Revolutionary Stayput Technology Inspires An Unspillable Bowl Available Exclusively On Kickstarter

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 5, 2015 — When Harry Zimmerman first conceived the now-patented StayPut technology out of frustration from his kids constantly knocking over bowls of food, the concept quickly developed into a product parents and everyone else alike would find incredibly useful. Zimmerman holds a degree in engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Champaign.

 

The engineers Zimmerman employed to render the 3D drawings necessary to build a prototype were originally skeptical of the design and said it would not work, and upon first run creation discovered that it not only worked, but could be a game changer in the industry. “They still talk to me to this day about how marveled they were that it worked!” said Zimmerman. It’s taken more than 5 years to get to the current prototype and the team is dedicated to getting the technology into the hands of other who will benefit the most.

 

The first iteration of the product using the technology is called the Bumpit Bowl. It does not use adhesive or suction to remain stable on virtually any surface and is resistant to almost any motion that would knock the bowl over. Yet, when it comes time to pick it up, the Bumpit Bowl is as easy to pick up as a regular bowl. The effect feels like magic.

 

The BPA-free Bumpit Bowl is also double insulated, which means that it retains temperature like a thermos and stays safe to touch even if its contents are hot. The inner bowl is microwave safe, and is certified by UL, as well as dishwasher safe. It comes with a top and is easy to take on the go. It also comes with a removable divider, allowing for a shallower bowl and storage of up to three kinds of food.

 

Harry is working in conjunction with his two kids Evan, an honors economics student at the University of Chicago and Zachary, who studies real estate development at the University of Southern California, who bring fresh perspectives in contemporary consumer products. As an independent, family operation, quality will never be an issue.

 

With delivery promised by December of this year, a single dishwasher safe bowl that will save you tons of frustration is running at a pledge amount of only $20.

 

Emmy winner Ron Noble has developed a cartoon and a signed copy of his book, Letter Beasties is also available as a perk for contribution.

 

“We are experienced hardware developers and have the experience to see this through and address any issues that come our way,” promises the campaign.

 

To visit this campaign and learn more or to buy a Bumpit Bowl, please click here: http://kck.st/1h7AHIx

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Campaign: http://kck.st/1h7AHIx
Contact Information:
For any questions please contact:

Contact:  Harry Zimmerman

Title:        manager

Phone:     (310)591-9617

email:      spt.technologies@gmail.com

Website: www.bumpitbowl.com (in development)

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Giving Without Goals Can Leave Donors Feeling Unfulfilled

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Asia Pacific Brokerage Charitable Launches Campaign to Help Donors Create a Plan; For the 68 Percent of Pre-Retirees Expecting to Increase Their Charitable Activity, It’s a Good Time to Develop a Mission

 

Hong Kong, 2015 –  Although the majority of donors know which charities they will support each year, only 22 percent have a mission statement or set of goals to guide their giving, according to Giving and Planning, a new study from Asia Pacific Brokerage Charitable. A separate study by a third party found that only two of five donors are highly satisfied with the impact they are making through their charitable efforts, and only one in five believe their giving is highly effective.

“Many of our donors plan to expand their commitment to philanthropy within the next five years, with full-time employed donors in their fifties most likely to anticipate increasing the time they spend on philanthropic activities,” said Chian Yuncao, president of Asia Pacific Brokerage Charitable. “Having a mission statement to guide one’s giving can amplify the impact of charitable contributions, as well as boost the confidence donors have in their giving and the satisfaction they get from it.”

Key findings from the survey of 1,078 Asia Pacific Brokerage Charitable donors are:

  • Most know where they will give: 78 percent of donors have a good sense of which charities they will support each year and 53 percent know how much they will give.
  • Women are more likely to have a plan: 27 percent of women compared to only 19 percent of men have developed a mission statement to guide their giving.
  • Using a donor-advised fund improves planning: 29 percent plan their giving further in advance after setting up a donor-advised fund.

