During the past twelve months we’ve seen (and heard) a great deal of conservation around crowdfunding and what it has brought to an exploding entrepreneurship community. As it’s brought life to numerous new projects while offering entrepreneurs an additional outlet for receiving funding. Crowdfunding isn’t something new, however in the world of startups its brought new opportunities of funding that once weren’t available. Some saw the expansion as a thread to the traditional methods of venture capital. Though little they know, that (most) Venture Capitalist have been just as excited about crowdfunding as the rest of us. Even recently it’s been made known that the Funders Club (a crowding website), raised $6 million in VC funding. While other VC’s are working on building their own crowdfunding websites.
Beyond the typically funded projects we’re now seeing crowdfunding begin to take on dominate industries such as entertainment, fashion, and even health. The latest to opening it’s arms to the idea is the financial and IPO market with IPO Village. IPO Village, offers companies a chance to crowdfund their IPOs and letting the 99% get a piece of the action. I sat down with the Mayor & Managing Director, Howard Orloff to get all the insights on this new investment opportunity.