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Etsy Launches Crowdfunding Platform

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Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, announced yesterday a pilot program, called Fund on Etsy, to crowdfund new products. From June 16 to August 16, a select number of sellers can use the site to raise capital for the manufacture of their new products.

This new crowdfunding program comes at a time when the site is in dire need of a new revenue stream. Despite a strong IPO debut in April, shares have dropped almost every day from $35.74 on the first day of trading to $16.08 today. Etsy announced they will take a 3.5 percent of each transaction along with a 20 cent posting fee.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: John Reese

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With over 40,000 entrepreneurs on the site, we’ve had the chance to hear countless stories from people across the world about their ideas, their companies, and why they decided to become entrepreneurs in the first place. We’ve enjoyed listening to every one of them, too – from the truly inspirational, to the ones that leave us scratching our heads – they serve as a reminder that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all definition for an entrepreneur. Now, we’ve decided to share some of these stories with you.

This is the first in an ongoing series we’re calling “Entrepreneur Spotlight” where we get the chance to speak with entrepreneurs and listen to their stories. First up is John Reese, CEO of Open Book Ben. You can check out their EquityNet profile here.

Try Our New Free Crowdfunding Tools

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We’re proud to announce two new additions to our portfolio of crowdfunding resources; the Profit Margin Calculator and Cash Flow Calculator. These calculators are designed to help entrepreneurs improve their business planning and fundraising efforts, and like our other crowdfunding tools and resources, they are free to use.

Arkansas’ Own Crowdfunding Site EquityNet Alive and Kicking

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What Arkansas’ EquityNet lacks in scrappy appeal it seeks to make up for in experience and performance.

Of course, the 10-year-old company, based in Fayetteville, has an audience and purpose very different from Kickstarter or Indiegogo. While Kickstarter links donors seeking rewards in, say, cheese, EquityNet is an equity investing platform, linking startups to investors seeking a stake in the startup.

EquityNet At 2015 National Incubation Conference

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EquityNet is proud to announce its participation at the National Business Incubation Association’s (NBIA) 29th annual International Conference on Business Incubation from April 26-29 in Denver, Colorado. The event brought together over 600 incubation and entrepreneurial support professionals from all over the world to connect with others in their fields, learn new techniques, and explore new trends.

The Impact Of Current Social Media Trends For Crowdfunding

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As many business owners know, social media is a powerful tool that helps them let the rest of the world know what they’re about and what they have to offer. It has also become a critical element in crowdfunding campaigns to help entrepreneurs raise capital for their businesses. Social media trends, however, are constantly changing. Here’s a look at some of those trends that will develop over the next year.