 

About Asia Pacific Brokerage Services Limited

Asia Pacific Brokerage Services (asia-pacific-brokerage.com) Limited is an independent investment management company based in Hong Kong.  Asia Pacific Brokerage Services Limited’s manages equities for a globally diverse client base comprising a broad range of investors. A professional investment team applies Asia Pacific Brokerage Services Limited’s distinctive investment philosophy within an environment free from committee based decision making.  The structure fosters independent investment thought and results in portfolios with diversified, yet strong views that are designed to deliver long-term outperformance.  Asia Pacific Brokerage Services Limited’s focus on delivering superior investment returns, rather than asset accumulation, is facilitated by owner management and reinforced by a strong preference for performance based fees.

 

Source: ICNW

New crowdfunding legislation in Portugal

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As crowdfunding kicks in everywhere in the world, Portugal introduces new rules on crowdfunding this week.

The text is the Portuguese equivalent to the American JOBS Act. It defines all types of crowdfunding (reward, loan, donation and equity) and establishes rules for each of them.

Below are key highlights of the new legislation:

  • There are no restrictions on platform ownership. Any person or company can own them, regardless of their business area
  • Platforms can operate in more than one crowdfunding type. They must obey to the rules specific to each mode
  • Platforms must ensure confidentiality of every information present in them
  • Platforms cannot recommend investments nor offer any kind of sales commission to their personnel
  • Platforms cannot offer investment funds nor keep securities. All securities must be issued directly by the companies seeking funds
  • Loan and equity campaigns cannot be present in more than one platform
  • Rewards and donation based crowdfunding initiatives cannot raise more than 10 times their initial goal
  • Rewards and donation based campaigns must communicate Direção Geral do Consumidor, the consumer protection authority before they start their activities
  • Loan and equity types must all be communicated to CMVM (Comissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários), the Portuguese equivalent to Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Loan and equity types must establish a maximum raising value, regardless of the goal
  • CMVM can establish a maximum annual value that an entity can raise or an investor can invest

Attention should be given to situations that cause conflicts of interest, which are cited several times in the law. It says that platforms must do their best efforts to avoid such situations, which can arise when personnel involved with the platform participate in crowdfunding campaigns within it, in any roles, when their interests are contrary to that of investors or beneficiaries.

Original text in Portuguese here.

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Smartlet, the plug for the modern world, hits 365% of funding goal, contemplating world domination

2nd October 2015 – Miami, FL. – Smartlet, the smart socket built for the electronics of 2015 not 1915, has reached 365% (as of writing) of its $10,000 funding goal.

The product, simply, is a plug. It plugs into the wall and gives you two USB ports to charge your phone, iPad – anything. It also has an LED light so you can see in the dark. The PRO version ($8 more) has WiFi so you can turn on/off the plug remotely and set timers. Oh, and you can still plug your old things into it also (with added surge protection, just in case…).

 

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The campaign is active for another 27 days with the product going into mass production in November and deliveries beginning in January 2016.


Notes to editor:
Name: Smartlet
Platform: Indiegogo
URL: http://igg.me/at/smartlet-bring-your-outlet-into-the-21st-century/
Amount sought: $10,000
Amount raised (to date) : $36,468
Duration : 30 days
Press kit link :
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8tz37eq3yzcb6ea/AABRVL-Jb9L_2RkbbkONCkqfa?dl=0
For press enquires, please contact Michael Raven – michael@blazonpr.com.

Summary:
Smartlet, the smart socket built for the electronics of 2015 not 1915, has reached 365% (as of writing) of its $10,000 funding goal.

Youtube: https://youtu.be/9L7CDfTlqbA
See Campaign: http://igg.me/at/smartlet-bring-your-outlet-into-the-21st-century/
Contact Information:
For press enquires, please contact Michael Raven – michael@blazonpr.com.

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A Seattle Entrepreneur Couple Creates A Card Game To Teach Kids About Business

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Rabbit Patch Game

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rabbitpatchgame@gmail.com

 

A Seattle entrepreneur couple creates a card game to teach kids about business.

