Rather than relying on traditional methods of funding your business, you may want to look into the possibilities presented by crowdfunding.  There are a number of reasons why this may be right for your business and we’ve listed five of them below.

1. Free Yourself From Banks

Banks are not always the warm friendly organization they want to present, nor are they that free with loaning out their funds.  They want to make sure that the companies they give their money to will be able to pay them back.  Crazy!

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According to investor Bitna Brown, the world misses out on all the promise that it may see if half of its population – women – is “under-utilized” in the tech startup sphere.  Women are major consumers and the absence of their leadership or input in the space of innovation means that many great ideas will never see the light of day.

Brown also emphasizes the need to target business that “utilizes technology to disrupt an ongoing problem that is scalable and has the capacity to generate massive revenue and employ thousands of people.”  This is why Brown is leveraging her resources, non-profit fundraising ability and mentorship experience to help launch female-owned startups.

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Facebook’s Graph Search gained quite a bit of press during its public beta.  It was announced by the company with a great deal of enthusiasm.  Perhaps this was due to the fact that if it can make an impact on internet search via social networking, it can remain the target of roughly 1 in 4 page requests on the internet.

Facebook has reiterated that Graph Search is meant to be disruptive but does not stand to replace the major search engines.  However, much like the Open Graph capabilities that it shared several years ago, it is allowing the wider business world to leverage the valuable connections contained in its vast network.

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It is becoming well-known that crowdsourcing platforms are available to fulfill almost any business function.  This fact can be a massive benefit to cash-strapped startups that are not at the point where they can staff entire departments, or even for startups that opt to remain lean.  Of course, which business tasks should be crowdsourced depends on the business model and resources available.  It is not a good idea to assume that we should arbitrarily crowdsource everything.

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You’re a small business, and you’ve just started to experience some real success in your enterprise.  You’ve worked hard to develop a growing customer base, and you love that you have clients whom you can invoice for your work, which means you’re counting on some healthy receivables coming in as a reward for your efforts.  That’s the problem.  The cash is coming in, but in the meantime, you still have to make payroll, pay the rent and pay your vendors for the materials and technology you had to purchase to complete those jobs, and the flow just isn’t there to fill in the gap.

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It is no secret that the Linux community keeps a close watch on Microsoft.  Even though the once-mighty OS giant from Redmond isn’t the force that it used to be, many still like to keep an eye out for Microsoft not using its own tools and operating system for its business needs.  After all, Microsoft’s tool suites and platforms have overwhelmingly been geared toward the B2B market, and so they should be ideal for the company’s own needs, right?  However, as long as there have been Linux verses Windows feuding, stories such as this, pointing out that Microsoft used Akamai’s Linux-based site acceleration service, typically generate waves in the tech blogosphere.

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Incubator?  Why call it something with such infantile connotations?  Well, let us consider that some of the richest startup founders out there are not yet 30 years old, and that people like Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel are willing to bet millions on inventors who are not yet 20 years old.  From these facts it becomes apparent that youth seems to be a great commodity in the world of tech startups.  Also, it is perhaps beneficial to “nurture” startups in a way that is controlled and ensures that they will best reach their potential.  Let’s take a look at the benefits of incubators for startups/new tech:

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The future of the U.S. economy is being built around entrepreneurship and innovation.  If an economy grows worse with jobs becoming scarcer, you’ll find more people willing to take the risk to try to start their own company.  In the U.S. this startup revolution is reinventing the economy and reshaping business as we know it, but more importantly, changing the quality of life around the entire world.

Why wouldn’t you want to build a Start-up / New Tech company when opportunity is knocking on your door?  Here are 5 conditions that make it more favorable to create a Start-up / New Tech company:

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When we polish up the crystal ball and look at the future new tech we see that the way is paved for even more growth and expansion.  The nature of technology means new discoveries and ways of using existing technology constantly evolve and at an ever accelerating pace.

If we examine current trends we can better prepare ourselves for the inevitable changes in our near future, if we don’t we risk falling behind and being out of position to take advantage of new technology as it becomes available.  Think of it this way, are you looking to buy a DVD player today or evaluating an online service that can provide you access to entertainment choices wherever you want to access them?

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Tech start-ups need a technical advisor.  Even if you think you are the exception to the rule, take a moment to read on and then decide.

Developers (like everyone else on the planet) use the tools they know best and with which they are most comfortable.  However, those particular tools may not be the best ones to get your job done.  There may be other products that will help you reach your goals faster and help you avoid untold levels of pain.  Having someone there to look at the entire process in a strategic way is important.  A technical advisor will help “translate” for you, too.  It’s good policy to know the technical details so your investors feel reassured that you have your hands on all of the moving pieces that are necessary to achieve success.

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