crowdfunding

Kapen: As feds get act together, crowdfunding climbs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Seven years after a new federal law attempted to kickstart the startup market, investors and entrepreneurs are still finding their way – but a few key legislative tweaks could open the equity-crowdfunding floodgates. That’s the from-the-trenches assessment of Alon Kapen, a partner at Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz and head of the firm’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice group, who recalls the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 – a blessedly…


SBU researcher eyes crowdfunding success factors

By GREGORY ZELLER // The ultimate success of a crowdfunding campaign depends largely – but not exclusively – on the product or service at hand. That’s the main thrust of “Reward-Based Crowdfunding Success: Decomposition of the Project, Product Category, Entrepreneur and Location Effects,” a research paper published in June by Venture Capital, an international journal of entrepreneurial finance. The paper – completed by a quartet of researchers, including lead author Richard Chan, an assistant professor…


Wading once more into the crowd that loves them

By GREGORY ZELLER // Consider it a home-brewed version of Kickstarter. Riverhead’s Moustache Brewing Co., which launched following a successful 2012 campaign on the group-funding site, is once again appealing to its growing fan base – this time, to help fund new fermenting tanks essential to the microbrewery’s expansion plans. Building on their successful Growler of the Month Club, owners Lauri and Matthew Spitz have created The Moustache Brewing Co. Society for Fine Liquid Provisions,…