 

After starting their own business, a Seattle couple created a card game to teach their four children about entrepreneurship and money management, in a fun and creative way.

 

Craig and Cori Robinson are dedicated to teaching their kids the principles they need to succeed at life and they’ve come up with a unique way to do it.  The couple has created a brand new card game called Rabbit Patch designed to teach kids basic principles of entrepreneurship and money management.

 

“We believe one of the best ways to teach children is through play,” said Cori. “Children learn through playing in a much more organic way; so we thought, why not try to teach these basic principles for cultivating success through play as well?”

 

The card game is designed to teach children delayed gratification, resource management, investing and creativity.  All ideas the Robinsons believe are vital for success in business and life.

 

“In a nutshell: this game teaches delayed gratification, resource management, and investing without kids even realizing they’re learning it,” said Craig.

 

The couple hopes that by instilling these ideas early on, children will be more prepared to weather any economic climate when they are on their own.

 

“We just feel that there is a big vacuum for this kind of education in society.  We teach our kids math and science, but there aren’t a lot of resources out there to help parents teach delayed gratification, business and money management skills to kids.”

 

The couple launched the game on Kickstarter.com, a crowd-funding platform and hopes to raise $15,000 for the project by October 17th.  Those interested in purchasing the game can do so by backing the project on Kickstarter.  Should the project successfully fund, the couple plans to have the game manufactured in the U.S.

 

The project can be viewed on Kickstarter:

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/633936470/rabbit-patch-a-card-game-for-little-entrepreneurs

 

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Turning A Spark Into A Fire: Using The Arts To Catalyze Social Change In The Balkans

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A new organization is breaking into the Albanian arts scene to confront the country’s last twenty-five years “in transition” to democracy and push for social change, despite internal resistance to reflection and rampant corruption.

TIRANA, Albania, October 1, 2015 — A new organization using the arts for social change in the Balkans, Rivështrim (Albanian for ‘revision’), announces today the final two-week countdown for their crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 to begin production of the innovative theater and documentary project combatting gender inequality entitled: Through These Eyes (supported in part by the US Embassy of Tirana, Soros Foundation, and UNWomen).Through These Eyes consists of a 1) theatrical show composed of non-fictional monologues and dialogues concerning Albanian gendered realities and 2) a documentary film that covers the development of the production and the reality in Albania, serving as a guide for other groups and exponentially expanding the reach of the project.

With this project, Rivështrim is attempting to fill a gap in the both the development and arts worlds in Albania, providing citizens with a platform to voice their experiences and their calls for a different future and underlining the uniqueness of the manifestation of gender inequality around the world while emphasizing the universality in its underlying causes.

Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle. Despite having an artist prime minister and a new Mayor of Tirana whose recent electoral campaign was largely based on supporting youth and youth-led initiatives, financial support from the Albanian government or civic society for the arts and projects like Through These Eyes is practically fictional, with any existing funds continuing to flow into the same hands as thirty years ago.

Touching on several cross-cutting and often “taboo” topics such as expectations of Albanian masculinity, gendered youth dichotomies, migration, domestic violence, women’s economic inequality, self empowerment, etc., Through These Eyes respects the importance of open discussion for change and the reality that these inequalities are serious hurdles to development and eventual ascension into the EU for Albania, one of it’s government’s primary goals.

Watch the teaser for the project and show your support via Facebook, Twitter, and Indiegogo.

 

See Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/revision-through-these-eyes-theater-and-film#/
Contact Information:
Name of Media Contact: Kathleen Livingstone
Title: Executive Director of Rivështrim, Project Director of “(re)vision: Through These Eyes” NGO Name: Rivështrim
Contact Phone Number: (347) 748-1558
Contact E-mail: klivingstone@riveshtrim.org
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Turn Up The Bass Anywhere With New Wearable Technology

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Turn Up The Bass Anywhere With New Wearable Technology

New York, October 1, 2015 – bassAware Inc., a wearable audio device company, announced the release of its new bass augmentation technology that allows anyone to add more bass to any sound environment – at a club or concert venue with a sound system, at a warehouse party, or at home when listening to the stereo, watching movies, or when playing video games.

