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The Crowdfunding Revolution: Social Networking Meets Venture Financing Paperback – November 5, 2010

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About the Author

Kevin is a progenitor of PC virtualization (now a multi-billion dollar cloud-related industry), many-time startup entrepreneur, trend-caster and visionary blogger at the intersection of biz & tech (www.trendcaller.com/), contributor for VentureBeat and SeekingAlpha, public speaker, prolific idea creator, protagonist of two open source projects, and news, innovation, economics and business book junkie. Kevin holds a B.A in computer science and started his career at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Dan is a PhD candidate in Finance at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been highly engaged in R&D and management for several years, as a technologist and a CEO and co-founder of a startup company. Although currently concentrating on academic activities (researching and teaching), Dan is also involved in several technology ventures as a consultant. Dan holds a MBA (Cum Laude) and a B.Sc in electrical Engineering.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456334727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456334727
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,396,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!
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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.

Recent use cases are included to demonstrate the power of this alternative funding path, which solidify and validate the approach. But the authors don't stop there. They go much further and discuss where and how far this trend in Crowdfunding can go. The book touches on regulatory issues, financial management concerns, hybrid funding, and much more.

Crowdfunding clearly reveals this new start-up trend. It's eye opening and thought provoking.
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"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.

The subtitle points out the two important pillars that make crowdfunding possible when they meet:
- Social networking connects millions and millions of people together.
- Venture financing becomes accessible for everybody because of low financial transaction costs and easy access to information, besides that it also becomes necessary with classic financers keeping their money away from start up companies.

Kevin Lawton and Dan Marom have done a great job at getting really deep into the field of crowdfunding. The book reads like they have had the opportunity to take a look into the future to see the potential of crowdfunding. The book contains an excellent explanation about the concept of crowdfunding and the rules of the game and is a must read for everybody entering the field of crowdfunding.

Gijsbert Koren, co-founder CrowdAboutNow (the Dutch crowdfunding platform for start up companies)
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This is a book about the Next Big Thing.

Crowdfunding isn't yet a universally understood term, so Lawton and Marom define and describe the phenomenon, and explain why crowdfunding is now needed (to the extent that any economic behavior can be "needed") given the current state of venture funding. Through it all, they present extensive reporting on the topic, drawn from wide-ranging interviews and deep reading, pulling together an essential "Crowdfunding State of the World" for late 2010.

Perhaps more valuably, the authors also map out some possible roads ahead, with recommendations, warnings, and vivid scenarios-- like the story of FundHarmony, a matchmaking service for investors and investments that grows in its sophistication and effectiveness.

Reading this book, I appreciated the authors' sense of history. I've read business books that drop history cliches ("Tulipmania" for example) in order to bolster some point that they're trying to make. But Lawton and Marom are clearly history buffs, and they illuminate their discussion with detailed accounts of less widely-cited historical situations that I was glad to learn more about.

For example, the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty was essentially crowdfunded. A nationwide fundraising effort led by Joseph Pulitzer rewarded $1 donations with a 6" Lady Liberty statuette and $5 donations with a 12" statuette-- exactly the sort of multi-tier "perks" setup that you see today on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, RocketHub, and other popular crowdfunding sites. The book's introduction recounts this successful campaign, and I can think of no better symbol for the spirit and potential of crowdfunding. (The Statue of Liberty itself was also crowdfunded, by French citizens, via a lottery.
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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!
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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.

The book is thoughtfully written and provides the reader with the necessary tools to interpret the modern Crowdfunding industry in its noticeably unsettled state. Lawton and Marom's comprehensive approach towards current initiatives in the first part proves to be valuable for persons considering undertaking a Crowdfunding campaign. Whereas the second part of the book ,where they envision the future of the Crowdfunding industry, holds valuable lessons for current initiatives already active in the domain.

Concluding that "The Crowdfunding Revolution: Social Networking Meets Venture Financing" is the first book in its kind - it should be on the mandatory reading list for everybody active in the industry or for everyone who's planning to be. The complete book holds many hands-on tips and provides an extended theoretical case for Crowdfunding as a mainstream financing instrument.

On behalf of the whole industry thanks for this great read!

Korstiaan Zandvliet
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