financing for consumers. It made Lazard Frères a significant force in consumer credit as well as in product leasing. André Meyer, called "the most creative financial genius of our time in the investment banking world" by David Rockefeller, became one of the most important people in American business with an influence that extended around the globe. Known as "The Picasso of Banking," he introduced innovative financing techniques to post-War American business. During the 1960s, Meyer was responsible for making Lazard Frères the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) firm in the U.S. He put together prodigious deals through leveraged buy outs for companies such as International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT) who grew to become the ninth largest industrial corporation in the United States.” (Wikipedia).


Spirer explains how Meyer’s Secret was counter intuitive-the opposite of what 99% of the population follows. The Secret is what the top 1% and top 1% of 1% know and implement. Spirer relates that he felt similar to Napoleon Hill who was told the secret to wealth by Andrew Carnegie. That secret became the basis for Hill’s best-selling business book ever called Think and Grow Rich. Inspired by Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie and Andre Meyer, Spirer has spent 30 years studying the most successful people in the world and creating a system of principles, models and strategies that accelerate success and wealth building. He founded a softeware called DilogR to implement all these strategies, models and principles. Spirer advances his belief expressed in his best-selling book Crowdfunding: The Next Big Thing that crowdfunding -raising money online (like the TV program Shark Tank goes online) will revolutionize money raising, business building and wealth creation


In Crowdfunding the Winning Formula Spirer shows that crowdfunding is a platform made possible thanks to the recent JOBS Act. Spirer guides readers through the seven steps that any start-up business can employ to ensure success in raising money and building a business. Spirer points out that too many entrepreneurs believe that if you build a field of dreams they will come. He believes that entrepreneurs focus too much on what they feel customers want rather than truly finding out by in-field interviews and online testing. With a great idea and design, a start-up needs to thoroughly and repeatedly research and pre-test its product in the marketplace until the ideal niche is narrowed down in order to attract the most customers. He explains how to work with today’s savvy consumers, who expect to be part of the marketing conversation. Spirer's book shares the secrets that venture capitalists have employed to identify potential blockbuster investments and how the same approaches can be deployed in analyzing crowdfunding opportunities.



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  • File Size: 1705 KB
  • Print Length: 65 pages
  • Publisher: Gary Spirer (July 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LMH118K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Gary Spire demonstrates his knowledge and passion through his newest release. Not only does Gary work to motivate and guide you through this process, he lives this process in his own business ventures and life everyday. He sets himself apart by bringing practical experience to the passion of raising a business in the 2014 financial enviornment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars like this is a "my dad didn't like me"book August 7, 2014
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What a dishonest author. This book is nothing but the advertisement of his other book. He says that there is no short cut to success and money and that you won't find it in this book however later recommends you to buy his other crowdfunfing book for finding out his secrets to quick success. He also talks about some family problems from the past, like this is a "my dad didn't like me"book. I learned nothing but to not to trust this author. I feel scammed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars author is more interested in promoting his other book October 12, 2014
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It seems like the author is more interested in promoting his other book. There is an "advertisement line" after every chapter and it can be quite irritating. Also the formatting of the book could be better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lance
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I originally ready Spirer’s book “Crowdfunding: The Next Big Thing.”

I loved the book and when I saw that "Crowdfunding: The Winning Formula” was available I was intrigued.

The description of the book hinted at investment and business building lessons that Spirer learned from his mentor Andre Meyer. Going into the book I expected to learn a lot from Andre Meyer. I definitely learned valuable lessons from the things that Meyer told Spirer.

What I didn't expect was that I learned far more in this book from Spirer's personal life and business experiences.

My favorite section of the book was Spirer's, "What I learned from my Dad"

This book detailed several personal life experiences that shaped Spirer's views on life, business building, money, and investing.

The principles expounded upon in this book are powerful and they were made much more powerful as they were illustrated through life experiences - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Asset for Every Entrepreneur to Read July 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Gary Spirer, a highly successful investment banker and entrepreneur, reveals the secret formula to raising money and building business. This book positions Spirer as the go to authority on Crowdfunding along with his other money-raising classic best-selling book, "Crowdfunding: The Next Big Thing" - which I found so tremendously valuable that I purchased 4 extra copies for entrepreneurs in my circle. My takeaway is that you should focus from day one of your business on building an asset (what Spirer calls a Golden Goose or Money Machine) first. He defines an asset as something that puts money in your pocket whether you work for it or not. Do not focus on just income or the golden eggs or just having a product. This way you end up with a solid business and a team that can execute a plan, build products that sell. Or, your team can change your plan or pivot until your product sells.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This Book is a Must Buy! July 10, 2014
By DWS
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When reading Crowdfunding, by Gary Spirer, all I can say is wow! Spirer lays out in simple steps how to raise capital for your business using his 7 Steps System that he has developed in his over 30 + year career as an investment banker and entrepreneur. This book is easy to read, packed with a ton of practical yet useful tips and tactics that will help anyone looking to grow their business, start a business or understand how business works. I highly recommend this book as it has helped me tremendously. Chock full of invaluable information!
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More About the Author

Gary holds a bachelor's degree in Literature from New York University graduating magna cum laude, and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

Gary began his career at the prestigious investment banking firm Lazard Freres, where he worked at their real estate affiliate. Subsequently, Gary founded his own real estate company, Capital Hill Realty. In real estate Gary has developed, syndicated and invested in properties that in today's value, aggregate over $500 million. Gary has raised over $60 million dollars from individuals and small funds.

Gary founded Capital Hill Group, Inc, a boutique investment banking firm, in 1981. Capital Hill Group, Inc. is a member of FINRA and is governed by the SEC. Gary continues to provide investment banking services for emerging growth companies, and is one of the leading experts in raising capital, building businesses, real estate and marketing, especially on the Internet.

Gary has been involved in the entertainment world, film, and is currently finishing a Wall Street thriller.


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