“The product is called the bassAware Drop. It resembles a small backpack or vest – and it operates much like a hearing aid – but for bass frequencies” says Michael White, bassAware founder and product designer. “Hidden inside there’s a microphone that picks up any nearby sub frequency sound, and converts it to vibration centered on your upper back. It feels like you’re leaning against a big subwoofer. It gives you a personal bass boost, perfectly in time with the music coming from the speakers.”

The bassAware Drop is currently available for pre-order at Crowd Supply:

https://www.crowdsupply.com/bassaware/bassaware-drop-a-wearable-audio-device

While bass heavy music like Hip-Hop has long dominated popular music, Electronic Dance Music has also grown to be a $6B industry. “EDM is already the next big music genre, and EDM is all about bass,” continues White. “I’ve been going to warehouse parties and dance music events for years, and I’ve always wished for a way to add more bass whenever I wanted. With the growth of EDM into mainstream culture, wearable audio products like the bassAware Drop will become more commonplace – probably even normal – the same way subwoofers became normal in our homes and cars during the 90’s with the rise of Hip-Hop music.”

The Drop is meant not only to be a functional audio device, its also a fashion accessory – with a futuristic aesthetic that will fit right in at underground costume parties, music festivals, or sci-fi and gaming conventions. “We spent a lot of time making an elegant yet fashion forward design, that easily adjusts to fit an array of body types, both large and small. Its a unisex design, looking great on men and women,” says White.

Aside from Mic-Mode, the bassAware Drop can also be used with headphones and any audio source – a phone, music player, tablet, or laptop. It works well at home, when you’d like extra bass but you don’t want to disturb your roommates or neighbors. The Drop also enhances movie watching, video games, and Virtual Reality.

For more information, contact michael@bassAware.com.

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Hambrecht, Chanel & Family Offices invited to The Soho Loft Energy Conference

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Soho Loft Conferences with Victoria Global will present a conference on financing renewable energy and international solar development projects on January 28-29, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“RenewFi: New Industry Opportunities in Renewable Finance” will be held at the Topline Incubator 1402 S Marina Way, Richmond at the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. It will bring together the bigwigs in the fields of solar development, clean technologies and renewable energy, and intersect this with finance, enabling entrepreneurs to get the much needed investment to kick off their projects. It will be attended by individuals from different arenas including commercial real estate owners, impact investors, real estate investors, CFOs, accountants, solar executives, cleantech people and social and energy entrepreneurs.

David Drake, the Founder and Chairman of Victoria Global, LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft Media Group, says, “We are very excited about this conference. We will be showing the practical aspects of renewable energy financing – the benefits of increasing property values, tax breaks, while capturing your own energy. The conference aims to do exactly that – bring entrepreneurs, solar experts and investors together – to launch and strike a powerful conversation among all players thus showcasing the benefits of renewable energy.”

Renewable energy is the energy of the future with oil supply barely able to fulfill the world’s needs for another hundred years. Today, fossil fuels comprise 81.6 percent of our energy needs and the United States increasingly depends on fossil fuels. Ozone layer depletion and acid rain are just few of the effects of fossil fuels. Alternative energy, one the other hand, helps us to be environmentally safe. There is a lot to learn from the event, including how to best use renewable energy.

The conference topics include: cross-funding opportunities and cross-investment strategies on renewable energy and real estate; investment opportunities and strategies on solar energy projects; solar investment opportunities in Asia, South and Central America; tax incentives and financing opportunities; renewable energy equity based funds for commercial real estate; and waste conversion to energy.

The keynotes will be given by:

Scott Purcell, Founder and CEO of FundAmerica

Curtis Probst, Managing Director of Rocky Mountain Institute

Daniel Kammen, Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California in Berkeley

Mark Grobmyer, Managing Director of P80 Group Foundation and Chairman of Global Technology Deployment Initiative

Scott Jacobs, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Generate Capital

Moderators are:

David Drake, Founder and Chairman of Victoria Global, LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft Media Group

Corey Call, Chairman and CEO of WholeCom Corporation

Daniel Robin, Founder and Managing Partner of In3 Finance

The panel speakers include:

Adam Feldman, Director of GSSG Solar, LLC

Bob Hambrecht, Chief Financial Officer of Full Circle Biochar

Brad Copithorne, Vice President of Commercial PACE Programs at Renewable Funding, LLC

Chris Bennett, President of Municipal Solar

Ed Church, Executive Director of Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship

Elena Lucas, Co-Founder and CEO of UtilityAPI

John McDonnell, Managing Member of SunRenu Solar

Katie Bush– Director of Project Acquisitions & Finance at Bright Plain Renewable Energy

Matt Coleman, EVP Project Development of Clean Focus

Michael Blomquist, Co-Founder and Head of Sales of Open Energy Group

Michael Fakukasis, President and CEO of Mechatron Solar Inc.

Ryan Wartena, CEO of Growing Energy Labs

Stephen H. Leist, Managing Partner of Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, LLC

Tony Lebe, Principal at Renewable Energy & Cleantech Law (RECL)

Ty Jagerson, CEO of Village Power Finance

Victoria Vestal, Managing Partner of Variety Energy

Corey Call, CEO of WholeCom Corporation, a diamond sponsor of this conference says, “We make solar technologies simple and profitable for developers, and through this conference, we hope to make lasting partnerships to make this even better.” He further adds, “Seven or eight years ago, at the start of cleantech efforts, the solar panels were $3 a watt. Now, it costs $.60 a watt. The early cleantech entrepreneurs and investors drastically got the Industry ready and making the future possible. Everything has a trajectory and a group of people that pioneer great advancements. This is the time for leaps in Energy.”

Scott Purcell, CEO of FundAmerica that sponsors this conference, says “Education is the key to the success of the crowdfunding industry, and I am pleased to be a part of The Soho Loft Media Group’s efforts to work with portals, law firms and other key players at this conference.”

Topline Incubator, a silver conference sponsor, is “a revolutionary incubator focused on scale.” Allan Young, its Founder and CEO, says “It is the only one in existence with a built-in marketing and sales accelerator.”

Bruce Lipnick, Founder and CEO of Crowd Alliance, says “Conferences, such as this Renewfi, educate the general investing public, bridging the gap between and among the venture capital and crowdfunding world as well as sustainable green environment.”

Other sponsors and partnered companies of the event include Victoria Partners, LDJ Capital, Times Impact Publications, Times Realty News, GridSpeak, In3Finance, Energy Finance Strategies, RE3CAPiTAL, Mechatron Solar Inc.

Village Power Finance, Allotrope Partners, Rocky Mountain Institute, Clean Path, Clean Fund, GSSG Solar, Energy Ensemble, Full Circle Biochar, Renewable Funding, LLC, Municipal Solar, Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship, UtilityAPI, SunRenu Solar, Bright Plain Renewable Energy, Clean Focus, Open Energy Group, Growing Energy Labs, Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, LLC, and Variety Energy.

For more details, visit:

http://thesoholoft.com/conferences/renewfi-new-industry-opportunities-in-renewable-finance/

Watch for more conferences produced or supported by The Soho Loft Media Group that are happening across the country and around the world, the next one may be in your city. To get VIP access to major conferences that intersect finance with key industries and for other exciting perks and benefits, consider the annual membership programs at www.thesoholoft.com/vipmembers.

Visit www.thesoholoft.com for more information on upcoming and past events.

About THE SOHO LOFT Media Group (www.thesoholoft.com)

The Soho Loft Media Group is a global financial media company with 3 divisions:

TIMES IMPACT PUBLICATIONS produces relevant content on investing and entrepreneurship that are published and syndicated in 100+ leading online publications and growing.

THE SOHO LOFT CONFERENCES organizes up to 200+ investor-focused global summits, talks and events annually.

VICTORIA GLOBAL Corporate Communications specializes in client Investor Relations, Public Relations, Branding and Social Media Marketing.

The Soho Loft Media Group is your global partner for your investment and business strategies.

For inquiries, contact info@thesoholoft.com or call 212.845.9652

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Soho Loft Conferences with Victoria Global will present a conference on financing renewable energy and international solar development projects on January 28-29, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“RenewFi: New Industry Opportunities in Renewable Finance” will be held at the Topline Incubator 1402 S Marina Way, Richmond at the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. It will bring together the bigwigs in the fields of solar development, clean technologies and renewable energy, and intersect this with finance, enabling entrepreneurs to get the much needed investment to kick off their projects. It will be attended by individuals from different arenas including commercial real estate owners, impact investors, real estate investors, CFOs, accountants, solar executives, cleantech people and social and energy entrepreneurs.

David Drake, the Founder and Chairman of Victoria Global, LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft Media Group, says, “We are very excited about this conference. We will be showing the practical aspects of renewable energy financing – the benefits of increasing property values, tax breaks, while capturing your own energy. The conference aims to do exactly that – bring entrepreneurs, solar experts and investors together – to launch and strike a powerful conversation among all players thus showcasing the benefits of renewable energy.”

Renewable energy is the energy of the future with oil supply barely able to fulfill the world’s needs for another hundred years. Today, fossil fuels comprise 81.6 percent of our energy needs and the United States increasingly depends on fossil fuels. Ozone layer depletion and acid rain are just few of the effects of fossil fuels. Alternative energy, one the other hand, helps us to be environmentally safe. There is a lot to learn from the event, including how to best use renewable energy.

The conference topics include: cross-funding opportunities and cross-investment strategies on renewable energy and real estate; investment opportunities and strategies on solar energy projects; solar investment opportunities in Asia, South and Central America; tax incentives and financing opportunities; renewable energy equity based funds for commercial real estate; and waste conversion to energy.

The keynotes will be given by:

Scott Purcell, Founder and CEO of FundAmerica

Curtis Probst, Managing Director of Rocky Mountain Institute

Daniel Kammen, Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California in Berkeley

Mark Grobmyer, Managing Director of P80 Group Foundation and Chairman of Global Technology Deployment Initiative

Scott Jacobs, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Generate Capital

Moderators are:

David Drake, Founder and Chairman of Victoria Global, LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft Media Group

Corey Call, Chairman and CEO of WholeCom Corporation

Daniel Robin, Founder and Managing Partner of In3 Finance

The panel speakers include:

Adam Feldman, Director of GSSG Solar, LLC

Bob Hambrecht, Chief Financial Officer of Full Circle Biochar

Brad Copithorne, Vice President of Commercial PACE Programs at Renewable Funding, LLC

Chris Bennett, President of Municipal Solar

Ed Church, Executive Director of Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship

Elena Lucas, Co-Founder and CEO of UtilityAPI

John McDonnell, Managing Member of SunRenu Solar

Katie Bush– Director of Project Acquisitions & Finance at Bright Plain Renewable Energy

Matt Coleman, EVP Project Development of Clean Focus

Michael Blomquist, Co-Founder and Head of Sales of Open Energy Group

Michael Fakukasis, President and CEO of Mechatron Solar Inc.

Ryan Wartena, CEO of Growing Energy Labs

Stephen H. Leist, Managing Partner of Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, LLC

Tony Lebe, Principal at Renewable Energy & Cleantech Law (RECL)

Ty Jagerson, CEO of Village Power Finance

Victoria Vestal, Managing Partner of Variety Energy

Corey Call, CEO of WholeCom Corporation, a diamond sponsor of this conference says, “We make solar technologies simple and profitable for developers, and through this conference, we hope to make lasting partnerships to make this even better.” He further adds, “Seven or eight years ago, at the start of cleantech efforts, the solar panels were $3 a watt. Now, it costs $.60 a watt. The early cleantech entrepreneurs and investors drastically got the Industry ready and making the future possible. Everything has a trajectory and a group of people that pioneer great advancements. This is the time for leaps in Energy.”

Scott Purcell, CEO of FundAmerica that sponsors this conference, says “Education is the key to the success of the crowdfunding industry, and I am pleased to be a part of The Soho Loft Media Group’s efforts to work with portals, law firms and other key players at this conference.”

Topline Incubator, a silver conference sponsor, is “a revolutionary incubator focused on scale.” Allan Young, its Founder and CEO, says “It is the only one in existence with a built-in marketing and sales accelerator.”

Bruce Lipnick, Founder and CEO of Crowd Alliance, says “Conferences, such as this Renewfi, educate the general investing public, bridging the gap between and among the venture capital and crowdfunding world as well as sustainable green environment.”

Other sponsors and partnered companies of the event include Victoria Partners, LDJ Capital, Times Impact Publications, Times Realty News, GridSpeak, In3Finance, Energy Finance Strategies, RE3CAPiTAL, Mechatron Solar Inc.

Village Power Finance, Allotrope Partners, Rocky Mountain Institute, Clean Path, Clean Fund, GSSG Solar, Energy Ensemble, Full Circle Biochar, Renewable Funding, LLC, Municipal Solar, Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship, UtilityAPI, SunRenu Solar, Bright Plain Renewable Energy, Clean Focus, Open Energy Group, Growing Energy Labs, Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, LLC, and Variety Energy.

For more details, visit:

http://thesoholoft.com/conferences/renewfi-new-industry-opportunities-in-renewable-finance/

Watch for more conferences produced or supported by The Soho Loft Media Group that are happening across the country and around the world, the next one may be in your city. To get VIP access to major conferences that intersect finance with key industries and for other exciting perks and benefits, consider the annual membership programs at www.thesoholoft.com/vipmembers.

Visit www.thesoholoft.com for more information on upcoming and past events.

About THE SOHO LOFT Media Group (www.thesoholoft.com)

The Soho Loft Media Group is a global financial media company with 3 divisions:

TIMES IMPACT PUBLICATIONS produces relevant content on investing and entrepreneurship that are published and syndicated in 100+ leading online publications and growing.

THE SOHO LOFT CONFERENCES organizes up to 200+ investor-focused global summits, talks and events annually.

VICTORIA GLOBAL Corporate Communications specializes in client Investor Relations, Public Relations, Branding and Social Media Marketing.

The Soho Loft Media Group is your global partner for your investment and business strategies.

For inquiries, contact info@thesoholoft.com or call 212.845.9652

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Is FinTech a crowdfunding offspring?

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Wikipedia describes FinTech as: Financial technology, also known as FinTech, is a line of business based on using software to provide financial services. Financial technology companies are generally startups founded with the purpose of disrupting incumbent financial systems and corporations that rely less on software. Global investment in financial technology more than tripled to $4 billion in 2013 from $930 million in 2008. The nascent financial technology industry has seen rapid growth over the last few years, according to the office of the Mayor of London.

So FinTech may or may not have been born alongside the crowdfunding phenomenon but the dates work and no one can deny that disruptive trends grow faster when hand in hand with larger overriding developments and so it may be that FinTech starts to break out as one of the children of crowdfunding ready to grow up and fulfil its destiny.

In a recent Financial Times article on the subject “McKinsey warns banks on earnings threat from technology” FT talks about the digital revolution preparing to wipe out two-thirds of the banking sector earnings. According to FT the McKinsey benchmark global banking annual review speaks to a “high –stakes struggle” to defend a business model. The article goes on to mention sectors that will be affected such as non-mortgage retail lending, credit card and car loans, payment processing, SME enterprise lending, wealth management and mortgages.

The article goes on to quote Philipp Harle, a co-author of the report “The most significant impact we see is in price erosion as technology companies allow delivery of financial services at a fraction of the cost”. To me this now sounds a lot like crowdfunding in the macro sense, startups, SMEs and others designing, producing and implementing smarter, more efficient and cost effective tools disrupting industries. It also tells me that the process overall is doing very well thank you very much – consolidation, specialization and vertical growth and development are healthy evolutions of business trends.

FinTech makes perfect sense and there are many verticals like this that will break out and grow in of themselves. I am not predicting a divorce from Crowdfunding which is estimated to have reached over $16 billion in 2014 and projected to grow in excess of 100% in 2015, but rather the opportunity for models and technologies developed within the crowdfunding ecosystem to participate and disrupt additional significant markets. The McKinsey report goes on to estimate banks revenues from some of these technologies at $1.75 trillion.

This week we saw a clear example of this, GrowVC which is one of the crowdfunding pioneers and leaders announced the sale of its equity crowdfunding service StartupCrowdfunding.com. Jouko Ahvenainen, Grow VC Group Chairman and Co-founder commented “For Grow VC Group this is an important step to execute our strategy and concentrate resources on the digital finance where a real disruption is underway for the entire finance industry and our position is strong to be one of engines for change.” And Ahvenainen adds “We focus on business models that are truly global and, for example, work then with local partners that can offer services locally to consumers.”

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Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Bill Murray of Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” inspire Ariane Smith’s new animated ‘tween TV series Willow B. Star

 

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Global distributors and broadcasters eagerly wait the launch of the new animated TV series “The Peculiar Adventures of Willow B. Star” in MIPCOM, the world’s entertainment content market, this 5-8 October 2015  in Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

 

NEW YORK – Sept. 30, 2015  – The only female head of an animation studio operating in NYC, Ariane Smith was inspired by Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” and David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” in writing this ‘tween series titled “The Peculiar Adventures of Willow B. Star.”

 

Ariane Smith, a master storyteller, has always been inspired by David Lynch and the Twin Peaks music. She combines this with her admiration of the style shot, visualization and speed of Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel.” Portrayal of Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Willem DaFoe, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum and Ralph Fiennes certainly influenced the impact of the stylistic inspiration Ariane exudes in her heroine, Willow B. Star – a two dimensional character in a three dimensional presentation. This 2.5D structure is accentuated in juxtaposition with an eclectic style of humor and some sarcasm with sharp conversation.

 

The romantic surrounding of action and suspense from Alfred Hitchcock’s quirky shooting style is incorporated with the grandiosity of Agatha Christie’s mysteries and pervades the adventures of Willow B. Star.

 

Mark Simon, the director of this TV series says, “I always love Ariane’s writing. But this animated series is different, with a distinctive point of view and a great sense of humor. This show was hysterical and a lot of fun to work on.”

 

Will “The Peculiar Adventures of Willow B. Star”, with its unique set design, mystery, adventure and humor, be acclaimed by critics and viewers alike? Will it follow in the footsteps of “Grand Budapest Hotel” which garnered the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and the Academy Awards for Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling?

 

The book will be simultaneously released with the initial airing of the TV series, and Ariane Smith is bringing the first of 26 episodes to Marché Internationale de Programmes Communications (MIPCOM), International Market of Communications Programmes in Cannes, France.

 

About Ariane Smith and Enchanted Thyme Entertainment LLC

Ariane Smith, the CEO and Founder of Enchanted Thyme Entertainment LLC, is a master interactive storyteller, author of children’s books, and an award winning writer-producer. “Enchanted Thyme, Book One In The Delicious Adventure Series” is the first title in her 6-part series. Children are her passion, reaching them through entertainment, her goal.

She just finished writing her third book entitled, “The Peculiar Adventures of Willow B. Star” which is currently in production as a television series for ‘tweens.

 

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Summary:
Global distributors and broadcasters eagerly wait the launch of the new animated TV series “The Peculiar Adventures of Willow B. Star” in MIPCOM, the world’s entertainment content market, this 5-8 October 2015 in Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
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